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Premier 12 Roster for Mexico

Friday, October 11th, 2019

Below is the roster for Mexico to compete in the Premier 12. They will be the host country of the first round of three pool playoffs to determine the six finalists headed to Tokyo. The roster is dominated by Mexican League players with a couple ex-major leaguers in Ryan Verdugo, Fernando Salas, Efren Navvaro and Christian Villanueva. Villanueva also played briefly in the NPB before being released mid-season. Verdugo currently pitches in the CBPL in Taiwan.

Pitchers

Horacio Ramirez (Tijuana), Humberto Castellanos (Astros), Carlos Bustamante (Acereros), Arturo Reyes (Rays), Justin Kelly (Acereros), Ryan Verdugo (Uni Lions), Brennan Bernardino (Tijuana), Manny Barreda (Tijuana), Felipe Gonzalez (Monterrey), Adam Quintana (Acereros), Jesus Cruz (San Luis), Eduardo Vera (Nationals), Orlando Lara (Tijuana), Fernando Salas (Phillies)

Catchers

Armando Araiza (Mexico Diablos), Ali Solis (Monterrey)

Infielders

Jose Vargas (Acereros), Phillip Evans (Cubs), Christian Villanueva (Yomiuri Giants), Jorge Flores (Yucatan), Javier Salazar (Tijuana), Esteban Quiroz (Padres), Efron Navarro (Hanshin Tigers), Matt Clark (Leon)

Outfielders

Jonathan Jones (Yucatan), Juan Perez (Saltillo), Noah Perio Jr. (Acereros), Jesus Fabela (Mexico Diablos)

Monclova Mexican Champions

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

The Monclova Acereros won a seven game series against the Tijuana Toros to advance to the Mexican League championship from the Northern Division. Yucatan Leones swept the first place Mexico Diablos Rojos to advance to the championship from the Southern Division. Yucatan finished third in the Southern Division. Monclava finished in a tie for first with Tijuana in the Northern Division.

In the finals it went seven games. The two teams traded victories until they were tied at 3-3. Yucatan jumped out to early 2-0 and 5-2 leads fueled by a two run homer from Alex Liddi in the first inning and a three run homer from Sebastion Vallle in the fourth. Monclova’s first two runs were scored on a two run homer by Noah Perio in the third.

Erick Aybar tied the game in the fifth with a three run homer. He also came up in the sixth and his RBI double gave the Acereros a 6-5 lead. In the eighth Alex Mejia added two insurance runs with a double. A last run in the ninth on a squeeze bunt by Eric Young Jr. put Monclava ahead 9-5.

Four different relievers shutout the Yucatan Leones for the final 2.2 innings. Carlos Bustamante worked the last 1.2 innings to pick up the save. Al Alburquerque retired two hitters, one in the seventh and one in the eighth.

Mexican League Final Stats

Friday, September 6th, 2019

Chris Carter fell short of the Mexican League record for homeruns, falling five shy with 49. He also led the league in RBIs with 119. With this kind of year the all or nothing swinger could find a major league team interested in him next year.

In most years those kind of numbers would win him the MVP award but Alonzo Harris had a stellar year, hitting .343 while falling one homer short of becoming a 40/40 player. He hit 39 homeruns and stole 45 bases. He led the league in runs scored with 131 and was second to Carter in RBIs at 117.

Felix Pie fell short of hitting .400, an end of season slump dropping his overall average to .381. This allowed Daniel Mayora to take the batting title with a .391 average.

Cesar Valdez should be a cinch to win pitcher of the year honors since he led the team in wins (15-2) and ERA (2.26). The balls were quite lively in the Mexican League, with only three pitchers with an ERA less than 4.00 that qualified for the ERA title.

The playoffs will see Monclova play at Monterrey and Saltillo playing at Tijuana in the Northern Division. Down south Yucatan travels to Oaxaca and Quintana Roo goes to Mexico City to play the Diablos Rojos.

The information above was taken from the Baseball Mexico blog spot.

Little League World Series - Day 5

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

More teams get eliminated. Below is a summary of yesterday’s games.

Latin America (Venezuela) 8 Mexico 7

In a wild game Venezuela scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth courtesy of two errors and two hit by pitches. The only hit of the inning was a single by Luis Atencio that drove in the tying run. An error by the right fielder allowed the go ahead run to score. Jonathan Rangel finished Mexico off in order in the sixth to secure the victory. Rangel quieted Mexico’s bats after they scored six runs in the first two innings. Rangel limited them to just one run in his 4.1 innings of work, striking out eight. Davirik Fuenmayor scored the go ahead run but also drove in two runs with a homerun in the first.

