His name is Balbino Fuenmayor and he's destroying baseballs in the Winter Leagues
Baseball destruction from the Winter Leagues
When your name is Balbino Fuenmayor, there's a good chance you're destined for great things. Things like this:
That was the Caribes de Anzoategui first baseman's second home run during Saturday's Venezuelan Winter League contest, and it was baseball destruction at its finest.
Balbino (I will only call him by his first name) was once a can't-miss prospect in the Blue Jays organization in 2007, but a high strikeout rate and low OBP stalled his career in Class A. Although he wasn't a star, his name and his power still helped him to become a cult hero while playing in Vancouver and Lansing. Released by the Jays in 2013 (at the age of 23), Balbino latched onto the independent Frontier League Greys.
And that's when Balbino began to hit.
He tallied 57 hits and 11 home runs in 45 games. He was dealt to Quebec in the Can-Am League and was tops in hits (131), RBIs (99) and doubles (30). He was also second in batting average (.347) and homers (23). This winter, in the Venezuelan Winter League, he's hitting .315 with 10 home runs and 36 RBIs. He was signed by the Royals in the offseason.
It's taken some time, but it looks like Balbino Fuenmayor may finally putting a powerful bat to that powerful name ...