The roar of the current champion of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League (LVBP) has echoed in every corner of the Monumental de La Rinconada stadium. There, the Caracas Lions continue their preparations for the 2023-2024 season, where they aim to repeat the achievements of the previous crop.
During this Tuesday, the long-haired team added numbers to a roster that promises to achieve many victories in its new cave. In addition, added to that is the fact that José Alguacil is there to lead the team in these preseason training sessions.
Among the new features is Cesar Hernandez. The infielder participated this year with the Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners in 43 games, leaving an offensive line of .272/.436/.336 with 34 hits and eight doubles, with 27 runs scored and 14 RBIs.
Instead, the launcher Norwith Gudiño He’s also there to start working on his arm in the bullpen. The Puerto Cabello native saw action in Triple-A with the Boston Red Sox organization, where he posted a 4-4 record, with a 5.73 ERA, 1.67 WHIP, 40 runs allowed, 29 walks, and 33 strikeouts. strikeout. in 55 innings. at work.
Another of the Creoles who participated in the second week of the Lion’s practices was Eliezer Alfonzo Jr. The 24-year-old catcher pitched most of the year in Class-A Advanced for the Detroit Tigers, though he also saw action in two Double-A games. Overall he recorded 96 hits, 14 doubles, nine home runs, 51 runs scored, and 44 RBIs, in addition to an offensive line of .265/.326/.378 in 96 games.
For their part, two of the five imports that the team can get are also seen in the field of the Monumental stadium. One of them is the launcher Thomas Dorminythat in the 2022-2023 season joined the Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican Republic Winter League, while this year he also did the Bravos de León in the Mexican Baseball League.
And another about Bobby Bradley, which can give more motivation to the team in the infield and the outfield. The North American played this year with the Charleston Dirty Birds of the Atlantic League and batted .270 with an average of 27 home runs, 12 doubles, 2 triples, and a .927 OPS.