I located a solid video find that I wanted to post. Somebody put the entire final game between USA-Cuba at the 2010 World University Baseball Championships on YouTube. Even though USA doesn’t win, from a prospect standpoint, this game is an absolute must-watch. The game is interesting on multiple levels. Most importantly, for anybody who wants to see an early-preview of Leonys Martin, here he is. The first seven innings is a pitcher’s duel between Gerrit Cole and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez. Cole is dominant but check out Gonzalez, who is impressive in his own right. For people who just want the abbreviated version, I posted links to allowing you to fast-forward to some interesting parts.
First video (video misses the very start of the game)….
FF to 4:46: Leonys Martin working a long at bat against Gerrit Cole (single).
FF to 6:45: Another Leonys Martin AB against Gerrit Cole (flyout).
FF to 3:40: Alfredo Despaigne hits HR to tie the game at 1-1.
FF to 10:30: defensive play of the game. Check out this game-saving catch by Jackie Bradley, Jr. With the game on the line in the final inning, Bradley goes all the way back to the warning track for an over-the-shoulder catch. Maybe I’m missing something, but I don’t get the doubts about this guy’s ability to stay in CF.
FF to 1:15: Despaigne hits a walk-off homer…exciting game that unfortunately ends like a bad version of Rocky IV.