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World Cup 18 and Under - Days One

Saturday, August 31st, 2019

Myworld has been a bit busy with two a days in volleyball so the blogging has taken a hit. But the 18 and under World Cup has completed two days. Below are the results from the first day. There were no homeruns hit the first day but a lot of close games.

Canada 17 China 3

T.J. Schofield went a perfect 4 for 4, driving in four runs and scoring two as Canada cruised in their opener. Austin Gomm also drove in four runs with a double and triple. China scored three runs in the fourth to pull to within 5-3 but Canada erupted for 12 runs in the next two innings to put the game away.

Taiwan 4 Panama 1

Panama proved pesky trailing by only one run until Taiwan scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth to give themselves some breathing room. Tsai Chia-Yen scored twice and drove in a run in the eighth with a double. He scored the first run in the third after hitting a two out triple. Chen Po-Yu worked six innings and gave up just one run, that run scoring on a balk in the sixth. Yu Chien pitched two shutout innings to earn the save, striking out four.

Japan 4 Spain 2

Japan had to rally for four in the eighth to sneak out a victory over a tough team from Spain. Justin Luna had shutout the Japanese for the first seven innings, allowing just two hits. When Spain went to their bullpen Japan erupted for four runs. All the runs were unearned after a two out error extended the eighth inning. After the error Yuya Nirasawa drove in the first run with an RBI single. Takaya Ishikawa tied the game with a single and Jo Endo gave the Japanese the lead with his two run double. Shuto Iizuka worked the ninth to pick up the save.

Ruben Fernandez drove in both runs for Spain with a two run triple in the fourth.

Nicaragua 3 Australia 2

Yeffry Montiel broke a 1-1 tie with a two run single in the ninth. Chris Burke hit his second double of the game and scored after a wild pitch and ground out pulled Australia to one. Samuel Mendoza was able to retire the last two hitters on ground outs to secure the victory. William Sherriff pitched eight strong innings for Australia, allowing just the one run and striking out nine.

Both runs Nicaragua scored in the ninth were unearned after a two out error by Australia extended the inning.

United States 11 South Africa o

Kyle Harrison pitched 5.1 shutout innings to earn the victory. He gave up two hits and struck out nine. Leadoff hitter Robert Hassell scored four runs and drove in two. He went 3 for 4 with two doubles and a walk. Tyler Soderstrom drove in three. The United States scored in every inning but the fourth in a game shortened to seven innings by the slaughter rule.

Korea 5 Netherlands 4

It took 10 innings but the hosts were able to squeak past a stubborn Netherlands team. The Netherlands rallied for four runs in the eighth to tie the game. Despite putting a runner on first and second to start the 10th Netherlands could not score. Korea was able to get their run across after a single by Min Park loaded the bases and Ju-Hong Park drove him in with a SF.

Hyeong-jun So pitched six shutout innings for Korea. The Netherlands were able to score their four runs off the Korean bullpen. Ji-Chan Kim was 4 for 5 with two stolen bases and one run scored for Japan.

Rendon Walkoff Secures Sloppy Victory Over Marlins

Saturday, August 31st, 2019

The Nationals played the game last night as if they did not want to win. Sloppy fielding plays and the usual poor pitching by the bullpen would have resulted in a loss against most teams except they were fortunate to be playing the Marlins, who have their own issues finding victories. The Marlins can play as poorly as the next team and Anthony Rendon took advantage of a wild pitch that put two runners in scoring position and blooped a single into left field that scored the tying and winning run to give the Nationals a 7-6 win.

Neither starting pitcher had their best stuff. In the first inning Harold Ramirez deposited a pitch from Anibal Sanchez into the centerfield bleachers, just to the right of the bullpen. Elieser Hernandez gave the run right back and added another in the bottom frame. The first three hitters in the order, Trea Turner, Gerardo Parra and Anthony Rendon all singled for one run. A ground out scored the second run and it was 2-1 Nationals.

In the second inning Victor Robles started it off with a double. Anibal bunted him to third and on a slow grounder to Starlin Castro at third he chose to go to first rather than taking the risky throw home. Hernandez settled down after that, retiring the Nationals in order in the next three innings.

