It is no secret to anyone that the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League (LVBP) is a showcase for some baseball players and then we are going to show you to some that they played in this winter league before shining as a professional in baseball from the Major League Baseball – MLB.
For many years, the LVBP has received very outstanding players who later in the Major Leagues show that they are a reference in baseball and for that reason, we are going to review the past and remember those players who played in Venezuela a few years ago, and today they shine in the 2021 season of the Major League ball.
At the time, players such as Barry Bonds (MLB’s top homerunner), Pete Rose (MLB’s top hitter) and Greg Maddux (MLB’s most Golden Gloves player) were present on the fields of Venezuela playing in The LVBP subsequently had a brilliant career in the United States, a situation that we currently see with some names playing in 2021.
But who are those?
1. JD Martínez (Lions of Caracas)
This player who currently plays with the Boston Red Sox in the MLB, during the 2013-2014 campaign of the LVBP put on the uniform of the Caracas Lions, playing 24 games and where later, years later, this player assured that the atmosphere of a game against the Navegantes del Magallanes is incomparable in any other league and that this man has played All-Star Games in the Majors and also has a World Series ring. In Venezuela he hit .312, with 29 hits, six home runs. 18 RBIs and 14 scored.
2. Gio Urshela (Águilas del Zulia)
The Colombian who today plays with the New York Yankees, before settling in the Major Leagues, played many times in the winter, both in LIDOM and in LVBP, where he defended the Eagles uniform in 2014-2015 and 2016-2017. from Zulia, always being a player with great projection and who today shows it in the Bronx, being a fundamental part of this team, being also among the best third basemen in the game. In his winter baseball days, Venezuela had 100 hits, six home runs, 55 RBIs and an average of .361 in 70 games.
3. Adam Duvall (Margarita Braves)
The current outfielder for the Atlanta Braves, defended in the LVBP also the Braves, but from Margarita, playing 52 games before his debut and being a rookie in the MLB. Now, this player is a benchmark and has more than 140 home runs in the majors and where in 2016 he went to the All-Star Game. In Venezuela, he hit 11 home runs, 56 indisputable and drove in 40 runs for an average of .284.
4. Ji-Man Choi (Tigres de Aragua)
The South Korean who is currently a key piece of the Tampa Bay Rays and in the 2020 postseason was one of the most opportune bats for this team, before debuting in the MLB he had a stint in the LVBP, unifying with the Aragua Tigres, where he played 14 games in the 2014-2015 season, hitting a home run and driving in seven runs, leaving an average of .220. Now, we see him daily in the Big Top and he boasts 261 indisputable numbers and experience with the New York Yankees.
5. Lorenzo Cain (Navigators of the Magellan)
This World Series champion outfielder, winner of the Gold Glove and MVP of the American League Championship Series, was uniform with the Navegantes del Magallanes in the LVBP 2011-2012, playing only nine games, giving seven hits, a double, a home run and only two RBIs.
Mike Moustakas (Lara Cardinals)
The multiple-time All-Star and World Series champion dressed for the Cardinals in the 2013-2014 season, he threw 19 hits, three home runs and batted .288.
Yandy Díaz (Lions of Caracas)
Before settling in the Big Top, the Cuban in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons was uniform with Caracas, giving a total of 66 hits, three home runs, 25 charters and a lifetime average in the LVBP of .367.
Stephen Vogt (Lions of Caracas)
31 hits, three home runs, 19 RBIs and a .258 average in the 2011-2012 LVBP season.