Dominican Round Robin Playoffs Begin

The top four teams in the Dominican League have been determined and they have begun their round robin playoff round. The four teams advancing are:

Gigantes del Cibao (27-23)

Wilmer Difo hit .333 in 14 games after replacing Hanser Alberto who hit .385 in his 16 games. The two combined for 24 RBIs, which when combined would have led the team and tied for the Dominican lead. As it is Rhys Hoskins with his four dingers and his 16 RBIs tied for the team lead with Ramon Torres, who also had four homeruns and 16 RBIs. Hoskins only hit .224 and played in 21 games to Torres 41 games, but Torres 26 runs scored led the league. Their 4 homeruns tied with a number of players for the Dominican regular season lead.

The pitching staff was led by veteran Terry Doyle (4-3, 2.70) and Alec Asher (2-1, 2.14). Doyle had 10 starts to the eight starts for Asher. No other starter had more than six. Ramon Ramirez (0-1, 1.57, 8 saves) and Chad Gaudin (1-0, 0.90, 4 saves) closed out 12 of the 27 Gigantes wins. Bryan Rodriguez was called on for two end of the regular season starts and combined for 9 shutout innings, allowing just two hits in those starts. He finished with 7 appearances and a 0.49 ERA.

Tigres del Licey (26-24)

Yamaico Navarro made an end of season impact (.350, 1, 3) for the Tigres, playing in only 9 games. He had an impressive 7/2 walk to whiff ratio. Little known Marco Hernandez led the team in homeruns (4), contributing 16 RBIs with his .286 average. Diory Hernandez led the team in RBIs with 18. Rymer Liriano (.258,1,14) had an inconsistent winter for the Tigres, striking out 34 times in 37 games and going 2 for 7 in stolen bases. Jorge Bonafacio (.248, 1, 16) played with his brother Emilio (.241). Jorge did not show the power expected of him but did gap 7 doubles to tie for the team lead.

Jairo Asencio was pounded at a .315 clip but was still trusted to give the Tigres 15 saves. He finished 1-3, 4.26. Rafael Soriano may have been the better alternative with his 2.66 ERA but he led the team in holds with 10. Matt Wisler had two starts in the Dominican, not allowing a run and striking out 12 in his 9 innings of work.

Aguilas Cibaenas (25-25)

Dylan Cozens led the team in homeruns with four, but his .165 average and 32 whiffs in 25 games were cause for concern. Ronny Rodriguez was their most consistent hitter with his .306 average, 10 doubles, three triples and three homeruns. He scored a team leading 24 times with 12 RBIs. Juan Perez slashed 13 doubles to lead the Dominican League, the doubles contributing to his .291 average and 23 runs scored. His only extra base hits were his doubles, but that was enough to tie him for the league lead in RBIs with 24.

Francisley Bueno (4-2, 1.64) and Roenis Elias (2-3, 2.47) were their most consistent starters. Bueno had a poor 16/23 walk to whiff ratio in his 49 innings. Myworld says keep a watch for Forrest Snow (0-3, 1.54). He always seems to perform well in winter, but it never translates to a major league job. Myworld thinks he is ready to make an impact. He had an impressive 14/36 walk to whiff ratio in 35 innings. Josh Judy was lights out, not allowing an earned run in his 21.2 innings of work to pick up 15 saves. The recently signed Norge Ruiz went 2-1, 3.77 in his three starts.

Leones de Escogido (25-25)

Rafael Bautista stole 12 bases in 14 attempts. He only hit .250 and three of his 28 hits went for extra bases, but he did cross the plate 22 times to lead the team. Ruben Sosa hit three doubles and three triples amongst his 43 hits, but that was still good enough to lead the team and tie for the league lead in RBIs with 24. He was also 11 for 20 in stolen base success ratio, a little bit better than a flip of the coin success rate.

Kelvin Marte (5-1, 1.44) was perhaps the top pitcher in the regular season. His 25 whiffs in 62.1 innings indicates a lack of overpowering stuff, but a .195 opponent average shows lack of barrel of the bat on ball contact. He led the Dominican League in ERA and was tied for first in wins. Justin Haley (2-0, 0.38) was almost unhittable in his five starts, limiting the opposition to a .156 average. He only allowed one run in his five starts, finishing his last three starts with 16.2 shutout innings.

Toros del Este (24-26) and Estrallas Orientales (23-27) just missed making the playoffs.

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