There was a lot of international baseball going on this past month for the young Brazilian national teams.
First off, Brazil’s U-18 national team finished in 5th place at the Pan American Championships in La Paz, Mexico. After starting off the tournament going 2-4, Brazil finished strong going 3-0, winning against Panama (they just keep owning Panama!), Argentina and Ecuador. Some of the top young players in Brazil participated in this tournament participated, including Gabriel Ferrucci, Gustavo Paz, Lucas Sakay, Matheus França, Gabriel Clovier, Wesley Almeida, Massao Houra, Keyne Kitayama, Eric Omokawa and Lucas Moya. More information can be found on the CBBS website as well as the team group Facebook page.
Meanwhile in Ecuador, the U-11 national team took on the home country, along with Peru and Colombia in the South American Championships. Lots of great pictures and information can be found on the team’s Word Press page. Brazil finished in 3rd place with a 19 x 4 victory over Peru.
Finally, last week the U-14 national team finished in 4th place out of 6 teams in the U-14 Pan American Championships in Nicaragua, losing to the home team in 3rd place game. Though there’s not really a centralized repository of tournament information on this one, you can find the various updates on the CBBS news page.
Back in Brazil, the Nippon Blue Jays continued their domination by winning the 2nd Annual U-16 Los Angeles Dodgers Cup (otherwise known as the 4th Annual João Nakaie Cup). Felipe Kimura of NBJ had the highest batting average at .714 and drove in the most runs with 4. Felipe’s teammates, Vitor Yamauchi, was named MVP and Alexandre Taguti was named best pitcher.
This month, MLB plans a return to Brazil and Argentina for open tryouts for its Elite Camp, which takes place in end of January/beginning of February of 2015. These open tryouts will take place in Buenos Aires, Maringá, Marilia and Ibiúna later this month. The top players will move on to the Elite Camp next year. More information can be found here.
In other news, a new group called beisebol.org Brasil has been established to sell baseball equipment in Brazil, along with putting on special baseball-related events. The group is working in conjunction with MLB and the CBBS.
Over in the amateur ranks, Underdogs won the Liga São Paulo de Beisebol championship two weeks ago by defeating Bats 12 x 0. Underdogs are now the LSPB two time defending champions. More information can be found on the LSPB Facebook page.
In the professional ranks, after an impressive run in with the Triple A Omaha Storm Chasers (KC) this season (where they won both their league and Triple A championships) outfielder Paulo Orlando has reported to the Cardenales de Lara in the Venezuelan Winter League, where he played last off season. If it weren’t for Kansas City already being so stacked in the outfield, Orlando probably would have gotten a call up this past season. As it is, there’s probably plenty of MLB teams scouting him for their 40-man rosters. Boa sorte, Paulo!
Over in the Dominican Winter League, Chicago White Sox pitcher Andre Rienzo has joined the Leones de Escogido. Hopefully Rienzo can regain his 2013 and early 2014 form that got him the call up to the Big Leagues. Boa Sorte, Andre!