Two former high school baseball players from Lake County have committed to play in the World Baseball Classic in March.
Umatilla graduate, and Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy committed Thursday to play for Team USA. Earlier, Montverde Academy graduate and Cleveland Indians minor-league shortstop Francisco Lindor, had committed to play for his native Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico is in Group C and will play its first-round games (which will be a round-robin format) will be at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico March 7-10. Also in the group is Venezuela, Dominican Republic and Spain.
The United States is in Group D and will play its first-round games March 8-10 at Chase Field in Pjoenix. Teams in the group are Mexico, Canada and Italy.
Second-round games will be played at Marlins Park in Miami March 12-16 and the Championship games will be played at AT&T Park in San Francisco March 17-19.
Lucroy is coming off his best season in the majors, hitting .320 with 12 home runs and 58 RBIs in 96 games. Lindor, who was the Indians' first-round draft choice in 2011, played for the Class A Lake County (Ohio) Captains last year. he hit .257 with 24 doubles, six home runs and 42 RBIs.