The Houston Astros sent eight players to the World Baseball Classic, they returned with seven (Kevin Chapman was claimed off waivers) and two returned as champions. Team United States with defacto closer Luke Gregerson and super sub Alex Bregman knocked off Team Puerto Rico with Carlos Correa and Carlos Beltran in the 2017 WBC Final.
All seven players currently on the Astros roster shined for their country in the WBC, let us take at look at them:
Correa’s Puerto Rico team posted an impressive 8-0 record to reached the WBC Final. Correa batted in the No. 3 hole for Team PR throughout the tournament. Correa batted .333 (8x24) with a double, three home runs, nine RBIs, two stolen bases and 1.250 OPS in eight games. He additionally scored 10 runs.
Carlos Beltran and Correa were at the heart of the PR lineup during the 2017 WBC. Beltran batted cleanup and batted .435 (10x23) with a double, five RBIs, and .997 OPS in seven games.
Jose Altuve is the heart and soul of the Houston Astros, it was no different for Team Venezuela. Altuve even switched over to third base when injuries hit Venezuela hard. Altuve batted .259 (7x27) with one RBI and a .545 OPS in seven games.
Luke Gregerson may have been the biggest surprise of the tournament for the Astros. He became the answer for Jim Leyland at closer for Team USA. Gregerson appeared in four games, picking up three saves. He allowed no hits, struck out three and walked one over four innings.
Alex Bregman got lost in the shuffle in the Team USA lineup. Bregman was 2-for-4 in two games with one strikeout. But it's still interesting to know that the Astros have arguably Team USA’s future at shortstop.
Nori Aoki and Team Japan finished in third place in 2017 WBC. Aoki batted .182 (4x22) with three doubles, two RBIs and five runs scored.
Dayan Diaz signed with the Astros in February and pitched for Team Columbia in the WBC. Diaz appeared in two games, allowing two hits, striking out four, walking none and collecting one save.