Arias raises hell in the Dominican Republic

Mailbag: The Triple-A Scranton Roster
Open Thread: El Duque

Yankee farmhand Wilkins Arias was at the center of a little controversy this week. He was suspended for playing in a Dominican Winter League game while not being on the active roster, and then three DWL games had to be suspended because the players refused to take the field in support of Arias. He hasn’t pitched all week, and I honestly have no idea how the rest of this situation played out. Pretty crazy though, tight-knit group down there apparently.

Here’s an update on how everyone is doing in the various winter leagues around the globe…

Australian Baseball League
Nathan Aron: 9 G, 6 for 19, 3 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 6 K, 2 HBP (.316/.364/.579)
Kyle Perkins: 2 G, 0 for 2, 2 K

Dominican Winter League
Colin Curtis: 14 G, 12 for 50, 9 R, 3 2B, 7 RBI, 9 BB, 9 K (.240/.356/.300)
Eduardo Nunez: 7 G, 8 for 23, 4 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K, 1 CS (.348/.333/.391) – hasn’t played since fouling a ball of his face earlier this week
Francisco Santana: 10 G, 4 for 14, 2 R, 2 RBI, 3 K (.286/.286/.286)
Wilkins Arias: 16 G, 13.1 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 16 K (2.03 ERA, 0.90 WHIP)

Mexican Pacific League
Walt Ibarra: 46 G, 38 for 128, 27 R, 5 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 10 BB, 33 K, 5 SB, 2 CS, 1 HBP (.297/.348/.375)
Ramiro Pena: 27 G, 23 for 100, 11 R, 6 2B, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 10 BB, 20 K, 1 CS (.230/.297/.320)
Jorge Vazquez: 32 G, 39 for 118, 21 R, 9 2B, 9 HR, 28 RBI, 12 BB, 39 K, 1 CS (.331/.389/.636) – rakin’
Francisco Gil: 4 G, 6 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 WP (10.50 ERA, 2.17 WHIP)
Andy Sisco: 13 G, 13 GS, 67.2 IP, 59 H, 35 R, 31 ER, 37 BB, 72 K, 6 WP (4.12 ERA, 1.42 WHIP) – I can’t help but wonder if they’ll use him as a starter in Triple-A next season, they should have a spot for him if they stick Kei Igawa in the bullpen
Eric Wordekemper: 21 G, 19.1 IP, 21 H, 14 R, 13 ER, 11 BB, 19 K, 1 HB, 1 WP (6.05 ERA, 1.66 WHIP)

Venezuelan Winter League
Gustavo Molina: 25 G, 12 for 72, 7 R, 1 2B, 5 HR, 12 RBI, 2 BB, 14 K, 2 HBP (.167/.211/.389) – nice ISO
Luis Nunez: 8 G, 3 for 13, 1 R, 1 BB (.231/.286/.231) – hasn’t played in a while
Jordan Parraz: 20 G, 17 for 53, 9 R, 3 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 7 BB, 15 K, 1 CS, 1 HBP (.321/.403/.434) – the newest Yankee
Jose Pirela: 22 G, 23 for 75, 13 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 9 HR, 6 BB, 5 K, 1 CS (.307/.358/.427)
Romulo Sanchez: 16 G, 13.2 IP, 15 H, 11 R, 10 ER, 9 BB, 13 K, 1 WP (6.59 ERA, 1.79 WHIP)
Amary Sanit: 3 G, 3 GS, 13.1 IP, 18 H, 11 R, 8 ER, 5 BB, 8 K, 1 WP (5.40 ERA, 1.73 WHIP)

Mailbag: The Triple-A Scranton Roster
Open Thread: El Duque
  • Daniel

    anyone know what he was suspended for?

    • Howie

      All the sources I see on Google News are in Spanish.

    • pat

      Looks like he was suspended for not being on the active roster. Could have been a clerical error or something.

