Los Mochis had the second-best record in the Mexican Pacific League last year at 36-29. Manager Juan Francisco Rodriguez has a nice mix of pitching and hitting this year, too.
The Caneros have a solid 1-2 punch in starters Rafael Diaz and Ismael Castillo. A 21-year pro baseball veteran, Diaz pitched for Mexico’s World Cup team after going 2-1 with two saves and a 1.91 ERA for Mochis and 8-3 for Mexican League champs Saltillo. Castillo led the Mex Pac with a 2.86 ERA with the Caneros last winter en route to a 5-5 record. Another World Cup hurler, Arturo Lopez, is back after leading Mochis with a 6-2 mark last winter.
Catcher Saul Soto is home with the Caneros after a stellar summer, batting .370 with 28 homers and 93 RBIs for Monclova to finish among the top three in each category. Outfielder Edgar Quintero comes to Mochis after hitting .378 with 21 homers for Monterrey this year.