Bryce Harper's agent, Scott Boras, told reporters including the Washington Post's Adam Kilgore in early December that the 20-year-old, 2012 NL Rookie of the Year had already decided that he would not participate in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, which starts (for the US squad) on March 8th in Chase Field in Arizona against Mexico. Nats' second baseman Danny Espinosa is on Mexico's roster, however, and Curacao-native Roger Bernadina will be representing the Netherlands along with Nationals' prospects Robbie Cordemans (RHP), Spencer Kieboom (C, 21 yo, 2012 5th Round pick) and Randolph Oduber (23 yo, 2010 32nd Round pick). 23-year-old, '08 5th Round pick catcher Adrián Nieto is on Spain's roster, Matthew Torra (a RHP who signed as a FA this winter) is on Italy's roster and James Van Ostrand, who signed with the Nationals last May, will play the outfield for Canada.
As Boras explained Harper's decision to the WaPost's Mr. Kilgore earlier this winter, the Nats' '09 no.1 overall pick decided against going to the WBC because staying with the team in Spring Training will allow, "'... him to condition for the long season as he heads into his first major league opening day.'" Harper talked to reporters about passing on an opportunity to play in the WBC during last weekend's NatsFest. As MLB.com's Bill Ladson quoted the Nationals' outfielder explaining the decision at NatsFest, "'It's the first Spring Training I can really be with the big league club,' Harper said. 'Hopefully, in four years, I will do the WBC then.'" Davey Johnson wanted Harper with the big league club from the start last Spring, but the then-19-year-old slugger started the year at Triple-A before debuting in the majors in late April.
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