Alberti Chavez has a big weekend in Venezuela Doug Gray October 23, 2017 9 Comments After getting a start on October 13th, Alberti Chavez didn’t play again for over a week in Venezuela. On Saturday the 22-year-old got the start at second base in the second game of a double header. Margarita won 8-4 and Chavez played a nice part in the win. He had two hits, including a double. He would drive in a run and he would score a run. His performance on Saturday may have led to another start on Sunday and it was more of the same. Alberti Chavez had another two hits, going 2-4. One of those hits was a double. The weekend raised his average to .400 through four games played. Aristides Aquino also had a nice weekend. On Saturday he pinch ran for Willy Garcia and remained in the game. He went 1-1 with a run and 2 RBI. On Sunday he returned to the lineup in right field for Escogido. The right fielder went 2-4 with a run scored. A week after last pitching, right hander Keury Mella took the mound for Este. Strangely enough, both games came against Cibao. On Sunday he threw 2.0 shutout innings of relief. He allowed one hit and walked a batter, but struck out two. Baseball America begins their Team Top 10 Rankings The guys over at Baseball America began their organizational Top 10 prospect lists today. They are starting with the National League East and the Atlanta Braves. That means at the earlier they will get to the Cincinnati Reds at some point next week. They tend to do one division each week, but may jump around divisions. As far as it goes for the Cincinnati Reds rankings and my own Top 25, that will be coming out next week, starting on Monday. For those of you who support the site on Patreon, you’ll get the list later this week and I’ll be around to answer questions about players (both that did and didn’t make the list) throughout the weekend. 9 Responses Jami Sanderson October 23, 2017 Great for “Chavvy.” He’s a fine young man and glad he’s getting some playing time at home. Doug Gray October 23, 2017 Oh yeah – he’s at that age where the manager will start giving guys a real look at playing time now. He certainly took advantage of it over the weekend and hopefully it’ll lead to more time moving forward. MK October 23, 2017 He has been the stereotypical organization player moving all over the organization without getting much of an opportunity to play anywhere. Think he has some tools but has not had the opportunity. Similar in the past to Saamy Diaz. Unfortunately these guys usually get released the first time they have an injury of any consequence. It is typically a latin player. Greenfield Red October 23, 2017 As closely as I follow this site, I am not familiar with Chavez. Who is he, and when did they sign him? Thanks. Doug Gray October 23, 2017 He’s been around for a while. I believe this is his 5th or 6th year in the organization. Signed out of Venezuela, but was stateside at age 17. Never really been an everyday guy – almost always a backup. MK October 23, 2017 His first year was 2012 out of Venezuela and has played everywhere in system AA and below but has played in 50 games in a season just once. He was signed as a shortstop. At 18 his first year in the states He went from AZL to High A Bakersfield a place he was not prepared for. It is kind of a shame he has never gotten a fair shot. DaveCT October 23, 2017 Hi-A Bakersville at 17 years, because he supposedly had the maturity to handle it. Brad October 23, 2017 Seeing Luiz Gohara at #2 Braves BA list and with Reds about to lose Cozart for nothing hurts. Imagine if Reds had him in system. BA has Gohara ahead of Kyle Writht and Kevin Matian in a loaded system. DaveCT October 23, 2017 I’m not as high on Gohara as others. He has a history of weight issues and motivation issues. His last season as a Mariners prospect he apparently turned a corner. This year with the Braves, he’s obviously performed. I don’t know, though, guys with conditioning issues often end up with lots of injuries. That said, it was worth the risk last year, certainly.