Led by the St. Louis Cardinals’ highly-rated prospect Colby Rasmus, Team USA won its first baseball World Cup since 1974 on Sunday in Taiwan. Cuba had dominated the field of late, winning the last nine World Cup gold medals.
For the International Baseball Federation tournament, Rasmus hit .382 with two home runs, five doubles, and six runs batted in out of the leadoff spot. Also, the former first-rounder walked seven times and scored seven runs.
Rasmus’ Springfield teammate, Bryan Anderson, also had a superb tourney. The 20-year-old catcher hit .455 with a home run, two doubles, and two runs batted in. Anderson scored two runs and drew two walks in limited action.
St. Louis’ top relief prospect, Chris Perez, made just two appearances. In two innings of work, Perez allowed one run and notched two strike outs.
Behind Silver winner Cuba, Japan took the Bronze for third place. The hosts finished in eighth place.
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