From the 18th through the 22nd of February all MLB teams will be making their way to their respective Spring Training camps for the preparation of yet another long 162 game schedule. Once the MLB camps get all settled in it will then be time for their Minor League affiliates to join the party.
You don't have to look to far to find an Italian presence (either Italian born or Italian National Team representatives) among the names of those taking part in both the Cactus League (Arizona) and Grapefruit League (Florida).
40 Man Roster
Pittsburgh Pirates - Francisco Cervelli
Los Angeles Angles - Drew Butera
Chicago Cubs - Anthony Rizzo, Chris Denorfia
Atlanta Braves - Jason Grilli
Colorado Rockies - Adam Ottavio
SPRING TRAINING BIG LEAUGE CAMP INVITES
Arizona Diamondbacks - Nick Punto, Tim Crabe
Oakland Athletics - Pat Venditte
MINOR LEAGUE CAMP
Kansas City Royals - Alex Liddi, Marten Gasparini
Chicago Cubs - Alberto Mineo
Los Angeles Dodgers - Federico Celli, Federico Girodani
Toronto Blue Jays - Chris Colabello, Tiago Da Silva
Baltimore Orioles - Federico Castagnini
Atlanta Braves - Mattia Mercuri
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC PRE-SPRING TRAINING
Boston Red Sox - Nicolò Clemente
NPB - JAPAN
In Japan the right handed pitcher out of Emilia Romagna, Italy, Alessandro Maestri (now veteran to the NPB) has already thrown in two preseason games for the Orix Buffaloes. Maestri hopes on making the club for a 4th consecutive year.