The Tijuana Toros continue to makes moves and signings ahead of the 2018 LMB season as the squad currently trains in Tucson, Arizona.
On Friday, the border city side completed a multi-player trade with Acereros del Norte that brought outfielder Justin Greene and right-handed pitcher Hector Galvan to Tijuana.
Pedro Mere did have to give up a few players in the deal as Edwin Quirarte, Jordan Aboites, Chris Valencia, and Bernie Heras were shipped off to Monclova. Outfielder Chris Valencia has to be the most notable departure as he was a solid hitter and also a player that was very engaging and interactive in the clubhouse. However, the return in the deal is certainly promising and adds a lot to this already solid Tijuana Toros roster.
Hector Galvan is the more underrated piece in the deal, but posted an impressive 8-1 record with a 3.09 ERA in 27 games last season.
The 29-year-old right-hander played with Pericos de Puebla from 2013-2016 before moving to Acereros del Norte in 2017. He was part of the 2016 Puebla championship team that defeated the Tijuana Toros in the LMB final. Galvan is a solid pitcher in the LMB and could help the Toros defend their title this year.
Justin Greene played in the White Sox organization from 2008-2013, then spent time in the Diamondbacks system from 2013-2014. The American outfielder never received an opportunity to debut in the major leagues, but has become a prominent figure in Mexican baseball. The Goose Creek, South Carolina native has been characterized by his tremendous speed as he has been the stolen base leader in the LMB over the past two seasons.
In 2016, the American swiped 39 bases, and last season had an outstanding 51 steals in the Mexican Baseball League. 2017 was a spectacular year for the 32-year-old as he posted a .354 batting average, with 13 home runs along with the stolen bases.
Greene played winter ball in the Mexican Pacific league this past season with Yaquis de Obregon and Tomateros de Culiacan in the playoffs and Serie del Caribe. “La Pesadilla” hit .288 with two home runs and had 14 stolen bases for Obregon in 36 games, won the LMP championship with Culiacan, and will be ready to go for this upcoming LMB season.
Francisco, 26, Chula Vista/Tijuana. I have been a Padres fan all my life, did most of the series previews and recaps in the Padres’ 2016 season for EVT. Now I focus more on the local soccer scene. Tijuana Xolos, San Diego Loyal, San Diego Wave.