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  • #31
    Notes: Betancourt drawing comparisons
    Defensive similarities to Vizquel have infielder on fast track
    By Chris Hester / Special to MLB.com

    Yuniesky Betancourt entered Wednesday with one error over 44 games this season. (Jeff Roberson/AP)


    SEATTLE -- Yuniesky Betancourt is making a good impression playing shortstop for the Mariners. The slick-fielding middle infielder is already being compared to one of the game's greatest defensive shortstops, former Mariner and current San Francisco Giant Omar Vizquel.
    "Everybody keeps wanting to compare him to Vizquel, and I think that's good -- I don't think there's anything wrong with that," manager Mike Hargrove said of the comparison between his current shortstop and the 11-time Gold Glove Award winner he used to manage in Cleveland. "The difference between Omar and Yuni is that Omar's been doing it for 20 years and Yuni's been doing it for about a month. He certainly is a very talented defender, and I think he's going to hit."

    Betancourt made a pair of defensive gems in Tuesday night's 2-1 victory over the Angels. In the first inning, Vladimir Guerrero hit a roller toward short with two outs and a runner on third base. Betancourt charged and picked the ball bare-handed before throwing a strike to first base to end the inning.

    In the seventh inning, the Angels plated their only run of the game and had runners on the corners with two away when the left-handed-hitting Steve Finley lofted a ball down the left-field line. With left fielder Raul Ibanez shading Finley toward the gap, Betancourt was forced to race into the outfield, making the catch in foul ground with his back to the infield.

    "The play he made down the line on the foul ball, that's as good a play as you'll see anybody make," Hargrove added. "I thought that was more impressive than the barehand [play], but they both were pretty good."

    The 23-year-old Cuban has been almost flawless in the field, handling 149 chances at shortstop and making just one miscue for a .993 fielding percentage. At second base, he's handled 44 chances without making an error.

    With the bat, Betancourt is hitting .222 with six doubles, four triples and seven RBIs in 42 games since being called up from Triple-A Tacoma on
    July 28.

    http://seattle.mariners.mlb.com/NASA...=.jsp&c_id=sea

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    • #32
      The Ponce Lions and Alain Soler beat The Arecibo Wolves 2 to 1.

      Soler retired 20 consecutive hitters until Omar garcia hit a HR in the 7 th inning. Soler allowed only 2 hits.

      Picture of Alain Soler
      "El Toro/The Bull"
      http://www.anteprima.net/Baseball/fo...AlainSoler.jpg
      Last edited by Cubano100%; 01-02-2006, 09:51 PM.

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      • #33
        El Toro Soler opening some eyes in PR!

        MAYAGUEZ, Puerto Rico.

        The Ponce Lions beat the Mayaguez Indians 6-5.
        Gabriel Martínez had 3 RBI in support of Cuban right handed Alain Soler (3-2).
        Soler trew 7 innings in which he faced 25 batters. He allowed 2 Earned Runs on 3 hits. He also had 7 SO and 1 walk.

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        • #34
          Barbaro Canizares and Michel Abreu are still killing the pitching in Nicaragua.

          Bold indicates Cuban defectors.

          Batting Ave

          Bárbaro Cañizares, Bo .352
          Wilson Batista, Ch .333
          Justo Rivas, Le .315
          Michel Abreu, Bo .315
          Henry Roa, Le .309
          Edgard López, Ch .308
          Alexis Hernández, Le .304
          Danilo Sotelo, SF .304
          Ofilio Castro, SF .301
          Maikel Jova, Le .300

          Hits

          Bárbaro Cañizares, Bo 68
          Wilson Batista, Ch 64
          Maikel Jova, Le 61
          Norman Cardoze, SF 56
          Michel Abreu, Bo 56

          2B

          Walter Sevilla, Ch 13
          Maikel Jova, Le 12


          3B

          Mario Holmann, SF 3
          Wilson Batista, Ch 3
          Bárbaro Cañizares, Bo 3
          Rivas y Bonilla, Le 3

          Home Runs

          Michel Abreu, Bo 14
          Bárbaro Cañizares, Bo 10
          Wilson Batista, Ch 6
          Danilo Sotelo, SF 5


          Runs

          Bárbaro Cañizares, Bo 42
          Wilson Batista, Ch 36
          Dwaine Bacon, Ch 36
          Carlos Villalobos, Ch 36
          Jimmy González, Bo 32
          Danilo Sotelo, SF 31

          RBI

          Wilson Batista, Ch 42
          Michel Abreu, Bo 39
          Bárbaro Cañizares, Bo 37
          Maikel Jova, Le 33
          Alexis Hernández, Le 33
          Carlos Villalobos, Ch 33
          Norman Cardoze, SF 32

