The Mexican Winter League regular season ended last night which can be viewed on Sport One. Sebastian Elizalde entered the day with a .380 average in 250 at-bats, leading the league. Manny Rodriguez was second in the league, hitting .371. Rodriguez, however, had hit .511 over his last 10 games and was absolutely on fire. In what seemed like fate, the two players teams faced off on the final day of the regular season.

Sebastian Elizalde got the day off. Manny Rodriguez did not, but perhaps he should have. Culiacan walked him on four pitches the first time he came to the plate. They did the same thing the next time he came to the plate. In his third trip to the dish, with two runners on, he saw a strike before being hit by the next pitch. In his fourth trip to the plate he was hit by another pitch. Rodriguez didn’t get another chance as he was replaced after that. While it’s certainly possible that all of it was just poor pitching, it seems like bad sportsmanship to not give him a shot to swing the bat in order to protect the other guys lead in average.

Both Sebastian Elizalde and Manny Rodriguez finished the day with the same averages that they began the day with. For Elizalde he gets to celebrate a batting title in his home country. His .380 average, of course, led the league. His .446 on-base percentage also topped the league. He finished fifth with a .524 slugging percentage. During the 67 games he played he showed off outstanding plate discipline, walking 27 times with just 29 strikeouts. You can see the entire Mexican Winter League leaderboards here.

The 2017 Mexican Winter League season was the best of the career for Sebastian Elizalde. Since 2014 the Cincinnati Reds outfield prospect has been a main stay in the league, though he saw very limited action dating back to 2011 as a teenager. He posted career bests in hits, doubles,steals, walks, average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and OPS. He also tied his career highs in triples and home runs.

Here’s a rundown of Sebastian Elizalde’s career Mexican Winter League stats (regular season only).

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