JUPITER, Fla. — Washington Nationals outfielder Eury Perez was added to the World Baseball Classic roster for the Dominican Republic on Saturday, replacing Yankees outfielder Melky Mesa.
Mesa reportedly withdrew from the tournament to focus on winning an outfield job with the Yankees, who are looking for a way to replace the injured Curtis Granderson.
Perez, a speedy center fielder, made his major league debut with the Nationals in 2012 and is considered one of their top outfield prospects. While he is a member of the team’s 40-man roster, he was not truly in contention for a spot on the Opening Day roster and will likely begin the year at Triple-A Syracuse.
Perez become the fourth Nationals player in major league camp to join the World Baseball Classic. Roger Bernadina is already playing for Team Netherlands, and Gio Gonzalez and Ross Detwiler will be joining Team USA in the coming days. Minor leaguer Jimmy Van Ostrand will also play for Team Canada.