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2017 World Cup Under 12 All Tournament Team and Other Deserving Players

Monday, August 7th, 2017

Below are some of the awards that were given out to players for their performance in the 12 and under World Cup. These awards were normally handed out to players who performed on winning teams. Below the all tournament team myworld lists some other players who performed well in the tournament.

All Tournament Team

MVP Kai Caranto (United States) - .391 average, 2 homeruns and 17 RBIs with 9 stolen bases

Top Hitter Reiji Toi (Japan) - .706, 1, 7 with 7 stolen bases

Top Pitcher - Chia-Cheng Chao (Taiwan) - 2-0, 0.69 with 15 K’s

Top Defensive Player - Pai Chen An (Taiwan) - .556, 5, 14

Starting Pitcher - Chao Chia Cheng (Taiwan) - 2-0, 0.69 with 15 K’s
Relief Pitcher - Joshua Atomanczyk (United States) - .381, 5, 12, 2-0, 1.24 ERA
Catcher - Pai Chen An (Taiwan) - .556, 5, 14
First Base - Raffaele Velazquez (United States) - .455, 1, 8
Second Base - Cesar Monjeras (Mexico) - .393, 3, 15 with 11 runs scored
Third Base - Chan-Seo Lee (Korea) - .385, 0, 4
Shortstop - Kai Caranto (United States) - .391, 2, 17, 9 stolen bases
Outfield - Adan Sanchez (Panama) - .750, 4, 7 with 15 runs scored
Jose Tirado (Mexico) - .654, 5, 15 with 13 runs scored
Toi (Japan) - .706, 1, 7 with 7 stolen bases

Other Players to Recognize

United States

Benjamin Reiland - .643, 1, 9 with 16 runs scored and 9 stolen bases
Spencer Butt - .600, 1, 3 with 6 stolen bases
Brad Burnes - .391, 2, 9 with 10 runs scored and 11 stolen bases
Brandon Olivera - 1-0, 1.71

Taiwan

Yi-Lei Sun - .524, 2, 5 with 11 runs scored and 9 stolen bases
Yu-En Chien - .467, 2, 6 with 13 runs scored and 8 stolen bases
Yi-Cheng Yang - .444, 2, 10 with 14 runs scored and 10 stolen bases
Shuo-Heng Han - 1-0, 0.75 with 15 K’s, .409, 4, 12 with 11 runs scored
Sheng-Wei Yang - 1-0, 1.06

Mexico

Juan Saldana - .450, 2, 9
Antonis Macias - .417, 2, 8 with 13 runs scored
Juan Hernandez - 4-0, 1.32

Japan

Koki Yamaguchi - .563, 1, 9
Daisuke Mori - .348, 2, 7 with 13 runs scored and 7 stolen bases

Korea

Jeong-Gyu Woo - .474, 0, 3
Seong-Mu Jang - .444, 0, 6

Nicaragua

Bryant Machado - .417, 1, 7 with 8 runs scored

Panama

Dimas Oda - .529, 0, 4 with 5 doubles
Emanuel Villarreal - 2-0, 1.44 12 K’s

Czech Republic

Lukas Hurta - .450, 1, 4 with 4 doubles

Brazil

Gabriel Ota - .412, 0, 5

Australia

David Hyde - .409, 0, 5, 1-1, 1.33

Russia

Jared Riffel - .417, 2, 5

Germany

Kilian Redle - .333, 1, 3

Under 12 World Cup - Gold Medal Participants Decided

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

The United States will get their rematch against Taiwan in the gold medal match after disposing of a tough Mexico team. Japan will battle with Mexico for the bronze.

United States 12 Mexico 10

The two teams combined for 11 runs in the fourth inning, with the United States scoring six. The United States showed some speed on the bases with eight stolen bases, Benjamin Reiland accounting for four of them in a 4 for 4 day with three runs scored. Joshua Atomanczyk did not go deep but the Mexican pitchers were cautious with him. He walked twice, stole two bases on a 2 for 2 day with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs. Kai Caranto only got one hit but it was a big one, a three run shot in the fourth. Kai added a sacrifice fly to drive in four for the game. Kai also struck out the last two batters with two runners on in the sixth to close out the game. Spencer Butt also went deep for the United States.

Juan Tirado and Alan Nava went deep for Mexico. Nava had a big three run blast in the five run fourth that had put Mexico up 8-5.

