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Teams like Puerto Rico, Venezuela and USA have rosters that are chocked full of players with Major League Baseball experience. But Mexico is no slouch in that area itself. And the Major Leaguers they do have on the club are some truly recognizable names.
First baseman Adrian Gonzalez has been one of the most steady and consistent hitters in the MLB over the past seven seasons. In '09, A-Gon hit two home runs and drove in seven runs for his native Team Mexico.
The bulk of Mexico's Major League talent comes on the pitching mound. Their roster currently features 16 pitchers that are in Major League spring training camps. They include: Alfredo Aceves, Marco Estrada, Javy Guerra, Oscar Villareal, Rodrigo Lopez, Cesar Ramos, Luis Mendoza, Oliver Perez, Fernando Salas, Sergio Romo and Marco Estrada.
The wild card with this team is right-hander Yovani Gallardo. The ace of the Milwaukee Brewers, who went 16-9 in 2012, would instantly become the ace of Team Mexico. However, he is nursing a strained right groin, and, of course, his priority is the 2013 season for the Brewers. He is slated to pitch an inning during a Tuesday spring training game, and if all goes well with that, he will likely be meeting up with Team Mexico to pitch in either Friday or Saturday's game.
The roster also includes past and current Major League hitters. Along with Gonzalez, and his brother Edgar, sluggers such as Jorge Cantu and Luis Cruz help balance the Mexico roster. Karim Garcia represents the only outfielder on the squad that has Major League experience.