The Algodoneros de Unión Laguna are a victory away from winning from forcing a seventh game in the Liga Mexicana de Béisbol and JC Escarra is a part of the why the team is contending for a title. The native of Miami had terrorized opposing pitching this postseason, setting the tone for the ballclub.
During the team’s playoff run he is slashing .337/.446/.639/1.085. Escarra also leads the league in homeruns during the playoffs with seven and is second to Chris Carter in runs batted in with 19. The team faces Puebla tonight at home at 7PM with their backs to the wall trying to force a decisive game in front of their home crowd.
His trajectory to the Liga Mexicana de Béisbol has been in interesting one, the slugger commenced the season in the Atlantic League after he was traded this offseason from the Kansas City Monarchs of the American Association to Gastonia, the Honey Hunters were looking for another big bat to insert in their lineup and that is exactly what they received.
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During May Escarra hit a robust .364 with eight longballs and 31 runs batted in earning player of the month honors. The slugger had this to say about his accomplishment, “It feels great. It is a great accomplishment and accolade. I also hope to build on it as I move forward this season.” In 40 games this season with Gastonia he is slashing .350/.427/.719/1.146 with 15 longballs and 40 RBIs. Escarra was second in the league in homeruns and runs batted in, while he is third in batting average.
The Toros de Tijuana came calling for the services of the Cuban-American in June and in 42 games with them and Unión Laguna he hit .296 with seven roundtrippers and 24 RBIs becoming and up-and-coming star in the LMB. With his performance in the league this year he looks forward to a strong winter.
The ex-Oriole prospect had also had a strong winter in Puerto Rico with the Leones de Ponce hitting .277 with two longballs, 14 doubles and 25 runs batted in, in 47 games with ballclub. His efforts also earned him a berth in the league’s all-star game. Escarra will play with Guasave of the Liga ARCO Mexicana del Pacífico to start the winter and will return to Ponce to finish the winter league season. With a strong performance in the Caribbean Escarra looks to either return to an MLB farm or make his way to Asia.