Japanese Postings and International Free Agents

November 22nd, 2017

It appears that the Japanese posting procedures have been finalized. They will grandfather in the posting procedure that was in place last year for this coming season and then next year move to a system where the Japanese team only gets a percentage of a players contract, with that percentage rising the lower the contract. With the salary restrictions placed on Shohei Otani’s potential contract this year because of international salary cap ceilings, the rules for a percentage of the contract would not provide enough money to the Nippon Ham Fighters to give them any incentive to post Otani. So below are the top possible postings and the free agents that may be coming from Japan next year.

Shohei Otani (RHP/OFer) - enough has been written about him. The Babe Ruth of Japan will get the maximum posting of $20 million from at least a dozen major league teams who would like to negotiate with him. His contract will be cheap so if you don’t get him you don’t lose any money. Myworld’s concern with Otani is his injury history. That may restrict his ability to be a two way player. He is currently rehabbing from ankle surgery.

Dennis Sarfate (RHP) - After breaking the Japanese save record in a season and being the first reliever to save over 50 games the Softbank Hawks signed the 36 year old to an extension. A number of major league teams have expressed an interest in signing Sarfate. To do that the Hawks would have to release him or post him. Sarfate has redefined his career in Japan with a split fingered fastball. In the major leagues he would probably not be a closer but a set up man.

Kazuhisa Makita (RHP) - At 33 years of age he has asked to be posted. The Seibu Lions have agreed to post him. He will not break the bank with his posting. A set up pitcher in Japan he relies on a funky delivery to achieve success. Those types of pitchers have early success in the major leagues but their effectiveness wanes as hitters get more accustomed to their delivery. Because of his time in the NPB he will not be subject to international salary cap restrictions.

Free Agents

Hideaki Wakui (RHP) - A pitcher for the Chibba Lotte Marines, did not pick one of his better years in which to declare free agency. His best seasons were from 2007 to 2010. Last year he was 5-11, 3.99. He is an arm and at 31 does have some years left. He is not overpowering, relying on an assortment of pitches and a high left leg kick to add some funk to his delivery. Teams who need arms for the bullpen will look at signing him.

Yoshihisa Hirano (RHP) - The closer for the Orix Buffaloes is 33. His fastball hits the mid-90s and he has a forkball. His most likely role in the major leagues will be as a set up pitcher. His strikeout numbers have not been overwhelming since 2014. He began his career as a starting pitcher but after three years converted to relief, where he was first the set-up man and after 2012 converted to closer for the Buffaloes. Teams who need arms to fill their bullpen will look at signing him.

Two other international free agents, Shinya Tsuruoka and Shota Ono are catchers who will probably stay in Japan. Tsuruoka is an older catcher (36) who is not even a starter for his NPB team (Softbank Hawks). Ono is younger and catches for Otani. Teams could try to attract Otani by signing Ono as his personal catcher if they feel there is a connection. Ono does not have much of a bat with a .216 career average.

North Beats South in Mexican League All Star Game

November 22nd, 2017

The North got a solo homerun from Jose Amador in the seventh and went on to beat the South in the Mexican League All Star game 3-1. Other offensive heroes for the North include Jovan Rosa who drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Alejandro Flores, who drove in a run with a single.

The North also got solid pitching performances from their first eight pitchers throwing eight shutout innings. The South was finally able to score in the ninth inning on a RBI single by Amadeo Zazueta, the third hit of the inning. Derrick Loop, who pitched for the South, was the star pitcher of the game, facing four batters in relief and striking out all four hitters.

Japan Blanks Korea to Win Asian Championship

November 20th, 2017

In the first ever Asian championship from the three professional Asian Leagues featuring players 23 and under Japan continued their domination, blanking Korea 7-0 in the final and finishing undefeated in the three games. Kazuto Taguchi pitched seven innings of shutout ball, allowing just three hits to lead Japan to the victory. Tsuyoshi Ishizaki and Yasuaki Yamasaki each worked a perfect inning of shutout ball to complete the shutout. The attendance figure was listed at 30,498, a little less than the crowd that would attend Yomiuri Giants games, but a good crowd for this series.

The first two runs of the ball game were driven in by series MVP Shuta Tonosaki. He contributed RBI singles in the fourth and fifth innings to give Japan an early 2-0 lead. Ryoma Nishikawa drove in two more runs in the fifth inning with a double.

