Tijuana Toros: Daniel Moskos & Gilberto Galaviz Win Awards In Mexican Pacific League
Several notable current members of the Tijuana Toros, like Justin Greene and Sergio Mitre, participated in the LMP (Mexican Pacific League) over the offseason.
This Monday, the award winners for the LMP were announced and a couple of current members of the Toros’ roster took home some accolades.
Catcher Gilberto Galaviz, who played with the Toros in 2016 and will be returning to the border city this season after a year with Tigres de Quintana Roo, added a Gold Glove to his name.
The Sinaloa native posted a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage with Aguilas de Mexicali in the 17-18 LMP season that earned him the award. Galaviz has never been phenomenal offensively, but will be a solid glove for Pedro Mere to have this season.
There is plenty of competition in the catching role with players like Juan Apodaca and Gabriel Gutierrez, and it will be interesting to see who will be the consistent starter for Tijuana.
One of the key additions that the Toros made this offseason was reliever Daniel Moskos, who will be playing in his first LMB season in 2018. The former Pittsburgh Pirates’ pitcher will be a rookie in the LMB, but has played with Mayos de Navojoa in the LMP over the past couple of years. The South Carolina native had a spectacular ’17-’18 season that earned him the Reliever of the Year award. Moskos posted a very impressive 0.92 ERA with 16 saves for Navojoa and should be a key player in Tijuana’s bullpen this year.
Gilberto Galaviz el catcher ganador al Rawlings Gold Glove Award #LMP Temporada 2017-2018
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— LMP (@LMPbeisbol) March 12, 2018
Former Toros’ outfielder Randy Arozarena also snagged himself a Gold Glove with a near-perfect .977 fielding percentage with Mayos de Navojoa. The 23-year-old participated in Tijuana’s youth academy and is currently in the St. Louis Cardinals’ system. The Cuban player currently has a .333 batting average with a home run in 27 at-bats for the Red Birds in spring training.
The border city side continues to work in Arizona ahead of the new LMB season, now just over a week away from the season-opener against Acereros de Monclova. Toros have faced three MLB teams so far and still have a handful of games to play before the start of the Mexican Baseball League season.
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