The first round of the World Baseball Classic begins on March 2nd and the Orioles have eight players participating, although you probably don't know most of them. Only Adam Jones and Pedro Strop from the major-league team will be playing as well as well-known prospect Jonathan Schoop. As far as the rest...well, they're not exactly household names.
I'm personally not of the opinion that just because I'm an American, I should be rooting for Team USA. Team USA is filled with players I recognize, most of whom I tend to root against when they're playing the Orioles (and others, like Mark Teixeira, that I root against all the time). So I most enjoy the WBC when rooting for guys that play in the Orioles system. Here is the full list:
- USA: Adam Jones
- Dominican Republic: Pedro Strop
- Australia: Allan de San Miguel
- Netherlands: Jonathan Schoop & Jonathan Isenia
- Brazil: Rafael Moreno
- Canada: Christopher Robinson & Timothy Smith