Pool C Predicted Finish: Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Spain
Notable players: Robinson Cano, Hanley Ramirez, Alejandro de Aza, Nelson Cruz
Manager: Tony Pena
First game: March 7 vs. Venezuela
The Dominican Republic team was stunned in 2009, losing twice to the Netherlands in the first round to head home early. This year's roster is absolutely stacked and should compete for the title. The pitching staff includes Edinson Volquez, Wandy Rodriguez, and Octavio Dotel, among others. More importantly, Carlos Marmol is not around to mess things up.
Notable players: Miguel Cabrera, Pablo Sandoval, Marco Scutaro, Anibal Sanchez
Manager: Luis Sojo
First game: March 7 vs. Dominican Republic
Of course, this roster is also loaded with talent and could give the Dominican team trouble right away. Venezuela finished 6-2 in 2009, losing once to the U.S. in the first round and then dropping their last game against Korea in the final round.
Notable players: Carlos Beltran, Alex Rios, Angel Pagan
Manager: Edwin Rodriguez
First game: March 8 vs. Spain
Puerto Rico has a good team, but it has little chance of advancing. It will be interesting to see if there is a huge upset waiting to happen in this pool. Beltran hit .421 in 2009 and will lead a decent offense, but the pitching staff may not be strong enough this year.
Notable players: Rhiner Cruz, Engel Beltre, Paco Figueroa
Manager: Mauro Mazzotti
First game: March 8 vs. Puerto Rico
Spain has never been in the WBC but defeated France, South Africa, and Israel to qualify this year. Now they'll be playing virtual MLB All-Star teams. Spain advancing would be the ultimate March Madness.
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