Japan 6 Korea 5

The two teams remained scoreless the first four innings. Korea surprised Japan with a five run outburst in the top of the fifth. Japan took advantage of two fielding errors by Korea to score four. Three walks in the bottom of the sixth set the stage for Koki Yamaguchi, who doubled over the head of the centerfielder to score two runners and end the game. It was his second double of the game. His double in the fifth also plated a runner to give him three RBIs for the day.

Seung-Won Ji corralled three hits on the day for Korea. Reiji Toi was a perfect 3 for 3 for Japan.

Taiwan 9 Nicaragua 1

The Taiwan bats have been explosive in the super round with 10 homeruns in two games. There were no homeruns in this game but Taiwan took advantage of eight walks and three errors to ride over Nicaragua. They used their speed to steal five bases with Yi-Lei Sun accounting for three. Sun scored twice as did Shuo-Heng Han and Chen-An Pai. Pai did not have an official at bat, walking once and being hit by a pitch twice.

Under 12 World Cup - Playoffs Day 2 Expect the Unexpected

Friday, August 4th, 2017

The United States bounced back after their thrashing by Taiwan to beat Japan. Nicaragua upset the powerful Mexican team. The only team consistent in this world cup was the play of Taiwan as their bats stayed hot and their pitching continued its dominance in their win over Korea.

United States 6 Japan 3

The United States team bounced back after their ugly loss to Taiwan or perhaps it was Joshua Atomanczyk who bounced back. Joshua slugged two homeruns and drove in five of the United States six runs in beating Japan. He also was the starting pitcher going 5.1 innings. Three United States errors allowed two of the three runs to score against him to be unearned. Leadoff hitter Benjamin Reiland was on base both times Joshua went deep and scored a third run on a Raffaele Velazquez single. Daisuke Mori hit a solo shot for Japan.

Nicaragua 9 Mexico 7

Nicaragua exploded for six runs in the fourth inning to upset Mexico. Tito Martinez had the big hit with a bases clearing three run double to give Nicaragua a lead they would not relinquish. Mexico did bring the go ahead run to the plate in the sixth and last inning but Bryant Macado was able to retire him on a fly out to secure the win. Cesar Monjares carried the big bat for Mexico on a 2 for 2 day with a homerun, hit by pitch, sacrifice fly and four RBIs.

Taiwan 11 Korea 1

Korea had a brief 1-0 lead after two. Then the big bats of Taiwan repeated what they did against the United States with five homeruns. For his fourth consecutive game Shuo-Heng Han parked a pitch over the fence. Yi-Wei Tseng, Chen-An Pan, Yi-Lei Sun and Shu-Wei Kuo all hit homeruns for Taiwan. Kuo led the team with three RBIs, including a two run homer. All the other homers were solo shots. Sheng-Wei Yang worked four innings to earn the victory, allowing just the one run in the opening frame.

The standings that also include the won loss records of the teams in the super round:

Taiwan 3-1, United States 3-1, Japan 2-2, Mexico 2-2, Nicaragua 1-3, Korea 1-3

Under 12 World Cups - Playoffs Day 1

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Japan beat Brazil as expected to advance as the top team in their bracket, pitting them against Nicaragua. That put Mexico against the other Asian super power Korea and the United States against Taiwan. The big surprise of the playoffs is how easily Taiwan destroyed the two time defending champs, who entered the playoffs as the only undefeated team. The teams from Group A swept the teams from Group B in the opening of the super round showing at least initially who was the better group.

Japan 15 Brazil 0

Japan clinched the top spot for Group A combining 9 walks and 11 hits to plate 15 baserunners. Daisuke Mori hit a solo homerun and Kota Yonezawa drove in four to lead the Japanese offense. Kota Kato pitched three innings of one hit shutout ball. Japan ended the game in four after an 8 run outburst.

Taiwan 16 United States 2

Some days it doesn’t pay to wake up to face the day. The United States players may be thinking that after the thrashing they took from Taiwan. Taiwan put the game away with 13 runs in the last two innings to end the game in five innings against the two time defending champs. Five different players went deep for Taiwan, the first four hitters in their lineup being included in that group. Yi-Cheng Yang, Yu-En Chien, Shuo-Heng Han, Chen-An Pai and Shu-Wei Kuo all cleared the fence for Taiwan. For Han it was the third consecutive game in which he has gone deep. His grand slam in the fourth ignited a 7 run inning turning a 3-2 Japanese lead into 10-2. Han added a sacrifice fly in the six run fifth inning to finish the game with five RBIs. Yi-Wei Tseng pitched 3.2 innings of shutout relief to get the win. The United States got a solo homerun from Daniel Arambula and a 3 for 3 performance from Benjamin Reiland but they were outmuscled by the Taiwan bats.

