Venezuelan Prospects In The Toronto Blue Jays System Adjust To Life In The United States

This is an article from 2009, but a pretty cool read when you see that it focuses on current Toronto Blue Jays pitching prospect Henderson Alvarez and Seattle Mariners prospect Johermyn Chavez and their struggles with the language barrier during their first taste of pro ball. The in depth article follows Alvarez, Chavez, and then Lansing Lugnuts teammates Jonas Cuotto and Balbino Fuenmayor as they go through the Toronto Blue Jays mandatory language classes, live with host families, and work to apply the lessons learned to real world experiences. It’s a fascinating look at the social challenges faced by many Latin prospects as they begin their journey to the major leagues.

Venezuelans practice twice as hard off field — Lansing State Journal

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