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Une fois de plus, Fuenmayor est en mission!

20 novembre 2017

Texte écrit par Bob Wirz (via www.canamleague.com)

Balbino Fuenmayor has been newsworthy ever since his breakout season at Quebec in 2014 when the powerful Venezuelan's bat exploded and he became Baseball America's choice as Independent Baseball's top player. 

He has slipped virtually out of sight in recent times because of a devastating knee injury two years ago and since he no longer is in a major league organization.

With the age of 28 looming (November 26) it would be easy to write the 6-foot-3 slugger, sometimes affectionately called The Great Balbino, off as a possible major leaguer.

But wait!

Fuenmayor is on one of his biggest offensive outbursts in his home country today, driving in 11 runs and going 12-for-19 with three homers and the same number of doubles in his last five games to make anyone following winter league baseball take notice.

He leads the Venezuelan League in hitting at .413 for his first 21games, has gotten on base at a league-best .478 clip, has driven in 18 runs and has the No. 2 OPS (on-base plus slugging) of 1.091. The marks are even more impressive at .472/.535/1.368 for his last 10 appearances.

So while general managers scurry around thinking about paying many millions of dollars for some of the players on the current major league free agent list they might want to give a look at this first baseman-designated hitter, who also hit .302 with 16 homers and was a mid-season all-star in the Mexican League last summer.

For those who may have forgotten, Fuenmayor hit .347 with 23 homers, 30 doubles and 99 RBI for his 95 games with the Capitales three years ago. 

Regnault's ERA at 0.71 in Arizona

Another onetime Quebec (and Worcester) player, lefty pitcher Kyle Regnault, continues to do extremely well as the Arizona Fall League winds down.

Regnault played his first three professional seasons in the Can-Am League and he belongs to the New York Mets, who must surely be thinking of giving him a look in spring training because of his 0.71 earned run average for Scottsdale, which is fifth best in this prospect-laden league. Regnault has struck out 17 hitters in 12.2 innings over eight appearances while allowing only nine hits and three walks.

Shortstop Peter Mooney (New Jersey Jackals) of the Florida Marlins is hitting .274 with a .328 on-base percentage for 20 appearances for Salt River.

Both Regnault and Mooney spent last season in 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.