2 Detroit Tigers players who hurt their cause in the WBC and 1 who helped it

World Baseball Classic Pool A: Panama v Netherlands
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Detroit Tigers players had mixed results in the World Baseball Classic

The World Baseball Classic is coming to an end. Team USA takes on Team Japan in the championship game tonight. It's been a really fun tournament, despite what the naysayers think. The Detroit Tigers had several players compete in the event, and the results were mixed.

INF Jonathan Schoop played for Team Netherlands, SS Javier Baez played for Team Puerto Rico, INF Andy Ibanez competed for Team Cuba, SP Eduardo Rodriguez and DH Miguel Cabrera played for Team Venezuela, and there were a few minor leaguers that played in the tournament as well. Nobody really lit the world on fire, but there were a couple of players that didn't do themselves any favors.

We'll start with those, but then we'll get into player that helped himself a bit. Let's start with the player that I'm sure most Detroit Tigers' fans are here for.

Two players who hurt their cause: INF Jonathan Schoop

Schoop did not have a good performance for Team Netherlands. He went 1-for-13 with one walk and six strikeouts as the Dutch were eliminated in pool play. Everyone was hoping that representing his country would ignite him at the plate, but it was sadly just more of the same from someone who really needs to get off to a good start in 2023.

It wasn't that long ago where you could make an argument that Jonathan Schoop was the best hitter on the Detroit Tigers. He provided a good amount of power at a position where power can be hard to come by. He also produced high exit velocities, ranking in the 98th percentile in max exit velocity in 2021 per Baseball Savant.

But we all know what happened in 2022 following an extension late in the 2021 season. He was quite literally the worst qualified hitter in baseball by wRC+. He looked completely lost at the plate most of the year. The thump in his bat was gone.

Now if you combine his WBC performance with his spring training performance, he's just 3-for-27 with 10 strikeouts and two walks. That's not what you want to see.

He needs to figure it out quick, because this regime is not the same one that gave him a 2-year extension. Scott Harris has no commitment to him outside of the $7.5 million he's owed this season. Even then, Schoop is likely on a short leash this season.

If he hasn't figured it out by Memorial Day, I think he's gone. The Detroit Tigers have plenty of younger, more intriguing players that could use his ABs.