He has been a closer for the last three years in the minors and served that role for the Dominican team in the Caribbean Series. In a twist only seen in winter baseball, Asencio actually played for the Toros in the regular season this year in the Dominican Winter Baseball League. He was called in as a "reinforcement" for the Dominican team represented by LIDOM champion Escogido.
The teams from Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela all do the same thing: stck their domestic league champion with "reinforcements" of the top players from the losing teams.
So, Jairo Asencio was picked up as a "reinforcement" and stepped right into the closer's role for Escogido and the Dominican Republic team. He was 3-3 in save chances and didn't allow a hit in three innings. For that he was the Jugador mas Valioso de la Serie Caribe 2012, or MVP of the Caribbean Series. The Dominican Baseball Guy knows it is not much of a sample, but hey it's the Caribbean Series they only play six games.
It is a touching story for the young pitcher. Asencio's mother died last year, so he was happy, but disappointed that she could not see it. Said the closer:
“Estoy feliz por la distinción, pero hay un espacio que estuviera lleno si mi madre estuviera viva”, expuso el joven jugador.And for the Dominican Baseball Guy's English speaking friends that is, "I am happy for the distinction, but the is always an empty space in my heart where my mother was."
Jairo Ascencio is from Sabana Grande de Palenque, Dominican Republic. From his statistics and this performance it looks like he could be pushing for a spot on the big league roster next year.
But the Dominican Baseball Guy knows little to nothing about the Braves farm system. Any Atlanta Braves fans out there to comment?
|Jairo Ascencio receives the Caribbean Series MVP trophy, photo by Victor Perez|