KINGSPORT — The two men arrested Friday and charged with drag racing play minor league baseball with the New York Mets organization.
Outfielders Wuilmer Becerra and Vicente Lupo play for the Mets' Appalachian League team in Kingsport.
Kingsport police said they stopped the players going over 100 mph just after midnight Friday morning. Both players said they were from Venezuela and neither carried a U.S. driver's license, police said.
The police report listed the players as 30-year-old Vincent Lupo Perez and 19-year-old Wuilmer Gabriel Benavente. Kingsport Mets general manager Brian Paupeck confirmed Monday that the two people arrested were Becerra and Lupo. According to Kingsport's roster, Becerra is 19 and Lupo is 20.
Paupeck said he believes the middle names of the players may have been used as their last names in the police report.
Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz in New York said the team was aware of the situation, but declined further comment.comments powered by Disqus