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Venezuelan talent to spare in MLB

Venezuelan talent to spare in MLB

Posted by Dubraswka Aguilar on February 23, 2014

A new season is coming for the Major League Baseball, and a group of youth figures that includes many Venezuelans highlights in various reports from scouts and publications.

In the traditional classification of the greatest players for the 30 teams in majors, compiled by Baseball America, there are 15 Venezuelan in the top 10 for each team and three of them are positioned in the group of 100.

Many of them accumulate service time in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League, while others are about to do it. Similarly, some have reached the MLB and are waiting for consolidation.

The truth is that this group is being targeted for their talent, but much remains to be done.

Privileged Odor

Rougned Odor is best qualified among Venezuelans. The Texas Rangers gave to the second baseman that honor, after a 2013 in which he hit consistently in Class A-Advanced and Double-A.

In the recently concluded campaign of the LVBP he was seen for the first time, with the national champion team Navegantes del Magallanes . Odor had a very inspirational October, reaching a .375 batting average. But the following days, his performance declined and ended in a .227 during 32 games played.

The LHP Edwin Escobar, who plays for Cardenales de Lara in the local league, is also among the best. With the San Francisco Giants he is number two and that's no wonder. In class A-Advanced, with San Jose, Escobar left a 2.89 ERA in 16 games (14 starts), plus 92 strikeouts in 74.2 innings pitched, for only 17 walks.

Then the LHP went to Double-A with Richmond, where he turned to leave an earned run average below 3.00 (2.67, to be exact) in 10 starts, 5-4 record and 54 strikeouts in 54.0 innings.

This group of Venezuelan highlights in different organizations : Jose Peraza (number 6 in Atlanta), Wilmer Flores (6, NY Mets), Cesar Hernandez (8, Philadelphia), Yorman Rodriguez (5, Cincinnati ), Orlando Arcia (7, Minnesota ), Eduardo Rodriguez (3, Baltimore ), Franklin Barreto ( 5, Toronto), Renato Nunez (5, Oakland ), Victor Sanchez (7, Seattle), Luis Sardinas (7, Texas), Bruce Rondon (3, Detroit), Eugenio Suarez (8, Detroit) and Hernan Perez (10, Detroit).

Names like Peraza, Rodriguez, Arcia, Barreto, Nunez and Sanchez are not very known in their country as they have not been yet in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League.

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