IMG Academy alumnus Chris Perez has been called up by Team USA coach Joe Torre to pitch in the World Baseball Classic. The two-time American League All-Star was the Cleveland Indians best closer last season with 39 games saved, and a 3.59 ERA. Perez had 59 strikeouts in 57 2/3 innings. After the call-up Perez tweeted, “@ChrisPerez54: "I am happy to say that I will be pitching for Team USA in the upcoming 2013 WBC. #Honored #Humbled #Ready."
Team USA will begin play 9:00 p.m. (ET) Friday, March 8 against Mexico.
To find out more about Perez, check out this interview we conducted with him in February of last year.