      • Howie

        That explains my confusion, because it makes no sense. Clerical error indeed.

  • Accent Shallow

    Why would he be suspended? Shouldn’t the penalty come down on the manager or the GM?

    It’s not as though the manager says “Ok, bring in Hernandez” and instead Arias hops off the bench and takes the ball.

  • Accent Shallow

    I go back and forth on Pirela. I’m back to “cautiously optimistic”

  • pat

    Perkins has been horrible.

    • Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      Those stats aren’t updated for him, I’m pretty sure those are still his last at-bats carried over to this post. He was 0-2 w/ 2K on the last post as well.

      • pat

        Hahah, I was sitting here thinking that he goes 0-2 with 2k’s every day. That makes sense.

    • Al Ruggiero

      Perkins has had the worst start of any minor league player I have witnessed. Looks like they rolled the dice when he was 16 and it hasn’t panned out (so far). The kid is over matched playing professional baseball and looks phsically weak and skinny. I wonder what they saw in him?

  • Jeff Levy

    How does Francisco Santana have a triple slash of .286/.286/.286?

    • Carlosologist

      A lot of singles, no walks.

    • Mike Axisa

      No walks, no hit by pitches, no extra base hits. Single or nothing.

    • pat

      I find Nunez’s .348/.333/.391 to be even more intriguing.

      • Jeff Levy

        Good point. How is his OBP less than his AVG? How is that even possible?

        • Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

          He probably has a lot of sac flys which don’t count as at-bats, and therefore don’t affect batting average, but count as plate-appearances which affect on-base percentage.

      • YankeesJunkie

        Intriguing and disturbing yet he could have been the centerpiece for Greinke (joking…sort of) alas it was not meant to be.

  • Benjamin Kabak

    Ramiro Pena should not be on the Yanks’ 25-man roster at the end of Spring Training. He’s done nothing to merit a bench spot, and that .230/.297/.320 is absolutely pathetic.

    • Jeff Levy

      Especially in the Mexican league you’d think he could play better than he has in the majors. Give the utility infielder job to Nunez or Russo, they can’t perform much worse than Pena.

    • Accent Shallow

      Concur. He clearly can’t hit, and I don’t even think the glove is particularly special.

  • Toast of banana cream head chopper

    Ed Nunez hits a ball off his own face?? That takes alot of talent i would think, maybe he has a future with the Yanks afterall.

    • GermanYankee

      that takes pure skill. Ed Nunez knows that he has some special (but useless) skills and sometimes he even amazes himself ;)

  • Jeff Levy

    I don’t know what’s up with Arias, but he was pitching well. How long until he makes it to the Yankees bullpen? Mid-season call up?

    • Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      Minor league fodder most-likely. He is 30 and in AA.

      • ROBTEN

        Ugh. Another example of the Yankees being too patient with their prospects. Set fire to Cashman! Cancel my overseasoned tickets!

      • Jeff Levy

        He might be 30, but he struck out over 10 per nine innings in 2010. That points to some ability.

  • Jeff Levy

    Anyone know anything about the Australian Baseball League? I’d love to learn more about it.

    • JMK

      I believe they play with a boomerang. Which explains Perksins’ struggles.

    • ROBTEN

      Fun Fact: In the Australian Baseball League, curveballs curve in the opposite direction than in the United States.

      • B-Rando

        They curve up?? :-P

  • AndrewYF

    I guess this is the end of the Fat Sanchezes :(

    • Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook



    Jorge El Chato Vazquez is a beast!!!!!!!!!! His numbers are awesome. and in his last 13g he is (21-52) .404, 13r, 4d, 6hr, 20rbi. .456obp, .827slg, 1.283ops….a current 8 games hitting streak, and reaching base in 14 straight games. He is hitting .300 against leftys, and .348 against rightys. And also, only making one error all Winter. 280chances(.997). He needs to be on 40man and be the corner inf off the bench in NY!!! EL DESTRUCTOR!!!!