Angel Castillo went 3 for 3 for Mexico but that was not enough to keep them in the tournament.

Caribbean (Curacao) 8 Canada 1

Curacao eliminated Canada from the tournament with a convincing victory. Four early runs in the first two innings and four late runs in the fifth were too much for Canada to overcome. Six different players drove in runs with Kevin Rosina pitching all six innings to get the win.

West Region (Hawaii) 6 Mid-Atlantic (New Jersey) 0

Hawaii knocked Elizabeth into the loser’s bracket. Hawaii scored all their runs in the first three innings. Jaren Pascual got the scoring started with a solo shot in the first inning and Nicholas Nashiwa closed out the scoring with a pinch hit three run double in the third. Two different Hawaiian pitchers, Logan Kuloloia and Isaac Imamura, shutout New Jersey through six innings.

Southwest (Louisiana) 10 Midwest (Minnesota) 0

Southwest scored five in the fourth to end the game via the slaughter rule. Connor Perrot drove in four runs and Reece Roussel was a perfect 3 for 3, scoring three times to lead the offense. Reece is hitting .700 for the tournament. Derek DeLatte also went 3 for 3 with a run scored and one RBI. Three different pitchers combined for the shutout.

Great Lakes (Kentucky) 4 Australia 1

In a crossover game between two teams eliminated from the tournament, both teams accomplished a first. Kentucky got their first win while Australia scored their first run of the tournament. Chaze Huff pitched a complete game while Jackson Idlett drove in two runs to lead the offense.

Little League World Series - Day 4

Monday, August 19th, 2019

The Little Leaguers got to see the Cubs beat the Pirates in a Sunday night baseball game. These games were winner bracket games, with the losing team dropping down to the loser’s bracket. Prior to the Pirate/Cub game the below games were played.

Asia (Korea) 4 Caribbean (Curacao) 0

Korea used the duo of Su-Ho Yang and Jin-Won Na to each work three innings of shutout ball, holding the Curacao team to just one hit. Combined the two struck out 12 batters in six innings of work, each striking out six. Yang walked two and Na gave up the lone hit. Na also hit leadoff and scored twice with a walk, single and hit by pitch. Korea put the game away in the fifth with three runs, taking advantage of two errors, two walks and a hit by pitch scoring their three runs with the benefit of just one hit. Curacao drops to the loser bracket.

Japan 5 Mexico 0

The Japanese pitchers threw their second shutout of the World Series, dropping Mexico into the loser’s bracket. Yuto Kakeba got the start and pitched 3.1 innings, striking out six. In his first appearance he pitched one inning of relief and struck out all three hitters he faced. Kakeba also came through with the bat whacking a solo homerun to lead off the second to give Japan their first run. He was the only position player with two hits. Japan put the game away with four runs in the third, taking advantage of Mexico’s only two errors in the game.

Southeast (Loudoun County, Virginia) 11 Midwest (Coon Rapids, Minnesota) 0

Virginia only needed three innings to score their 11 runs. Justin Lee pitched four innings of shutout ball and the game ended after Minnesota could not score in the fourth. Liam Thyen drove in five runs with just one hit. He doubled, walked and hit a sacrifice fly. Colton Hicks drove in three runs and scored twice. He also doubled. Maddy Freking, the first female player to play in the Little League World Series since Mo’ne Davis in 2014 went hitless in her lone at bat. She also got to pitch one inning and gave up three runs. She normally plays second base. For the tournament she is 0 for 2 with one strikeout, two errors and one inning of pitching, giving up three runs.

Little League World Series Update Day Two

Saturday, August 17th, 2019

There were a full slate of games yesterday because of the cancelled games on Thursday. Below is a summary of the games, with the International games first.

Asia (Korea) 10 Latin America (Venezuela) 3

Korea overcame an early 2-1 Venezuelan lead to score three runs each in the third to fifth innings to pull away. Ji-Won Na was the big bat, driving in five runs with a three run homer in the fifth and a two run triple in the fourth. He also scored the go ahead run in the top of the third on a Min-Wook Park triple. Gib-Eom Jung got the last seven outs without giving up a run to pick up the win.

Japan 20 Europe (Italy) 0

Japan exploded for 14 in the fifth to put the game away after five. Yuto Misake and Yuta Kakeba each drove in five runs for Japan. Misake hit a grand slam homerun in the 14 run fifth. Taishi Kawaguchi had a 3 for 4 day with a solo homerun. Ritsu Nishikawa allowed the only two hits in his three innings of work. The three Japanese pitchers combined for 10 whiffs, with relievers Yuto Kakeba and Yuto Misake striking out all six hitters they faced in their one inning of work.