Japan 10 Nicaragua 0

The Japanese pitching staff was too much for the Nicaraguan bats. Yuto Minamizawa got the start and tossed three innings of no hit shutout ball, striking out five. Tatsuya Kato worked the last two innings, giving up the lone hit by Nicaragua. Minamizawa helped himself on the mound with a 2 for 3 day with two runs driven in and two runs scored.

Mexico 7 Korea 2

Mexico got some of their mojo back with their win over Korea. Juan Tirado led the charge with a homerun on a 3 for 3 day with three runs scored and one RBI. Juan Saldana drove in three runs on his two hits to lead the team in production. Alan Nava scored twice and drove in two runs on a 2 for 4 day.

12 and Under World Cup - Day 5 Japan Recovers

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

After being upset by Mexico on the second day Japan has bounced back handing host Taiwan their first loss and beating Russia 31-0. Taiwan smoked Mexico to create a two way tie for first with Japan just a half game back with a makeup to play against Brazil in a game they are winning 5-0. The United States remained the only undefeated team in the tournament by blasting Germany.

Japan 7 Taiwan 5

Taiwan pitchers had gone the whole tournament without giving up a run, just coming off a 10-0 shutout earlier in the day against the powerful bats of Mexico. They had Japan shutout for the first four innings, ahead 4-0 when the Japan bats broke out of their slumber and assaulted the Taiwan pitching staff for seven runs in the last two innings. Koki Yamaguchi put a charge into the Japanese offense by blasting a 3-run homer in the top of the fifth to close the gap to one run. A wild pitch broke a 4-4 tie in the sixth but with Yamaguchi at the plate the pitcher may have been a bit nervous. Yamaguchi followed the wild pitch with an RBI single to advance the score to 6-4. Taiwan put runners on first and third with two out in their last at bats but Yu-en Chien grounded out to short to end the game. Taiwan got a solo homerun from Shuo-Heng Han, his second of the day.

Taiwan 10 Mexico 0

Coming into this game Taiwan pitchers had yet to give up a hit. Small consolation for Mexico but they got four hits, but none of their players crossed the plate. The power bats of Antonis Macias, Juan Tirado and Cesar Monjaras were a combined 1 for 6, with Tirado getting the only hit. Shuo-Heng Han worked the first 3.1 innings allowing just one hit and striking out six. The game ended after the top of the fifth when Mexico could not score a run. Han helped his cause with a homerun and three RBIs on a 2 for 3 day with three runs scored. The Taiwan lineup put a lot of pressure on the Mexican catcher, stealing 8 bases and also walking 9 times.

Mexico 8 Brazil 7

Mexico got a little complacent after their tough loss to Taiwan. Leading 7-2 they allowed Brazil to score five runs in the last three innings to tie the game. Mexico won it in the seventh when Brazil could not score after loading the bases with no outs. Juan Hernandez struck out the next two hitters and got a ground out to end the threat. Mexico got a one out walk off single from Daniel Garza to end the game. Mexico got a homerun and two RBIs from Jose Tirado, his feverish bat blasting his third homerun of the tournament. Juan Saldana also hit a homerun for Mexico. Brazil got a solo shot from Gabriel Deangelo.

United States 20 Germany 3

The United States slugged three homeruns, pieced together 16 hits with seven walks and blasted Germany. Joshua Atomanczyk bashed his third homer of the tournament and his replacement in the game Carl Rice also went deep. Trent Abel also went deep, finishing the game 4 for 4 with four RBIs and four runs scored. Gregory Pierantoni also contributed four RBIs.

Japan 31 Russia 0

This was the first game for Japan with an evening affair against undefeated Taiwan to follow. Russia remains the only team that has yet to score a run. Japan scored their 31 runs in three at bats, an 18 run third putting the game out of reach. As a team they stole 16 bases. Kota Yonezawa had a perfect 5 for 5 day with four RBIs and four runs scored. Every player in the Japanese lineup crossed the plate at least once and drove in at least one run.

