Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Radhames Liz, Matt McBride, and Juan Francisco Players of Week

The Dominican Winter Baseball League is in full swing, 20 games into the 50 game regular season.  The Dominican Baseball Guy always updates the players of the week, so this is the first edition of the Dominican Winter Baseball League Player of the Week.

Radhames Liz won the first player of the week award, and Matt McBride won the player of the week award for the week of November 2-7.  Here is the press release.  Liz has spent parts of three MLB seasons with the Orioles, mostly as a starter.  He was claimed off waivers by the Padres and spent last season with Portland in the Pacific Coast League.  Liz is playing for the Estrellas and from El Seybo, DR.

Matt McBride is in the Cleveland Indians organization and played 31 games with their AAA team last year, which is the highest level he has attained.  McBride carried a hot streak in his brief stink in the International League into the Winter League season.  He is absolutely killing the ball in the Dominican Winter League, with 7 HR and 19 RBI in 21 games.  He is leading the league in HR and RBI.

Juan Francisco won the third player of the week award.  He spent most of last season in the AAA International League, but did spend some time with the Reds.  He just missed their playoff roster.  The Dominican Baseball Guy has said it before, Francisco is a can't miss prospect and is going to have a long MLB career.  He won the Dominican Winter League MVP last year, along with several player of the week awards.  He has more power than anyone the Dominican Baseball Guy saw in the Dominican Winter League last season.  He is having another huge year and the Dominican Baseball Guy predicts he will win the MVP again.  Right now he is 1st in hits, 2nd in doubles, 2nd in HR, 1st in runs, 2nd in RBI.  I will be sure and refer to this post in two months when my prediction comes true.  Juan is from Bonao, DR.

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