          Stolen Bases

          Mario Holmann, SF 13
          Dwaine Bacon, Ch 12
          Rogearvin Bernadina, SF 11



          ERA

          Aristides Sevilla, Le 1.34
          Julio Raudez, Ch 1.60
          Jairo Pineda, SF 2.45
          Rafael Batista, SF 2.50
          Miguel Pérez, Ch 2.54
          Devorn Hansack, Le 2.79
          Franklin Sánchez, SF 2.93
          Miguel Gómez, Bo 3.23
          Julio Villalón, Le 3.61
          Olman Rostrán, Ch 3.66

          Wins

          Julio Raudez, Ch 10-0
          Franklin Sánchez, SF 7-3
          Miguel Pérez, Ch 7-3
          Aristides Sevilla, Le 6-2
          Rafael Batista, SF 6-5

          Losses

          Miguel Gómez, Bo 4-6
          Maikel Neninger, Bo 2-5
          Rafael Batista, SF 6-5

          Saves

          Boanerges Espinoza, Ch 9
          Amauri Sanit, Le 8
          Donald Calderón, SF 6
          Pineda and Rojano, SF 4

          Strikeouts

          Devorn Hansack, Le 89
          Franklin Sánchez, SF 68
          Miguel Pérez, Ch 48
          Miguel Gómez, Bo 44
          Aristides Sevilla, Le 43

          Walks

          Estelin Soto, Bo 36
          Rafael Batista, SF 33
          Byron Zepeda, Bo 29
          Devorn Hansack, Le 26
          Neninger and Colón, Bo 24
          Pérez, Ch and Pineda, SF 24

          Innings

          Franklin Sánchez, SF 76.2
          Rafael Batista, SF 75.2
          Devorn Hansack, Le 71.0
          Aristides Sevilla, Le 67.1
          Julio Raudez, Ch 67.1
          Miguel Pérez, Ch 63.2
          Miguel Gómez, Bo 61.1

          Complete Games

          Gómez, Bo and Sevilla, Le 1


          Shutouts
          Miguel Gómez, Bo 1

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          • #35
            Alain Soler

            Though I have written in the past that Winter Leagues are overrated, this is a good start for Soler. At least his performance has showed that his talent is above winter ball.


            In Puerto Rico, the Ponce Lions beat the Manati Atenienses for the second straight game. Cuban right handed Alain Soler (Mets) tossed 6 innings of one hit ball.

            Puerto Rican newspaper link: Spanish

            http://www.primerahora.com/noticia.a...FE546081B3D5EF

            From the Mets web site:

            His Ponce teammate, Alay Soler, is the Cuban defector who seemingly looms larger in the Mets' plans now than he did a month ago. Soler has a 3-2 record and a 2.37 ERA in eight games -- six starts -- with 25 strikeouts and just 25 baserunners in 38 innings.

            http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/NASApp/m...=.jsp&c_id=nym

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            • #36
              01/06/2006 1:27 PM ET


              Pena producing big numbers this winter
              Talented catcher among club's prospects having solid seasons


              By Mark Bowman / MLB.com



              There doesn't appear to be any room on the 2006 Atlanta roster for Brayan Pena. But the 24-year-old catcher appears ready to come to Spring Training with intentions of proving he's got the offensive skills necessary to be a productive big leaguer.
              Coming off a season in which he hit .326 for Triple-A Richmond, Pena has continued his hot hitting in the Dominican Winter League. Playing for Gigantes, he produced a .326 batting average (49-for-168) with three homers and 25 RBIs.

              The switch-hitting Pena was among the league leaders in several offensive categories. He ranked second in doubles (15), third in extra-base hits (19) and fifth in hits (61).

              "The guy puts the ball in play and doesn't strike out," Braves assistant general manager Dayton Moore said. "He has incredible hand-eye coordination and is a winning-type baseball player. Every team he has been on, everybody has rallied around him and drawn from his energy."

              Pena, who defected from his native Cuba in 2000, was promoted to Atlanta three times last year. He recorded a hit in his Major League debut (May 23), but ended up producing just a .179 batting average in 39 at-bats.



              With Brian McCann set to be the starting catcher and Todd Pratt slated to be his backup, Pena will likely begin this season back in Richmond. But the organization has noticed the consistent offensive production he's continued to provide since signing in November 2000.

              "He's established himself and given the organization a lot of confidence that he can play in the big leagues," Moore said. "He's just going to have to wait for the opportunity. One thing about him is that he's going to give you all he's got wherever he is."

