The defending Mexican Pacific League champions return most of last season’s 41-27 team, and will again be a favorite to win the pennant this year. Manager Lorenzo Bundy will have perhaps the most depth of any team in the LMP, with star power at every position.
Ex big leaguer Miguel Ojeda hit .321 with 17 homers for Mexico City this summer after only batting .203 last winter for Mazatlan. DH Roberto Saucedo led the Venados with nine homers and 38 RBIs, third baseman Freddy Sandoval hit .286 in the regular season and sparkled defensively in the Caribbean Series, outfielder Ruben Rivera hit .296 his first year in Mazatlan, and all Christian Quintero did was lead the Mex Pac with a .357 average.
Esteban Loaiza, Pablo Ortega and Walter Silva will anchor a starting rotation deep in experience, while Hector Navarro had 14 saves and a 1.64 ERA.