With the Mexican League Championship Series in the taillights, seven players from the two finalists are among 24 members of Mexico’s National Team now in Europe for the 2009 Baseball World Cup.
Liga champion Saltillo sent catcher Noe Munoz, infielder Jesus Cota, outfielder Cristian Presichi and pitcher Rafael Diaz to the Czech Republic, while the runners-up Quintana Roo Tigres are being represented by infielder Abel Martinez, outfielder Sergio Contreras and pitcher Francisco Cordova. Cota drilled homers in four consecutive games in the finals, while Martinez battled through injury to lead both teams with a .472 batting average.
Other notable players on the Mexican roster are Monterrey outfielder Edgar Quintero, who finished second among Liga batters with a .378 average, Monclova catcher Saul Soto, who was third at. 370 while coming in second in the LMB with 28 homers, co-ERA leaders Francisco Campos of Campeche and Mexico City’s Juan Oramos, who both ended at 2.31, and wins leader Andres Meza of Puebla, who had 15 victories in 2009 for the Pericos. Enrique “Che” Reyes of Veracruz is Mexico’s manager.
Mexico will play Taiwan, the host Czech Republic and Australia in Group A play, beginning with a contest against Taiwan next Thursday in Prague.