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United States, Mexico, Cuba and Venezuela Qualify for 12 and Under World Cup

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

The United States, Mexico, Cuba and Venezuela qualified for the 12 and under World Cup that will be played in Taiwan in 2019. There were 12 teams participating in the qualifier in Mexico. Panama, Nicaragua, Colombia, Dominican Republic and Brazil fell short of qualifying.

The four teams will join Taiwan (host), Korea and Japan from Asia, Italy and Czech Republic from Europe as nine of the 12 teams in the tournament. One African team, an Oceania team and a wild card team are three unknown teams open to qualify in future tournaments.

In case any of these players become major leaguers, the following players were voted all tournament:

Catcher - Kailand Halstead (United States)

First Base - Dean Moss (United States)

Second Base - Brock Thompson (United States)

Third Base - Carlos Miguel Villalobos (Colombia)

Shortstop - Denilso Aguila (Cuba)

Outfield - David Guzman (Venezuela), Ricardo Orozco (Mexico), Leonardo Nicolao (Brazil)

Pitcher Luis Sarabia (Mexico)

Under 15 World Cup All Tournament Team

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

MVP - Cody Schrier (United States) SS - .476, 2, 8 with 17 runs scored and 4 for 4 in stolen bases

Catcher - Edgar Quero (Cuba) - .400, 0, 6

First Base - Brady House (United States) - .448, 1, 16 with 10 runs scored

Second Base - Seiya Fukuhara (Japan) - .296, 0, 9 with five stolen bases in six attempts

Third Base - Luke Leto (United States) - .364, 0, 9 with three doubles and one triple and 13 runs scored

Shortstop - Reginald Preciado (Panama) - .393, 0, 9

Outfield - Oscar Aude (Dominican Republic) - (.417, 2, 12, 11 runs scored), Luis Durango (Panama) - (.296, 0, 1 with 9 runs scored), Ryan Spikes (United States) - )375, 0, 8

Starting Pitcher - Andrew Painter (United States) - 2-0, 0.70 with 13 whiffs in 10 innings and a .200 opposition average

Relief Pitcher - Alexis Bernal (Panama) - 1-0, 0.68, .152 opposition average and 13 whiffs in 10.1 innings

Designated Hitter - Aoi Sugishita (Japan) - .438, 0, 8

Defensive Player - Kai-Yu Liu (Taiwan) - .059, 0, 2

Others to Applaud Based on Stats

Australia

Jake Burns - .267, 2, 8
Charlie Collins - .412, 2 doubles and 2 triples
Quinn Johnson - .471

Brazil

Pedro Lemos - 2-0, 0.54 18 whiffs in 13 innings and .184 opposition average
Joao Sakurai - 1.31 ERA, 12 K’s and 10 walks in 10.2 innings but a .061 opposition average.

Cuba

Frank Gonzalez - .348, 2 triples, 9 runs scored and 10 RBIs
Brander Guevara - 1-0, 0.66, .189 opposition average

Dominican Republic

Ronny Polanco - .385, 1, 5, 10 runs scored

Japan

Asahi Hanada - .419, 0, 8 with 10 runs scored and four stolen bases in five attempts

Taiwan

Ying-Chieh Mao - .500, 0, 6 with 6 doubles
Ping-En Wu - .474, 0, 5 with two doubles and one triple

United States

Samuel Dutton - 1-0, 0.00 with .143 opposition average.

Day 6 Under 15 World Cup - United States and Panama Advance

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

The United States and Panama are the last two teams from Group A to advance to the super round. Taiwan had already earned a date for the super round from Group A. From Group B Cuba, Japan and the Dominican Republic advance. Cuba is the only team to advance without a loss. Myworld did not realize the teams that did not advance will play in a consolation round.

United States 8 Brazil 0

The trio of Andrew Painter (4.2 innings), Samuel Dutton (1.1 innings) and Rheego McIntosh (1 inning) prevented Brazil from crossing the plate. Brady House was a perfect 3 for 3 driving in two and scoring twice while Luke Leto also drove in two with his one hit to fuel the offense. Cody Schrier stole three bases and crossed the plate three times.

