Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Dominican Republic Wins Caribbean Series

The Dominican Republic, which was represented by Escogido, won the Caribbean Series 2010. They went 5-1 in the 4 team double round robin tournament against the winners of the Mexican, Venezuelan, and Puerto Rican winter leagues.

The Dominican Winter Baseball League has the story here, but this is in Spanish. Or see it in English at the MLB Winter league site here. There are also a few other highlights and stats at the MLB Winter League site.

Caribbean Series 2010 All-Tournament Team
Mets OF prospect Fernando Martinez won MVP
Player, position, team
Kevin Barker, 1B, Dominican Republic
Pablo Ozuna, 2B, Dominican Republic
Vinny Castilla, 3B, Mexico
Angel Sanchez, SS, Puerto Rico
Armando Rios, RF, Puerto Rico
Jesus Feliciano, CF, Puerto Rico
Fernando Martinez, LF, Dominican Republic
Edwards Guzman, C, Puerto Rico
Raul Padron, DH, Venezuela
Raul Valdes, LHP, Dominican Republic
Nelson Figueroa, RHP, Dominican Republic
Efrain Nieves, LH reliever, Puerto Rico
Peter Parise, RH reliever, Puerto Rico

Several Dominicans or players from the Dominican team made the all tournament team. Juan Francisco, the Dominican League MVP, also had a good tournament. The Dominican Baseball Guy has said it before, Juan Francisco is going to be a good or really good MLB player, probably this year. Hopefully Kevin Barker gets some more big league time too, as he has put up numbers in AA, AAA, and the top winter leagues. Both these guys are in the Reds organization. And yes that is 42 year old Vinny Castilla who spent 16 years in the big leagues, still playing in his home country in the winter league.

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