Mexico 5 Canada 0

Four Canadian errors allowed four unearned runs to score, but all Santiago Leija needed was the one earned run to beat Canada. Santiago worked all six innings, striking out 11 and allowing just two hits. Mexico also managed just two hits in the game, but five walks and four errors helped them with the win.

Southeast Region (Loudoun County, Virginia) 3 New England Region (Barrington, Rhode Island) 0

Three different Loudoun County pitchers no hit Barrington through six innings, striking out nine. Brady Yates had a two run homer in the three run fifth to give Loudoun County all the runs they required.

Midwest (Coon Rapids, Minnesota) 2 Great Lakes (Bowling Green, Kentucky) 1

Tyler Phillips had an RBI triple in the second and scored on a wild pitch with two outs to give Coon Rapids the win. Coon Rapids won despite committing four errors. Carson Timm got out of a two out two on situation in the fifth and retired Bowling Green in order in the sixth to secure the win.

West (Wailuku, Hawaii) 5 Southwest (River Ridge, Louisiana) 2

Hawaii erupted for four runs in the first and held on to get their opening day victory. Duke Aloy had a big two run single to finish off the four run first. Jaren Pascual went all six innings to get the win. Louisiana scattered nine hits off him but stranded 10 runners on base.

Mid Atlantic (Elizabeth, New Jersey) 6 Northwest (Salem, Oregon) 2

Elizabeth rallied for five runs in the top of the fifth to overcome a 2-1 deficit and bring home a victory. Jayden Capindica got the clutch two run single with the bases loaded to give Elizabeth a 3-2 lead.

Carter Threatening Homerun Record in Mexican League

Sunday, August 11th, 2019

The balls are not just flying in the major leagues and AAA. They are also flying in the Mexican league. And the commissioner has admitted it, saying that he switched from the Rawlings baseball to the Franklin baseball in order to increase homeruns. After all, it is not just “chicks who dig the long ball” but fans in general. Unfortunately he did not expect the onslaught that is happening in the Mexican League. Homeruns have gone up from 1.8 per game to 2.7.

As a result of that Chris Carter is threatening the homerun record in the Mexican League held by Jack Pierce in 1985 when he hit 54 playing for the Bravos de Leon. Many may remember Chris Carter as the all or nothing strikeout/homerun hitter in the major leagues. He tied for the league lead in homeruns with 41 in 2016 and then was released by the Brewers because they did not want to pay him $8 million in arbitration. Instead they went with Marcus Thames and Jesus Aguilar.

Carter signed later with the Yankees and when he hit below his .217 career major league average (.201) they sent him back down to the minors, never to return to the major leagues. The problem with Carter is that while he hit homeruns he also led the league in strikeouts twice, with 212 in 2013 and 206 in 2016. The baseball analytics people did not like his overall production, despite the number of balls leaving the park.

The Acereros de Monclava signed him to play in the Mexican League for the 2019 season, paying him about $30,000 per month. He seems to be enjoying himself there, with 43 homeruns, 11 short of the Mexican League record. Not only is he hitting homeruns but his batting average is pretty impressive as well (.301) 100 points higher than what it was after he was released by the Yankees.

Scouts say you can pitch to Carter to retire him pretty easily. Pitchers in the Mexican League do not have the command of their pitches to hit that spot that is a virtual swing and miss in every at bat for Carter. So he thrives in the thin air of high altitude, juiced baseballs and AAA pitchers.

Alonzo Harris is right behind Chris Carter in homeruns. He has 37. Alonzo also has 41 stolen bases. With three more homeruns he will become the first ever 40/40 player in the Mexican League.

You also have Felix Pie, who is hitting .399. Willie May Aikens hit .484 in 1986 so Felix has a ways to go to catch Aikens.

Little League World Series Participants

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

Most of the International regionals have been completed except for Canada. The United States regionals are in process. Below are the Little League World Series participants.

Asia - Korea (Chung Nam) beat Taiwan (Ten Shan) 7-2 to qualify for the Little League World Series.

Australia - Cronulla beat Ryde Red 5-2 to represent Australia in the Little League World Series.

Caribbean - The two teams from the host country Curacao battled it out to see who would advance. Curacao A (Pabao) defeated Curacao B (Pariba) 8-3 to advance to Williamsport.

Europe/Africa - Italy (Emilia Romagna) won a 1-0 pitcher’s duel over the Netherlands (Amsterdam) to advance to the Little League World Series. There was no African representative competing in this qualifier.

