This year’s World Baseball Classic has been phenomenal, and now a former Arizona Wildcat will be joining the fray.
After advancing to the Finals round on Saturday night with a win over defending champion Dominican Republic, Team USA announced they would be adding Mark Melancon to their pitching staff this week.
Team USA is on their way to the finals! #wbc2017 pic.twitter.com/C0Ec19W8nS— Mark Melancon (@Mark_Melancon_) March 19, 2017
Last year, Melancon converted 47 of his 51 save opportunities with the Pirates and Nationals. Over the offseason, he signed a monster four-year, $62.5 million deal with the San Francisco Giants, bringing the star reliever back out west. The Giants now have a couple of former Wildcats after they also brought in Nick Hundley to catch.
Team USA will take on Japan Tuesday night in Dodger Stadium in the WBC semifinal. That game is scheduled to start at 6 PM PT, and will be broadcast on MLB Network.