Korea 5 Nicaragua 1

Korea needed the win to put them in the playoffs. Jin-Jung Lee hit a solo shot and Seung-Won Ji pitched 3.2 innings of shutout ball. The win put Korea and Nicaragua into a second place tie with Panama. Korea and Nicaragua advanced because of their team quality balance.

Panama 15 Australia 2

Panama banged out 16 hits in their rout of Australia. Adan Sanchez and Omar Reluz each scored three times to lead the offense. Even though the win put them in a second place tie with Korea and Nicaragua their team quality balance was not good enough to advance them to the playoffs.

12 and Under World Cup - Day 4 Play Returns

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

The tsunami or storm has passed. Most of the teams were able to get their games in. The big game between Taiwan and Mexico was one of the two games postponed. That gives Taiwan two big games they have to make up tomorrow, one against Japan and the other against Mexico. Japan had their game against Brazil postponed after three innings with Japan leading 5-0. Four teams will play double headers tomorrow (Taiwan, Mexico, Japan and Brazil). In the games played there were no big upsets.

Nicaragua 10 Australia 4

Nicaragua enhanced their chance of making it to the playoffs improving their record to 3-1. Australia dropped to 1-3 with their loss. A six run fourth inning proved to be the difference in the game with Bryant Machado slashing a two run single and Jeral Bravo powering a two run homer to contribute to the inning. Machado closed out the scoring with a two run homerun in the sixth to finish the game with a team leading four RBIs. Leadoff hitter Jarold Montealto went 3 for 3 with a walk and three runs scored. The Aussies banged out 10 hits, one shy of Nicaragua, but they failed to plate many of their opportunities.

United States 7 Panama 3

Panama can take consolation they were not blown out by the United States team. Their record dropped to 2-2 with the loss while the United States improved to 4-0. Joshua Atomanczyk pitched the four middle innings, allowing just one run on one hit. Adan Sanchez got the start for Panama and was just a little wild, walking six, with three wild pitches and two hit batters. Benjamin Reiland was the offensive hero, going 2 for 2 with two RBIs, two runs scored and two walks. Raffaele Velazquez also had a perfect day, finishing 3 for 3 with two RBIs, one run scored and a walk.

Korea 7 Germany 2

Korea improved to 2-2 while Germany remained one of the two winless teams in the tournament, dropping to 0-4. Germany actually had a 1-0 lead after three innings but Korea pounced in the last two innings for seven runs. Germany committed five errors in the game, one contributing to the first Korean run and another error allowing the go ahead run to score in the bottom of the fifth to break a 2-2 tie. Korea would score two more runs in the five run fifth on another error and a balk.

Czech Republic 10 Russia 0

Russia has still not scored a run this tournament and the Czech Republic improved to 2-3, which will probably find them fall short of a playoff spot. Filip Votava got the win, pitching the last 2.1 innings and striking out six of the seven hitters he faced. Jakub Winkler drove in three runs on a 2 for 2 day, walking twice and stealing a base.

12 and Under World Cup - Day 3

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

The big game, Taiwan versus Japan was postponed by rain. Taiwan has yet to give up a hit in the two games they have played. Japan was stung with a loss to Mexico. The mild upset of the day was Nicaragua bouncing back from their loss against the United States to beat their neighbors Panama, who were undefeated until that loss.

Nicaragua 10 Panama 2

Three of the first four runs Nicaragua scored in the third inning were on a strikeout wild pitch. balk and wild pitch. Jeral Bravo hit a two run homer in the fifth to give Nicaragua an overwhelming 6-1 lead. Bryant Machado had three hits, including a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Jarold Montealto pitched five innings and only allowed a Adnan Sanchez solo blast for his only run given up. Adnan is the offensive weapon for Panama getting three of their five hits including his second homerun of the tournament. In the first game he homered in the sixth in a 1-0 Panama win.

Australia 9 Germany 1

Australia got their first win and scored their first runs of the tournament. Germany remained winless. Six of the ten Aussie hits were doubles with Oscar Hyde contributing two doubles on his 2 for 3 day with two runs scored and two RBIs. Hyde also threw five shutout innings in the start. William Baker went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs scored as well for the Aussies.

Brazil 10 Russia 0

It appears Brazil was the victor but the boxscore for this game is from the United States win over Nicaragua.