Panama 18 Germany 0

Panama did not hold back in their win, scoring 10 in the fourth to put the game away.

Day 5 Under 15 World Cup

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

The super round is being established. Cuba, Japan and the Dominican Republic are advancing from Group B. From Group A only Taiwan is secured for advancement. Brazil and the United States are playing a rainout date with the United States leading 4-0 after one. If the United States wins the United States and Panama will advance. If Brazil wins it could result in a tie breaker if Panama loses to winless Germany. If Panama wins then Brazil advances over the United States.

Brazil 2 China 1

Brazil kept their hopes alive by squeezing out a victory over China. Kawan Silva worked six innings giving up only one run in the second inning, retiring the last 11 hitters he faced. Pedro Lemos pitched the seventh inning to close out the victory, striking out two. The game ended after a single and a caught stealing. Lemos also drove in the first run with a single in the third inning. The go ahead run scored in the fourth on a bases loaded walk to Felipe Koragi.

Cuba 9 Australia 3

Cuba remains undefeated as they advance to the super round. Luis Estocholi went deep in a perfect 2 for 2 day, driving in two runs. Kevin Alcolea collected three hits and scored three times. Edgar Quero went a perfect 3 for 3 driving in three and scoring twice. One of his three hits was a double. Australia is done.

Taiwan 6 Germany 3

Taiwan advances to the super round. Germany has one more game to try to get a victory, a makeup against Panama. Germany scored two in the final frame to make the game close. Hao-Yu Lee slugged a two run blast in the third inning to give Taiwan a 3-0 lead. Taiwan scored three in the sixth to put the game out of reach, Ying-Chieh Mao blasting a two run double to fuel the inning.

Dominican Republic 11 Netherlands 2

The Dominicans got deep blasts from Oscar Aude and Esterlyn Sanchez to advance to the super round. Daniel Ramirez did not go deep but he drove in three runs with his two hits. The Netherlands were eliminated from the super round. Cristofer Gomez worked five innings to get the win.

United States 4 Panama 1

The United States stayed alive for the Super Round by giving Panama their first loss. Cale Lansville quieted the Panamanian bats for 5.1 innings on two hits and one run. The United States scored three runs early, Brady House hitting a solo homerun in the first inning and Cody Schrier driving in two with a single in the second after a walk and two hit by pitches loaded the bases. Panama rallied in the seventh to load the bases with three walks but Brady House retired the last hitter to secure the victory.

Japan 20 South Africa 0

It took only five innings to dispose of South Africa. South Africa did manage to get one hit. Yuito Suzuki blasted a two run homer in his only at bat of the game. Ryoma Ikeda was a perfect 3 for 3 with four runs scored and four stolen bases. Kyohei Akiyama did not allow a ball to be hit in play. He struck out 10 of the 12 hitters he faced and walked the other two. Sohi Kiyota struck out five of the 8 hitters he faced, walking one. South Africa put only two balls in play in the five innings, a ground out and a single.

Day Three 15 and Under - Taiwan Upsets United States

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Some interesting games. Day three tends to test the depth of a team’s starting pitchers. Some of the scores confirm the depth is not good.

Taiwan 2 United States 1

Chen-Yi Hung pitched 5.1 innings of one run ball as Taiwan handed the United States their first loss. Both teams move to 2-1, tied for second place behind Panama. Hung also delivered with the bat, doubling to lead off the fifth to score the first run of the game. He advanced to third on a passed ball and scored after an error by secondbaseman David Diaz. Luke Leto got the United States back in the game with a leadoff single in the sixth. He stole second, advanced to third on a ground ball and scored on a fly ball. The go ahead run scores on a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the sixth.

The United States put two runners on in the top of the seventh but Shan-Tsung Peng got the final out to earn the victory. Kao-Hsiang Tsai was a perfect 2 for 2 including one walk. He scored the go ahead run in the sixth after leading the inning off with a single.

Netherlands 18 South Africa 2

The Netherlands won their first game while South Africa became one of two teams without a win. Jesse Velders drove in four runs and Jurrangelo Cijntje drove in three to lead the offense. Donovan Antonia knocked one out and scored three runs. Netherlands banged out 17 hits on the day and South Africa committed five errors to help with all that scoring. The game was done after five innings, though South Africa had a 2-0 lead after one inning.