Nishikawa also slammed a solo homerun in the seventh to finish the game with three RBIs. Hotaka Yamakawa drove in two runs with a single in the sixth inning.

Korea strung together back to back two out singles in the fifth inning to place two runners on base for the first and only time in the game. Min-Woo Park grounded out to end the threat. The Japanese pitchers retired the next 12 hitters to sweep through the series.

The MVP of the tourney was Shuta Tonosaki, who finished the series driving in four runs. The All Asian Series team was:

Catcher - Ju-Suk Ha (Korea), First Base - Yu-Hsien Chu (Taiwan), Second Base - Min-Woo Park (Korea), Third Base - Ryoma Nishikawa (Japan), Shortstop - Ha-Seong Kim (Korea), Outfield - Shuta Tonosaki (Japan), Go Matsumoto (Japan) and Po-Jung Wang (Taiwan), designated hitter - Kensuke Kondo (Japan), Pitcher - Kazuto Taguchi (Japan)

Japan Eliminates Taiwan from Asian Series

November 19th, 2017

The championship of the Asia Series will see powerhouse Japan duke it out with Korea. This after they had clobbered Taiwan 8-2. Japan will have a rematch with Korea who they had beaten earlier this year 1-0.

Yota Kyoda led the Japanese offense with a two run single in the fifth and an RBI single in the eighth. Shuta Tonosaki got the scoring started for Japan with a solo shot in the second inning. He added an RBI double in the ninth to close out the scoring.

Shoto Imanaga went six innings to shut out Taiwan, giving up just three hits and striking out 12. Taiwan scored their first runs in the ninth inning after the game was pretty much decided. Yu-Hsien Chu started the inning with a solo homerun. Chieh-Hsien Chen was hit by a pitch to force in a run. With the bases loaded Pin-Chieh Chen grounded into a double play to end the game.

Acuna Leads Peoria to AFL Championship

November 19th, 2017

Ronald Acuna was the MVP of the Arizona Fall League. He was also the MVP of the championship match, driving in four of the eight runs in the Peoria Javelinas 8-2 whipping of the Mesa Solar Sox. Mesa scored two runs in the first inning to take an early 2-0 lead but it was all Peoria after that.

Acuna drove in his first run in the third inning with a single to tie the game. Alex Jackson delivered the big hit of the inning with a two run single to give the Javelinas a 4-2 lead.

The fourth inning saw Acuna punch a single to drive in two to increase the Javelina lead to 6-2. in the eighth he hit a sacrifice fly to end the scoring for Peoria.

Mesa strafed 10 hits off the Peoria pitching staff but three double plays by the middle infield combination of Lourdes Gurriel and Luis Urias short circuited three innings. Mesa entered the game as defending champions. Peoria won for the first time since 2012. It was their sixth AFL championship.

Asia Series Results

November 18th, 2017

In the past the Asia Series would pit the champions of the NPB, CPBL and KBO against each other, adding an All Star team from China and then later on the champion of the ABL. The attendance for these games was lacking resulting in the abandonment of the sponsor and the ending of the series. This year Japan, Korea and Taiwan have renewed the Asian Series, but this time they are pitting All Star teams of 23 and under prospects against each other. Each team is allowed to play three players who fall above that age requirement. Japan usually dominates these events, but the games are always competitive.

Japan 8 Korea 7

Japan rallied for four runs in the bottom of the tenth inning to win the game 8-7. Seiji Uebayashi slugged a three run homer to tie the game and Tatsuhiro Tamura got the walk off double to give Japan the victory. In the top of the tenth Korea had scored three runs to break a 4-4 tie.

Korea scored four runs in the fourth inning. Ha-Seong Kim started the inning off with a solo homerun. Jung-Hoo Lee ended the scoring with a two run double. Japan rallied back with Hotaka Yamakawa slugging a two run homer in the sixth. In the ninth the Korean pitchers got a little wild, walking two and giving up a hit to load the bases. Yota Kyoda walked to force in the tying run to send the game into extra innings.

Korea got the fireworks started in the tenth with an RBI double from Ji-Hyuk Ryu and a two run double from Ju-Suk Ha, who had driven in a run earlier with a sacrifice fly in the four run fourth. After the Korean bullpen could not protect a one run lead in the ninth, they failed to protect a three run lead in the 10th. With two runners put on base for the extra inning rule Uebayashi slugged a one out 3-run homer to quickly tie the game. Ryoma Nishikawa singled and stole second. Tatsuhiro Tamura ended the game with a double.

