March 9, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Former Buckeye pitcher Brad Goldberg will join Team Israel in the second round of the World Baseball Classic, beginning Sunday in Tokyo, Japan, the Chicago White Sox announced Wednesday evening. Goldberg who is in the White Sox organization, earned two saves in the WBC Qualifier last fall in Brooklyn, N.Y.
“The White Sox have been nothing but supportive throughout the entire process and were totally on board,” Goldberg told mlb.com via text. “I’m excited to meet the team in Tokyo and try to finish what we started in Brooklyn.”
Goldberg has pitched in four games at Spring Training Camp in Glendale, Ariz., throwing 4.2 scoreless innings of relief work with one strikeout. Last year, Goldberg was named a Triple-A All-Star, posting a 2.84 ERA in 43 appearances with 44 strikeouts in 50.2 innings. He was added to the White Sox 40-man roster last November. As a Buckeye, Brad played in 15 games for the Buckeyes in 2013 and 6-1 and was drafted in the 10th round by the Chicago White Sox.
In its first classic appearance, Team Israel finished pool play with a 3-0 record to finish at the top of Pool A in the World Baseball Classic. Israel will now play the opening game of the second round of the Classic. That will be against the second-place team from Pool B at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday in Tokyo. Watch it live on MLB.TV.