The Nationals exhibited some poor fielding in the third inning. A walk by Sanchez to Jon Berti started the inning off. Harold Ramirez hit a sharp grounder to Turner that should have been a double play. Turner’s throw to Asdrubal Cabrera was high, Asdrubal tried to catch it barehanded to make the throw to first but dropped the ball. The error was given to Turner. With one out Neil Walker hit a hard grounder to Matt Adams at first that could have been two. The ball popped out of his glove. He recovered quickly and flipped the ball to Sanchez covering first but Sanchez bobbled the throw and the runner was safe to load the bases. The Nationals got out of the inning when Sanchez struck out Jorge Alfaro on three pitches and Isan Diaz popped to short.

Anibal gave up a run in the fourth, but it was a sloppy fielding play from former gold glover Parra that created a run. He poorly tracked what should have been a routine fly ball to right, turning the wrong direction and letting the ball bounce to the left of him and into the right field bullpen for a ground rule double. What should have been an out was a double for Brinson. Sanchez had trouble throwing strikes and walked his fourth hitter of the game. Hernandez bunted the runners over and a ground out to second scored a run for the Marlins that shouldn’t have scored.

The Nationals took advantage of some sloppy fielding by the Marlins in the sixth. In some generous scorekeeping by the home team Rendon hit a single that bounced in front of the right fielder and then glanced off his leg. If he could have fielded the one hopper cleanly Rendon would have been held to a single. Because it bounced off his leg and trickled behind him Rendon was able to advance to second on what was ruled a generous double. A balk advanced Rendon to third where he scored on a legitimate double by Juan Soto.

Hunter Strickland came back from his paternity leave and the Marlins treated him rudely in the seventh. Jon Berti started the inning off with a bloop single to right. Harold Ramirez and Starlin Castro followed with hard singles to center to score one. Strickland walked Neil Walker to load the bases and after striking out Jorge Alfaro for the first out was replaced by Roenis Elias to face the lefthander. Elias walked Isan Diaz, a player who doesn’t like to walk, to force in a run and tie the game. Lewis Brinson grounded into a double play to Rendon to keep the game tied.

The Nationals scored one run off Kyle Keller without putting the ball in play. Keller walked two and struck out two and was replaced by the lefty Jarlin Garcia to face Juan Soto. Soto lined one into the right field bullpen wall for a double scoring Max Scherzer, who had pinch run for Adam Eaton. With the uncertainty of the Nationals bullpen it would have been nice to score more, but they didn’t.

In the ninth Dan Hudson came on to close the game. Harold Ramirez hit a slow roller to Rendon and beat the throw the throw to first by an eye lash. The play was reviewed and the call could have gone either way. Starlin Castro lifted one into right center and the ball hit off the top of the fence just in front of the right field bleachers for a delayed call homerun. Castro had stopped at third when the third base umpire circled his fingers to complete the four bagger. Hudson was able to retire the next three hitters to keep the deficit at one.

Ryne Stanek, who came from the Rays was asked to close out the game. For the Marlins coming into this game he had been given four save opportunities, succeeded in one and blown three. Howie Kendrick led off the ninth with a pinch hit single and Trea Turner took a walk. Para tried to bunt the runners over and popped it up to the pitcher. Stanek though could not take the generosity and advanced the runners over, throwing a pitch high over the catcher’s head that was for some reason ruled a passed ball. Stanek succeeded in doing what Parra could not. With the count 2-1 Rendon did not hit the ball hard, but hard enough, blooping it over the shortstop for a single and allowing Turner to race home with the winning run. That was the fourth blown save for Stanek, who was used a lot as an opener for the Rays.

Game Notes: The Marlins had two players from Colombia in their starting lineup, Jorge Alfaro and Harold Ramirez. That has to be a first for a major league team to have two Colombians as regulars in the starting lineup…Myworld still likes the construction of the Nationals new bullpen once Sean Doolittle gets healthy. Daniel Hudson and Hunter Strickland are two setup relievers who throw 95 plus along with Wander Suerro. They can get the ball to Doolittle. Myworld is also comfortable using either Hudson or Strickland as closers if Doolittle continues to struggle. Roenis Elias is a better lefthanded option than Matt Grace…After the leadoff hitter got on in the second inning Elieser Hernandez retired the next 12 hitters before running into trouble in the sixth…Anibal Sanchez takes a long time getting to home plate from his stretch position. The Marlins runners were getting some big jumps off him…The three hits by Rendon extended his hitting streak to 15 games and he is leading the National League in hitting with his .333 average.

Louisiana Wins First Little League World Series

Monday, August 26th, 2019

It appears that with these Little League participants, on any given day one team can beat another. Yesterday it was Louisiana’s opportunity to shine. Egan Prather pitched a complete game two hitter in Louisiana’s 8-0 domination over Curacao. His teammates put the game away scoring six runs in the last two innings.

