SANTIAGO. – Las Aguilas Cibaeñas announced that they will repeat the Cuban pitcher Yunesky Maya and that they have hired Dominican free agent Esmerling Vásquez, two veterans with greater league experience that will strengthen their body in the upcoming 2019-2020 season of the Dominican Baseball League (LIDOM) .
The information was released by the Aguiluchos Baseball Operations Manager, Ángel Ovalles, who pointed out that Águilas is working hard and with precise steps to form a team that returns to the competitive first planes of the LIDOM.
“We are very happy to have Maya again as a whole, who has been a Warrior in the last two tournaments and key to our 21 crown. Nor can we ignore the way he ended last year with the Orientales where he was productive until the end of Series of the Caribbean, “said Ovalles.
“Yunesky will enter his third season with us. It will be a fundamental part of our rotation in the next season. In the previous years he has shown us that he is an intelligent pitcher, hardworking and above all a competitor who gives himself to the cause of the team, “Ovalles said.
Yunesky in the last two seasons has compiled record of 4-3 and 3.39 ERA for the harriers, being a consistent starter when accumulating 21 starts, 20 of them as starter, in which he worked 93 innings, yielding 88 hits, 35 earned runs , 22 transfers and striking out 69 opponents. His Whip is 1.20.
The sports press of Santiago that covers the matches of the Eagles chose him as pitcher of the year at the end of the 2018 regular season with 2-1 and the best team effectiveness (3.40)
Maya has played in the LIDOM with El Escogido (2010), Tigres del Licey (2013- and 2015), and Águilas Cibaeñas 2016-2017 and 20017-2018. It was chosen as reinforcement for last season’s playoffs by the Eastern Stars, tournament champions, finishing 2-0 in the final Series against the Eastern Bulls.
In his journey through the Dominican League, Maya has managed to be pitcher of the year in 2010-11, leader 2010-11 of effectiveness (1.32), pitcher of the year in 2015-16, leader 2015-16 in strikeouts (50), tickets thrown (60.3) and in batters faced (235).
About Esmerling Vásquez
“Esmerling is also a veteran who can help us a lot. He is back in baseball organized with the Texas organization, and at the Águilas we think he will be very helpful,” Ángel Ovalles said.
He maintained that he is a pitcher without any restrictions, with a lot of experience in the LIDOM and in levels like big leagues and Japanese baseball, “he is the perfect target of what we look for in the winter ball nowadays and could help us in the role of opener and relief. ”
“We are flattered that he was inclined for the Eagles despite having other offers,” added the top executive of the 21-time national champions.
Ovalles reported that Vásquez, a native of Tenares, province Hermanas Mirabal, after launching in Mexico last year has returned to the United States, and currently plays in AA, with the Frisco Rough Rider team, in the Texas League.
Esmerlin pitched in the majors with Arizona from 2009 to 2011, in 2012 he did for the Minnesota Twins. His records are 5-12, 4.86 ERA, he worked 168 innings, giving 71 runs, 99 tickets and striking out 134.
In the Dominican ball has played 9 seasons between 2005-2017 all with the Eastern Stars, which left him free in 2018. His numbers in the LIDOM are 2-4, effective 4.40 acting in 67 games, 9 of them as opener.
He threw in 86 episodes, he got 85 hits, he gave up 42 runs, 37 walks and struck out 69. His Whip is 1.42