The WBSC has published its final world rankings for 2017 (link) and, while the top six are unchanged, the tables featured some dramatic movement. With the changes, baseball is the only sport in the world that has nations from every continent except Africa ranked in its Top 10.
Australia and Mexico achieved record places in the world rankings (No. 7 and No. 6, respectively). Australia had its best year in history, but a nation that will be posing an upset bit in 2020 is Nicaragua, which has moved all the way up to 13th (ahead of rival Panamá).
After a record ranking (No. 33 worldwide and its first major leaguer (), we’re looking forward to seeing what baseball has in store for 2018. Two other big movers in the rankings are neighbours El Salvador and Honduras, who have slumbered in recent years. Were they to improve further, Central America would rise in the scouting ranks as Nicaragua and Panamá are already strong.
Unranked teams that ought to have been in the rankings include Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Northern Mariana Islands, and Palau. All participated WBSC-sanctioned events in 2017.
For a different look at the world rankings, we broke them down by federation and baseball-playing region.