Mexico 18 Czech Republic 3

Mexico continues to roll. A 13 run fourth ended the game in four innings. Cesar Monjaras hit a two run homer in the first, his second of the tournament and Antonis Macias blasted a three run tater to begin the 13 run fourth, also his second of the tournament. Macias finished with five RBIs on a 3 for 3 day with three runs scored and Monjaras went 3 for 4 with three runs scored and four RBIs. Mexico battered the Czech pitching staff with 22 hits, seven of them for extra bases. Two Mexican pitchers did not allow the Czechs a hit. They scored all three runs in the second inning on three walks, two balks and a wild pitch. Macias is hitting .778, Monjaras .600 and Juan Tirado .889 after the first three games. Tirado finished the day 3 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs scored, making his first out of the tournament. He leads all players in RBIs with 10 after three games.

United States 27 Korea 6

The score was 0-0 after one inning. A 10 and 12 run innings by the United States finished Korea early. Kai Caranto was the big RBI man with five, his only hit being a triple. Joshua Atomanczyk went deep for the second game in a row. Brad Burnes drove in four runs and scored four, going deep once, adding a double and stealing two bases. Daniel Arambula also hit a homerun for the Yanks. Ten different players in the United States lineup contributed an RBI. The United States remains the only undefeated team in their pool.

Under 12 World Cup - Day 2 Mexico Upsets Japan

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

For day two of the World Cup the scores were a bit more palatable. The biggest upset was Mexico defeating Japan. In milder surprises Panama continued their strong play with a win over Germany while the Czech Republic achieved the first European win with a victory over Brazil.

Mexico 6 Japan 5

Japan committed three errors which allowed three unearned runs to score. The big hit was a Juan Tirado three run homer in the third inning that gave Mexico a 3-0 lead. It was his second homerun in two days. He was hit by a pitch in his other two at bats. Japan came right back in the bottom frame with three in the third. Mexico took the lead again with three runs in the fifth. A walk and two hit by pitches loaded the bases. In the third inning two walks had preceded the homerun by Tirado. Cesar Monjaras singled to score two and a Alan Nava single scored one. Japan again came back in the bottom frame but could only score two. In the sixth and final frame Juan Hernandez retired the Japanese in order to secure the victory. Mexico only collected three hits in the win but five of the six runs that scored were put on base by either a walk or a hit by pitch.

Panama 12 Germany 1

Six German errors and an eight run second with seven of the runs unearned proved to be the undoing for Germany. Pedro Catuy was the offensive star for Panama with two doubles and three RBIs in two at bats. Brian Villarreal went 3 for 3 with a double and two RBIs. Emanuel Villarreal worked four innings, giving up just two hits and one run to get the win. Omar Gonzalez came on to pitch the last inning and struck out all three hitters he faced.

Korea 8 Australia 0

Korea got on the winning track after their opening loss to Panama while Australia still finds themselves with zero runs scored in the two games they have played. Three different Korean pitchers combined for two shutout innings each, giving up just one hit. Seong-Mu Jang was the big bat for Korea driving in three runs with two doubles in two at bats.

Czech Republic 8 Brazil 2

The Czechs erupted for five runs in the final frame to break out a close game. Jakub Winkler finished the game 2 for 4 with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs. Lukas Hurta came on in relief and threw five innings of shutout ball, striking out 10 to claim the victory.

United States 10 Nicaragua 0

A seven run first put this game out of reach early. Staked to a big lead three different United States pitchers limited the Nicaraguans to two hits. The United States was limited to six hits, but eight walks ignited two innings. Joshua Atomanczyk slugged a solo shot to drive in the only run that was needed. Kai Caranto stole four bases while walking twice. For the game the United States team stole 10 bases. For Nicaragua this was their first loss after walloping Germany.

Taiwan 18 Russia 0

The hosts remain undefeated while Russia has given up 43 runs in their two games and have yet to score. Three different Taiwan pitchers combined for a no hitter, their second no hitter in the two games. Chia-Cheng Chao got the start and struck out all six hitters he faced. The game ended after four innings because of the slaughter rule. Sheng-Wei Yang slugged a solo shot and scored four times. In addition to his six whiffs Chao also went deep with a solo shot. Ruei-Fong Chen drove in four runs, stole two bases and scored twice despite collecting only one hit, a double. The Taiwan team stole 16 bases. In two games the two starting pitchers for Taiwan have pitched four perfect innings and struck out 11 of the 12 hitters they have faced.

