Luis Cepeda was dominant into the fifth inning and Jaswel De Los Santos' based-loaded walk forced home the game's only run as the DSL Royals 1 edged the DSL D-backs 2, 1-0, to win the Dominican Summer League Championship on Sept. 6.
17-year-old Julio Rodriguez won the Mariners' Dominican Summer League MVP in his pro debut in 2018, but as good as he was on the field, Seattle was equally impressed with what he did off the field.
Games in the DSL are a teaching tool and the real measure of success for international prospects in this league is progress. The league is affectionately referred to as the "kindergarten of professional baseball," but these kids can play and there's a reason why scouts from opposing teams can be spotted in the stands taking notes and reporting back to their superiors.
Mailing Address: Calle Segunda, No. 33, Antillas,
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
President: Orlando Diaz