Caribbean Series 2013: Key Players to Watch from Each Team
The 2013 Caribbean Series is at about its midway point, so there's plenty of good baseball to come.
Featuring the champions of the Dominican Winter League, Mexican Pacific League, Puerto Rican Professional Baseball League and Venezuelan Professional Baseball League, the Caribbean Series is a great way for baseball fans to satisfy their craving before spring training.
While the players may not be household names for most people, there is still plenty of talent on the field for each game.
Here's one player from each team to watch for the rest of the tournament.
Leones del Escogido: Miguel Tejada
Miguel Tejada is arguably the biggest name left in the tournament. Now 38 years old, Tejada is way past his prime, but that doesn't mean that he can't be effective in the tournament.
He's hitting .333 with a home run and three runs batted in.
Hanley Ramirez is no doubt the best player on the Dominican Winter League champions, but he's had a relatively quiet tournament so far.
With a good performance, Tejada might be able to spark one more run in the major leagues.
Navegantes del Magallanes: Jose Castillo
A bit of a free-swinger, it's usually feast or famine when Jose Castillo steps up to the plate. He's hit one home run and driven in three runs, while averaging .364. He's also struck out three times in only 11 at-bats.
It was the same story during Castillo's time with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Unfortunately for him, his power couldn't compensate for the fact that he failed to hit for much power or a high average.
Castillo jumped around a few different teams before his major league career ended in 2009. He's spent the next three seasons playing in China and Japan.
Yaquis de Obregon: Luis Mendoza
A good starting pitcher can be pivotal in a tournament like this. Luis Mendoza could be that kind of player for Yaquis de Obregon.
He's only made one start in the tournament. Mendoza went six innings, giving up three hits and no runs. No other starting pitcher managed to pitch a shutout up to this point.
The 29-year-old Mendoza spent last year with the Kansas City Royals. He only went 8-10 with a 4.23 ERA. Mendoza came out of the bullpen for part of the season, making five relief appearances.
Criollos de Caguas: Johnny Monell
Johnny Monell is much in the mold of Castillo. He's averaging .364, hit a home run and drove in three runs. Monell has also struck out four times in 11 at-bats.
The catcher has illustrated an ability to hit with a fair amount of power, as his 40 home runs from 2010-12 would illustrate.
He spent 2011 and 2012 with the Richmond Flying Squirrels in Double-A. Only 26 years old, there is the chance that he'll get called up to the majors at some point. That's unlikely to happen in San Francisco, though, with Buster Posey ahead of him.
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