By Jose Alejandro Rodríguez Zas
Last October 4th we inform on this website that three Cuban players were leaving for the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, to join the respective winter leagues of professional baseball in those Latin nations.
At that time we made reference to the pitcher from Spiritus Yoen Socarrás, who had signed with Leones del Escogido of the Dominican league (LIDOM), as well as the Camagüey serpentine player Frank Madan and the Granmense outfielder Raico Santos, who would join the Tigres de Aragua in the Venezuelan league. .
The three Cuban players traveled to their respective teams but each of them had different luck in their actions. The only one with a positive result was the right-hander of Sancti Spíritus Socarrás, who was chosen as the starting pitcher of his team’s opening game against the Tigres del Licey, last Wednesday, October 27 at the Quisqueya Juan Marichal Stadium.
Although Yoen’s start resulted in a loss and was limited to 3.2 innings, in which he allowed three earned runs, with an equal number of hits, including a home run from New York Mets prospect Ronny Mauricio, the Cuban did not quite do it. bad for his first appearance at LIDOM, striking out six of the 11 outs he got, with two free walks.
As for Raico and Madan, their results have been adverse in their current experience within the professional ball of Venezuela, to the point of being discharged from the Tigres de Aragua team, according to a report. note published on the official website of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League (LVBP)
In the case of the Granma outfielder, Santos, the reason for his dismissal was due to poor performance well below those expected with the team, after presenting an anemic offensive average of .143 in his first six games.
Raico He could only connect three hits in 21 official at-bats with the wood, all singles, in addition to scoring a run and driving another, with six strikeouts received and an equal number of free walks and a stolen base. His offensive line was .333 / .143 / .476, while from a defensive point of view, he acted in 53 innings as a left fielder and made no mistakes in 11 shots made, with 10 outs and one assist.
“Unfortunately, he could not hit and in this league you have to make quick decisions,” said Jorge Urribarrí, sports advisor to the Tigres de Aragua. “Raico’s performance could not be higher than that of other good gardeners that we have in the club,” added the manager.
In the case of Camagüey pitcher Frank Madan, the aforementioned LVBP note specified that although he had good credentials, the right-hander “arrived in the country injured” and consequently the Tigres de Aragua board decided to return him to Cuba.
Today, Radio Rebelde journalist Guillermo Rodríguez confirmed on his Twitter profile that both players were already back on the island, thus concluding, for now, their respective experiences in professional Venezuelan baseball.
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DISMISSALS Frank Madan and Raico Santos in Venezuelan professional baseball