We take a look at what’s going on in the Dominican League where Atlanta Braves utility man Johan Camargo is helping lead his team to a championship.
As baseball fans, we’re desperate for any kind of baseball action this time of year, especially if it involves an Atlanta Braves player.
We’ve been fortunate enough to have a couple of high-profile players from the Braves playing in the Dominican League (LIDOM) this winter.
Cristian Pache got 25 at-bats down there — and it didn’t go too well for the big prospect.
Abraham Almonte, who if the season started today would likely be the fourth outfielder for the Braves, spent a lot of time batting leading off for Toros despite hitting just .088 in 34 at-bats during the regular season and 3-for-24 in the playoffs.
Johan Camargo played in 15 regular season games with Aguilas and was 11-for-52 (.212) with a double, 7 RBI, 7 walks, and 7 strikeouts.
He started out batting third for the team has mostly hit in the fifth spot recently.
In the playoffs he’s 4-for-18 (.222) with a big three-run home runs that put game 5 on ice for Aguilas and put them ahead in the series.
The Toros would come back to tie the series in game six and send the semi-final matchup to a game seven where Camargo’s team pulled out a 5-1 victory — Camargo was 1-for-3 in the game.
Now Camargo and Aguilas will face off against the Gigantes in the Dominican League Series Final starting on Monday night.
Other names that you might recognize in this series includes: Jonathan Villar (Aguilas), Juan Lagares (Aguilas), Melky Cabrera (Aguilas), Ronald Guzman (Gigantes), Juan Francisco (Gigantes), and Chris Ellis (Gigantes).
There may be some others on there you are familiar with, but Melky, Francisco, and Ellis are all former Braves players. Juan Francisco is still a ton of fun to watch play baseball.
If you’re looking to watch the games you can do so on drsports.tv. I’ve had a subscription for the whole season and it’s worked great. You can also pay daily just to watch one game.
Hopefully Camargo will continue to stay hot at the plate and help lead his team to a championship. Maybe that will give him some confidence as he comes into spring training camp with the Braves.