October 19-25, 2020

As we patiently await the start of the other offseason leagues (We may be waiting on Venezuela for a while, by the way. Their season seems to be contingent on a promise from the American government to not levy any further sanctions against their Venezuelan counterpart – otherwise the Maduro regime wouldn’t have enough money to put on a season), let’s take our usual weekly look at former Indians in the Liga Mexicana del Pacifico.

Michael Choice (Aguilas de Mexicali, OF): 11 G, 10-39, 6 R, 1 2B, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 5 BB, 6 K, 2 SB – Choice has played in every game for the Aguilas, who are in last place at 3-8. The standout statistic for Michael is his .257 ISO, which is one point higher than his batting average, which is not surprising as 30% of his hits this season have gone over the fence.

Jose Guadalupe Chavez (Tomateros de Culiacan, IF): 8 G, 10-27, 4 R, 1 2B, 5 RBI, 4 BB, 2 SB – While Chavez has not shown nearly the power that Choice has, his .859 OPS (,452 OBP, .407 SLG) is nearly equal to Michael’s .868, thanks in large part to Jose’s impressive plate discipline and solid contact (.370 AVG).

Roman Pena (Venados de Mazatlan, RP): 2 G, 1 IP, 0-1, 3 H, 4 R (all earned), 1 BB, 1 K, 2 HR allowed – Pena made his second appearance of the LMP campaign on Saturday. It went better than his debut in that he got three men out. However, he allowed a pair of solo home runs and took the individual defeat in an outing that continued his unimpressive start to the season.

Jeff Johnson (Sultanes de Monterrey, RP) – no appearances yet – A week and a half in and the Canal Park legend has yet to take the mound for the Sultanes Invernal. According to Mexican baseball website septimaentrada.com, Jeff is absent from the club. I could find no information on whether his absence is related to travel restrictions between the United States and Mexico.

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