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11/11/2004 Archived Entry: "Winter Leagues Round Up"
By Carlos Fragoso
MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE
Culiacan and Obregon are on top with identical records of 15-9, Javier Robles (Obregon) still leading in batting wth .390, followed by Rontrez Johnson (Mochis) with .370.
In wins Jorge Campillo (Culiacan ) and Ariel Prieto (Obregon) both with 5-0.
Iker Franco (Hermosillo) and Ramon Orantes both with 9 HR's, Javier Robles and Orantes also lead in RBI's with 23 each.
Team pitching leader is Obregon while Culiacan is the team batting leader. Marc Kroon (Culiacan) has saved 10 games.
Hermosillo sent IF Flavio Romero to the DL
Mexicali sent P Juan Palafox to the DL and activate P Rafael Piņa
Culiacan's record of most consecutive games hitting HR's ,stopped yesterday and set at 21, breaking previous records holded by Mochis with 15, prior to this season and broken by the same team this season, the Culiacan comes to break it again, with 21.
Jorge Cantu, the Tampa Bay 2B is still hot, going 5-3 yesterday and now his batting avg. is a solid .343 in as only as 17 games.
Andy Tracy (Obregon) is finding long ball hitting, he has 4 now, playing 1B and 3B
Mario Valdez (Obregon), hit his second HR in as many nights yesterday, among the 3 hits he got, and now his avg. is .368 in few games.
VENEZUELA WINTER LEAGUE
Caribes in the East division and Lara Cardinals in the west are leading the league as of now.
Jean Boscan (Cardinals) is leading in hitting wit .412, followed by Lino Connell (Caribess) with .397.
Eliezer Alfonzo and Luis Landaeta with 6 HR's lead this department, meanwhile OF Rene Reyes (Cardinals) has league leading 19 RBI's.
John Stephens (Aragua), leading pitcher with 3-0 and 0.75 ERA.
Adrian "Duquecito" Hernandez, has 3-1 record with Cardinals, prospect Justin Leone is hitting .310 with 2HR's with same club.
Pitcher Mike Romano left Cardinal for a Japanese contract, he was 2-1 before departing.
Mets prospect Yusmeiro Petit having good season with Magallanes, despite his 1-1 record his 1.01 ERA confirms his quality pitching, OF Todd Linden has 3 HR's with this same team.
Marco Scutaro is hitting .150 with Caracas, while Kevin Henthorne is 2-0 and 0.00 ERA with same team and native Alex Herrera is 3-0.
Dave Kelton is hitting .276 but 4 HR's with Caribes.
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC WINTER LEAGUE
Cibao's Eagles keeping a tremendous pace this season are leading the league with an impressive record of 13-2.
Angel Peņa (Giants) is leading the league in batting with a .373 avg., followed by Alex Fernandez with .343.
Juan Sosa and Hansley Ramirez both with 3 round trippers, the leaders in this department, while Braves prospect Andy Marte has 13 RBI's.
Jose Vargas has 7 saves, more than half of his team Cibao wins.
Erick Aybar and Jose Bautista are top hitters for Licey
Ezequiel Astacio is 2-0 ad 1.93 ERA for Escogido
Erick Almonte and Freddy Guzman are starring in hitting for Estrellas
Angel Peņa,is hitting .373 for Giants.