Grading Each Rangers World Baseball Classic Performance

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Mar 15, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; Venezuela infielder Rougned Odor (12) reacts after a home run in the seventh inning against the United States during the 2017 World Baseball Classic at Petco Park. The United States won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 15, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; Venezuela infielder Rougned Odor (12) reacts after a home run in the seventh inning against the United States during the 2017 World Baseball Classic at Petco Park. The United States won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 18, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; Venezuela pitcher Martin Perez (33) delivers a pitch during the second inning against Puerto Rico during the 2017 World Baseball Classic at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 18, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; Venezuela pitcher Martin Perez (33) delivers a pitch during the second inning against Puerto Rico during the 2017 World Baseball Classic at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports /

Martin Perez

Don’t worry, you’re not alone in thinking “wow I had no idea Martin Perez pitched in the WBC.” In fact, I’m sure Perez wishes he could forget it. The left-hander struggled in two starts for Team Venezuela as they were eliminated in the second round of the tournament, going 0-3 in pool play.

Perez posted a 7.50 ERA in his two starts of the tournament, giving up 10 hits, two walks and striking out six. Perez received the loss Venezuela’s second round game against Puerto Rico which would officially eliminate them from championship contention.

With Perez’s career being a roller coaster so far, fans wished to see a better performance from him in the tournament. Tasked with being the teams third starter heading into the season, he could be the breaking point of the rotation given the question marks at the back-end of it.

Perez should see a couple of Spring Training starts before Opening Day rolls around. He’ll need to put his rough performance in the tournament behind him and focus on the upcoming season.

D. 6.0 IP 7.50 ERA 10 H 6 SO. P. Venezuela. MARTIN PEREZ

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