Monday, October 12, 2009


The Naranjeros are one of the Mex Pac’s proudest franchises and Homar Rojas is one of Mexico’s best managers. That’s a pretty good starting point right there, and Rojas has enough talent on hand to expect a good run this year after finishing 36-32 last winter.

Hermosillo has one of the LMP’s better pitching staffs, anchored by longtime strikeout artist Francisco “Pancho Ponches” Campos, who will be joined by ex-big leaguers Elmer Dessens and Edgar Gonzalez as well as vet Juan Delgadillo and Mexican League Rookie Pitcher of the Year Juan Pablo Oramos to form one of the best rotations in the league.

The Naranjeros have some hitters, too. Outfielder Luis Alfonso Garcia led the Mex Pac with 16 homers last season, and catcher Humberto Cota’s .324 average would’ve been fourth if he’d had enough plate appearances. Steady second baseman Carlos Gastelum hit .298, while outfielder Karim Garcia and first sacker Erubiel Durazo add big league experience and power.

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