Julio Rodriguez (23‧ Seattle) was a bold rookie who caused a sensation in the major leagues last year. He proudly won the American League Rookie of the Year award in his debut season with a balanced ball, number, and state balance that is difficult to see as a rookie.
Rodriguez wasn’t just a rookie. He did not rank first in the competition among rookies, but was the top-class outfielder in the league as a whole. He had a batting average of .284, 28 home runs, 75 RBIs, 25 stolen bases, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.853 in 132 games. In his first season, he joined the club with 20 home runs -20 steals, and his OPS was a whopping 47% above league average.
Some believe that if Rodriguez can grow further in his second year, he will be able to develop into a grade that can challenge the league MVP at once, rather than a rookie award. Looking at his 20-20 and OPS last year, this isn’t just an argument. Seattle recognized Rodriguez’s talent and offered him a long-term contract early. It is unknown whether the conditions will be executed to the end due to the complex conditions, but if you digest all contracts for up to 18 years, including options, you will receive a whopping $470 million. The guaranteed amount alone is 7 years and 119.3 million dollars (approximately 147.3 billion won).
But even Rodriguez could be a mediocre(?) batter in his country. ‘Major League Network’ predicted the lineup of the World Baseball Classic (WBC) Dominican Republic, which will be held in March on the 21st (Korean time), and Rodriguez was located in the ninth batting order. Of course, the number 9 is not without importance in that it becomes a detonator leading to the top line, but it is still a bottom line.
It symbolizes that the Dominican Republic’s batting line is strong enough to push Rodriguez 9 times. Players who have enjoyed the major leagues are lined up in the lineup. Along with the United States, there is a reason why it is evaluated as the strongest batting line in this tournament.
‘Major League Network’ predicted Starling Marte (New York Mets, left fielder) and Juan Soto (San Diego, right fielder) as table setters. As the strongest on-base machine in the Sotoya League, he is likely to sign contracts worth more than $400 million in the future. Marte is a good leadoff with a career batting average of 0.290, 142 homers and 314 stolen bases in the major leagues. 메이저놀이터
Manny Machado (San Diego ‧ 3rd baseman), Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Toronto ‧ 1st baseman), and Rafael Devers (Boston ‧ designated hitter) line up as the center batting line to support the two. Machado finished second in last year’s National League MVP voting, Guerrero Jr. finished second in 2021 American League MVP voting, and Devers is one of the most offensive third basemen in the league.
The number 6 behind him is Jose Ramirez (Cleveland, second baseman), who is considered one of the best third basemen in the league. It’s no exaggeration to say there’s no team on the planet that will put Ramirez at number 6. Jeremy Pena (Houston/shortstop), who vomited the spirit of winning the American League shortstop Gold Glove last year, which was the debut season as Houston’s newcomer, was number 7, and Gary Sanchez (catcher), who had a long-shot, was number 8.
The Dominican Republic has not yet fully confirmed the final list, but the players’ willingness to participate in the tournament is very strong, so it is expected that they will be able to form members close to the elite lineup. The Dominican Republic took 4th place in 2006 and failed to make it to the semifinals in 2009, so it lost its pride.