Preview of tonight’s game between Nicaragua (2-0) and Honduras (0-2) in the Central American Games in Managua, Nicaragua, at the national stadium, Estadio Dennis Martínez.
There are three new position players (6-8-9) in the lineup for Nicaragua vs Honduras. Rafael Estrada & Ivan Marín each played 1 season in minors. Amazingly, Ivan Marín went 6 seasons without playing in a recognised league from his debut with GCL Braves in 2010 until this year with the Lincoln Salt Dogs (Indy, AA).
The headliner, though, is Crawford, a 6-0, 180 lefthander in the Dodgers’ system. This year, he suited up for the Ggreatlakesloons, 2 years younger than the average player. Crawford started 24 games (1 relief), throwing 135 innings with 4.60 ERA and 1.34 WHIP. 97/47 K/BB ratio.
Crawford has a funky delivery for Nicaragua in which he faces forward with left foot facing 1B, then moves into a stretch-like position with right foot closer to 1B, then fires. Throwing a SL with 2-8 movement with a lot of late tail in the high 70s, a CH with late 12-6 break at 73/74, and a fastball he has only thrown a couple times.
Below is a link to our preview of last’s night’s Nicaragua game, with more information on its players.
There are two former professionals in the lineup for Honduras. Jorge Zavala is playing IF, but pitched successfully for 4 years in the Braves’ system (2.84 ERA, 1.27 WHIP in 152.1 IP w 163 K as a reliever). Luis Matamoros (‘Bull-fighter’!), also listed at 3B, also pitched, but for McAllen in the #NABL in 2011. Had a 4.12 ERA, 1.32 WHIP in 39.1 IP with 30/10 K/BB ratio. To sum up, Honduras does not have anyone playing with professional experience at his position.
Numerous players were on this year’s Under-23 Pan-American Championship, including Reyes, Zavala, Cordero, and Salinas. Zavala and Matamoros played for the Honduras team in 2012 that finished 7th out of 15 in the Under-15 World Cup.
Watch the game live (link) and check out our previous articles on the Central American Games: