Sunday, February 9, 2014
Andres Avila gives Hermosillo a championship
Yesterday, Avila's third Mexican offseason squad, the Naranjeros de Hermosillo, clinched the Serie Del Caribe crown in Margarita the previous evening with a whopping 7-1 defeat over Puerto Rico. Up 7-0 in the 9th inning, it would be an Oakland Athletics pitcher to officially bestow the Naranjeros with the championship in the 16th ever Serie Del Caribe event, which in case you didn't know is a congregation of victors from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic for Caribbean supremacy every February. Avila struggled to certain extent in his 3rd SDC performance thus far, having retired all four batters he had faced as of previously between two appearances, as he permitted a run scoring sacrifice fly off the bat of Rio Ruiz in immediate succession of a walk and a double allowed just prior. However, Avila regrouped and acknowledged the still massive six run advantage, inducing a groundout and then throwing the final pitch of the Caribbean offseason to strike out major leaguer, Martin Maldonado, swinging. Avila had a brilliant offseason between the Caneros de los Mochis, Mayos de Navajos, and the Naranjeros, compiling a cumulative 40 appearances and 47 2/3 IP with 44 H, 14 R (3 HR), 14 BB, and 38 K as he likely shall once more attempt Stockton after commencing with the Ports straight out of Vermont and being promptly annihilated in 2013. Additionally, fellow countryman Jesus Castillo joins within the celebratory festivities after making a lone outing in the 4th contest and going 2 2/3 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 7 GB/0 FB to have his campaign conclude with a 52 2/3 IP (38 appearances), 56 H, 10 ER (1 HR), 20 BB, 25 K statistical record. The Rockhound just recently received startlingly positive ZiPS projection, but in all likelihood shall remain hidden within the Midland bullpen for 2014.
Alberto Callaspo and the Navegantes de Magallanes were bested in the second consecutive bout to Puerto Rico and thus Callaspo had his offseason attempt conclude after 33 contests and 164 PAs, with a 37-130 batting record, a 25:17 BB/K, 3 dingers and 6 doubles hit for an accumulated slash of .285/.397/.380. His fellow postseason companions, Fernando Abad and Darwin Perez, unfortunately did not accompany him to Margarita and rather began preparations for the A's spring training proceedings. Abad, who is out of options, had a marvelous stint between the Toros Del. Este (DR) and Magallanes, permitting zero walks through 17 appearances: 18 IP, 25 H, 7 R, 0 BB, 15 K. He ought to service in the Athletics opening day bullpen aside from a disastrous March. Darwin Perez made but a lone two postseason appearances with zero plate appearances as the squad's reserve pinch runner, but had a regular season attempt going 8-26 with 2 2Bs and a 11:7 BB/K.
The only other Oakland representative in a format such as this was Manaurys Correa who had six outings and amassed 27 1/3 IP with a horrendous 32 H, 15 R (4 HR), 11 BB, 5 K result for the usually precision precise asset. Similarly to Darwin Perez, Correa was inked away as a MiLB FA formally from Anaheim's system and shall assuredly start in Midland for 2014. Jeremy McBryde, Anthony Aliotti, Jefry Marte, Antonio Lamas, and Shane Peterson all participated with Caribbean ballclubs as well, but their statistical exploits are far too minimal to gauge any consensus on, that'll have to wait until April.