By: Matt Rothman
Former Marjory Stoneman Douglas pitcher Jesus Luzardo made his World Baseball Classic debut on Wednesday, picking up the win for Team Venezuela on Wednesday.
Luzardo was a 2016 graduate from MSD and was pitching in his home ballpark in Miami. The left-hander threw four scoreless innings allowing only four hits and striking out four in their 5-2 win over Team Israel in front of his family.
“To me, it was very special, very important, especially to pitch in front of my family,” Luzardo said. “My grandfather died last year. And he always told me, You are going to make it to Team Venezuela. He’s with me; I know that. And when I pitch with ‘Venezuela’ on my chest, it’s very important to me.”
In high school, Luzardo won 23 games with MSD and was selected in the third round of the MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals. In 2019, he was later traded to the Oakland Athletics, making his MLB debut, and then was once again traded in a deal for Starling Marte.
Team Venezuela is set to play the United States of America in the World Baseball Classic quarterfinals on Saturday, March 18. Luzaro is also expected to play a major role this year with the Marlins in a rotation that features reigning NL Cy Young Award Winner Sandy Alcantara and is eligible to pitch in the potential Championship Game on Tuesday, March 21.
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- Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism and then graduated from the University of Florida as a graduate student.
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