MLB: Miami Marlins has a new International Director and he is Dominican

The Miami Marlins they have hired Román Ocumárez as the new international director of the team. Ocumárez arrives in Florida from the Houston Astros, where he worked as a scout and more recently as an international scouting supervisor.

Dominican left-hander Framber Valdez, as well as right-handers Cristian Javier and Venezuelan Luis Garcia are just a few of the notable signings credited to Ocumárez, and that particular trio already provides a great return on the Astros’ total investment of $ 40,000 in bonus money:

The Marlins will look to Ocumárez to continue that success in the search for hidden gems and to continue the Marlins’ own history of finding and developing quality international prospects.

Ocumárez points out how the Astros used to line up two teams in the Dominican Summer League to accommodate more prospects (“so that gave us an extra spot for those kinds of arms”).

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As of 2021, 16 organizations still use that approach. Perhaps the Marlins will follow suit if he advocates hard enough, especially with the construction of his expanded baseball academy in the Dominican Republic expected to be completed in 2022.

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I am fond of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and in general all of Mexican baseball. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover major events such as the Caribbean Series, the LMB All Star, LMP (uninterrupted since 2009), signings of important players. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, albeit as a fan. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even an NBA friendly 10 years ago, but I carry baseball in my veins. Graduated in Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I came to El Debate as a journalist reporter and it was almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to the radio providing my services in Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and within days, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. That is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

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MLB: Miami Marlins has a new International Director and he is Dominican