2014 World Series Rosters: San Francisco Giants, Kansas City Royals Showing Off Latino Talents
The 2014 World Series is underway, and with so much talent on the field at one time, it's crazy not to ignore the Hispanic talents on display for both the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants.
For decades, various Latin American countries have contributed to Major League Baseball's growing international game and this Fall Classic is no different.
Here are some notable Latino players in the World Series to watch:
Kansas City Royals
Venezuelan second baseman Infante has always been a quality hitter, having eclipsed the 100-hit plateau six times in his career. After a disappointing series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Infante came alive against the Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS. Infante had an impressive .308 batting average in the ALCS and hit a monster home run in Game 2 of the World Series against the Giants.
Escobar led the Royals in hits during the regular season with 165, and wouldn't you know it, he's having a great postseason with 14 hits so far. Escobar is batting an outstanding .350 this postseason. Escobar isn't a power hitter, but he has three doubles this postseason. This 27-year-old Venezuelan shortstop has a great future ahead of him.
What a promising career this young catcher has. Perez began his postseason with a bang against the Oakland Athletics, getting the game-winning 12th inning hit. Perez has also been outstanding at the plate, making key defensive plays all season long for the Royals. Perez had 150 hits during the regular season, second on the team only behind Escobar.
San Francisco Giants
Is there anyone more clutch than Pablo Sandoval? Nobody delivers bigger hits in crunch time than Sandoval does. The former World Series MVP has a team-leading 18 hits this postseason, and he's batting an eye-popping .346 at the plate. There's a good chance we could see Sandoval win another World Series MVP Award this year. Venezuela continues to show excellence on the baseball field once again.
With Sergio Romo struggling, Santiago Casilla is the man by the Bay in late innings. The Dominican reliever had 19 saves during the regular season and has four so far during the postseason. Casilla has yet to see action in the World Series because Madison Bumgarner was so dominant in Game 1, and in Game 2, the Giants never led late. Moving forward, the Giants will rely on Casilla in late innings a lot if they have the lead.
It was quite a regular season for the young Dominican outfielder in just his second season. Perez won't be getting the World Series MVP, but with so many other players ahead of him in the lineup getting walked, he has to deliver. Perez already has multiple hits and walks this postseason, with just three strikeouts. Perez will be counted on by the Giants in this World Series.
Game 3 will be played on Friday, Oct. 24 at 8:07 p.m. EST at AT&T Stadium in San Francisco, California. The game will be shown nationwide on FOX. A live game stream can be viewed here.
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