China 5 Germany 4

China also won their first game. Germany is still winless but they scored their first four runs of the tournament. China got 4.2 solid innings from Ruo-Fei Ding, who walked five but allowed only two runs to cross the plate. After Germany had tied the game at 2-2 Jian-Cuo Luozang ripped a double to score the go ahead run in the bottom of the fifth. Germany scored two runs in the top of the seventh and had the tying run on third when Yu-Chen Wang got his only whiff in his 2.1 innings of work to earn his victory.

Dominican Republic 20 Australia 8

Not much of a pitcher’s duel. Oscar Aude drove in six runs, including hitting a grand slam homerun in the third inning. Esterlyn Sanchez and Deyvison de los Santos also went deep for the Dominicans. Manuel Beltre was a perfect 4 for 4 and scored four times. Ten of the 20 hits for the Dominicans went for extra bases.

Australia got a homerun from James Nati. Early errors by the Aussies allowed the Dominicans to tack on seven unearned runs in the first two innings.

Panama 7 Brazil 3

Panama became the only undefeated team other than Cuba in the tournament. Panama was only able to accumulate four hits in the game but they strung together three of them in the 5 run fourth to seal the victory. A couple errors, two walks and multiple wild pitches also contributed to the Panama scoring. Kenin Pinto pitched 5.1 innings allowing two hits and two runs. He struck out six and walked two.

Cuba 9 Japan 7

A mild upset here. It appears a lot of the 15 year old stars have not left the island yet, but if they continue to play well in Panama there will be boats waiting for them outside their hotel doors. Cuba scored seven runs in the first two innings to nip Japan. Frank Gonzalez drove in three runs and scored three times to lead the offense. Kevin Rosales retired all seven hitters he faced in closing out the game to get the win.

Japan had tied the score 7-7 after five innings on a solo homerun from Reiya Saka. Kevin Alcolea got the big hit for Cuba, a two run double in the sixth inning to give Cuba the lead they would not relinquish. Japan drops to 2-1 while Cuba goes to 3-0.

Under 15 Day 2 - United States, Japan and Cuba still Undefeated

Sunday, August 12th, 2018

Day 2 has been completed in the Under 15 World Cup and there are four undefeated teams, Panama, Cuba, United States and Japan. Below is a summary of the second day of play.

United States 10 Germany 0

Two facts remained consistent after this game ended. United States pitchers have yet to give up a run in their first two games. Germany has yet to score a run. At least they were able to get two hits after being no hit in their first game. The slaughter rule ended the game after just five.

Christian Little threw three innings of shutout ball and was followed by an inning of work each from Timothy Williams Jr and Luke Leto. Davis Diaz was able to drive in two and scored two runs without benefit of a hit. He had two walks, a sacrifice fly and a stolen base. Thomas Dilandri went 2 for 2 with two runs scored and two doubles.

Japan 11 Netherlands 1

The Netherlands was actually winning this game 1-0 after four. Rick Rizvic had pitched four innings of no hit ball, walking three. When the Netherlands went to their bullpen Japan bats awoke for 11 runs in the last three innings. Hiromu Joshita drove in three runs and four different Japanese players scored two runs each.

Sota Hinoue shut down the Netherlands bats for one run in 4.2 innings. Yuito Suzuki struck out three of the four hitters he faced in relief. The Netherlands was restricted by Cuba to only one run in the opener.

Taiwan 9 Brazil 7

Taiwan got into the win column, sending Brazil down to their first loss. Taiwan erupted for 8 runs in the seventh inning for the dramatic come from behind win. Mao Ying-Chieh delivered a pinch hit RBI single that tied the game and Tsai Kao-Hsiang drove in the go ahead run with a single in the 8 run seventh. Brazil scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh and had runners on second and third with no outs. Lee Hao-Yu came on and struck out the next two hitters and got the last out on a ground out to nail down the save.

