It has been a history making year for the Detroit Tigers' third baseman Miguel Cabrera. The first Triple Crown winner in baseball since 1967, Cabrera is no stranger to success in October, looking to guide the Detroit Tigers to their first championship since 1984. As a 20-year-old, the Venezuelan played an integral role when the Florida Marlins won the NL Wild Card and the World Series. He will be looking to do the same this time with the Tigers.
Nicknamed the "Cuban Missle," closer Aroldis Chapman of the Cincinnati Reds was nearly untouchable all season long, striking out 122 in 71 2/3 innings and saving 38 games.
Charismatic second baseman Robinson Cano has been key to the New York Yankees offense late in the season. This year the Dominican All-Star is looking for his second World Series title as a member of the Yankees.
The St. Louis Cardinals' Puerto Rican outfielder Carlos Beltrán owns the highest slugging percentage (.819) and on base plus slugging percentage (1.2979) in the history of the postseason. Since being acquired from the San Francisco Giants, the 35-year-old has been key to the Cardinals offense. Over a span of 10 games in the NLDS, Beltran is hitting .385 with six home runs and 13 RBIs. He's carried his offensive exploits to the LCS with a .353 average, seven home runs and 14 RBIs.
Rookie Manny Machado, whose parents are from the Dominican Republic, played a key role in the revival of the Baltimore franchise. The 20-year-old spent most of the season in a Double-A minor league and was promoted to the big club on Aug. 9. His arrival meant an instant improvement in the Baltimore's team defense as he shifted over from shortstop to third base, a position he played there only two times in the minors this season.
Washington National's pitcher Gio González has had the best season of his career, finishing the regular season 21-8 and leading the league in wins. With phenom Stephen Strasburg having been shut down three weeks ago, González's presence on the rotation has been crucial. The Cuban lefty is one of the top candidates for the NL Cy Young Award.
Oakland Athletic's outfielder, Cuban Yoenis Céspedes, started off slow in the beginning of the season before ending on a high note (.311, 14, 46). The 26-year-old rookie finished the season with a team-leading .292 average, along with 23 home runs, and 82 RBIs.
Ace pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, Dominican Johnny Cueto was a favorites to win the NL Cy Young award until he hit a rough patch at the beginning of September. Battling a back spasm in Game 1 of the NLDS, Cueto is looking to come back stronger than ever later in the series.
The San Francisco Giants Pablo Sandoval will try to carry the offensive load as he looks to bounce back from his disappointing showing during the Giants' playoff run to their 2010 World Series title. The two-time Venezuelan All-Star battled weight issues throughout the year and was a liability on the field at times. The Kung Fu Panda hit just 3-for-17 and played in six of the 15 games
Latinos will be leading the charge in this year's MLB playoffs.