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P-Rays C to World Baseball Classic

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PRINCETON -

Chad Nacapoy, a catcher for the 2012 Princeton Rays, has been selected to play for the team representing the Philippines in a qualifying tournament for the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

Nacapoy, 23, joined Princeton this past summer after being the Tampa Bay Rays 38th round selection in the 2012 Major League Baseball amateur draft.  The native of Honolulu, HI appeared in 22 games for the P-Rays and compiled a .244 batting average.   Prior to arriving in Princeton last summer, the 5'7" 220-lb. catcher played his last two years collegiately at Cal State-Los Angeles, where he hit .361 as a senior.

The Philippines team, ranked 31st internationally by IBAF, will first compete in a World Baseball Classic qualifier tournament in November at Xinzhuang Baseball Stadium in New Taipei City, Taiwan. Their first game will be on November 15 versus Thailand.  In addition to the Philippines and Thailand, the other two teams in this particular qualifier tournament are New Zealand and Chinese Taipei.

The World Baseball Classic is an international baseball tournament sanctioned by the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) and created by Major League Baseball (MLB), the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), and other professional baseball leagues and their players associations around the world. It is the main tournament sanctioned by the IBAF, which names its winner the "World Champion." It previously coexisted with Olympic Baseball (until 2008) and the Baseball World Cup (until 2011) as IBAF-sanctioned tournaments, but the other two have been discontinued. The 2009 Classic, the second edition of the event, was won by Japan for the second tournament in a row. After a three-year gap (2006 and 2009) between the first two installments of the tournament, plans call for the World Baseball Classic to be repeated every four years following the 2009 event, with the third installment of the Classic thus to occur in 2013.

The Philippines has never previously been part of the World Baseball Classic but has participated in international competitions such as the Asian Games and the Asian Championship. There are currently no Filipinos playing major league baseball in the United States.

The Philippines team, ranked 31st internationally by IBAF, will first compete in a World Baseball Classic qualifier tournament in November at Xinzhuang Baseball Stadium in New Taipei City, Taiwan. Their first game will be on November 15 versus Thailand.  In addition to the Philippines and Thailand, the other two teams in this particular qualifier tournament are New Zealand and Chinese Taipei.