Potential Breakout Stars of the 2013 World Baseball Classic

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Potential Breakout Stars of the 2013 World Baseball Classic
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Dominican Republic's Carlos Santana

The 2013 World Baseball Classic will get underway March 2 at the Japan Dome in Fukuoka, Japan.

Sixteen countries will compete in the third playing of the World Baseball Classic ranging from the two-time defending champion Japanese to the newcomers of Brazil and Spain.

The United States, Venezuela, Mexico and Dominican Republic will also send teams full of Major League Baseball players. South Korea and Cuba will also send teams full of talent that play in their own countries.

With names such as Miguel Cabrera, Joe Mauer, Adrian Gonzalez and Robinson Cano headlining some of these All-Star rosters, there are players flying under the radar that will have the chance to establish their All-Star credentials, either now or in the future, as well.

Some of these players are already playing in the major leagues. One is a highly touted prospect for the future, while another may just be the best player currently not playing in the United States.

Here are 10 players that have a chance to jump front and center onto the front pages of the baseball world.

While the casual fan has not quite been convinced yet that the World Baseball Classic is worth sitting down to watch, those who follow baseball closely may be impressed by what these players can do on the big stage.

(Statistics via Baseball-Reference)

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