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With all the offseason rumors shooting around since the end of the World Series, it was almost overlooked that Chicago Cubs rookie utility man Christopher Morel was announced to the Dominican Republic’s roster for the 2023 World Baseball Classic.

Morel jumped on the scene in early May for the Cubs last season, and the young utility man made his presence known right out of the gate, blasting a late inning home run in his first big league at bat:

Let’s not forget this walk-off win with a little bit of encouragement from his teammate Willson Contreras:

For a guy that most Cubs fans did not have on their radar for the 2022 season, Morel put up solid numbers for a rookie and gave fans a lot of hope and excitement for 2023. In 113 games last season he smacked 16 home runs with 47 RBI, 19 doubles, and 10 stolen bases, and posted a slash line of .235/.308/.433. Were they All-Star, Hall of Fame worthy numbers? Of course not, but for a guy that didn’t even crack the top 10 on the Cubs’ preseason prospect rankings, Morel shocked fans with his ability to produce solid at bats and play multiple positions in the field the entire season.

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It's always great to see current Major League players support their countries for the World Baseball Classic, and it will be exciting to see Morel support the Dominican Republic in 2023. With a smile as bright as the sun, and his ability to electrify the game, don’t be shocked to see another memorable moment in the W.B.C. thanks to the Cubs’ utility man.