Wednesday, March 9, 2011

MONTERREY SULTANES (2010 record: 58-48)

An already good Monterrey team got better in the offseason by bringing in OF Karim Garcia and 1B Erubiel Durazo. The two ex-big leaguers will combine with RF Luis Alfonso Garcia (.338/21/86), LF Edgar Quintero (.320/13/65) and CF Chris Roberson (.306/12/46 with 21 steals) to give the Sultanes a potentially lethal lineup behind one of the best pitching staffs in the league. Getting a rebound year from SS Heber Gomez (.279/2/47) is critical. The underrated 6’3” 220-pound vet has a well-deserved reputation as a clutch player.

Monterrey didn’t stop with the power boost. The Sultanes added P Dan Serafini (5-2/3.84 for Los Mochis and 4 games for Obregon in CS last winter) and Rosman Garcia (6-8/3.32 for Nuevo Laredo in 2010 plus a 5IP/1ER start for Anzoategui in CS) to a staff that already included Walter Silva (7-3/4.45), Jonathan Castellanos (6-2/2.90) and Sergio Mora (6-6/4.92). Manager Che Reyes may not have a star-studded starting rotation, but it’ll be one of the Mexican League’s deepest. Julio Manon (1-2/3.30/12 saves) shared closing duties with Gaudencio Aguirre last year but Aguirre is in Tabasco this season so Manon, who had three saves for Este to lead CS relievers, will own the role in 2011.

The Sultanes will join Mexico City as top threats to unseat Saltillo in the LMB North this year.
-Copyright 2011