|Former Pittsfield American Defender to Play in World Baseball Clasic|
|iBerkshires.com Sports, |
03:38PM / Thursday, March 02, 2017
A former Pittsfield American Defender will be among the Major League Baseball prospects participating in the fourth World Baseball Classic next week.
John Andreoli, a prospect in the Chicago Cubs organization, will play for Italy, which opens Pool D play on March 9 in Jalisco, Mexico, against Mexico.
In 2009, Andreoli played for the now-defunct Defenders of the New England Collegiate Baseball League.
The former University of Connecticut Husky is one of 10 NECBL alumni who are scheduled to play in the WBC, which runs through March 22.
In 2009, he hit .261 with nine RBIs and seven runs scored for the Defenders.
At UConn, he was an all-Big East Second Team selection and was drafted in the 17th round by the Cubs with the 519th overall pick in the 2011 MLB draft.
Last spring, he was a Minor League Baseball All-Star, and he has a .373 on-base percentage in two full seasons with the Triple-A Iowa Cubs.
This month, he will play with NECBL alumnus Chris Colebello with Team Italia. Colebello played with Lowell in the NECBL in 2004.