Australia 16 South Africa 6

Australia only collected six hits to score their 16 runs. 15 walks and three hit batsman allowed the Aussies to circle the bases without swinging their bats. James Nati slugged a solo shot for the Aussies and walked twice to cross the plate three times. Jake Burns also went deep to drive in four and Quinn Johnson was a perfect 2 for 2 with two walks and five RBIs.

Nicholas De Ascensao and Kyle Schwartz each drove in three runs for the South African offense. The five run fifth put South Africa in reach 9-6 but a big six spot in the bottom frame by Australia put the game out of reach.

Panama 2 China 1

After losing 27-0 to the United States on day one, China was a little more competitive for the hosts. In the sixth Leonardo Bernal led off the inning with a triple and the next two batters could not drive him in. No problem. A wild pitch allowed Bernal to score the go ahead run. Alexis Bernal pitched four innings of shutout relief to get the win for Panama.

Cuba 9 Dominican Republic 0

Osiel Veranes struck out 10 in his six innings of shutout ball. Jorge Broge followed him with an inning of work to complete the shutout. Frank Gonzalez was the only Cuban player to drive in two runs.

Favorites Pull Out Wins in 15 and Under World Cup

Friday, August 10th, 2018

There were no surprises in the 15 and under World Cup on the first day, though host Panama surprised Taiwan in the night game 9-1. Below are the summaries for some of the earlier games.

Brazil 10 Germany 0

Brazil used three different pitchers to no hit Germany in the opener. The game ended after six innings because of the slaughter rule. Pedro Lemos de Costa worked the first four plus innings walking three and whiffing six. Kawan Silva de Araujo got the last two outs in the fifth getting credit for the win. Denis Silva pitched the sixth inning to complete the no hitter.

Gabriel Gomez was the big bat for Brazil with three RBIs. He contributed a double and two walks in his four at bats.

Japan 4 Australia 2

Japan got six shutout innings from Kyosuke Kuroyanagi (3.1) and Shinnosuke Kanai (2.2) to get their win. Australia rallied for two in the ninth to make the game close. Leadoff hitter Asahi Hanada crossed the plate twice, which proved to be the difference in the game.

United States 27 China 0

China committed 10 errors in the five inning game and their pitchers walked 9 in the United States battering of China. 17 of the 27 runs were considered unearned. Joshua Hartle drove in six runs with a single and two doubles in five at bats. Davis Diaz crossed the plate four times without benefit of a hit, walking twice.

Cuba 5 Netherlands 1

Cuba scored three runs in the opening frame to lead them to their opening day victory. Edgar Quero drove in two runs on two hits to earn Cuba the victory. Brander Guevara got the win, striking out seven in five innings of work.

Dominican Republic 5 South Africa 3

Ronny Polanco hit the first homerun of the event driving in three runs to prove the difference in the game. Dominican Republic pitchers did not allow a hit in the game, but walked 8 to provide South Africa with all their offense. Cristofer Gomez pitched 2.2 innings of perfect shutout relief to close out the game.

Panama 9 Taiwan 1

It was a bit of a surprise how easily Panama destroyed baseball power Taiwan. Carlos Gonzalez was a homerun shy of the cycle, driving in two and scoring two runs. Leonardo Bernal had a perfect 2 for 2 day with three RBIs to lead Panama. Taiwan scored their lone run in the seventh inning

Players and the Countries they Represented at the All Star Game

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

There were a lot of players born outside the United States who participated in the All Star game. Myworld counts 18 players born outside the United States (not including Puerto Rico) who participated in the game. Surprisingly, Venezuela had the most All Stars with seven but Puerto Rico was well represented with six while the Dominican Republic sat at third with only four. Normally the Dominican Republic is the hot bed. Below are the countries and the players from that country.

