Rocky Sasaki will be the focus of the WBC semi-final against Mexico.

Referring to Rocky Sasaki’s 17 perfect pitches a year ago, Mexico’s manager Benji Gil said Sunday he was delighted to see the Japanese youth in the World Baseball Classic semi-finals but suggested he would rather it was against someone else.

Japanese manager Hideki Kuriyama selected the 21-year-old as the starter against Mexico on Monday as his team bid for a return to the tournament final for the first time since 2009, and Gil, who knows what Sasaki brings, couldn’t hide his admiration. .

“I’m excited to see him play,” Gil said after his team practiced at LoanDepot Park in Miami. “Rocky is one of the best pitchers in the world.”

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