Marshall Louque was again the big bat for River Ridge. In the semi-final game he drove in his first four RBIs of the Series. Yesterday he drove in three runs with two doubles and a single. In the last two games he was 6 for 7 with four doubles, a triple and a single, driving in seven runs. Reece Roussel continued to assault pitchers with a 2 for 3 day, scoring three runs and driving in one. For the series he batted .739, scoring 10 runs and driving in 10 runs. He also hit two doubles yesterday to give him 7 for the Series.

Louque drove in the first run of the game with the first of his two doubles in the first inning. He drove in his second run with a double in the third inning. It was all Prather needed to win the game. When River Ridge exploded for four runs in the fifth the game was all but over. Russell and Louque each drove in runs in the inning.

It was the first Little League World Series win for the state of Louisiana.

Lindblom Wins 20 for Bears

Sunday, August 25th, 2019

Paul Lindblom can not lose. In his 25th start he won his 20th game against just one loss. His second place Doosan Bears just nipped the Hanwha Eagles 3-2.

Lindblom gave up two runs in the second, but settled down after that. He pitched long enough for the Bears to nip away at the Eagle lead, scoring one run each in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings. Lindblom pitched eight innings before turning it over to Hyung-Bum Lee, who picked up his 15th save.

This is Lindblom’s fifth season in the KBO. His first three years were spent with the Lotte Giants. Last year he was 15-4 with a 2.88 ERA. He leads the league in wins, ERA (2.04) and strikeouts (161). If this pace continues he will win the triple crown of pitching in the KBO.

Ryu Hyun-Jin became the second pitcher in KBO history to win the Triple Crown in 2006. He is now pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Sun Dong-yul won multiple triple crowns in 1986, 1989, 1990 and 1991. Yoon Suk-Min was the last pitcher to win the triple crown and he accomplished that feat in 2011. Lindblom is trying to become the first foreigner to win the triple crown and the fourth pitcher.

Santander Leads O’s to Rays Mauling

Sunday, August 25th, 2019

The Orioles scored in five innings. In a five for five day Anthony Santander delivered hits in four of them to score, drive in or keep the rally alive to lead the Orioles to an 8-3 win. For Santander it is his first five hit game in the major leagues.

Diego Castillo got the opener start. He retired the first two Orioles then ran into trouble when Trey Mancini, Santander and Renato Nunez singled to drive in one run.

The Rays went with lefty Jalen Beeks in the third inning. The Orioles put together their second two out rally with no one on, though Hanser Alberto had hit a one out single. He tried stealing second and after originally being ruled safe the umpires in New York reversed the call. Mancini drew a walk and Santander kept the rally alive with a line single into left field. Nunez laced a double into the left centerfield gap and a bobble by Kevin Kiermaier allowed Santander to score. The throw home was high and to the back stop, Nunez advancing to third on the throw. A D.J. Stewart single scored the third run of the inning, putting the Orioles ahead 4-0.

Dylan Bundy pitched a solid five for the Orioles. The Rays started to hit him the second time they saw him in the batting order. In the fourth an error by Richie Martin when he bounced a ball to first put runners on first and third with just one out. Kevin Kiermaier drove in the first run with a single to center. Bundy issued a walk to load the bases but Joey Wendle grounded into a double play to end the threat, the second of four double plays the Rays hit into.

Jalen Beeks must have been in the game for the long haul, no matter how many runs he gave up. The Orioles got him for two more in the fifth to neutralize the Rays one run. Jonathan Villar became the Orioles sixth 20/20 player by blasting a drive deep into the left field bleachers for his 20th homerun. Again, the homerun came after the first two hitters were retired. Rio Ruiz, who came in for the injured Alberto, lined a double to the base of the right center field wall. The Rays chose to walk Mancini intentionally and Santander made them pay with a bloop RBI single into left field.

Bundy again struggled in the fifth, giving up two runs. He walked Mike Zunino leading off the fifth. Tommy Pham grounded a double just inside the third base line to score Zunino. The Rays scored a second run on a sacrifice fly hit by Ji-Man Choi. This pulled the Rays to within three, 6-3.

D.J. Stewart put a stop to that momentum, lining a pitch to deep right center. Kiermaier reached out for it, the ball hitting his glove and hitting the top of the wall. The umpires originally ruled a homerun, but after review reversed the call saying the ball hit the top of the fence and did not go over. Stewart ended up scoring, tagging up on two fly balls.

