Extra Innings’ 2013 World Baseball Classic Power Rankings (Mar. 9)

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. Check previous editions here.

  1. Cuba (4-1): Took their first loss out on Chinese Taipei
  2. Dominican Republic (2-0): Did everything right against a scrappy Spain. Showdown coming with Puerto Rico.
  3. Japan (3-1): A day of rest and the Tokyo Dome might give them an advantage against the Netherlands.
  4. Netherlands (3-1): Will need to keep doing all the little things right and make a few big plays.
  5. Puerto Rico (2-0): Eliminated the loaded Venezuelan team and may be better than anticipated
  6. Italy (2-1): An even bigger surprise than the Dutch, Italy crushed Canada and beat México’s Sergio Romo in the ninth.
  7. Chinese Taipei (2-3): Unlucky versus Japan and fell apart against Cuba. Hard to tell how good they could be.
  8. USA (1-1): Righted the ship against Italy, but the Azurri had already qualified. Still not guaranteed a round two appearance.
  9. Canada (1-1): Beat México, but it was a lot closer than it looked. Brawl soured their appearance.
  10. Mexico (1-2): Eliminated, and probably will need to qualify, which is a huge upset and not deserved for a team that looked dominant at times.
  11. Korea (2-1): Still smarting from their tiebreaker elimination.
  12. Venezuela (0-2): Easily the biggest disappointment of the WBC. Where are those bats?
  13. Spain (0-2): Hanging tough with some very good teams.
  14. Brazil (0-3): Came awfully close to going 3-0, but bullpen did not have the depth.
  15. Australia (0-3): Very poor showing for a ragtag group of minor leaguers with international experience.
  16. 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?

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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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