Korea 1 Taiwan 0

It was a pitcher’s duel. Kuan-Yu Chen gave up only one run in his 5.2 innings of work. Gi-Yeong Im only allowed two hits in his seven innings of shutout ball. He struck out seven and walked three.

A two out walk and a triple from Jung-Hoo Lee in the sixth inning scored the only run of the game. Pill-Joon Jang got the last four outs, striking out three to seal off the victory for Korea.

If Japan beats Taiwan tomorrow Korea and Japan will play in the championship. If Taiwan wins the series will knot into a three way tie for first at 1-1. A tie breaker will identify the two teams to square off in the championship match.

Australian League Opener

November 17th, 2017

The Australian Baseball League had its league opener across the waters between the Brisbane Bandits and the Canberra Cavalry. The Bandits stole the game with four runs in the seventh to break a 4-4 tie and ultimately win the game 8-5.

Logan Wade strung together two hits to drive in two runs to lead the Bandits. He hit a two run homer in the fourth to tie the game at 3-3. His two run single in the seventh drove in the first two runs of the inning to break a 4-4 tie. Catcher Adam Weisenburger drove in the other two runs in the inning with a single. Canberra pitchers walked three hitters in the inning, one of them intentionally.

David Kandilas smashed a two run homer for the cavalry in the fourth to give Canberra a 3-1 lead. Robbie Perkins delivered a solo shot in the 8th to close out the scoring for the Cavalry. T.J. Bennett hit a solo shot in the fifth for Brisbane to give the Bandits a brief 4-3 lead.

Myworld’s Top Ten Third Base Prospects

November 15th, 2017

This is a position reserved for power hitters. Many of those power hitters like Jim Thome or Miguel Sano get too big for the position and have to move to first base or DH. Below are the players myworld sees as the top ten at third base.

1. Nick Senzel (Reds) - The first round pick of the Reds in 2016 and the second player drafted overall should hit for both average and power. Last year he combined to hit .321 between High A and AA, with his average increasing from .305 to .340 when promoted to AA. He also hit 14 homeruns with a slugging average of .514. Defensively, he has the quickness to stay at the position, but do not expect any gold gloves. The Reds traded Todd Frazier to make room for Senzel. Eugenio Suarez, the current occupier of the position can play a super utility role, having played second, short and left field in his time with the Reds. Expect to see Senzel at this position in 2018.

2. Vladimir Guerrero (Blue Jays) - His bat may not be as productive as his father and his arm is not as strong. He does carry more patience, walking 76 times last year. In his last three years in the major leagues his father walked 71 times, though he did show more patience earlier in his career (or pitchers feared him so much they did not give him a pitch to hit). The big question with Junior is whether he can handle the position defensively. Last year he hit .323 with 13 homeruns and a .485 slugging average between Low and High A. Those numbers should increase as he matures. Myworld would not be surprised if he is moved to left field or first base, though his lack of speed would make him a liability on defense in the outfield.

3. Michael Chavis (Red Sox) - Rafael Devers had some success last year at third base for the Red Sox. That seems to create an impediment for Chavis to move there at the major league level. Chavis may not have the hit tool of Devers (.282) but he hits for more power with his 31 homeruns between High A and AA. Like Devers, defense is not a strong point for Chavis. His lack of speed will make moving to the outfield difficult. The Red Sox have one more year to decide who they move to first base, or use one of them as trade bait.

4. Brian Anderson (Marlins) - Myworld was impressed how frequently the third round 2014 pick peppered the gap during spring training. The ball seems to jump off his bat when he makes contact. Currently his power is more dedicated to the gaps. In a brief major league callup he hit 7 doubles in 84 at bats. At AA and AAA he combined for 22 homeruns and 21 doubles, hitting .275. His power could improve once he shows better patience at the plate. Defensively he has all the tools to play the position. He should be the starter at the position for the Marlins in 2018.

5. Austin Riley (Braves) - Austin is currently tearing it up in the Arizona Fall League. This after he hit 20 homeruns at High A and AA last year. If Austin can tame his swings and misses the average could go higher and more balls would carry the fence. Defensively he is adequate at third. With another solid performance in AA he could be with the Braves by mid-season in 2018. They do not have any top player to stop him from advancing.