Santander ended the scoring with a line drive solo homerun into left field in the eighth inning. He hit an infield single in the ninth to finish his 5 for 5 day, but it was his first hit that did not result in an Oriole run.

Game Notes: The Rays were dressed in all white while the O’s were in all black. The all white uniforms had white numbers and letters so you could not see the number or name on the back of the uniform. The white writing on the black uniforms were so small that myworld could not see it. Don’t know whose idea this was but myworld did not like it…Hanser Alberto was shaken up on an attempted steal in the third and was taken out of the game (head contusion). Kiermaier hit the wall on the Stewart double in the fifth and was also replaced (left rib cage contusion). Chris Davis pinch hit for Renato Nunez after he experienced a tight hamstring running to second…Jalen Beeks worked five innings and gave up seven runs. The Rays had to be out of bullpen help to keep in Beeks that long…D.J. Stewart played a strong right field, making a diving catch on a liner in the third and made a running catch on a ball hit into the right centerfield gap in the fifth…Villar became the sixth Oriole to hit 20 homeruns and steal at least 20 bases. The last player to achieve that feat was Manny Machado in 2015. Brady Anderson accomplished the feat on three occasions. Villar also became the fifth player to accomplish the 20/20 club this year in the major leagues…The Rays collected 10 hits in the game but the O’s limited the damage with four double plays.

Rouen Huskies Win Another French Championship

Sunday, August 25th, 2019

They are the New York Yankees of France, except they have not stopped winning championships. In a slugfest they outscored Templiers Senart 14-7, scoring a touchdown with an extra point in the fourth inning to take an 11-5 lead. The win gave them a 3-1 tally in a best of five championship series.

Enrique Sosa drove in five runs with an RBI single in the first, a two run double in the fourth and a two run homerun in the eighth. He finished the day with four hits. Louis Brainville contributed an RBI double in the fourth and a solo homerun sixth.

The Rouen Huskies have now won five straight championships. They were on a run of nine straight championships until Templiers Senart broke their run in 2014. The Huskies have now won 15 championships since 2003.

Little League World Series - Curacao Versus Louisiana

Sunday, August 25th, 2019

Louisiana had to come up from the loser’s bracket after being beaten by Hawaii in their opening game. They got a piece of revenge yesterday beating Hawaii to make it to the finals. Curacao got a little farther in the winner’s bracket, but lost to Korea in their second game of the Series. They got their revenge on Thursday when they knocked Korea out of the Series. Yesterday they beat Japan in what could be considered an upset. Because both teams had to rise so far up from the loser’s bracket, each team comes into the championship game 5-1.

Curacao 5 Japan 4

The big hit for Curacao was delivered by their slugger Curley Martha, who slugged a two run homerun in the fifth to give Curacao a 5-2 lead. It was the second consecutive game in which Curley has homered and his third for the tournament. That proved to be big because in the bottom of the sixth with Curley on the mound. Japan loaded the bases with two outs. A wild pitch scored one run and an error by the pitcher Curley on the throw home scored a second run, the tying run advancing to third on the play. The next hitter Ryohei Ushikubo lined a pitch into left field that was caught Kevin Rosina to end the game. A big sigh of relief was heard by all from Curacao.

Daiki Koban drove in two runs for Japan with his double in the third inning. Yuto Misaki pitched the last two innings, after the Curley homerun, quieting the Curacao bats to give Japan a chance in the bottom of the sixth. Yuto did not give up a run in his 7.1 innings of work, striking out 12 and allowing just two hits.

Shendrion Martinus got the start for Curacao and went 2.1 innings before yielding to Curley Martha. He gave up two runs. He also drove in two runs with one of his two doubles in the third inning. Jurdrick Profar scored two runs from the leadoff spot to get the offense ignited.

Southwest (River Ridge, Louisiana) 9 West (Wailuku, Hawaii) 5

What started as a pitcher’s duel turned into a slugfest. No runs were scored in the first four innings. 14 runs were scored in the last two innings.

Two errors and two wild pitches allowed River Ridge to score five runs in the fifth. Ryder Planchard drove in the first run for River Ridge with a single after Jeffrey Curtis started the inning with a double. Marshall Louque delivered the big hit of the inning with his two run double. With runners on second and third two wild pitches allowed both runners to score.