Venezuela (7)

Gleyber Torres, Salvador Perez, Jose Altuve, Wilson Ramos, Wilson Contreras, Felipe Vazquez, Jesus Aguilar, Eugenio Suarez

Puerto Rico (6)

Yadier Molina, Javier Baez, Francisco Lindor, Jose Berrios, Edwin Diaz, Joe Jimenez

Dominican Republic (4)

Luis Severino, Jean Segura, Jose Ramirez, Nelson Cruz

Cuba (2)

Jose Abreu, Aroldis Chapman

Curacao /Netherlands (2)

Ozzie Albies, Kenley Jensen

Canada (1)

Joey Votto

Brazil (1)

Yan Gomes

South Korea (1)

Shin-Soo Choo

Top Prospects from South America

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

No major league graduates from the first top prospect list from South America last year. The top prospect Jorge Alfaro got more major league time and the 2018 season should see him as a regular major leaguer. The number two prospect Luz Gohara and the number five prospect Thyago Vieira, both flame throwers from Brazil made their major league debuts. Gohara got five starts for the Braves while Vieira made one relief appearance for the Mariners. After that the cupboard gets bare. Below are the top ten prospects in the minor leagues from South America for 2018.

1. Bo Bichette SS (Brazil/Blue Jays) - He played for Brazil in the World Baseball Classic qualifier. His mother is Brazilian and his father is Dante Bichette, once a Blake Street bomber for the Rockies. His brother Dante Jr. played briefly for the Yankees. Myworld saw him hit three homeruns in an exhibition game and thought he would be a star, but one game does not make a major leaguer, especially in spring training. Now Bo is trying for major league status. Last year was a breakout season for him hitting .384 in Low A and getting promoted to High A and hitting .323. His career minor league average is .372 after getting drafted in the second round in 2016. He does not have the power of his dad, but the batting average will play. Currently, shortstop is his position but there are many who think he does not have the range to play there in the major leagues. The dilemma: his teammate Vladimir Guerrero plays third while another player with major league bloodlines Cavan Biggio plays second. This year Bo is hitting .299 in AA. With Troy Tulowitski seeing his last days as a shortstop the Blue Jays will give Bo every opportunity to succeed at short.

2. Jorge Alfaro C (Colombia/Phillies) - Injuries delayed his permanent arrival to the major leagues. He was signed by the Texas Rangers and included in the deal that got the Rangers Cole Hamel. There is big time power in his bat and his arm has the strength to zip the ball to second base. Those are his strengths. One concern with his bat is his poor walk to whiff ratios (16/113 last year) which could lead to struggles against savvy major league pitchers. Last year he hit .318 with five homeruns in just 29 games to earn the starting catchers job. He lacks speed on the bases and is prone to the passed ball (12 last year), so those are his defensive deficiencies. This year his .235 average with the Phillies is evidence his poor patience could impact his batting average rising to .250 consistently in the major leagues. If the power is there he should stick as the starter.

3. Luiz Gohara LHP (Brazil/Braves) - Despite his ability to throw in triple digits the Mariners traded him to the Braves for Shae Simmons and Mallex Smith. There was concern with his doughy physique keeping him from his major league aspirations. Last year he got five starts for the Braves and overpowered hitters with his high 90s fastball. A lack of a quality third pitch resulted in major leaguers hitting him at a .283 clip. An injury in spring training prevented him from competing for a starting role for the Braves in 2018. His first three starts in AAA have been a struggle to find the plate walking seven hitters in just 12 innings with the opposition assaulting him at a .347 pace. That kind of production will delay any major league appearance until he can start retiring minor league hitters.

4. Jesus Luzardo LHP (Peru/Athletics) - Luzardo was born in Peru but attended high school in Florida. His high school Parkland was involved in a mass shooting and he has done a lot to help the school heal. The Nationals were able to draft him in the third round in 2016 because Tommy John surgery had dropped his draft status. He was one of the players they traded to the Athletics for Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson. Last year he only pitched 43 innings but his lefthanded arm was able to sling fastballs across the plate in the mid-90s, resulting in 48 whiffs. At 6′1″ he is not a tall pitcher but his secondary pitches should augment his fastball. The Athletics promoted him from Rookie ball to High A where he only started three games before they promoted him to AA. A 1.23 ERA and 25 whiffs in just 14.2 innings was a reason for that. If he continues at this rate he could see some major league time in September, though that would be optimistic for the 20 year old.

