2 Reds players who've hurt their cause during the WBC and 1 who's helped it

Fernando Cruz in the World Baseball Classic as part of Team Puerto Rico
Fernando Cruz in the World Baseball Classic as part of Team Puerto Rico / Eric Espada/GettyImages
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The World Baseball Classic has certainly been a polarizing event over the last few weeks, hasn't it? While I'm not necessarily a fan of the tournament myself, it's always fun to see the best international stars from their respective sports compete for their country.

The WBC has had its share of controversy, most recently with the season-ending injury to New York Mets closer Edwin Diaz. But, several young players have also experienced jubilation and have made a name for themselves on the international stage.

With that in mind, let's look at three different Cincinnati Reds players who are or have participated in the World Baseball Classic. Two players have actually hurt their cause by playing in the WBC, while one has elevated his level of play.

Reds OF Henry Ramos hurt his cause while playing in the WBC.

Henry Ramos was having a very nice spring until he jetted off to the World Baseball Classic to play for Team Puerto Rico. Yadier Molina's squad was bounced out of the WBC on Friday after a 5-4 loss to Mexico, but Ramos' time spent away from Goodyear may have cost him a spot on the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day roster.

Ramos will be returning to Reds spring training this week. Before he left for the WBC, Ramos was hitting .571 with eight hits in 14 at-bats and four RBIs while posting an OPS of 1.374.

Competition has been fierce for a spot in the Reds outfield, but it would appear as though almost every position on the Cincinnati Opening Day roster is now spoken for.

Had Ramos produced while playing in the World Baseball Classic, perhaps he'd still be in contention for a spot on the Cincinnati Reds 26-man roster. But instead, Ramos received just ABs in the WBC and didn't record a hit.

Henry Ramos will probably be designated for assignment next week and begin his 2023 season in Triple-A Louisville. It was already a long-shot for Ramos to break camp with the Reds, but that seems utterly impossible after his trip to the World Baseball Classic.