Baseball is on fire in Brazil! Lot’s of going on both in Brazil and with Brazilians playing in the pros:
Let’s start with super utility man Yan Gomes, who was brought up from Triple A Columbus by the Cleveland Indians a couple weeks ago to replace the injured catcher Lou Marson. Marson has since returned to the lineup and Gomes was optioned back to Columbus, but not before showing some flashes of slugging with the bat by hitting a couple of homers and a triple in 19 at bats. Gomes also did well behind the plate and earned some high praise from manager Terry Francona and Indians management, who want to keep seeing him get everyday playing time in Triple A. I’m sure we’ll see Yan back in Cleveland soon.
Things haven’t been as easy for starting pitcher Andre Rienzo, who started the season at Triple A Charlotte (Chi. White Sox), and has been roughed up in 3 out of his first 4 starts this season (1-1 7.52 ERA 1.62 WHIP, .310 Opp BA). Interestingly, all three of those forgettable starts came against the Gwinnett Braves. To Rienzo’s credit, his strikeout ratio has been decent, 16 K’s to only 7 walks. Hopefully Andre can shake the slow start and fall into his 2012 form.
Another slow starter has been outfielder Paulo Orlando, who has only has 8 hits in 41 at bats (.195 BA) for Double NW Arkansas (KC Royals). Orlando also has 14 strikeouts this season to 6 walks, thus his big swing approach hasn’t earned him any extra base hits which is pretty unusual considering he’s always good for some doubles and triples.
Orlando’s top of the lineup teammate on the Brazil national team, infielder Leonardo Reginatto, moved up to full season Single A Bowling Green (TB Rays) this year. Reginatto’s bat has also yet to wake up (.191 BA in 47 AB’s) But at least his walk to strikeout ratio is manageable (8 walks to 7 k’s).
Another national team member, pitcher Murilo Gouvea (HOU Single A), started the season on the disabled list, so has yet to log any innings this year.
Back in Brazil, the CBBS 13th Annual Inter-Club U21 Brazilian Championship finals took place in Londrina the weekend of April 13. The tournament featured a number of players who are already signed with pro teams but will be playing short season Rookie and Single A ball later this summer. Players included infielder Lucas Rojo (SEA) who played for São Paulo and pitcher Rafael Moreno (Baltimore) who also played for São Paulo. In fact, Rojo took home some hardware as the second best hitter in the tournament (.475 BA) and most RBI’s (10). There were other noteworthy performances by Lucas Dos Santos (GECEBS) as best hitter with .500 BA, Daniel Oguro (GECEBS) as best pitcher, and tournament MVP Felipe Koshi (GECEBS). As you can probably tell, GECEBS won the tournament by beating São Paulo in the final. More info and photos of the championship can be found on the CBBS website.
Over in the independent leagues, The Liga São Paulo de Beisebol (LSPB) season is well underway. They also have a cool new league logo (see above). After 4 rounds, ACEVGP BF Red Foxs are at the top of the table with a 7-1 record, followed by the New Giants at 6-2. Bats and Underdogs follow them with 5-3 records. More info can be found on the LSPB Facebook page.
In the Liga Paulista de Beisebol (LPBP), Piracicaba is on top with a 4-0 record. The LPB Underdogs teams A and B follow up with a 2-0 and 1-0 record, respectively. Unfortunately, both leagues have been beset with rain postponements, hence the unbalanced games played. More info on the LPB can be found on their Facebook page.