5. Eric Pardinho RHP (Brazil/Blue Jays) - As a 15 year old he was pitching for Brazil in the World Baseball Classic qualifier. That motivated the Blue Jays to shell out $1.4 million to sign him in 2017. It’s possible Bo Bichette could have recommended him highly after playing behind him. At 5′9″ the righthander is very short. Despite the stature his fastball sits in the low 90s and can hit the mid-90s. He still needs to make improvements on his secondary pitches, though throwing strikes is not a problem. The 2018 season will be his first and it will start in the short season leagues.

6. Luis Escobar RHP (Colombia/Pirates) - Luis has climbed three spots from his ranking last year. The 2017 season was his first in full season ball where he went from 68 innings pitched to 132. A sizzling mid-90s fastball resulted in a lot of swings and misses (168 in 132 innings pitched) resulting in the South Atlantic League strikeout lead. His curveball has a nice break and his change is still in the development stage. Trying to find control of his pitches is his biggest downfall with 60 walks in 132 innings. This year he has started in the Florida State High A where his strikeout rate is not as prevalent (22 in 26 innings) but hitters still have trouble making hard contact (.213 average).

7. Meibrys Viloria C (Colombia/Royals) - Last year he was rated third based on his .376 batting average. The 2017 season saw him debut in Low A where he only hit .259. More strikeouts and less walks were the main culprit in the batting average drop. His power is more gap to gap but as he gets stronger he should reach double digits in homeruns. The arm is strong allowing him to gun down 40 percent of the runners who attempted to steal against him. The Royals have a number of catchers in the minor leagues rated ahead of him so his task will be to find that patience to replicate his 2016 season. After a slow start in High A he has gotten that average up to .250.

8. Oscar Mercado OF (Colombia/Cardinals) - Mercado was five years shy of being a teenager when he left Colombia for Florida. He was impressive enough at his high school the Cardinals drafted him in the second round of the 2013 draft. While a shortstop in his early years he struggled to generate any kind of offense. A move to centerfield last year put the pressure off him and he slugged a career high 13 homeruns with a .287 average. The speed is there to steal 40 bases each season. The Cardinals outfield is crowded but a .319 average in AAA is enough to draw attention to himself. If he can play centerfield and hit for double digits in homeruns he will be more than a fourth outfielder.

9. Thyago Vieira RHP (Brazil/White Sox) - The Mariners signed Thyago two years before they signed Luiz. But like Luiz they were not impressed with his triple digit fastball and traded him to the White Sox for international slot money when they had hopes of signing Shohei Ohtani. Lack of quality secondary pitches have kept him in the bullpen. He also lacks the swing and miss one would expect for his triple digit fastball (7.4 whiffs per nine innings). If he can find a breaking pitch to throw for strikes he could become closer material. His 2018 season in AAA has come with more whiffs (20 in 11 innings) but more walks (9) and a higher opponent batting average (.295).

10. Ronaldo Hernandez C (Colombia/Rays) - The third catcher from Colombia on this list. Myworld smells a trend. Ronaldo played on the 18 and under Colombian team as a 15 year old in 2013. The Rays signed him the next year for $225,000. All he has done since his arrival is hit, with a .326 minor league career average in his first three years, all in Rookie short season ball. Each year his slugging average increased, climbing to .507 last year. A strong arm resulted in a 57 percent success rate against runners trying to steal against him. This year he has made his debut in full season ball and is hitting .302 with a 17 percent success rate in gunning down runners. It is still early so there is plenty of time to change those numbers.

2017 South American Prospects

Argentina Wins South American Championship

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

Argentina defeated Brazil 7-1 to win the South American championship, qualifying them for the Pan American games that will be played in Peru in 2019. Diego Echeverria went the distance in pitching a three hitter. Argentina put the game away with four runs in the ninth inning, fueled by a two run homer from Eduardo Zurbriggen. Jacinto Cipriota drove in the first two runs for Argentina with RBI singles in the third and fifth innings.

This is the first time Argentina has qualified for the Pan Am games. The other two times their team played was when they hosted the tournament. The final standings 1) Argentina, 2) Brazil, 3) Chile, 4) Bolivia

If Argentina wins a gold or silver medal they will advance to the Americas qualifier where one of eight teams will compete in the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020.