Who got stronger in the Draft?
Carlos Hernández was the first pick for the Águilas in the re-entry draft.
This Monday the Round Robin of Dominican winter baseball begins with the clashes between the Tigres del Licey, winners of the regular series, and the Estrellas Orientales at the Quisqueya Stadium and on the other hand, the Águilas Cibaeñas will clash against the Gigantes del Cibao, current national champions at the Cibao Stadium.
The four teams had the opportunity to reinforce themselves with six players each in the Team Reentry Draft eliminated (Toros and Leones).
A total of 61 players registered in the draw, with a total of 24 players being chosen.
The Tigres del Licey, leaders in collective batting and the best in earned run average this season, selected the starting pitcher for the Toros del Este, Raúl Valdés, as the first pick in the re-entry draft of eliminated teams of natives and imported for the semifinal stage with Round Robin format. Valdes has been a consistent trump card in recent years in Dominican baseball. The kind that get outs and have no throw limits.
The Águilas Cibaeñas, the team that chose the Águilas Cibaeñas. sophomore, he chose pitcher Carlos Hernández of the Toros del Este. Another Cuban who shone. in this season. He barely allowed 8 earned runs in 45 innings of work with 39 strikeouts.
The Gigantes del Cibao decided on Yamaico Navarro, starter and designated hitter for the romanense team. Despite his poor performance in the regular season, Navarro is one of the most dangerous hitters in the league. Playing half the games at the Julián Javier and in the middle of the champions' lineup, he can contribute a lot.
Finally, the Estrellas Orientales they selected Jeimer Candelario to finish the first round. One of the most respected bats due to their status in the Major Leagues, which at any moment turns on the offensive.
In the second round, the Águilas chose Fernando Abad, the Tigres selected Vidal Brujan. The Stars decided on Gerson Bautista and the Giants signed Emmanuel Ramírez.
Abad is one of the top left-handed relievers in the league. Together with Gregory Soto, Neftalí Feliz and Richard Rodríguez, also from the yellows, can form a foursome of consideration to close the games, which has not been seen for a long time in local ball.
Bruján, was part of the big team for the Tampa Rays. it will bring speed on the bases for the blues and will increase the speed of the bases. It affected the defensive ability of the Tigers in positions four and six. Bautista struck out 22 in 21 innings with a 2.14 ERA this season with the red team. He saved 5 matches. It will help The eastern reliever was pretty good.
Emmanuel Ramírez was another of the Lions' best arms this season. He had 35 strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings, with a 1.03 ERA in 26 1/3 innings.
Once again pitching prevailed in the selections and above all relief.
< p style="text-align: justify;">After these selections, the best selected were Águilas Cibaeñas and Estrellas Orientales, since they got what they needed the most. Gigantes and Licey take the other positions.