Goldberg to Pitch for Team Israel…
RHP Brad Goldberg, who shined for the Knights in 43 games out of the team’s bullpen during the 2016 season, was recently named to the Team Israel roster for the 2016 World Baseball Classic Qualifier series. Goldberg and Team Israel will face Great Britain on Thursday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m. at MCU Park in Brooklyn, NY.
Goldberg, 26, represented the Charlotte Knights in Uptown Charlotte at the 2016 Sonic Automotive Triple-A Baseball All-Star Game as the team’s lone International League All-Star. (Note: Matt Davidson was named, but was promoted to Chicago, while Leury Garcia was named, but was unable to participate due to injury).
Goldberg certainly put together an All-Star campaign in the Queen City with the Knights. The Columbus, OH native strung together an impressive month of June on his way to the mid-summer classic. In eight June outings (9.2 IP), he went 1-1 with a 0.93 ERA.
Overall in 2016, he posted a 3-5 record with a team-high 10 saves and a 2.84 ERA (50.2 IP). The 6’4″ right-handed pitcher was solid for the Knights all season — especially down the stretch as the team made a late-season playoff push.
In the final full month of the season (August), Goldberg compiled a 2-1 record with three saves and a 2.19 ERA (10 games). In fact, he did not allow a run over his final eight appearances of the season (10.0 IP).
Goldberg was originally drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 10th round of the 2013 draft out of Ohio State University. He spent the entire 2015 campaign with the Winston-Salem Dash and posted a 1-4 record with a 2.97 ERA and 11 saves in 39 appearances (57.2 IP). He began the 2016 season with Double-A Birmingham and compiled a 1.50 ERA in four games before an April promotion to the Knights.
As for this week’s Brooklyn Qualifier, Team Israel will be one of four teams vying for one spot in the World Baseball Classic, which kicks-off in March. The four teams battling it out in Brooklyn beginning on September 22, are Israel, Brazil, Great Britain and Pakistan. The winner of Sunday’s championship game at 6 p.m. ET will travel to Seoul, South Korea, next March and compete against host Korea, The Netherlands and Chinese Taipei in Pool B of the tournament.