Extra Innings 2013 World Baseball Classic Power Rankings

These rankings are purely subjective and reflect Extra Innings’ thoughts. Only teams that have played will factor into the power rankings. We will update them regularly.

  1. Cuba (3-0): Slugged their way through the first round and clearly the team to beat.
  2. Japan (2-1): No offence so far, but doesn’t strike out a lot and pitching is the best in Pool A or B.
  3. Chinese Taipei (2-1): Great contact hitters, gets the job done overall. Might actually have a shot in the second round.
  4. Netherlands (2-1): Young, talented, and unpredictable, they have thin pitching but great athleticism.
  5. Korea (2-1): Aging team that should have done better, but bats were silent.
  6. Brazil (0-3): Came awfully close to going 3-0, but bullpen did not have the depth.
  7. Australia (0-3): Very poor showing for a ragtag group of minor leaguers with international experience.
  8. China (1-2): Could not hit at all (.146 average) and only had a couple serviceable arms, but got really lucky.

How would you rank the teams?


About Gabriel Fidler

Extra Innings UK covers baseball around the world, focussing on the sport at the national team level, with features on prominent players, scouting reports, and occasional breaking news. We are fully credentialled by MLB and have covered the World Baseball Classic, continental championships, and the U.S. minor leagues.
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