While several winter seasons are in full swing in the southern hemisphere, the Capitales present an overview of the performances of the organization’s alumni.
Veteran Yurisbel Gracial completed his third season in Japan with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks. His team recently won his 4 th consecutive championship. This means that the Cuban has collected top honors every season since his debut in Asia. During the 2020 season, he once again demonstrated all his skills. He hit 10 home runs, produced 37 points and kept a batting average at .286 in 72 games.
A well-known figure in Quebec, shortstop Yordan Manduley also caught the eye in Cuba. Manduley had his best season with the Holguin team in the Cuban National Series. He led his team with a .350 batting average. Additionally, despite the season cut short due to the pandemic, he broke a personal best home run record with 9. With his 1,064 hits in the Holguin uniform, he is now the Cuban franchise record holder. Manduley is committed for the next few months in the Venezuelan winter league, where several other former Capitales are also playing.
Indeed, David Richardson (2019), Roel Santos (2016) and Casey Harman (2013) currently play in this high caliber league. In addition, the Dominican Samuel Adames who will join the Capitales for the 2021 season has also signed a contract in Venezuela, for the same team as Manduley, the Navegantes de Magallane, the oldest team in the Venezuelan professional league.
Among other former Capitales standing out in the southern hemisphere, pitcher Lazaro Blanco has had a magnificent season in Cuba. He finished the last campaign in Cuba with a record of 7 wins, 1 loss and an earned run average of 2.01 in 62.2 innings of work with the Granma team. Blanco is currently playing in Nicaragua.
As for a fan favorite, the imposing slugger Balbino Fuenmayor is currently pursuing his career in Mexico. Fuenmayor also played in the Frontier League, being named a 2013 All-Star with the Frontier Greys. Outfielder Yoelkis Guibert, who would have taken part in the 2020 season with the Capitales if it had taken place, is also playing in Mexico. Finally, the Canadian outfielder Connor Panas, whose return to Quebec would be possible in 2021, takes part in the winter season in Colombia.