Japan - Choufu shutout Ushiku 8-0 to advance to Williamsport.

Latin America - Venezuela (Cacique Mara) shutout Panama (David Doleguita) 2-0 to advance to the Little League World Series. Kudos to major leaguers Eduardo Rodriguez and Jhoulys Chacin, who according to La Vida are providing financial assistance to the Little Leaguers to make the trip.

Mexico - Mala Torres defeated Matamoros 3-1 to represent Mexico in the Little League World Series in August.

Taiwan and Japan to Play in Under 12 Championship

Saturday, August 3rd, 2019

Japan and Taiwan advance to the championship. Cuba got hot late, winning their last four games, but their two early losses against Japan and Taiwan eliminated them. As expected, three time champion United States won the lower round. They were upset by Venezuela and Mexico to be left out of the Super Round.

Cuba 10 Korea 8

Cuba rallied for six runs in the last two innings, while Korea could only score two runs to pull out the win and ultimately eliminate Korea from the finals. Christian Saez clubbed a big two run homer in the third but his biggest hit was his two run single in the sixth that broke a 7-7 tie. He finished the game going 4 for 4 with three runs scored and four runs driven in. Alejandro Pena scored three times for Cuba on a 2 for 3 day with one walk.

Japan 8 Korea 7

Both teams were tied at 5-5 after regulation. Korea scored two runs in the seventh after an error. The Korean bullpen was unable to retire a Japanese hitter in the home half and went on to win it. Shinsuke Kuwamoto drove in three runs for Japan to be the hitting star. Their big bat Shosei Takahashi pitched a scoreless sixth and drove in two runs in the seventh inning to tie the game. He ended up scoring the game winning run.

Taiwan 14 Venezuela 6

The home plate umpire was from Korea so the 9 walks by Venezuelan pitchers could not be blamed on home umpiring. Taiwan scored all their runs in two innings, the third and fourth, while Venezuela took an early 6-0 lead scoring three each in the first and second innings. Hung-Jen Yeh drove in three runs from the lead off spot with a three run double in the fourth while Chen-An Kuo drove in three runs in the third with a three run homer. Yan-Chang Yu was able to quiet the Venezuelan bats, pitching four shutout innings while striking out nine.

Mexico 8 Japan 3

Once Japan had defeated Korea they had already qualified for the championship. Mexico was playing against bench players and scored all eight of their runs in the last three innings to earn the victory, taking advantage of the Japanese bullpen.

The United States crushed Czech Republic 15-0 and then beat South Africa 18-0 to win the lessor round. Czech Republic was limited to one hit in their game while South Africa could not get a hit against United States pitching.

Cuba and Korea will battle for third place in a rematch of yesterday’s game. Japan and Taiwan will play for the championship.

Super Round Day 2 World Cup Under 12

Friday, August 2nd, 2019

Cuba and Taiwan keep winning but for Cuba it may be too late to play in the championship with two losses. Two teams have to be upset for that to happen and then they have to win the tie breaker. The big game Korea and Japan got rained out after three innings but Korea was pulling the upset, with a 4-1 lead. Japan does not have a loss while both Korea and Taiwan have one loss. It could turn into a three way tie for first or a three way tie for second where one or two teams could be eliminated by a tie breaker.

Cuba 5 Venezuela 4

Venezuela pitchers got a bit wild with four walks (one intentionally to load the bases) to allow the winning run to walk in for the game winner in the bottom of the sixth. In the second Venezuelan pitchers walked the first two hitters they faced and both scored on a Yeison Acosta double. Another walk in the fifth scored after a two run single by Alejandro Prieto. Venezuela pitchers walked seven and four scored.

Leonel Dominguez of Venezuela woke from his slumber. Leonel hit homeruns in four of his first five at bats in his first two games, but the bat has been relatively quiet since. He woke up a bit yesterday with a two run shot in the first and a solo bomb in the sixth that tied the game at 4-4. Johan Fernandez also went deep for Venezuela in the fourth.

Johan Rodriguez went the full six innings for Cuba to get the win. He also drew the final walk that forced in the game winning run.

Taiwan 11 Mexico 1

Taiwan knocked Mexico out of championship considerations. A nine run fourth fueled by three walks and two hit by pitches put the game out of reach. Yi-Rui Wu smoked a two run double and Kai-Sheng Chen smacked a two run single to contribute the big hits in the fifth inning. Chen-An Kuo pitched a complete game to get the win.

The lower round had the two second round leaders the United States and the Czech Republic squaring off. The United States had an 11-0 lead in the game after two when the rains came. The game will resume today with the United States ahead 11-0.