Tag: San Luis Dorados

Desert League Adds Experienced Mexican Leaguers

The Desert League has announced that two veteran Mexican League players will be reporting to Training Camp in September in hopes of making the San Luis Dorados roster this season.

Nick Garcia, a shortstop and third baseman, spent four seasons in the Baltimore Orioles organization before moving south to the Mexican League. He played for 11 seasons at the Triple A level compiling 883 career hits. His career high was in 2003 when Garcia hit .328 with Puebla Pericos.

Garcia hails from Ciudad Obregon, Sonora where he was a 19th round draft choice of the Baltimore Orioles.

Claudio Sanchez pitched ten seasons at the AAA level in Mexico appearing in 360 games as a reliever. His best season was in 2010 at Dorados de Chihuahua where he was 3-0 with a 4.12 ERA. Sanchez lives in San Luis, Sonora.

Desert League Signs First Player for 2016

5Eddy Puga, who can pitch, catch and play 3rd base, has been invited to Training Camp by the Imperial County Ghost Riders of the new Desert League.

Puga, from Sunnyvale, California, was a high school MVP at Fremont High School. Puga went on to play at Cabrillo College in California where as a reliever in 2014 he won four games, earned five saves and had an ERA of 1.99.

Ghost Rider’s manager Antoine Watts said, “Eddy deserves a shot at the pros. I was shocked when he wasn’t drafted because this kid is the real thing.”

As a RHP in high school, Puga was the league MVP and has now also mastered the catching position.

“Needless to say,” Watts continued, “he has a cannon for an arm so whether he pitches, catches or plays the infield he will be in the lineup every game for us.”

Puga will report to Desert League Training Camp in Chandler, Arizona on September 15 to begin his professional career. The only question that remains is which of three positions will he best help his club.

Team Managers Named

The Desert League has announced the hiring of three managers for this upcoming season:

1Antoine Watts of Campbell, California is a graduate of Cal State-Long Beach and a former professional player in the Southeastern League having played for the Selma Cloverleafs.  A head instructor for the past ten years at several baseball academies, Antoine has also coached high school baseball in California. The 37-year old former shortstop is the owner of Sluggers Baseball in the San Francisco bay area. In 2013 his 18U team was ranked #1 in the country.  Antoine will be the manager of the Imperial County Ghost Riders.

3Francisco Javier Villegas recently retired as a player after a 14-year career and will be assisting his father both on and off the field. He started his career with Cancun in the Mexican League before being purchased by the New York Yankees. After a 2-year stint in the Yankee organization, he returned to the Mexican League where he played the next nine years. He pitched in the 2010 Caribbean World Series for Team Mexico. He will be managing the San Luis Dorados this season.

San Luis Announces Front Office Staff

JPEGFrancisco Villegas resides in San Luis, Arizona and is a scout for the Saraperos de Saltillo in the Mexican League. He brings over 30 years experience of professional scouting and has connections with professional teams in both the United States and Mexico. He has previously worked for Major League Baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates and the Mexico City Reds.

His son Francisco Javier Villegas recently retired as a player after a 14-year career will be managing the club and working on and off the field with his father. He started his career with Cancun in the Mexican League before being purchased by the New York Yankees. After a 2-year stint in the Yankee organization, he returned to the Mexican League where he played the next 9 years.  He pitched in the 2010 Caribbean World Series for team Mexico.

Together they run a baseball academy in San Luis, Mexico called Sueno Dorado, helping develop young players and getting them signed in the USA or Mexico.

League Announces First Team

JPEGThe Desert Professional Baseball League, Inc. is excited to announce the admission of the San Luis Dorados baseball club as the first of their teams for the 2016 inaugural season.

The Dorados will be managed by former professional Francisco Javier Villegas – a veteran of 14 minor league seasons that reached to the top of the Mexican League with the Mexico City Reds. He also played two seasons in the New York Yankees organization. His father Francisco will be assisting. He is a former scout for both the Mexican League and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Together they operate a baseball academy in San Luis, Sonora, Mexico called Sueno Dorado.

The Dorados hope to play on both sides of the border during their season as the Mexican side hosts the San Luis Cottonmen of the Liga Norte de México, a minor league of the Mexican League. The Mexican city is building a new stadium while the Arizona side plays at Joe Orduno Park.