12 and Under World Cup - Day One

Friday, July 28th, 2017

The difference between the 12 and under baseball World Cup and the Little League World Series is the World Cup is composed of the best 12 year olds in the country while the Little League World Series is made up of the best teams in a specific area. The scores can get a little lopsided when the best in the world play against countries who still view baseball as a third or fourth sport. Below are the results from the first day.

Panama 1 Korea 0

The closest of the contests. Two Panama pitches combined to no hit Korea. Andres Jaen threw the first two innings walking three while Adan Sanchez threw the last four walking one. Jaen also hit two batters in his two innings of work. Panama scored the lone run in the sixth inning when pitcher Adan Sanchez hit a solo shot to give Panama the lead. Sanchez also contributed a double in a previous at bat.

Mexico 25 Russia 0

Mexico only batted three times to score their 25 runs when the game was ended early after Russia failed to score in the top of the fourth. Mexico blasted six homeruns, Sergio Gastelum contributing two for four RBIs. Juan Tirado drove in five runs and hit one of the six homeruns in a 4 for 4 day that also included a double. Other dingers were contributed by Antonis Macias, Cesar Monjaras and Juan Saldana. Antonis Macias also had a 4 for 4 day. Mexico used three different pitchers to cover the four innings, allowing two hits.

Japan 13 Czech Republic 0

Japan took five innings to dispose of the Czechs. Reiji Toi was the big bat with a homeruns and five runs driven in on a 3 for 3 day. The homerun for Toi in the third was a grand slam to put the game out of reach. Kohei Okada stole four bases getting on base three times with two singles and a walk. He scored twice. Overall the Japanese had 9 stolen bases in the game. Three different pitchers worked the five innings with Shuya Yamada working a perfect three innings with four whiffs.

United States 16 Australia 0

The United States ended this game in four. The Aussies could not get a hit off Bryce Rainier, who worked three innings and Ashton Larson who finished the game retiring all three hitters he faced. Benjamin Reiland, Brad Burnes, Gavin Grahovac and Errick Barnes each went deep for the United States. Burnes and Grahovac were the big RBI guys with four each. Grahovac drove in all four of his runs with a grand slam in a 9 run second inning.

Nicaragua 17 Germany 2

Nicaragua used an 11 run second inning to end this game in four innings. Germany scored two in the fourth, but needed one more run to extend the game. Derick Reyes struck out five of the six hitters he faced in his two innings of work. Carlos Torrentes and Nelson Sevilla each went 3 for 3 scoring three times and driving in two.

Taiwan 10 Brazil 0

Four different Taiwan pitchers went the five innings to throw the third no hitter of the day. Shuo-Heng Han got the start and struck out five of six in his two innings of work. Yi-Cheng Yang and Yu-En Chien each drove in three runs from the top two spots in the order, both going deep for Taiwan.

Top Caribbean Prospects

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Not a lot of can’t misses on this list. Last year we did a top ten for Panama alone, but the prospects were not that great to try to come up with another top ten. There is one major leaguer on this list, but that is because he is a Rule V pick.

1) Ariel Jurando (Rangers/Panama) RHP - Ariel relies more on command than heat. His fastball hits the mid-90s with downward spin that entices numerous ground balls. For his career his ground ball to air ball rate is 2.12. At 6′1″ he is not the ideal height for a righthander and the lack of quality secondary pitches could spell trouble against major league hitters. This year teams are hitting him at a .278 clip with seven homeruns in just 58 innings. Ariel has not given up seven homeruns in a season in his career. His strikeout numbers have also fallen off. Ariel is expected to find himself in the back end of the rotation or as a middle reliever. He could see a September callup if his year improves.

2) Edmundo Sosa (Cardinals/Panama) SS - Edmundo got a bonus of $425,000 in 2012, which was the largest for any Panamanian that year. The best tool for Edmundo is his glove with the ability to make the spectacular plays as he glides to the ball. The bat appears to be a little light despite the .300 average in the rookie leagues. The 2016 season was shortened by a wrist injury that ended his season in July after just 97 games. The power also seems a little light. He is playing in the Florida State League where he is hitting a soft .269. If stolen bases were in his tool box he could be a possible starter but he also falls short in that department. The Cardinals seem to be set at short with Aledemys Diaz so the best hope for Sosa could be as a utility player or be included in a trade package if the Cardinals want to load up for a playoff run.

