Cardenales de Lara remains focused on the 2023–2024 season of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League (LVBP). The “red birds” gathered after three days of training and continued to announce high-caliber additions.
On Sunday, they confirmed the landings of Néstor Molina (RHP) and Robert Pérez Jr. (OF). The pitcher is an immovable piece in the starting rotation of the crepusculars, while the outfielder arrives with the intention of following what his father did on the Barquisimetano team.
Molina has performed ninth in 11 campaigns, 10 of them in a row since the 2013-2014 edition. In his career, he left positive numbers: 43 wins and 28 losses, 526 hits allowed, 205 earned runs earned, 147 walks issued, and 346 strikeouts given in 528.2 innings of work; his lifetime ERA is 3.49 with a massive WIP of 1.273.
“I am at one hundred percent; I work at home as always. The goal is to win the title, like all teams, but this team is the one that wants it, and we have enough talent here.” promoting the experienced opener.
“I see the young people who will debut this season in the United States; they have talent. I believe that they can come to contribute, and we can give them experience, he said.
For his part, Robert Pérez Jr. will look to make his winter baseball debut in Venezuela. His father is considered a legendary player within the franchise, and this gives more inspiration to what the 23-year-old boy can do.
He went from playing in the Minor Leagues to being promoted to Triple A in 2023 and accumulating a good record. In total, he was able to connect with 112 hits, 17 home runs, 63 RBIs, 58 runs scored, 40 walks received, and 158 strikeouts suffered in 460 at-bats. The AVG stood at.243 with an acceptable OPS of.743.
“I am very excited to play here, where I trained hard before signing, and to see my father play. Finally, it happened, said the powerful striker, who is a member of the Seattle Mariners organization in the United States.
Pérez Jr. used the same number his father wore in his flight with the red birds, number 51. “It doesn’t create pressure; I can say it creates pride. It brings me a lot of anecdotes and feelings, and I enjoy it a lot. With God’s favor, I hope it will be a long career in continuing my father’s legacy,he confessed.