DotF: Sanchez homers once, Jagielo twice in Trenton’s win

With LHP Matt Tracy getting called up to the big leagues to help the bullpen, there were a bunch of roster shuffling in the minors to get the affiliates the arms they need. RHP Gio Gallegos went from Extended Spring Training to High-A Tampa, LHP Eric Ruth went from Tampa to Double-A Trenton, and LHP Eric Wooten when from Trenton to Triple-A Scranton, replacing Tracy. That all comes from Matt Kardos and Nicholas Flammia.

Triple-A Scranton (4-2 loss to Syracuse)

  • RF Slade Heathcott: 1-5, 2 K – threw a runner out at the plate
  • LF Ramon Flores: 1-4
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 E (fielding) — second error in two games
  • DH Tyler Austin: 0-4, 2 K
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/1 GB/FB — only ten of 21 pitches were strikes (48%) … makes his first career start as the fill-in for Tracy
  • LHP Jacob Lindgren: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 4/0 GB/FB — half of his 26 pitches were strikes
  • RHP Jose Ramirez: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 21 of 38 pitches were strikes (55%), but the walk was intentional

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DotF: Judge starts the season with a homer in Trenton’s blowout win

Just a heads up, the Aaron Judge Watch is now up in the sidebar, underneath the RAB Tickets and YES Network links. He was the overwhelming choice in our poll. Also, Baseball America post lists of the youngest players at each level, with LHP Jacob Lindgren, LHP Miguel Sulbaran, RHP Luis Severino, and 3B Miguel Andujar ranking among the youngest players in their leagues. Bryce Harper is the youngest player on an NL Opening Day roster for the third straight year. El-oh-el.

Triple-A Scranton (6-0 loss to Syracuse)

  • CF Slade Heathcott: 0-4, 1 K
  • LF Ramon Flores: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-4, 1 E (fielding) — error led to two runs
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 0-3, 2 K
  • RF Tyler Austin: 1-3, 1 K
  • RHP Jaron Long: 5 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 7/1 GB/FB — 51 of 83 pitches were strikes (61%) … rough Triple-A debut
  • RHP Diego Moreno: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 2/2 GB/FB — 22 of 36 pitches were strikes (61%)
  • RHP Branden Pinder: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K — 14 of 19 pitches were strikes (74%)

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DotF: Ramon Flores hits for the cycle to open 2015

Okay, now the 2015 season has really begun. The minor league season opened today, so I suppose I have to announce OF Aaron Judge won this year’s Prospect Watch poll rather convincingly. He received almost exactly half of the 2,900+ votes that were cast. Here are the full results. I’ll get the Prospect Watch up either later tonight or tomorrow. Now let’s get to some season-opening notes:

  • LHP Daniel Camarena either already has or will soon make a trip to New York to have his elbow looked at. Apparently Tommy John surgery is likely. RHP Jared Burton (lat), LHP Jose DePaula (shoulder), and C Juan Graterol (arm) are all starting the season on the Triple-A DL. UTIL Ali Castillo (hand) and RHP Zach Nuding are also hurt. [Josh Norris, Donnie Collins, Matt Kardos]
  • RHP Felix Santiago, C Roybell Herrera, C Bismar Nunez, C Daniel Vavrusa, 3B Juan Lorenzo, SS Melvin Aquino, SS Allison Reyes, OF Hector Asencio, and OF Adolfo Morillo have all been released. Morillo ($50k) and Nunez ($10k) signed as international amateurs last July. Vavrusa was signed out of the Czech Republic back in 2011. Also, IF John Murphy and RHP Chris Smith were released, the two announced on Twitter. [Matt Eddy]
  • Judge (No. 5) and 1B Greg Bird (No. 10) were ranked as two of the ten best power prospects in the game by Chris Crawford (subs. req’d). Judge “should be hitting 20-plus homers a year in Yankee Stadium as soon as 2016,” wrote Crawford, who said Bird “has the potential to hit 30 homers in his prime, with 20-plus more likely.”
  • And finally, Double-A Trenton was named the eighth most talented team in the minors by Norris. “Starting the year with two Top 100 Prospects is excellent in its own right, but Trenton will have even more sock in its lineup with the additions of Greg Bird, Gary Sanchez and Eric Jagielo to complement Judge,” wrote Norris.

