Grading Each Rangers World Baseball Classic Performance
Jonathan Lucroy was one of two Rangers on the championship winning American squad. Splitting his playing time with former MVP Buster Posey, Lucroy wasn’t quite able to put it together at the plate.
Lucroy hit .267 with a .561 OPS in his four starts. With no home runs and only one RBI, Lucroy’s performance was dwarfed by Buster Posey’s masterful tournament. Posey hit two home runs in 15 at-bats and a .979 OPS which was the third highest on Team USA.
Lucroy’s biggest contribution was his defense and game management which shouldn’t be surprising considering Lucroy has been one of the more underrated defenders in baseball. His 14.1 defensive rating was second best among catchers a season ago.
His game management in the championship game helped Marcus Stroman take a no-hitter into the seventh inning. Team Puerto Rico was shut out one of the best lineups in the tournament and Lucroy had a lot to do with that.