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 21, 2017; Surprise, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos (61) gets ready for a spring training game against the Chicago White Sox at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 21, 2017; Surprise, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos (61) gets ready for a spring training game against the Chicago White Sox at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports /

Robinson Chirinos

Robinson Chirinos was one of three Texas Rangers’ on the Venezuelan team. Going into the tournament as the backup to All-Star Salvador Perez, Chirinos was given the starting role after Perez suffered a knee injury in the second game, ending his tournament.

At the plate, Chirinos had a forgettable tournament. Posting a .214/.214/.313 slash no home runs, two RBI, and five strikeouts in 14 at-bats.

As Rangers fans already know, his value comes in his ability behind the plate. While his power wasn’t on display in the tournament, his defense and game management skills were on display.

After signing an extension through 2018 with options for 2019, Chirinos will continue to play the back up role to Lucroy in 2017. With Lucroy expected to hit the market at the end of 2017, it’s possible that Chirinos is back in the starting catching role going into the 2018 season.

C-. .214/.214/.313 0 HR 2 RBI. C. Venezuela. ROBINSON CHIRINOS

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