              Because Gigantes didn't qualify for the playoffs, Pena has joined Estrellas, which is currently playing in the round-robin portion of the league's playoffs.


              http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/NASApp...=.jsp&c_id=atl

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              • #37
                Cuban RHP pitcher and former Industriales Lions prospect Hassan Pena was clocked at 93 MPH in Juniper, Florida. He had one start to show his skills to the scouts and plan to enter the 2006 MLB Draft.

                http://www.perfectgame.org/2005/stor...88_or_more.cfm

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                • #38
                  Francisley Bueno and Canizares both signed with the Braves

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by Fermin Lafita
                    Francisley Bueno and Canizares both signed with the Braves


                    Looks like the Atlanta Braves are now the Havana Braves!

                    C Brayan Pena
                    SS Yunel Escobar
                    LF/C Barbaro Canizares
                    Pitcher Francisley Bueno


                    That is good news! How about Michel Abreu and Osbeck Castillo?
                    Last edited by Cubano100%; 01-19-2006, 01:10 PM.

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                    • #40
                      What were the bonuses for Bueno and Canizares?

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                      • #41
                        Barbaro Canizares is traveling to the Dominican Republic to work out at the Braves baseball academy. He probably will start the season en AA.

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                        • #42
                          Maybe ... sounds like he doesn't have papers yet if he's traveling to D.R. instead of just going to Florida. He's practically old enough to be the father of some of the kids at the D.R. academy.

                          There were drug allegations swirling around Bueno; curious if the Braves were aware of that. (Before he defected, Bueno was supposedly booted off Cuba's 2004 Olympic team for failing a drug test.)

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                          • #43
                            Cubans in winter leagues

                            First of all ..i want to say hello to everybody..specially to those who came from cuba and keep baseball on blood :-)

                            I want to apologize for my english. Its not perfect.

                            So.. here.. a list of cubans who were in winter leagues this year

                            NAME TEAM COUNTRY

                            FRANCISLEY BUENO LEONES DEL ESCOGIDO REPUBLICA DOMINICANA
                            OSBECK CASTILLO LEONES DEL ESCOGIDO REPUBLICA DOMINICANA
                            BRAYAN PEÑA GIGANTES DE CIBAO REPUBLICA DOMINICANA
                            RAUL VALDEZ AZUCAREROS DEL ESTE REPUBLICA DOMINICANA

                            RAFAEL GALBIZO CRIOLLOS DE CAGUAS PUERTO RICO
                            JOSE CORDERO CRIOLLOS DE CAGUAS PUERTO RICO
                            ALAY SOLER LEONES DE PONCE PUERTO RICO

                            ARIAN CRUZ LEONES DE LEON NICARAGUA
                            JULIO CESAR VILLALON LEONES DE LEON NICARAGUA
                            AMAURY SANIT LEONES DE LEON NICARAGUA
                            ALEXIS HERNANDEZ LEONES DE LEON NICARAGUA
                            MAIKEL JOVA LEONES DE LEON NICARAGUA
                            YOSANDRY IBAÑEZ BOER MANAGUA NICARAGUA
                            BARBARO CAÑIZARES BOER MANAGUA NICARAGUA
                            MICHEL ABREU BOER MANAGUA NICARAGUA
                            MICHAEL NENNINGER BOER MANAGUA NICARAGUA
                            MIGUEL PEREZ TIGRES DEL CHINANDEGA NICARAGUA
                            ALEJANDRO ZUAZNABAR TIGRES DEL CHINANDEGA NICARAGUA
                            ALEXEI HERNANDEZ SAN FERNANDO MASAYA NICARAGUA

                            ADRIAN HERNANDEZ CARDENALES DE LARA VENEZUELA
                            MAYQUE QUINTERO PASTORA DE LOS LLANOS VENEZUELA
                            JORGE TOCA TIBURONES DE LA GUAIRA VENEZUELA
                            VLADIMIR NUÑEZ TIBURONES DE LA GUAIRA VENEZUELA
                            ALEX SANCHEZ LEONES DE CARACAS VENEZUELA

                            HANSEL IZQUIERDO MAYOS DE NAVAJOA MEXICO
                            ARIEL PRIETO YAQUIS DE OBREGON MEXICO
                            MICHAEL TEJERA YAQUIS DE OBREGON MEXICO

                            That's all


                            B.

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                            • #44
                              Who is Alejandro Zuaznabar? Never heard of him.

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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by Agente Libre
                                Who is Alejandro Zuaznabar? Never heard of him.

                                I think he was in one of the junior teams. He defected to Venezuela and had 6 ABs in the Nicaraguan Winter League but he went back to Venezuela due to family matters. I think he played in the Venezuela Summer League prior to his trip to Nicaragua. I found out about him in the Nicaraguan Winter League Web Site.

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