Now for the game recaps. Since it’s the first game of the year, here are the full lineups and results.

Triple-A Scranton (8-3 win over Syracuse)

  • CF Slade Heathcott: 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K — hopefully his strong spring carries over into the season (and hopefully he stays healthy)
  • LF Ramon Flores: 4-4, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB — Opening Day cycle? awesome
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 3-5, 1 K
  • RF Tyler Austin: 1-4, 3 RBI
  • DH Jonathan Galvez: 0-5, 3 K – only guy who didn’t get invited to the party
  • 3B Cole Figueroa: 1-4, 1 R
  • SS Nick Noonan: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B
  • C Eddy Rodriguez: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K – Austin Romine just cleared waivers yesterday, so he’s probably not with the team yet … he has something like 72 hours to report I believe
  • RHP Bryan Mitchell: 3.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 6/2 GB/FB — 48 of 83 pitches were strikes (58%) … Bad Mitchell showed up on Opening Day
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0/2 GB/FB — 13 of 23 pitches were strikes (57%)
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K — 12 of 21 pitches were strikes (57%)
  • RHP Nick Rumbelow: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/1 GB/FB — only 13 of 27 pitches were strikes (48%)
  • LHP Jacob Lindgren: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 1/0 GB/FB – three pitches, two strikes … it’ll be interesting to see how they use him since most relief prospects work on a set schedule, but if he throws with no apparent schedule, they’ll prepping him for a call-up and use in any situation
  • RHP Jose Ramirez: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — ten pitches, seven strikes

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DotF: Flores and Pirela wrap up excellent winter ball seasons

It’s been a while since the last winter ball update, and since just about all of the leagues have finished their seasons, this will be the final check-in of the year. Before we get to the final minor league update until April, here are some notes:

  • 1B Greg Bird and OF Aaron Judge were both named to the Arizona Fall League Top Prospects Team. Vince Lara-Cinisomo has (free!) scouting reports on those two as well as the other 20 players on the Top Prospects Team, one of whom is former Yankees farmhand C/1B Peter O’Brien.
  • Chad Jennings put together a list of the longest tenured homegrown Yankees, and it’s actually outdated a bit because RHP David Phelps has since been traded. RHP Ivan Nova, who signed with the club back in 2004, is the longest tenured non-Alex Rodriguez player in the organization.
  • The Yankees have released RHP Elvin Perez, according to Matt Eddy. The 24-year-old spent four years in the Dominican Summer League before coming stateside last summer. He had a 2.75 ERA (3.20 FIP) in 39.1 innings for the Rookie GCL Yanks in 2014.

Arizona Fall League (season is over)

  • OF Tyler Austin: .304/.392/.449 (135 wRC+) with two doubles, two homers, ten walks, and 19 strikeouts in 19 games.
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: .260/.317/.274 (67 wRC+) with one double, seven walks, and 18 strikeouts in 20 games.
  • 1B Greg Bird: .313/.391/.556 (156 wRC+) with six doubles, six homers, 13 walks, and 23 strikeouts in 26 games.
  • C Kyle Higashioka: .409/.480/.682 (216 wRC+) with three doubles, one homer, three walks, and two strikeouts in six games.
  • OF Aaron Judge: .278/.377/.467 (133 wRC+) with five doubles, four homers, 13 walks, and 22 strikeouts in 24 games.
  • RHP Caleb Cotham: 10 G, 13.1 IP, 18 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 2 BB, 14 K, 2 HR, 1 HB, 1 WP (6.08 ERA, 4.25 FIP)
  • RHP Kyle Haynes: 10 H, 11.2 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 3 ER, 8 BB, 9 K, 1 WP (2.31 ERA, 4.24 FIP)
  • RHP Alex Smith: 10 H, 10.1 IP, 25 H, 15 R, 12 ER, 8 BB, 7 K, 2 HR, 2 HB (10.45 ERA, 7.79 FIP)

