Every kid’s dream is to play professionally, but it’s not very common for you to play professionally for your own country in the offseason. For Cleveland Indians prospect, Jose Fermin, his childhood dreams became a reality.
Fermin was selected in the third round of the Dominican Professional Baseball League by the Gigantes del Cibao. Fermin expressed his feelings following the draft.
“When I was a kid, I always said that I wanted to be on a team here in the Dominican Republic, and thanks to God, I have the opportunity,” Fermin said. “It’s a dream come true. I’m happy that I shared that moment with my family.”
Fermin spent the 2019 season playing for the Class A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, the Lake County Captains.
Fermin finished 2019 ranked third in the Midwest League with a .293 batting average and fourth in stolen bases with 28. Fermin explained how he found success at the plate and what changes he made during the season.
“Early in the season, I was pulling a lot, so I couldn’t be consistent on getting barrels,” Fermin said. “So I had to start looking for a pitch that I could drive up the middle when I did that I started getting more barrels consistently and got better results.”
As Fermin continues his career in the Dominican Republic, one of his focus’ is preparing for Spring Training and the next season in the Cleveland organization?
“I think the biggest thing is to get stronger and put my body in the best position so I can stay healthy throughout the season,” Fermin said.
Towards the end of the season, Fermin had mentioned to me that his goal was 25 stolen bases. However, he surpassed his initial goal and finished 2019 with 28 stolen passes.
Fermin talked about his thought behind that goal, and what motivated you to meet that mark? Explaining a coach for the Cleveland Indians from the Dominican Republic gave him the motivation to reach the target.
“He told me back in 2016 that he wanted me to steal 25 bases in a season,” Fermin said. “Since then, I was working hard to reach it.”
Fermin finished 2019 with a .293 average, 41 RBIs, 12 doubles, six home runs, and two triples for the Lake County Captains. Fermin is poised for another impressive outing in 2020 following his experience with the Dominican Professional Baseball League.