Louisiana then appeared to run away with the game in the top of the sixth, scoring four additional runs, Marshall again getting the big hit with a 2-run triple. Ironically, the four RBIs he drove in for this game were the only RBIs for the number three hitter in the tournament. He did score eight runs.

Getting the last out in any game is always tough. And for Louisiana the island boys made it even tougher. Four singles, three walks and a hit by pitch had given them five runs and loaded the bases with just one out. Nakea Kahalehau came up representing the tying run in what would have been the greatest comeback ever in a Little League World Series game, or any game for that matter. Nakea had already delivered two hits in the game. He hit a hard liner to short, but it was caught and Louisiana was able to turn a double play on a tag out at second to end the game.

William Andrade pitched 4.2 innings of shutout ball for Louisiana before turning it over to his bullpen, who almost wasted his effort by giving up five runs in the sixth. Logan Kuloloia pitched four shutout innings for Hawaii before tiring in the fifth and giving up the five spot.

Normally, a team from the loser’s bracket has to beat the team from the winner’s bracket twice to advance to the finals, but not in the Little League World Series. You now have Curacao and Louisiana facing off against each other in the finals, with no team finishing the Series undefeated.

Top Second Base Prospects

Saturday, August 24th, 2019

Normally your second baseman of the future are shortstops who have to move to second base because another shortstop is better than them. This list is thin with a number of former shortstops on it. Not a big fan of Isan Diaz, though he is currently up with the Marlins.

1. Brendan Rodgers (Rockies) - Rodgers was the Rockies first round pick in 2015. He has Trevor Story ahead of him on the Rockies roster. Last year he was troubled by shoulder issues. This year his season ended early because of a torn labrum that required surgery. He did hit .350 with 9 homeruns in his 37 AAA games before getting a callup to the Rockies after a Story injury. He did not put up awe inspiring numbers, hitting just .224 with a .250 slugging. That is when they discovered the torn labrum. The defensive tools are there to play shortstop, but this surgery could make a move to second base more likely. His bat is solid with a .490 slugging percentage entering the 2019 season. If he recovers from his shoulder issues and the Rockies find an alternative at second base (Ryan McMahon) he could become trade bait. Expect him to start the 2020 season in the minor leagues if he is healthy and a later promotion once he has seen some games.

2. Vidal Brujan (Rays) - The Rays found a bargain in Brujan, signing him for just $15,000 out of the Dominican Republic in 2014. His bat has shown the ability to make contact with more walks (150) than whiffs (136) during his minor league career. His speed could make him a top of the order hitter, with 55 stolen bases last year. The down side in Brujan’s game is his lack of power. Despite his small frame (5′9″) he does not drive the ball like an even smaller Jose Altuve or Jose Ramirez. Defensively the tools are there for him to play short, but with Wander Franco climbing the minor league ladder the Rays have been using him at second base. This year he has stolen 46 bases in 93 games. His strikeouts have increased since his climb to AA (18/31 walk to whiff) resulting in a drop in average (.263). Brujan can make an impact if he can get on base and allow his speed to create havoc.

3. Nick Madrigal (White Sox) - Nick was the White Sox first round pick in 2018. He led Oregon State to the College World Series. The defensive tools are there for him to play shortstop, with an arm that may be borderline, but there always seems to be a better defensive option ahead of him. At Oregon he was forced to play second because of a better defensive shortstop. The White Sox have been using him at second base. Despite his small frame (5′8″) Nick has some pop in his bat. That pop will be defined mainly by hits into the gaps but he should reach double digit homerun numbers. Last year he did not hit a ball out of the park in 155 at bats but did hit .303. This year he has already found himself in AAA, hitting .307 at the three levels with a .414 slugging percentage. He has also stolen 34 bases. Defensively he will be an asset to the White Sox at second base and with Yoan Moncada moving to third there is little to stop him from playing there in 2020.

4. Jahmai Jones (Angels) - Jones was a second round pick of the Angels in 2015. Because of a crowded outfield the Angels moved him to second base in 2018. What appeared to be a solid bat struggled in his first year at second base, dropping below .250 with a slugging average under .400. When he played outfield his bat played above those numbers. The speed is there for him to steal 20 plus bases per year. The Angels were hoping he would become comfortable in his second year at second base and his bat would return to their 2016 and 2017 numbers, but he continues to struggle (.236). His power numbers have also dropped. His defense is not at the level where he will survive in the major leagues at second base unless the bat returns to where it was at when he played the outfield.