3) Mauricio Dubon (Brewers/Honduras) SS - They don’t play a lot of baseball in Honduras where Mauricio was born. Fortunately for Dubon he moved to the United States to play high school ball. The Red Sox drafted him in the 26th round of the 2013 draft then traded him to the Brewers last year in the Tyler Thornburg trade. He makes solid contact with good gap power. His over the fence power could improve with added strength. He will never be an elite fielder at short, but his bat could make him a good utility player. He is currently hitting .294 at AA while showing some impressive speed with 23 stolen bases in 30 attempts. Last year he stole a career high 30 stolen bases. Myworld expects him to be more a utility player than starter.

4) Touki Toussaint (Braves/Haiti) RHP - Touki was born in Florida but moved to Haiti when he was three months old. He returned to the United States at six years of age and began his baseball career. At 6′3″ he has good height for a pitcher. The Diamondbacks drafted him in the first round of the 2014 draft but grew frustrated with his lack of command and traded him to the Braves to rid themselves of the Bronson Arroyo salary. His command is still suspect where he walks more than 4.5 hitters per nine innings. His fastball hits the mid-90s and the curveball is a stellar pitch, but his lack of command and a missing third offering could prevent him from pitching in the rotation. A bullpen role could be in his future. This year he seems more hittable with the opposition hitting him at a .251 clip when his last two years hitters stayed below .230. This has elevated his ERA to 6.80 in nine starts.

5) Roniel Raudes (Red Sox/Nicaragua) - What Roniel lacks in velocity he makes up for in his arsenal of pitches. While his fastball can barely touch 90 he mixes it well with his curveball and change. With his above average command he sends hitters back to the bench frustrated. Last year the opposition hit him at a .260 clip but he did create a lot of swings and misses with 8.8 whiffs per nine innings pitched, winning 11 games and being voted the Red Sox minor league pitcher of the year. This year the success has been lacking in High A with the opposition hitting him at .293. A couple days ago the Red Sox placed Roniel on the minor league disabled list.

6) Jaime Barria (Angels/Panama) - Another pitcher from Panama who lacks the heat, but controls the plate with his command. The Angels signed him in 2013 and last year he debuted in the full season Low A pitching well enough to make the All Star team. His best pitch may be the change, with a curve ball also in his arsenal. With the promotion to the California League, known for hitters abusing pitchers Jaime is dominating with a 2.48 ERA and limiting the opposition to a .202 average. The Angels will do good if he can make the back end of the rotation.

7) Jonathan Arauz (Astros/Panama) - The Phillies signed Arauz for $600,000 in 2014 then traded him to the Astros along with closer Ken Giles for a package of prospects. There is very little flashy about his game. The bat is light, lacking power. His range is also light with little to no stolen base speed. His 2017 season has not started yet, which could be the result of his 50 game suspension for testing positive for drugs.

8) Estevan Florial (Yankees/Haiti) - Estevan was actually born in Haiti. Originally signed to a six figure contract it was reduced to $200,000 after an identity problem. Speed is his best tool but it has not resulted in stolen bases. It does help him cover ground in centerfield. His bat shows some power but his inability to make contact hampers the power from showing. Last year at Pulaski he hit .225 with 78 whiffs in just 60 games. This year his average is improved (.270) with better extra base power. His 11 doubles has already surpassed his total from last year. If Estevan can improve his ability to make contact he could have a future as a lead off hitter. If his power develops he could find himself in a power spot.

9) Javier Guerra (Padres/Panama) SS - Javier had a rough year last year (.202 average) after hitting 15 homeruns and batting .279 in 2015. The Red Sox signed him in 2012 for $250,000 then traded him to the Padres for Craig Kimbrel after the 2015 season. The Padres may be wondering who they got in the trade especially after those struggles continue this year (.212). His ability to make contact has suffered after 2015 striking out 141 times in 105 games last year and 65 times in just 48 games this year. His OBA sits at .264 this year, the same as it was last year. His defense is exceptional but if his bat does not improve his major league opportunities will be limited.

10) Allen Cordoba (Padres/Panama) - The Padres stole him from the Cardinals in the Rule V draft. In rookie ball he showed an ability to hit with a .309 career average. Since he had not played past rookie ball many did not expect him to make the major league roster. The Padres are not going anywhere so they kept him where he has surprised with the bat (.304 average). Not expected to hit for any power he has hit three homeruns for the Padres for a .435 slugging average. In the minors he had a career slugging average of .395 with just four homeruns in four years. The Cardinals drafted him as a shortstop but Allen has seen most of his time in the outfield.