José de Paula is the main figure among the handful of Dominican players who have managed to promote or extend their careers in the leagues of Japan, Taiwan and Korea.

The left-hander who pitched for the Yankees in 2015, a 3 1/3-inning relief game as his only major-level experience, is a Taiwanese baseball (CTBC) icon. In his third season with the CT Brothers, he has been the MVP of the League the last two years (16-9 3.20 in 2020; 16-4 1.77 last tournament) and this season he is going for his third trophy in a row (2- 0 1.63). His performance has allowed him to pocket almost a million and a half dollars, plus a 2023 guaranteed for about 600 thousand dollars.

Also playing in the Chinese League are Francisco Peña, CTBC Brothers, (.265-1-2); Wilin Rosario, Uni-President (.357-1-4) and Keury Mella (0-1 2.45); Xavier Batista, Fubón (.222-1-9), José Valdez (1-3 3.86) and Yomar Flande (0-1 5.68); Henry Sosa, Rakuten (1-0 1.35). Sosa has been between Korea and Taiwan since 2012. "The feline" Ronny Rodriguez, Wei Chuan (.200-0-0).

In the Korean League (KBO) so far only right-hander Iván Nova, SSG Landers (3-1 5.91) and outfielder Sócrates Brito (.276-2-17) are present.

The Creole offensive in Japan is commanded by Domingo Santana, Yakult (.343-4-10). Gregory Polanco, Yomiuri (.234-5-11); Mel Rojas Jr., Hanshin (.179-3-9) and Jefry Marte (.183-0-0); Jose Marmolejos, Rakuten (.252-3-15); Arismendy Alcantara, Nippon (.253-6-12).

Cristopher Mercedes, Yomiuri, is our pitching star in the Nippon League. He leads the Central League in wins (4), with a superb 2.00 ERA. Fernando Romero, DENA (3-3 4.72); Ruby De La Rosa, Yomiuri (0-0 1.29); Raul Alcantara, Hanshin (1-0 2.77); Robert Corniel, Hiroshima (0-0 12.00). Enny Romero, Lotte (2-2 2.12).

People like José De Paula, many thought that his career was over, or like Cristopher Crisóstomo Mercedes, his highest level in the USA was the extinct Class A Short, they have managed to make money and put their own stamp in places so far away from our middle island. like Taiwan or Japan.


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