Australian Baseball League (season ends January 25th)

  • OF Adam Silva: 24 G, 21-89, 10 R, 3 2B, 1 HR, 12 RBI, 8 BB, 23 K, 1 SB, 2 HBP (.236/.313/.303)

Dominican Summer League (season is over)

  • SS Abi Avelino: 2 G, 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K (.250/.250/.500)
  • C Eduardo de Oleo: 3 G, 0-3, 2 K
  • OF Eury Perez: 30 G, 18-93, 9 R, 3 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 21 K, 2 CS, 1 HBP (.194/.202/.258)
  • OF Jose Rosario: 10 G, 7-27, 5 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 SB (.259/.355/.333)
  • RHP Joel De La Cruz: 7 G, 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 1 HR (0.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP) – unearned homeruns are my favorite baseball oddity
  • RHP Gonzalez Germen: 10 G, 7 IP, 9 IP, 7 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 K (7.71 ERA, 1.71 WHIP)
  • RHP Esmil Rogers: 3 G, 3 GS, 11.2 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 18 K (4.63 ERA, 1.29 WHIP)  — I have to think he’ll work as a starter in Spring Training

Mexican Pacific League (season is over)

  • RHP Gio Gallegos: 16 G, 16 IP, 16 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 12 K, 2 HR, 1 HB (1.69 ERA, 1.31 WHIP)
  • RHP Luis Niebla: 9 G, 9 GS, 37.2 IP, 29 H, 14 R, 12 ER, 18 BB, 27 K, 2 HB, 2 HR (2.87 ERA, 1.25 WHIP)

Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League (Puerto Rico) (season is over)

  • SS Vince Conde: 4 G, 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K (.200/.200/.400)

Venezuelan Winter League (season is over)

  • C Francisco Arcia: 25 G, 16-87, 3 R, 3 2B, 8 RBI, 4 BB, 21 K, 1 HBP (.184/.228/.218)
  • UTIL Ali Castillo: 59 G, 71-233, 43 R, 10 2B, 4 3B, 2 HR, 20 RBI, 14 BB, 34 K, 16 SB, 6 CS, 3 HBP (.305/.346/.408) — great winter for the Castillo, who could wind up in Triple-A Scranton this year
  • OF Ramon Flores: 56 G, 68-196, 36 R, 8 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 29 RBI, 31 BB, 33 K, 2 SB, 2 CS, 1 HBP (.347/.435/.505) — guessing we’ll see him in MLB at some point next year
  • UTIL Adonis Garcia: 57 H, 73-233, 28 R, 13 2B, 1 3B, 7 HR, 41 RBI, 15 BB, 22 K, 4 SB, 4 CS, 6 HBP (.313/.369/.468)
  • OF Ericson Leonora: 5 G, 3-11, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 5 K (.273/.273/.545)
  • UTIL Jose Pirela: 47 G, 50-169, 31 R, 11 2B, 4 3B, 6 HR, 2 RBI, 26 BB, 30 K, 3 SB, 1 CS, 2 HBP (.296/.394/.515) — next up for him, trying to win the second base job in Spring Training
  • C Jackson Valera: 3 G, 0-3
  • RHP Luis Cedeno: 1 G, 0 IP, 2 H 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 HR — the ol’ infinity ERA and WHIP is never good
  • RHP Diego Moreno: 24 G, 23 IP, 26 H, 14 R, 12 ER, 7 BB, 16 K, 2 HB, 3 HR (4.70 ERA, 1.43 WHIP) — was always a long shot bullpen candidate, but now he’s a really long shot

DotF: Jose Pirela’s winter ball dominance continues

Before an update on everyone in winter ball, here are some minor league notes:

