Two Smokin Hot Players of the Week

Two players who are raking in the winter leagues are Marlon Byrd of the Culiacan Tomateros and Javier Herrera of the La Guaira Tiburones.  We already wrote about Herrera here: http://myworldofbaseball.com/wordpress/?p=1229.  Since that writeup he had another two homer day.  That gives him six homeruns in his last four days with 14 RBIs.  He was 9 for 15 in those four days with one walk and three strikeouts.  Don’t know what kind of shape he is in since he played Independent ball last year, which would be similar to the Industrial League in Japan.  At one point he was a Top 100 prospect by Baseball American for two years in a row.

Down in Mexico Marlon Byrd has not been quite as torrid over a short period, but like a marathon runner he has been consistently hot over a longer period.  Yesterday he cranked two homeruns and drove in six runs.  The three hits extended his hitting streak to eight games, seven of them multihit games.  Over those eight games he has gone 16 for 36 (.444) with five homeruns and 18 RBIs.  That would be a career for many players.  He also has struck out nine times during this eight game hitting streak.

Last year Byrd played in the major leagues but hit only .210.  He made the National League All Star team in 2010, so he is still not that far from studliness.  He will turn 36 next August.  The question that needs to be asked is how much does he have left.

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