(Update, 5:30 p.m. Tues.): Brazil did in fact win Monday night’s game, shocking Panama, 1-0, in a game played at Rod Carew Stadium in Panama City. For more, click here to read a game story.
Former Hudson Valley Renegades infielder Leonardo Reginatto is competing for Brazil in the 2012 World Baseball Classic.
Reginatto, who played in Fishkill in 2011 and 2012, is playing third base and batting second for Brazil’s team in the qualifying round of the WBC. You may check out more information about the tournament here: http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/index.jsp Reginatto was 4-for-8 in his first two games. Brazil plays Panama tonight.
Born in Curitiba, Brazil in 1990, Reginatto was signed as a free agent by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2009. He was the first player from Brazil to be signed by the Rays’ organization.
After pit stops in the Venezuelan Summer League and the Appalachian League, Reginatto was assigned to Hudson Valley in 2011. He hit .198 in 66 games with the Renegades that year, landing back in Fishkill in 2012. He blossomed last summer, hitting .276 with 29 RBI in 65 games, splitting time between shortstop and third base. He was certainly a big piece of the Renegades’ New York-Penn League championship team in 2012.