After four weeks of action in the Dominican winter ball and halfway through the season, ESPN Digital presents the second edition of its Power Rankings of batters
As indicated in the last installment, the Dominican winter ball is characterized by a wide dominance of pitching in front of the batters. The 2021 season maintains that trend, however, in the last week there were several outstanding performances at the team and individual level that could point towards an offensive improvement.
At the conclusion of the first half of the regular series of the Dominican winter baseball season, the league remains with low offensive averages in general terms. All six teams are hitting .236 overall, along with a .311 on-base percentage (OBP) and .329 slugging percentage (SLG), good for a .640 OPS.
Despite this, the teams have had several batters have shone throughout the first 20 games. The present Power Ranking It has been done based on the production of each of the players who have played at least 10 offensive matches, 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 Power Rankings of batters of the Dominican Republic Professional Baseball League (LIDOM) in 2021.
POSITION 5: YAMAICO NAVARRO – TOROS DEL ESTE (Previous position: N / A)
A true “bull“Enter the ESPN Batters Power Rankings for the first time this season and it’s about the veteran Yamaico Navarro, who in the last week had a great offensive rebound.
The Taurinos’ first baseman has a solid .300 batting average, accompanied by an OBP of .434 and an SLG of .433, for the third best OPS of the season (.867). He accompanies those numbers of 10 RBIs and three scored, but the highlight has been his patience at the plate, achieving 15 transfers in 16 games.
POSITION 4: FRANCISCO URBAEZ – LEONES DEL ESCOGIDO (Previous position: 5)
Francisco Urbaez has continued his good year with the bat during his debut season in LIDOM, which keeps him as a strong candidate for the league’s Rookie of the Year award.
Being one of the best offensive of Leones del Escogido, Urbaez He surprises with his ability to get on base, which is proven with an OBP of .444 (second in the tournament). His batting average remains at .355 and he has an .815 OPS.
POSITION 3: HANSER ALBERTO – GIGANTES DEL CIBAO (Previous position: 2)
“The Potro” continues as one of the most consistent hitters in recent years for Giants of the Cibao And what he’s doing in 2021 could take him to a new level of offensive effectiveness.
A batting average of .349, accompanied by an OBP of .386 and an SLG of .422, shows the ability of the player when he is in the batter’s box. However, his speed and smart base run has him as a co-leader in runs scored with 17.
POSITION 2: LEODY TAVERAS – CIBAEÑAS EAGLES (Previous position: 1)
Leody taveras occupied the first position of the previous Power Rankings and its appearance in the second is not due to any kind of resounding fall, but to the fact that whoever is in first place is headed (so far) to the prize of Most valuable Player of the LIDOM.
Taveras he maintains excellent offensive numbers with a batting average of .342, followed by an OBP of .409 and a SLG of .487, good for an OPS of .896.
Next to Hanser alberto, is a co-leader in runs scored and remains among the best RBIs of the year with 14 produced in 20 games. He also remains the co-leader in home runs (2) of the tournament with several players, including the next hitter on this list.
POSITION 1: KELVIN GUTIÉRREZ – GIGANTES DEL CIBAO (Previous position: 3)
Kelvin Gutierrez It was the hardest out of LIDOM in 2021. Leader in batting average (.455), OBP (.523), SLG (.618) and OPS (1.141) with 16 games played, absolutely no one wants to find themselves in front of this batter right now.
Gutierrez He has driven in 13 runs for the Giants and scored fourteen times, like Taveras, he remains a co-leader in home runs and has been essential for the Giants to have been able to keep fighting within one of the semi-final qualifying positions of the standings. LIDOM.
On the radar: Elehuris Montero, Zoiolo Almonte, Carlos Peguero and Rodolfo Castro.