VWL Coming to a Close as Omar Infante Appears

The Venezuelan Baseball League Final started Wednesday in the city of Valencia. Cardenales de Lara and Navegantes del Magallanes will vie for the championship trophy. Although with little presence of Tigers, many had outstanding participation in the playoffs and it is important to highlight. None more noteworthy than the appearance in January of Omar Infante.

Ramon Cabrera had a dream-like playoffs with Leones del Caracas, where he was able hit the ball at opportune times. The team suffered a slump and could not bring in many runs to win games. However, Cabrera finished as the team leader in batting average. In eight games played, he hit .483, with five runs scored, two doubles, two RBIs, two walks and a strikeout, with 16 total bases. This displayed the maturity of the player in his first participation in the VWL Round Robin and looking ahead to spring training with the Tigers, who have many weapons to showcase.

Victor Larez did not leave his dominance behind in 2012, as it remained for the New Year as he continued into 2013. Although it was not enough to take his team to the final stage, the righty posted a 1-0 record over nine appearances for the Leones del Caracas, threw 8.2 innings. He allowed nine hits, three runs, four walks and four strikeouts, resulting in a 2.08 ERA. Larez, who remained with the big club all season was not available for the final series. He will prepare for Spring Training where he will display what he learned in the Venezuelan league.

Hernan Perez remained at the disposal of the Leones del Caracas for late innings of games. The skillful player was used in only 4 of the 16 games. In just two at-bats, he scored a run, and had a pair of stolen bases. In the last week of championship games, Perez gave up his place on the roster to big leaguer Alex Gonzalez, who would play at shortstop.

Omar Infante returned to Round Robin after five years of absence in Venezuelan ball. The infielder just participated in two meetings with the Caribes de Anzoátegui and was decisive. In nine at-bats, he scored three runs, connected three hits, including two home runs, driving in four runs, and received a walk and a strikeout. He finished with a .333 average until 18 January when he was stopped by Detroit, not allowing him to play in the finals.

Jose Ortega and Argenis Diaz are the Tigers who will be attending the Venezuelan championship final. However, both played in situational functions with the Navegantes del Magallanes. Ortega appeared only once in the mound for Magellan with one inning pitched, and left the team's roster last week. While Diaz came out as a pinch runner in the playoff race and scored. Both players have been invited to Spring Training for the Tigers and must demonstrate what they have to stay in the big team, so it is expected that Magallanes will not count on them to lift the trophy.

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