Could we finally be seeing the dawn of the two big name signings out of Latin America from 2008 & 2009? Yorman Rodriguez, as it has been previously stated, is having a much improved year, and the less talked about Juan Duran seems to have come into his power a little bit.
Yorman Rodriguez's stats from Pensacola (as of August 10)
.270/.335/.376/.711, 9 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 17 RBI
Juan Duran's second half stats from Bakersfield (as of August 10)
.263/.320/.526/.846, 7 2B, 1 3B, 9 HR, 36 RBI
Juan Duran's last 10 games are even easier on the eyes
.270/.357/.676/1.033, 0 2B, 0 3B, 5 HR, 13 RBI
Duran has struck out quite a few times (115) and 15 times in the last 10 games, but he has put up a lot better numbers than last year at Bakersfield. He's already hit 2 more home runs and has an average 19 points higher. I haven't been able to watch Duran and even if I did, I'm not a scout so I can't tell if there is a different player up there than there has been in years past, but it seems like here lately, every time I look at Bakersfield's box score Duran has hit another home run.His body sure is built to be a big power hitter at, 6'7", 205 lbs. Yorman Rodriguez has always had the raw talent and has always had tons of potential but people said he had a tendency to be lazy. I am really hoping that the Reds adding him to the 40 man roster during the offseason showed him that the organization still had faith in him, and still believed that if he woke up and decided he was going to play baseball that the opportunity was still there for him to make the big league club one day. Yes, I admit to being one of the people who gave up on both of these guys last year even though they were both still very young, but both of them have renewed my faith in them a little with their production this year. But if there is something I am missing please feel free to comment and correct me if I'm wrong about either player.