Friday, October 23, 2009


Outfielder Darnell McDonald is off to a terrific start to the Mexican Pacific League season, as are his Hermosillo Narajeros. The 30-year-old brother of former Mexican League standout Donzell McDonald leads the Mex Pac in batting (.486) and RBIs (12) after nine games, and is tied for the lead in home runs with four. The right-handed Fort Collins, Colorado native hit .314 with nine homers in 73 games for Louisville of the International League last summer before hitting .267 in 47 major league contests with the Cincinnati Reds. McDonald was the Baltimore Orioles’ first round draft pick in 1997.

McDonald is a big reason why Hermosillo leads the LMP with an 8-2 record two weeks into the season. The Orangemen have leveled off somewhat after reeling off six straight wins to open the campaign, but they have still held first place in the standings every day heading into Friday’s weekend series opener at home against the Los Mochis Caneros.

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