5. Isaac Paredes (Tigers) - Isaac may be best used as a utility player. He lacks the range to play short on an every day basis and his power is not there for third base. Second base could be a move but his 225 pound frame makes playing a middle infield position challenging. He will need his bat to carry him if he is to play second base. He was first signed by the Cubs out of Mexico for $500,000 in 2015. The Cubs traded him to the Tigers for some relief help (Justin Wilson). The one big tool Isaac has is his bat. Power could come like a Jose Ramirez later in his career. As it is now he is hitting .288 in AA with 11 homeruns. That is about where his bat should be in the major leagues. Speed and defense are lacking from his game.

6. Xavier Edwards (Padres) - Edwards has the defensive tools to play shortstop but with Fernando Tatis there the Padres have been using him more at second base. He was a first round supplemental pick of the Padres in 2018. In his first season at rookie ball Xavier hit .346. He lacks the strength to hit for power so he needs to rely on his ability to make contact. Speed will be a big part of his game. Last year he stole 22 bases in just 45 games. His arm may be a little weak for short, but it will be fine at second base, making him above average defensively. This year his bat continues to shine at the full season level with a .323 average and 31 stolen bases. As he matures he could pick up some gap power.

7. Nick Gordon (Twins) - The half brother of Dee Gordon and son of Tom “Flash” Gordon started his career as a shortstop, just like his half brother Dee. He was a first round pick in the 2014 draft. It has taken some time for him to climb the minor league ladder, but he has finally reached AAA where he is hitting .298 with four homeruns. That is a big improvement over his .212 average in AA last year. Like Dee, Nick does not hit for power and his speed lacks the burner capability of Dee. He will need to hit if the Twins want to keep a spot open for him. The concern is there is no one tool that makes him great. His best spot may be as a utility player.

8. Mauricio Dubon (Giants) - Mauricio is the only player in minor or major leagues born in Honduras. He came to the United States at 15 years old to attend high school and improve his baseball abilities. The Red Sox originally drafted him in the 26th round of the 2013 draft and then made him part of the Travis Shaw trade to acquire the recently released Tyler Thornburg. The Brewers traded him to the Giants this year for bullpen help. His bat carries very little power but he had a career .299 batting average entering the 2019 season. His range falls a little short to be playing short on a regular basis. With Marco Luciano ahead of him in the depth chart a move to second base is in his future.

9. Freudis Nova (Astros) - The Astros signed Nova for $1.2 million in 2016. He could have gotten more but he failed a drug test and his signing price dropped in half. Nova has the tools to play short, with a strong arm his best tool, but with Carlos Correa at short he has played some second in anticipation that short will not be available when he is ready. His bat has the potential to hit for power, though that power has yet to appear. This year is his first in a full season league. A 12/61 walk to whiff ratio shows a lack of patience and could result in a lower batting average as he rises up the minor league ladder if he does not improve. At Low A he is hitting .255 with a .293 OBA. He has good speed to run the bases, but it appears not to be stolen base speed. It will take some time for him to reach the major leagues. At 19 years of age and playing in Low A expect him to be ready no earlier than 2021.

10. Luis Garcia (Nationals) - Luis was signed by the Nationals in 2016 for $1.3 million. That is similar to Nova, but Luis is already playing at AA. Shortstop is occupied by Trea Turner and the power is lacking to move to third. It could develop as he matures but not in time to play third after Rendon’s departure next year. Last year he split time between Low A and High A, his average falling just a couple points short of .300. This year he is finding AA a bit of a challenge. His lack of patience is being exposed with the AA pitchers (17/81 walk to whiff) resulting in a lower batting average (.253). The Nationals have no barriers in front of him to take over second base in 2020 if he can show the bat to play the position. He may have to start the first part of 2020 in AAA.

Unipol Bologna Wins Italian Baseball Championship

Friday, August 23rd, 2019

Bologna swept the best of five championship series against T&A San Marino to win their second Italian League championship. San Marino had won a championship in 2017. For Bologna it is their 12th Italian championship.

CPBL Could Move to Four Foreign Players by 2020

Friday, August 23rd, 2019

The Chinatrust Brothers have submitted a proposal that all teams in the CPBL be allowed to increase their allocation of foreign players from three to four. It is not clear what the details are for the four players The CPBL already has a three foreign player limit but almost all teams use that allocation to staff a starting rotation. Putting four pitchers in the starting rotation would stagnate the development of pitchers from Taiwan. It is possible the CPBL will limit the four players to a maximum of three pitchers and one hitter or three hitters and one pitcher.