Trio of Newcomers Shine in Venezuela
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Yorfrank Lopez has pitched for La Guiara
Yorfrank Lopez has pitched for La Guiara
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Posted Nov 24, 2013

Pitching always been a vital weapon in the Venezuelan League and the Detroit Tigers Winter participants have received the opportunity to showcase their talent, but must contend with the limitations of innings to extend his stay in Venezuela.

Angel Nesbitt, who dazzled in the first weeks with Bravos de Margarita, has become the team's situational pitcher and his appearances have depended on the game situation, limiting his action as of late. Receiving the trust of manager, Marco Davalillo, to put outs on the board, the 22-year old shows a 1.89 ERA in 9.0 innings pitched. Last week (November 12 to 18) he has not seen much action, given the limitations imposed by the Tigers on innings, have reduced appearances of Nesbitt with Bravos to ensure its permanence any longer on the team where he is one of the prominent newcomers.

Moreover, Yorfrank Lopez from since a couple of weeks had received the callup to La Guaira from the Detroit Liga Paralela, after four relief appearances in which he accumulated 7.0 innings. On Sunday (November 17) he took the mound to start his first game this season after occupying the place of the bigleaguer Edgmer Escalona.

Lopez showed his arsenal in four solid innings against the Águilas del Zulia in which he allowed only one hit, three walks and a strikeout, to keep his earned runs allowed this year at zero in Venezuela, where he has accumulated 11 1/3 innings with eight strikeouts.

Another surprise of the winter season is the addition of the number nine prospect in the Tigers organization in 2014, Endrys Briceno on the roster of La Guaira for the sixth week of season. Briceño finally made his debut in the league on Saturday November 16 in the city of Maracaibo, Zulia. The pitcher appeared on the mound for the fifth inning when his team trailed by two runs. Briceño, who there was no acted as a reliever in his career, gave three solid innings to manager Tony DeFrancesco, allowing two singles, a run which featured as dirty, two strikeouts and a walk. Briceño has appeared in two games now, posting a 5.40 ERA with a walk and two strikeouts over 3 1/3 innings.

Since the beginning of the week, the fans were waiting for the official debut of Briceño with the Sharks, his place among Detroit's top prospects generated many expectations and the manager knew when it was time to try it.

"I felt good, very happy, I went to show my talent," said Briceño who is teammates with fellow Tiger Yorfrank Lopez. "We are very good friends, having his support is pleasing. He already knows how this league is, and gave me some tips to dominate hitters," said the native of Maracay, Venezuela.

The number one rotation of the West Michigan Whitecaps in 2013, who knows the responsibility it has throw in his country, does not rule out the possibility of starting a game for La Guaira, although the allotted innings are dwindling. "I wish to have the opportunity to open, but you have to negotiate with the permission given to me," Briceno said on Sunday in an interview for the radio circuit of La Guaira.

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