Cubs prospect Matt Mervis taking WBC as learning experience: ‘I still have a lot of work to do’

Cubs prospect Matt Mervis, representing Team Israel, flies out to centerfield during the first inning against the Dominican Republic at loanDepot park on March 14, 2023 in Miami, Florida.


MESA, Ariz. — Matt Mervis was the first to return to the Cubs’ spring-training camp with Israel eliminated from the World Baseball Classic. 

“It was fun,” Mervis said Friday, his first day back. “It was obviously challenging. We played some of the best teams and some of the best players in the world. But, overall, I think it’s a really good experience for not only me, but Team Israel as a whole. I’m just honored to have had the opportunity to play for them.”

Finishing fourth in Pool D, Israel automatically qualified for the 2026 WBC. They were in a pool headlined by heavyweights Venezuela, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. 

“The main thing with Matt is, he got a really cool experience,” manager David Ross said. “Playing in the WBC, playing against some really good competition, some of the best in the world, in that environment is really important. It’s an experience that you wish everybody could go through. 

“We’ll let him get back here, have his at-bats and see where things fall. It’s nice to have him back in camp, I know that.”

Mervis, a first-base prospect, had a hit and a walk against Nicaragua in his first WBC game. But he went 0-for-10 the rest of the tournament.

“It shows that I still have a lot of work to do,” Mervis said. “I thought I had some good at-bats but also didn’t have great success. So it was a learning experience, for …read more

Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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