Sept. 26, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Former Buckeye pitcher Brad Goldberg qualified for the 2017 World Baseball Classic with Team Israel on Sunday in Brooklyn, N.Y. Team Israel defeated Great Britain, 9-1, in the qualifier final at MCU Park to claim its first classic berth in the country’s history.
Goldberg picked up the save in both wins over Great Britain Thursday and Brazil Friday. Israel will move on to play in Pool B at Seoul, beginning March 7 against host South Korea, Chinese Taipei and The Netherlands, completing the field of 16 nations for next year’s fourth Classic.
“Playing for Team Israel was an all-around great experience,” Goldberg said. “It was one of the highlights of my career to this point and I’m glad I played a role in this qualifier win and I am looking forward to what lies ahead in the World Baseball Classic in Seoul, South Korea.”
Goldberg is coming off a strong season of professional ball, posting a 3-5 record with a team-high 10 saves and a 2.84 ERA (50.2 IP) for the Charlotte Knights, the Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. Goldberg represented the Charlotte Knights in the 2016 Sonic Automotive Triple-A Baseball All-Star Game as the team’s lone International League. He began the 2016 season with Double-A Birmingham and compiled a 1.50 ERA in four games before an April promotion to the Knights.
The 2013 third team All-Big Ten selection went 6-1 with a 2.99 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 81.1 innings pitched over 15 starts as a senior for the Buckeyes and was drafted in the 10th round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox.