Grading Each Rangers World Baseball Classic Performance
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The only player on the runner-up Puerto Rico team, Claudio did a fantastic job out of the bullpen. He was used mainly as a lefty-specialist and helped set up closer Ediwin Diaz with save opportunities.
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He pitched 3.1 innings in four appearances giving up zero runs, four hits and struck out two.
Alex Claudio was a pleasant surprise in 2016. He gave the Rangers an ever-valuable lefty specialist out of the bullpen who could also be stretched out and pitch multiple innings if needed.
Heading into 2017, Claudio will be heavily relied on especially with the absence of Jake Diekman.