Five players with Long Island ties are suiting up for the 2017 World Baseball Classic, representing the United States, Israel and Italy.
Danny Burawa, Israel
Relief pitcher Danny Burawa is representing Israel in the World Baseball Classic. Burawa played at Rocky Point High School before playing at Suffolk CCC and then St. John's. He was drafted by the Yankees in 2010, reaching the majors in 2015. After just one appearance with the Yankees, he was traded to the Braves, where he made 12 appearances and earned a 3.65 ERA. He pitched for the Long Island Ducks in 2016.
Nick Fanti, Italy
Phillies prospect Nick Fanti is representing Italy in the World Baseball Classic. Fanti attended Hauppauge High School, winning Newsday's Yastrzemski Award as Suffolk's top baseball player in 2015. He was drafted by the Phillies the same year and has made 20 appearances in two minor league seasons, earning an 8-1 record with a 1.82 ERA.
Alex Katz, Israel
Chicago White Sox prospect Alex Katz is representing Israel in the World Baseball Classic. Katz was born in Manhasset and played at Herricks High School before moving on to St. John's. He was selected by the White Sox in the 27th round of the 2015 draft. He's made 52 appearances in the minors over two seasons, earning a 2.87 ERA in 87 2/3 innings.
Jason Marquis, Israel
Starting Pitcher Jason Marquis is representing Israel in the World Baseball Classic. Marquis was born in Manhasset before moving to Staten Island and attending Tottenville High School. He played 15 seasons in the major leagues, winning the 2006 World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals. He last played for the Reds in 2015.
Marcus Stroman, United States
Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman is representing the United States in the World Baseball Classic. The righty starter is from Medford and was a star at Patchogue-Medford High School, winning Newsday's Yastrzemski Award as Suffolk's top player. He then played at Duke before being selected by the Blue Jays in the 2012 draft. In three seasons, he is 24-16 with a 3.91 ERA.