After another week of action in the Dominican winter ball, ESPN Digital presents its first edition of its Power Rankings of batters
The Dominican winter ball is characterized by a wide dominance of pitching in front of batters. The 2021 campaign is heading for exactly the same thing, with pitchers having the best share of matchups against offenses.
After fifteen of the forty scheduled meetings For the regular series, the six teams that make up the circuit together hit a .234 average with an OPS of .632. However, in a very particular way it is given that the teams are scoring 3.47 runs per game, however, this is due to a high number of defensive blunders (106 errors in 789 innings), which is verified when it is seen that, of Of the 348 runs scored thus far, 53 are undeserved for pitchers.
Despite this, the teams have had several batters have shined throughout the first 15 games. The people that is here Power Rankings They have been made based on the production of each of the players who have played at least 10 offensive games, so, for now, those who have not crossed that mark are not eligible to be on the list.
Without further ado, these are the ones chosen for the first Power Rankings of batters of the Dominican Republic Professional Baseball League (LIDOM) in 2021.
POSITION 5: FRANCISCO URBAEZ – LEONES DEL ESCOGIDO
If you could place a photo that describes a runner designed to get on base LIDOM, we would have to show Francisco Urbaez, who is leading in OBP (.458) among qualified hitters.
He accompanies that number with a .347 average and a .367 SLG, four RBIs and seven runs scored. His OPS + of 131 in thirteen games makes him, at least so far, one of the strongest candidates for the award of Rookie of the Year at LIDOM.
POSITION 4: RONNY MAURICIO – TIGRES DEL LICEY
It is undeniable that the newbie Ronny Mauricio has had trouble playing defense at shortstop, however, offense-wise, number four of these Power Rankings it is a machine designed to hit.
The best offensive of the Tigres del Licey so far this season of LIDOM He has played 15 games in which he has exhausted 52 official shifts. In that stretch, he is hitting a .308 average, along with a .321 on-base percentage (OBP) and a .481 slugging percentage (SLG). He has had two homers, seven RBIs and scored seven times, adding 25 total bases.
POSITION 3: KELVIN GUTIÉRREZ – GIGANTES DEL CIBAO
Kelvin Gutierrez is the ideal candidate to head these first Power Rankings of the season, however, he is the batter who has played the fewest games among the best five that have been placed, with only eleven games.
Despite this, his contribution to the Giants of the Cibao, being the league leader in OPS (1,123) so far. He’s hitting .462, which means he has practically started the year hitting in about half of the official at-bats he has exhausted (18 hits in 39 at-bats). He has eight RBI laps and has scored eight times, adding an OPS + of 178 to date.
POSITION 2: HANSER ALBERTO – GIANTS OF CIBAO
Another hitter who has given magnificent depth to the Los Angeles lineup. Giants it is “The Colt”, Hanser alberto. He is a player who could easily top these Power RankingsHowever, his offensive production has been highlighted by his presence on the bases, rather than by bringing teammates to the plate.
He has scored 15 runs, while he has scored four times in fifteen games. He closes his offensive line with a batting average of .397 and an OPS of .935, LIDOM’s second best this season.
POSITION 1: LEODY TAVERAS – CIBAEÑAS EAGLES
The most complete hitter of the start of the season is Leody Taveras, who in 57 at-bats has dispatched 21 hits for the Eagles, which becomes a .368 batting average.
That average is accompanied by an OBP of .439 and an SLG of .509, ten RBIs and thirteen runs scored and an OPS + of 150 with 29 total bases.
On the radar: Engel Beltré (Despite being the leader in most statistical offensive departments, he does not have ten games), Brett sulivan, Ruben Sosa and Elehuris Montero.