Mariano Rivera, a Panamanian native, is the obvious choice for this pitching staff,
Seattle Mariners Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma have thrown more innings in 2013 than any other non-Americans. Even over their large samples, Hernandez boasts a 2.51 FIP, while Iwakuma has an extraordinary 0.88 WHIP (second in MLB).
Yu Darvish is another lock for the Team World, rotation as he threatens for 300 strikeouts and does it with improved command. His .190 BAA in the American League speaks volumes about the filthiness and diversity of his repertoire.
Before Anibal Sanchez went down with a shoulder strain, the Detroit Tigers were cruising toward a division title. It's no coincidence that they have hit the skids in recent weeks without his .285 OBP against and 11.1 K/9. However, James Chipman of the Detroit News explains that he could return to MLB action prior to July 16.
Star pitchers come in all sorts of different shapes and ages. Bartolo Colon and Jose Fernandez have reminded us of that.
As a 20-year-old rookie, Fernandez has had his workload closely monitored, but his performance since the beginning of May has been unmistakably outstanding. Opponents have slashed only .182/.251/.255 during that stretch. Colon, who's more about precision than power, tops the AL in walk rate and percentage of pitches thrown in the strike zone. He tossed complete-game shutouts against the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox.
Two Comeback Player of the Year candidates, Ervin Santana and Jorge De La Rosa, round out this group of international starters.
The only knock against Mariano Rivera in his 19th and final major league season has been his elevated batting average against (personal worst as reliever). On the flip side, he continues to break bats constantly, hence the microscopic Isolated Power for his opposition. The Sandman remains elite because his contact-to-damage ratio is so impressive.
Edward Mujica solidified a shaky St. Louis Cardinals bullpen upon being promoted to the closer's role. An otherworldly strikeout-to-walk ratio attests to his impeccable control.
This 2013 season also marks the first time that Sergio Romo has entered the All-Star break as a full-time bullpen anchor. The Brawley, California, native was born into a Mexican family, and he affirmed his commitment to the country south of the border by pitching for it in the World Baseball Classic.
Jesse Crain, the only "white guy" to crack this pitching staff, hails from Ontario, Canada. He maintained a scoreless innings streak from mid-April into deep June and boasts a sub-1.00 ERA overall.
Through three-plus months of the regular season, Kenley Jansen is among the hardest-working setup men in the industry. His strikeout rate, which has dipped from previous years, still puts him in excellent company, per FanGraphs.
Joaquin Benoit, Jhoulys Chacin, Aroldis Chapman, Hyun-jin Ryu, Jim Henderson, Hiroki Kuroda, Francisco Liriano. Oliver Perez, Francisco Rodriguez, Rafael Soriano, Julio Teheran, Alex Torres and Koji Uehara.