It is the second season with the highest number of Dominican debuts in the Major Leagues only behind the 38 that were released in 2017
The 2021 season has been a very profitable one for the Dominicans in the Major Leagues and we are not referring exclusively to the marks and hits of Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Juan Soto and Fernando Tatis Jr. to name a few.
It has also been an exceptional campaign for Dominican debutants in the Big Top, with some of them leaving good impressions for what was displayed on the pitch and reaching the second most in a season for native players of the Dominican Republic with 35, just 3 of the 38 who made it to MLB in 2017.
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In addition to having the most anticipated debut of the season with the triumphant arrival in the Major Leagues of Wander Franco, who although he had a slow start probably due to adaptation, recovered by making history by demonstrating his maturity with the bat despite only having 20 Years ago, there were several Dominicans who left their first mark on the diamonds of the majors.
The 22nd prospect of the Washington Nationals, Joan Adón, became the 35th native of the Dominican Republic to make his major league debut and did so through the big door.
(((We take a parenthesis to present Oneil Cruz’s first major league home run))) pic.twitter.com/oCvPGV0aZX
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In five 1/3 innings of work, he struck out 9 Red Sox batters in a vitally important game for Boston, and with that amount he became the pitcher with the most strikeouts in his debut this season in the Major Leagues.
Before him, another name that was added to the list was that of Oneil Cruz of the Pittsburgh Pirates who also made history as the tallest shortstop to start a game at 6-foot-7 and having a good showing with his first major league home run over the weekend.
The team with the most Dominicans seeing action for the first time in their major league careers was the Miami Marlins, which debuted Bryan de la Cruz, José Devers, Luis Marte and pitcher Edward Cabrera.
Bringing all of this to LIDOM, the Toros del Este had the most players debuting in the Major Leagues this season with 9, followed by the Gigantes del Cibao and Tigres del Licey, both teams with 7 each. Estrellas Orientales, Leones del Escogido and Águilas Cibaeñas had 4 debutants per team.