6. Miguel Andujar (Yankees) - The Yankees have a glut of middle infielders (Gleyber Torres), some of whom they may have to accommodate at third to get their bat in the lineup. Currently, most of his power fills the gaps, with 38 doubles last year, two in the major leagues. As he matures those 16 homeruns he hit last year could translate to 30 plus. It would be hard to find a better arm than Miguel and if he had the speed a move to right field would be perfect (but that would require supplanting Aaron Judge). Last year he hit .571 in a seven at bat major league September callup. Expect him to see more time at the major league level next year.

7. Jake Burger (White Sox) - Jake was a first round pick of the White Sox last year. There is little doubt he will be a hitting machine, though in a 13 at bat minor league debut he hit just .154. The big concern with Jake is his stay puff marshmellow physique, which could force a move away from third. Currently his physique allows him the quickness to play third. If he continues to bulk up he may have to move to first. Not a lot of players can match his work ethic. Drafted out of college if Jake hits he will be moved up quickly.

8. Colton Walker (Rockies) - Unlike Ryan McMahon, Colton as a few more years in the minor leagues to play third base before the Rockies have to make a decision on whether to keep Nolan Arenado. The biggest strength for Colton is his defense. He was a shortstop in high school, so playing third is a good transition for him, especially because of his lack of speed. Last year in his first full season at Low A he hit .350. The power is still absent (6 homeruns) but it should come as he gains strength.

9. Lucas Erceg (Brewers) - The second round 2016 pick has the power to play the position. He struggled with the bat a little bit more last year than his debut 2016 half season, hitting just .256 at High A. The power showed mainly in the gaps with 33 doubles, but he did slug 15 homeruns for a .417 slugging average. As he gets stronger the power will carry more balls over the fence. He should be a stand out defensively and eventually move Travis Shaw to first base.

10. Adrian Rondon (Rays) - The Rays shelled out $2.95 million to sign him. At the time he was a shortstop. A lack of speed forced a move to third base. Too many swings and misses (129) impacted his average (.221). When he makes contact the ball travels well off the bat. Only 19, myworld would not be surprised if he spends another season in Low A to deal with his lack of contact issues. The defense will be solid.

Other players to note:

Ryan McMahon (Rockies) - On talent alone he would make this top ten just after Andujar. We already listed him at second base and do not see him playing third for the Rockies as long as Arenado fills this spot. Defensively he is not as strong as Walker so when Walker is ready and Arenado gone McMahon will be at first or second.

Ryan Mountcastle (Orioles) - He does not have the range to play short. When promoted to AA last year he played third. The power could be short for the position making a move to second more logical.

Bobby Dalbec (Red Sox) - That shortage at third base for the Red Sox is turning into a surplus. There is still too much swing and miss in his bat (132 in 85 games). If that can be toned down the power is there to play the position.

Colin Moran (Astros) - He was an RBI machine in college. That did not transition to the major leagues. Last year he had a break out season with 18 homeruns, earning a promotion to the major leagues. A hit by pitch put an early stop to his season. It will be interesting if last year was an aberration or part of his new self.

J.D. Davis (Astros) - Davis has some power in his bat but a lack of quickness and Bregman and Moran could force a move to another position. A lack of speed leaves first base as the most desirable option.

Hunter Dozier (Royals) - The first round 2013 pick has taken some time to develop. Injuries limited him to 33 games last year. Alex Gordon struggled for a number of years with the Royals while trying to play third base until they moved him to the outfield. Perhaps this will have to be done for Dozier to get his bat working.

Renato Nunez (Athletics) - He has good power in his bat but an inability to make consistent contact. His poor fielding makes a move to first almost guaranteed, especially with the depth the Athletics have at third.

Ke’Bryan Hayes (Pirates) - The Pirates first round pick in 2015 lacks the power for the position. He is an above average defender.

Christian Arroyo (Giants) - A tweener. The first round 2013 pick does not have the range for short or the power for third.

Venezuela Winter League Update

November 13th, 2017

Not a lot of big time prospects in Venezuela with the perceived safety issues. If there are any prospects they are Venezuelan natives playing in their home town.

Aragua Tigres (17-9)

Jose Vargas (.244, 9, 24) got off to a fast homerun start but has cooled off. Strikeouts (26) have plagued the veteran. He is still the big bat on the Tigres, leading the team in homeruns and RBIs. Alberto Callaspo (.378, 0, 15) has been the top dog on the team with his 8 doubles. He also has a 17/7 walk to whiff ratio.

