WBC 2nd Rd. Power Rankings

After an entertaining first round that included underdog Israel advancing, dramatic walk-offs, and all around great baseball, the second round of the WBC looks to be even more competitive as only 9 teams remain. 

  1. USA
  2. Puerto Rico
  3. Dominican Republic
  4. Venezuela
  5. Japan
  6. Netherlands
  7. Italy
  8. Cuba
  9. Israel

As we go down the list the top three teams can all make a case for the top spot. the US has gotten strong pitching performances from all three starters thus far, and besides a blow up from Andrew Miller against the DR, the bullpen has been as advertised.

Although the Dominican Beat the US, their lineup is just as potent with more predictable starting pitchers opposed to the sometimes shaky Edison Volquez.

Team Puerto Rico has so far been the juggernaut of the tournament with 29 runs scored throughout the first three games but lack the all around depth of the top two teams. If they can continue to play the tournaments best defense and get clutch performances from their starters they have just as good a chance of winning the tournament as anyone else.