Singapore Closes Gap on Busan – PRCL Week #2 Roundup

The Singapore Baseball Academy Peacocks have closed the lead on the Busan Tech Brawlers in the PRCL power rankings for Week #2.

Last week, Singapore was 6-2 (.750) and tied for the top of the Australasian-Oceanic Conference (AOC) standings with Queenstown Falcons. But in the power rankings, were behind most of the Japan-Korea Conference’s (JKC) Korea Division power house teams, Busan, Incheon and Seoul.

BTI Brawlers left fielder Renan Barnachea has been on fire since the season started 2 weeks ago

But a week later, the Peacocks (9-4) have emerged on top of the AOC standings, closing in on Busan (10-3) which is still dominating the PRCL overall.

Busan’s perch atop of the power rankings has been partly due to the hot-hitting Filipino Renan Barnachea, who has continued to lead the PRCL in hits, total bases, and OBP. But for Singapore, run-scoring is a whole-of-team project, though a large contribution has been made by Koreans Hyo-Chin Oh, and Soon-Yul Lim, who have added up to 27 runs scored.

SEASON ENDING INJURIES FOR ABERAMA, RUI

Two Japanese teams are without key players as the Osaka U Masons have lost Kahua Aberama, and the Tokyo College Veterans are now without Feng-yi Rui.

Aberama was a contributor in his rookie year with Osaka last season, going .224 and scoring 23 runs. He was anxious to improve his game this year, but just 12 games into the season is now on the sidelines with a torn ACL. The Samoan hopes to rehab through the year and come back strong for 2019, hopeful to one day find himself in the outfield of a Bull League team.

Meanwhile, Rui was pitching for Tokyo in a game yesterday when he left early, holding his arm. The young freshman had only made it into the 4th inning against Incheon, and looked to be continuing his dominating efforts from his previous start, a 1-hit shutout effort over 3.0 innings against Seoul last Monday, when the worst happened. Team doctors quickly diagnosed Rui’s injury as a torn UCL, which will take at least 9 months to heal and rehab.

The southpaw, who has been very effective at holding runners so far, not allowing a stolen base in three starts, will be sorely missed as the Veterans try to reclaim their 2017 championship glory. Tokyo College is currently in the basement of the Japan Division, and cannot afford any more setbacks.

LAU NAMED AOC’S BEST

The Manila Aztecs were delighted to learn sophomore outfielder Hao-hing Lau has been named PRCL Player of the Week for the AOC. The Hongkonger, who turns 20 in just over a week, went a torrid .647 this week, improving his season average to .452, with 2 homers and 6 RBIs.

BARNACHEA TAKES POTW FOR JKC

The JKC named hot-hitting Renan Barnachea their Player of the Week for Week #2 after he went 13-for-27 and added a pair of RBIs to his total.

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