Pitching has been superb with a trio of starters in Guillermo Moscoso (2-1, 1.44), Robert Zarate (1-1, 1.85) and Freddy Garcia (2-0, 2.18). The three pitchers have combined for 10 walks in 15 starts.

Caracas Leones (17-12)

No big homerun bats on this team. Wilfredo Tovar (.381, 0, 17) is spraying the gaps with six doubles and four triples. Alexander Palma (.328, 0, 13) leads the team in doubles with 8 and runs scored with 23. The Leones are waiting for the bat of Jesus Guzman (.262, 2, 14) to get hot. He leads the team in strikeouts (24) but also walks (17).

No real dominating performances by any of their pitchers.

Zulia Aguilas (15-12)

Their two big bats are coming from Puerto Rican David Vidal (.274, 6, 17) and journeyman minor leaguer Zach Houchins (.265, 4, 19). David leads the team in homeruns and Zach in RBIs.

Cuban Reiner Roibal (2-1, 1.61) is turning into their ace. The opposition is hitting just .205 against him and he has a 3/25 walk to whiff ratio in 22 innings. He has only given up one run in his last two starts, covering 11 innings and striking out 16. Elieser Hernandez (2-1, 2.11) has five solid starts limiting the opposition to a .162 average against him.

Magallanes Navegantes (16-13)

Adonis Garcia (.406, 0, 5) has recently arrived with a hot bat, stringing together a seven game hitting streak. Veteran Mexican Leaguer Jesus Valdez (.358, 10, 35) leads the league in homeruns and RBIs. Luis Torrens (.277, 1, 14) was a Rule V pick from the Yankees by the Padres but is getting much needed at bats this winter. Ronny Cedeno (.347, 1, 13) and Andres Blanco (.345, 3, 9) are two more productive bats.

Hassan Pena (1-0, 0.63, 8 saves) has already picked up 8 saves, which includes half of Navegantes wins.

Anzoátegui Caribes (13-16)

Balbino Fuenmayor (.413, 3, 18) is one of my favorite players down there. His homerun bat is coming alive with three in his last 5 games. He also has split the gaps with four doubles in those five games. Rene Reyes (.404, 2, 10) gives the Caribes two hitters who have played 10 or more games who are hitting over .400. The veteran slugger Luis Jimeniz (.254, 2, 9) is dragging just a little.

No pitchers to note.

Lara Cardenales (12-15)

Henry Urrutia (.352, 2, 18) has hit two homeruns in his last two games. He needs to hit because he provides no defense in the outfield. Rangel Ravelo (.432, 2, 5) has recently arrived to assault Venezuelan pitchers. Jesus Montero (.305, 5, 15) has cooled off since his fast start. The former top prospect of the Yankees was released by two teams last year.

Ryan Kelly (0-1, 1.69, 7 saves) has been lights out in his closer role, limiting the opposition to a .140 average.

La Guairá Tiburones (11-16)

With Ozzie Guillen managing they are sitting near the bottom of the standings. Recent arrival Jose Martinez (.452, 1, 8) is a hitting machine. He has 8 RBIs and 9 runs scored in 8 games.

Seth Rosin (2 saves) has yet to give up a run in 11 appearances.

Margarita Bravos

As a team they only have two homeruns. All other teams have at least one player on their roster with two or more homeruns. Cade Gotta (.362, 0, 11) is splitting the gaps with 10 doubles and has scored 22 runs.

Manny Corpas (0-2, 1.86, 2 saves) has been doing some closer work.

Mexican League Update

November 11th, 2017

The Mexican Winter League is composed mainly of veteran Mexican summer league prospects and former journeymen major leaguers trying to make a living extending their baseball careers. There are not a lot of prospects to weed out from these teams. They have two halves, with the winner of the halves qualifying for the playoff. The other teams become eligible based on a point system. Below is an update of the season to date. Five teams are separated by just a game for first place.

Culiacan Tomateros (15-11)

Sebastian Elizalde (.367, 3, 13) is their top hitter, leading the team in all Triple Crown categories, including runs scored with 17. He also leads the team in stolen bases with 6. Not far behind is Alfredo Amezaga who is hitting .333. Both players have more walks than whiffs.

Pitching is the reason they hold the top spot with Dan Rodriguez (3-0, 0.87) the ace. In five starts he has limited the opposition to a .137 average and a 0.71 WHIP. Edgar Gonzalez (1-1, 1.88) and Anthony Vasquez (2-1, 2.76) have not been quite as dominant, but effective nonetheless. Chad Gaudin shores up the bullpen with five saves. He has yet to give up a run in his seven appearances.

