The World Baseball Classic is nearing its conclusion and, for the players who aren’t wearing the name of the country they are representing on their chests, the at-bats they are having in spring training are just as important as those in the WBC spotlight. This tournament is giving teams a chance to let players in their system get some extra looks while some of their top dogs are away.
World Baseball Classic important for more than just pride in country
While there is still a little bit of time left for both spring training and the World Baseball Classic, the guys looking to make a big impression, or even the roster, are getting the extended looks that could help put their names in the hat for the season.
In fact, some WBC teams have players who are role players or even minor leaguers playing for their country to make a name for themselves on one of the biggest stages of baseball. There just is something different about playing with your country’s name on your chest rather than the name of an MLB, MiLB or even college team.
Whether you are playing in spring training with some of the more well-known players away as they represent their country or you are going up against an All-Star-studded lineup, this is the perfect time to show what you are capable of … especially if you’re an undrafted player or even a kid in college trying to find your way into the league, even if it’s not MLB.
As the end of the tournament nears, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see some signings immediately after the World Baseball Classic (such as the Detroit Tigers recently did). Whether these are depth moves or just some prove-it contracts for kids, this tournament has ultimately opened the door for those who want to not only want to showcase their talents, but also live out their dreams.