Johan Limonta heading to Mexican League
OF/1B Johan Limonta was not in the lineup on July 11, for just the fourth time in 75 games this season. The reason being his contract was in the midst of being purchased by Piratas de Campeche of the Mexican League.
While this is a short-term blow to the Revolution, it’s also another demonstration in why winning the first half of the season is so valuable. The regular season in Mexico begins in March, ending in late August with the playoffs to follow. According to Limonta, he will return to York for the stretch-run of the season and postseason, leaving the Revs no worse for wear as they vie for a championship. Mexican teams had been hot on Limonta’s trail since May, which was of little surprise considering his torrid start to the season at the plate. He initially rebuffed those offers however, because he wanted to be with the Revolution through the first half to help ensure they won it. So that’s pretty cool.
Campeche is 38-42 as of July 12, eight games out of first in their division. While their playoff chances seem remote, (they are picking up a great hitter now) even if they were to go on a run and qualify for the postseason, Limonta would still be back in time for the last few games of the Atlantic League regular season and playoffs for sure. So we should all be happy he stayed as long as he did and has given his word he’ll be back.
Limonta played in the Mexican League once before, 27 games in 2012 where he hit .384 with three homers and 17 RBI for the Diablos Rojos del Mexico (Mexico City Red Devils). Limonta presses the pause button in York this year batting .295 with seven homers and 49 RBI in 71 games in his third stint with the club.