Mexicali Aguilas (14-12)

Daniel Castro gets on base with his .387 average allowing him to score 17 runs. He has an 8/4 walk to whiff ratio. Walter Ibarra (.356, 5, 15) and C.J. Retherford (.211, 4, 16) drive the runs in. Chris Roberson (.340, 4, 10) is the igniter from the leadoff spot, second in runs scored with 16.

Rolando Valdez (1-0, 1.71) is their top starter. Ryan Kussmaul (1.98 ERA with 10 saves) has been racking up the saves.

Jalisco Charros (14-12)

Tony Tarrasco is their manager. Manny Rodriguez (.388, 4, 26) is their big bat. His 20 runs scored and 11 doubles are also team bests as well as the Triple Crown categories. Veteran Agustin Murrillo (.268, 4, 12) shares the team homerun lead with Manny. Billy Burns (.295, 13 runs scored) leads the team in stolen bases with 7. Japhet Amador is a recent arrival from Japan and in five games is making a difference, hitting .375 with one homerun and five RBIs. Chris Colabello (.246, 1,8) is trying to rejuvenate his bat in Mexico.

No pitchers to brag about except for closer Robert Stock, who has picked up four saves and has yet to give up a run in 11 appearances.

Hermosillo Naranjeros (14-12)

Domonic Brown (.365, 4, 10) is raking. His 20 runs scored is tied for the team lead with Efren Navarro (.343, 2, 19). Bryce Brentz (.205, 6, 20) leads the team in homeruns and RBIs but his 22 whiffs lead to too many quiet at bats. Hunter Dozier (.211, 4, 12) also has 22 whiffs. Fernando Perez (.361, 5, 15) is also another productive bat.

Cesar Vargas (1-2, 3.09) has only two starts but 8 relief appearances. He leads the team and league in whiffs with 30 in 24 innings. His two starts have been mixed with one shutout performance in four innings and one three run outing in 4.2 innings where he walked three of his season total five hitters. Chandler Shepherd (3-0, 2.59) has been the ace of the staff.

Mazatlan Venados (14-12)

Jeremias Pineda (.403, 0, 5) has been a difference maker in the 18 games he has played. He has stolen 16 bases without being caught and scored 21 runs. He has no power with just one double and one triple of his 31 hits. Brian Hernandez (.300, 3, 17) leads the team in RBIs while Corey Brown (.299, 4, 11) takes the top spot in homeruns. Garin Cecchini (.288, 1, 11), brother of Mets prospect Gavin, is trying to attract the attention of major league scouts.

Los Mochis Caneros (12-14)

Sebastian Valle (.190, 5, 9) has been providing too many swings and misses (26) but leads the team in homeruns. Minimal offense here.

The 6′6″ Akeem Bostick (2.78 ERA) has been lights out in his six starts, pitching in five innings in only two of his starts, limiting his ability to get any W’s. He has 25 whiffs in 22.2 innings. His ERA would be much lower but he gave up five of his season seven earned runs in his first start. Maikel Cleto (1-2, 3.63, 7 saves) has been a bit wild with 10 walks in 17 innings as the closer.

Navojoa Mayos (12-14)

The Cuban Randy Arozarena (.293,5, 14) is trying to spruce up his bat but a 4/24 walk to whiff ratio is cause for concern. His 20 runs scored leads the team. Jovan Rosa (.323, 6, 20) leads the team in homeruns and RBIs. Jesus Castillo (.323, 4, 18) and Alan Sanchez (.318, 4, 19) are two other productive bats worth noting.

Raul Carillo (0-4, 2.00) has been pitching in bad luck, taking four losses in five starts despite giving up only 8 runs. Zach Dodson (2-2, 2.97) and Tyler Kane (3-1, 3.09) have had a little more success in the rotation.

Obregon Yaquis (9-17)

Cedric Hunter (.262, 4, 10) is their most productive bat. Felix Pie (.305, 0, 5) is the only player hitting above .300. Alex Liddi (.156, 1, 3), Irving Falu (.212, 0, 4), Jake Smolinski (.184, 2, 5) and Reid Brignac (.206, 0, 1) are ex-major leaguers impressing no one.

David Reyes (2-0, 2.78) has pitched well in his four starts. Pablo Ortega (0-5, 5.70) has lost five of his six starts.