Jan 17, 2013 5:43 PM by Andrew Masuda
Former Allan Hancock College and Cal Poly star Jimmy Van Ostrand will once again represent his home country of Canada against the United States and other baseball powerhouses this spring. Van Ostrand was one of 23 players listed on Team Canada's provision roster for the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
The first baseman, who was born in Vancouver, hit .538 with 4 home runs and 10 RBI when Canada won the WBC Qualifier in Germany last fall. The 28 year old spent last season with the Washington Nationals Double-A team.
Van Ostrand also played for the Canadians at the 2011 Pan-Am Games when they beat Team USA 2-1 to capture the country's first gold medal in baseball.
Canda's roster for the WBC also includes major leaguers Brett Lawrie, Justin Morneau, Jessie Crain and Russell Martin.
Canada has not made it out of the elimination round in either of the previous WBCs in 2006 and 2009. Team Canda is in Pool D of the round robin that also includes the United States, Mexico and Italy.
Van Ostrand was taken in the eighth round of the 2006 MLB Draft out of Cal Poly by the Houston Astros. He's played in the minor leagues ever since. The 28 year old sports a career .285 batting average with a .784 OPS in 673 minor league games.
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