CPBL Foreign Players Updates Volume #163
Fubon Guardians News: Yomar Flande Concepcion
Six foreign pitchers? Six foreign pitchers!
On January 6, the Fubon Guardians have officially signed Yomar Concepcion to a developmental contract, and will assign him to the second team as the season gets underway. The Guardians were introduced to Concepcion on 2020 team ace Henry Sosa’s recommendation.
So, what is a developmental contract? In the CPBL, developmental players can only play in the minor league. Should the team wish to call a developmental player up to the first-team? Then they will have to sign him to a standard contract and add him to the active roster.
Concepcion joins Manny Bañuelos, JC Ramírez, and Héctor Noesí as their foreign player signings this offseason. They’ll join Henry Sosa and Mike Loree to make for that total of six. The team will need to choose four to be on their active rosters by Opening Day. Only Sosa, Loree, and Bañuelos have experience with the Guardians before 2021.
Concepcion, born in the Dominican Republic, is 28 years old and has been playing for the Guelph Royals in Canada’s Intercounty Baseball League since 2018.
In two IBL seasons, he went 8-10 with a 3.96 ERA in 29 games. He struck out 160 and walked 75, allowing 141 hits in 157 innings pitched. It’s also potentially note-worthy that he was better in 2019 than he was in 2018. Those stats are publicly available thanks to his Pointstreak page, but more advanced stats are not typically available in the smaller Ontario-based league.
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He also nearly threw a no-hitter in June 2019 against the Barrie Baycats (box score) – the Baycats have won the league’s championship in each of the last six years. The league’s been more competitive than that would suggest, but the team’s run put them pretty solidly on top as the best team on a consistent level. Concepcion’s consistently solid performances against them and within the league in general is impressive.
That said, the IBL is pretty consistently below the CPBL in level of play – although some of the pitching has been extremely impressive in recent years. Former Baycats ace Claudio Custodio jumped to the Toronto Blue Jays system (and more recently the Baltimore Orioles system) after pitching there, and former NPB/MLB pitcher Frank Garcés has also pitched within the league.
The Guardians say Concepcion, who stands at 6-3 on the mound, can reach 95 MPH/154 KPH on his fastball. This appears to be consistent with the IBL evaluation. Guelph Royals owner Shawn Fuller didn’t mention Concepcion by name in a 2018 Global News article talking about their Dominican-born signings, but grouped him in with “some guys that will be throwing into the mid-90s.”
Concepcion spent 2019 pitching for the Toros de Sincelejo in the Colombian League. According to Fubon Guardians, he pitched as a reliever there, striking 21 batters out in 22 innings pitched. He finished his season there with an ERA of 2.86.
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Foreign players come and goes, therefore we compiled a foreign players tracker to keep track of all the foreign players signing for the 2021 CPBL season.