Fernando Valenzuela, Jr. finishes strong


Former Golden Knight concludes season batting .346 with 56 runs batted in for Leones de Yucatan; De Pinto looks to get back on track at plate.

August 16, 2013|By Charles Rich,

The following are updates on local baseball players at the minor league level.

Fernando Valenzuela, Jr. (St. Francis High, 2000) designated hitter/first baseman, Leones de Yucatan: Though Leones de Yucatan finished 50-61 and didn’t qualify for the triple-A Mexican League postseason after taking sixth in the league’s Sur Division, Valenzuela certainly put up stellar numbers by season’s end.

Valenzuela, who transferred to UNLV after playing at Glendale Community College, finished the season batting .346 (131 for 379) with five home runs and 56 runs batted in. In 104 games, Valenzuela registered 26 doubles, two triples and scored 53 runs. He had 176 total bases and walked 33 times.


Leones De Yucatan finished its season Aug. 3 with an 8-6 home loss to Olmecas de Tabasco. Valenzuela didn’t participate in the 16-inning contest.

However, Valenzuela, 30, finished up the season on a positive note. In his last 10 games, Valenzuela batted .324 (11 for 34) and scored four runs. He collected two hits in each of his last two games.

Joe De Pinto (St. Francis High, 2007) outfielder, Winston-Salem Dash: De Pinto, who helped the Golden Knights advance to the CIF Southern Section Division II championship game in 2006, has struggled over his last 10 games at the plate.

He’s batting .100 (three for 30) in that stretch with one run batted in for the Dash, who are the class-A advanced affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. The former All-Mission League honoree did hit safely in two straight games and scored one run in each contest.

In a road game against the Salem Red Sox on Aug. 9, De Pinto had a lead-off single in the third inning. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Chris Curley to give the Dash a 2-0 lead. Winston-Salem would go on to score two more runs in the inning before suffering a 10-4 loss.

De Pinto, 24, also had a leadoff double in the bottom of the sixth inning of a game against the Wilmington Blue Rocks and scored on a wild pitch in Winston-Salem’s 4-2 loss.

Going into Friday’s home game against Salem, De Pinto is batting .248 (40 for 161) with three home runs and 13 runs batted in. He recorded four stolen bases in 49 games.

Alonzo Gonzalez (Glendale Community College, 2012) pitcher, Vancouver Canadians: Gonzalez is still trying to get on back on track with Vancouver, the class-A short affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays.

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