Both the Netherlands and Chinese Taipei are coming off big wins in their opening matches of the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Now with each team at 1-0, the winner of this match will be in the driver’s seat to advancing to the second round. So who will each team start?
Tom Stuifbergen gets the nod for the Dutch in this critical game. The right-handed pitcher played for the Amsterdam Pirates before being signed by the Minnesota Twins in 2006. He spent the majority of 2012 at Single-A Fort Myers, but did make one start for Triple-A Rochester where he pitched well.
He has a lot of international experience playing with the Dutch National Team since 2006. He pitched in the 2009 WBC and the 2009 and 2011 World Cups. In his lone WBC appearance, he tossed four shutout innings against the Dominican Republic to help the Netherlands advance to the second round.
Starting for the host team will be Yao-Lin Wang who has pitched in the Chicago Cubs organization for the past three seasons. The 22 year-old pitched the 2012 season at full-season Single-A Peoria where he pitched in 37 games. He made nine starts going 4-5 with 12 saves.
Over his three year minor league career, he has averaged 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings. He has international experience pitching in the 2012 WBC Qualifier, where he picked up a win against New Zealand, and in the 2012 Asian Baseball Championship.
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.