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Top 10 Latin American Batters in the MLB 2016 Season

Top 10 Latin American Batters in the MLB 2016 Season

Posted by Miguel Ernesto on October 04, 2016

Once again, the Latin American stars played a leading role in the aspirations of their teams to make it to the MLB 2016 season’s playoffs. Who were the most outstanding ballplayers? PanamericanWorld offers an approach to the performance of ten Latin American batters that have stood out in MLB. Many of them will be playing in the postseason; while others, although they did a great offensive work, are already on vacation.

David Ortiz (Dominican Republic – Boston Red Sox)

Before the first pitch in 2016, the Dominican player announced that this would be his last season in MLB. Six months later, several people have asked “Big Papi” to rethink his decision, since he lived one of his most impressive offensive campaigns. The best designated hitter in the history of MLB was a key element in Boston Red Sox’s win in the East division of the American League, the most competitive one in MLB.

“Papi” Ortiz shot 38 HRs, 127 RBIs and finished with .317 AVG. These numbers show that the Dominican player is still in great shape to play at the highest level, but Ortiz has repeated that this is going to be his farewell; although he’d like to include a new World Series ring. It’d be a great end for the career of a man that will be in Cooperstown’s Hall of Fame within five years.

Miguel Cabrera (Venezuela – Detroit Tigers)

The Venezuelan player is described as the most complete batter in MLB. The Detroit Tigers didn’t make to the playoff, but “Miggy” did his best with the bat to change the bad luck of a team that hasn’t won a World Series since 1984.

Cabrera’s final average was .315, sent 38 balls beyond the fences and had 108 RBIs. But baseball is a team sport …

Jose Altuve (Venezuela – Houston Astros)

This Venezuelan star proves that having an impressive physique is not necessary to succeed in baseball. Although he’s barely 5-feet-6-inch tall, nothing stopped him from winning his second batting title in the American league, with .338 AVG, 24 HRs and 96 RBIs. His effort wasn’t enough to take the Houston Astros back to the postseason.

Robinson Cano (Dominican Republic – Seattle Mariners)

The executives and fans of the Seattle Mariners finally got what they were expecting from the Dominican ballplayer when he signed a 240-million-dollar mega contract, three years ago: offensive leadership. Cano finished with .299 AVG, 39 HRs and 103 RBIs; nevertheless, the Mariners were off the playoff.

Albert Pujols (Dominican Republic – Los Angeles Angels)

Pujols had a great second season with the Angels. The Dominican player made a remarkable offensive duo with Mike Trout, but his 31 HRs and 119 RBIs couldn’t avoid the fourth position reached by the team in the American League’s West division.

Edwin Encarnacion (Dominican Republic – Toronto Blue Jays)

This Dominican baseball player had another great campaign with the Toronto Blue Jays. His offensive power was unleashed in critical moments for a team that is going to play the postseason, second year in a row. Encarnacion delivered 42 homeruns and 127 RBIs.

Nelson Cruz (Dominican Republic – Seattle Mariners)

The Cano – Cruz couple was the most offensive one in the American League, but, as we pointed out before, it wasn’t enough to help the Seattle Mariners enter the playoff. Cruz finished with 43 HRs and 105 runs.

Rougned Odor (Venezuela – Texas Rangers)

This second-base player from the Texas Rangers was one of the revelations of the ongoing campaign. Odor became a team leader and his 33 homeruns and 88 RBIs helped the franchise finish with the best record in American League.

Adrian Beltre (Dominican Republic – Texas Rangers)

The 37-year-old Dominican veteran had another outstanding season. Beltre results were amazing at his age: 32 HRs, 104 RBIs and .299 AVG. This might be the last chance for the Dominican player to win his first World Series title.

Jose Dariel Abreu (Cuba – Chicago White Sox)

Abreu’s first steps in his third MLB season weren’t very promising. Over the first four months, the Cuban ballplayer was far from his results in 2014 and 2015 with the Chicago White Sox; however, in August and September he showed a significant recovery and finished with 25 HRs and 99 RBIs.

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