The Major League Baseball regular season is coming to an end, and many teams are still fighting for the playoffs. In order to do that, they rely heavily on their players, whether they’re the ones who have been on the roster the longest or those who just arrived a few months ago.
Precisely, the purpose of off-season additions is to generate more dividends almost immediately. Not all teams are so lucky, but there are three Venezuelan teams that are the best in 2023.
According to the roster released by Major League Baseball, the ten most critical players for participating teams this year are Luis Alas, Pablo Lopez and William Contreras. Despite starting to gain in the new environment, these three Creoles are still helping their organizations register their names in the postseason.
The Miami Marlins acquired Regardra in a trade with the Minnesota Twins. The idea for National League teams is to bolster the offense of their lineups, so the American League batting champion looks like a very attractive option.
Months later, his performance made it clear the Marlins had done something right. Arrez’s performance is helping the team compete for the playoffs for the fourth time in franchise history (1997, 2003 and 2020). In addition, the San Felipe native set several personal bests, including surpassing the 200-hit mark.
But the Twins also moved ahead in that trade, as they traded two rookies and Pablo Lopez. Although the pitcher went through a rough patch in the middle of the season, he was already putting up Cy Young Award-winning numbers (10-8 record, 221 strikeouts, 3.58 ERA).
In his past 11 starts, Zulian has helped the team extend its lead in the American League Central Division. During that time, he had six wins, 76 strikeouts and a 2.42 ERA in 67 innings. To this we must add that in four of those starts he allowed no runs.
Finally, there is William Contreras. For his part, he had a stellar 2022 season with the Atlanta Braves, but the team had no problem letting him go to the Milwaukee Brewers. Both are among the best, especially the team that currently leads the National League Central Division.
The Carabobo product has improved in his work behind the plate, not to mention he’s still a pretty solid player. He’s averaging .283 with 16 homers, 34 doubles and 73 RBIs, and Milwaukee’s offense at catcher has improved significantly compared to last year.