Monday, October 12, 2009


Guasave was 37-31 and reached the playoffs in 2008-09, and the Algodoneros will be looking to be back in the postseason come January. Manager Lino Rivera will have one of Mexico’s most exciting players, outfielder Cristian Presichi, back in Guasave.
Presichi, who hit .273 with 10 homers and 10 stolen bases for the Cotton Pickers last year, led Mexican batters at the Baseball World Cup. Rounding out the starting outfield will be venerable Mario Valezuela and veteran Eduardo Arredondo. Valenzuela hit .249 with 10 homers in Guasave in 2008-09 while Arredondo batted just .225 but also cracked 10 homers in only 80 at-bats.

Noe Munoz is a well-regarded catcher despite committing seven errors in 53 games last season, and Mexican League Rookie of the Year Japhet Amador will bring young legs to the infield. Beyond starter Rafael Cruz and closer Alan Guerrero, however, the Guasave pitching staff is suspect.

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