Chronique: Fuenmayor domine au Mexique !
Texte écrit par Bob Wirz (via www.canamleague.com)
Talk about a sizzling bat, this is hot even for The Great Balbino.
Can-Am League and Independent Baseball Player of the Year, 2014 style, Balbino Fuenmayor built a 16-game hitting streak in the Mexican League, and one day after an 0-for-4 the 28-year-old went 9-for-10 in back-to-back games for Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos with three homers, five runs scored and seven runs batted in.
The former Quebec star slipped to 3-for-9 the last two nights, but that still leaves the first baseman with a .415 batting average, .456 on-base percentage and a 1.151 on-base plus slugging percentage. He is second in the league batting race and fifth in OPS after 21 games with a 34-for-82 showing that includes six homers and 16 RBI.
Fuenmayor was signed to a minor league contract by Washington during the offseason, but the Nationals did not even give the 6-foot-3, 230-pound slugger so much as a one-game look during major league spring training before releasing him.
It seems such an oversight that some team in need of offense would not give Fuenmayor a look as a first baseman, designated hitter or pinch hitter.
Aigles Bollinger in Triple-A With Yankees
Another player working his way toward the majors is 6-foot-6 lefthander Ryan Bollinger, who pitched for Trois-Rivieres for three years (2014-16) before moving on to Germany and Australia. He had a memorable debut in the New York Yankees farm system this week, allowing only a solo home run and three other hits in five innings of one-run work as Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre dropped a 3-2 decision to Columbus. He walked two and struck out five.
The 27-year-old Californian started his professional career as a first baseman with a rookie-level Philadelphia farm club in 2009, moved to the mound in the Frontier League the next season, but had never pitched above Class A in an affiliated league until this week.
Font May Find More Work With A's
It is always nice to be wanted, and former Ottawa hurler Wilmer Font learned this week that is the case for him as the Los Angeles Dodgers traded last season's Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year to the Oakland Athletics.
"This is a guy that the front office has talked about before," A's skipper Bob Melvin told MLB.com. "He's got a big arm, and not only is he potential relief but he's (a) potential starter, so we're always trying to have as many guys in the mix as we possibly can."
The 27-year-old was 0-2 with an 11.32 ERA in six relief appearances for the Dodgers, but he figures to work under less pressure with the Athletics.
"It was just more of we needed to make room for Walker (Buehler)," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told Dodger Blue regarding the trade. "Carrying nine relievers is a little excessive, and we just didn't have the innings for him to pitch consistently."
Font won 10 of 14 decisions for Ottawa in '15, and was 2-2 the next season before his contract was sold to the Toronto Blue Jays where he pitched in Double-A and Triple-A.
About Bob Wirz
Previously the chief spokesman for Baseball Commissioners Bowie Kuhn and Peter Ueberroth, Bob Wirz has been writing extensively about Independent Baseball since 2003. He is a frequent contributor to this site, has a blog, www.IndyBaseballChatter.com, and a book about his life, "The Passion of Baseball", is available at traditional book-buying sites, or at www.WirzandAssociates.com.