Recently, the roster of the Brazilian National Baseball Team (such as for the 2013 and 2017 World Baseball Classic) included players on minor league teams, such as the Lexington Legends, Pulaski Mariners, Bowling Green Hot Rods, Jackson Generals, and Bluefield Blue Jays. There were also players on Venezuelan Summer League rosters as well as college rosters and Japanese Baseball League rosters. So, are any of them still in baseball and who will be the next to make it to the Major Leagues?
Two that might make it are Eric Pardinho and Rodrigo Hitoshi “Bo” Takahashi. Pardinho, a pitcher in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, is just 18 years old. He is currently ranked number 4 on the Blue Jays’ top prospects list and is the number 88 prospect in all of Major League Baseball. In 2017 at age 16, Pardinho signed with the Blue Jays for a $1.4 million bonus. He made his professional debut in 2018 with the Bluefield Blue Jays. Last season he had a 2.88 ERA with 64 strikeouts in 50 innings. Pardinho was sent to extended spring training in March after experiencing elbow soreness.
Takahashi, another pitcher, currently plays for the Jackson Generals, the double-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. In 2018, between the Visalia Rawhide (A-advanced) and Jackson, Takahashi had a 4.03 ERA, 130 strikeouts, and a 6-6 record in 23 games. The 22-year old Takahashi signed with the Diamondbacks in 2013, when he was 16 years old.
Kudos to the Blue Jays and Diamondbacks for truly being international organizations!