  • Long-time Double-A Trenton manager Tony Franklin will not return to the team next year, report Dan Pfeiffer and Matt Kardos. Word is he will be reassigned to another position within the organization. I wonder if he’s moving up to Triple-A Scranton to replace Luis Sojo as third base coach. Franklin had been Trenton’s manager since 2007.
  • The Yankees have signed catcher Juan Graterol to a minor league contract, reports Pete Caldera. Graterol, 25, spend most of last season in Double-A with the Royals and hit .280/.313/.398 (103 wRC+) with four homers in 70 games. He’s an organizational catcher. The Yankees could lose the out-of-options Austin Romine at some point before Opening Day and Graterol adds depth.
  • Some updates on ex-Yankees farmhands: IF Corban Joseph has signed with the Braves and LHP Nik Turley signed with the Giants, both on minor league deals. The Braves have now signed CoJo, Zoilo Almonte, and Francisco Rondon. I’m guessing Gordon Blakeley, who left New York’s front office for Atlanta’s, recommended them.

Arizona Fall League (season is over, so these stats are final)

  • OF Tyler Austin: .304/.392/.449 (135 wRC+) with two doubles, two homers, ten walks, and 19 strikeouts in 19 games.
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: .260/.317/.274 (67 wRC+) with one double, seven walks, and 18 strikeouts in 20 games.
  • 1B Greg Bird: .313/.391/.556 (156 wRC+) with six doubles, six homers, 13 walks, and 23 strikeouts in 26 games.
  • C Kyle Higashioka: .409/.480/.682 (216 wRC+) with three doubles, one homer, three walks, and two strikeouts in six games. He actually led the league in hitting if you set the plate appearance minimum to zero.
  • OF Aaron Judge: .278/.377/.467 (133 wRC+) with five doubles, four homers, 13 walks, and 22 strikeouts in 24 games.
  • RHP Caleb Cotham: 10 G, 13.1 IP, 18 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 2 BB, 14 K, 2 HR, 1 HB, 1 WP (6.08 ERA, 4.25 FIP)
  • RHP Kyle Haynes: 10 H, 11.2 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 3 ER, 8 BB, 9 K, 1 WP (2.31 ERA, 4.24 FIP)
  • RHP Alex Smith: 10 H, 10.1 IP, 25 H, 15 R, 12 ER, 8 BB, 7 K, 2 HR, 2 HB (10.45 ERA, 7.79 FIP)

Australian Baseball League (season doesn’t end until late-January)

  • OF Adam Silva: 11 G, 8-43, 6 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 5 BB, 14 K, 1 SB (.186/.271/.302)

Dominican Winter League (season ends two weeks from today)

  • OF Eury Perez: 24 G, 18-86, 9 R, 3 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 17 K, 2 CS, 1 HBP (.209/.218/.279)
  • IF Jose Rosario: 2 G, 0-1, 1 R, 1 SB
  • RHP Joel De La Cruz: 4 G, 3 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 1 WP (0.00 ERA, 4.00 WHIP)
  • LHP Jose DePaula: 2 G, 2 GS, 10 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K (0.90 ERA, 0.90 WHIP) — hasn’t started since he signed a one-year MLB contract with New York

Mexican Pacific League (season ends three weeks from tomorrow)

  • RHP Gio Gallegos: 16 G, 16 IP, 16 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 12 K, 2 HR, 1 HB (1.69 ERA, 1.31 WHIP)
  • RHP Luis Niebla: 9 G, 9 GS, 37.2 IP, 29 H, 14 R, 12 ER, 18 BB, 27 K, 2 HR, 2 HB (2.87 ERA, 1.25 WHIP)

Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League (season ends three weeks from today)

  • SS Vince Conde: 1 G, 0-1

Venezuelan Winter League (season ends three weeks from Tuesday)

  • C Francisco Arcia: 20 G, 14-73, 3 R, 3 2B, 8 RBI, 4 BB, 16 K, 1 HBP (.192/.244/.233)
  • UTIL Ali Castillo: 43 G, 56-170, 33 R, 7 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 7 BB, 25 K, 14 SB, 5 CS, 2 HBP (.329/.359/.412)
  • OF Ramon Flores: 42 G, 47-148, 23 R, 5 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 15 RBI, 19 BB, 27 K, 2 SB, 1 CS, 1 HBP (.318/.396/.439) — great winter after missing much of the season with an ankle problem
  • OF Adonis Garcia: 43 G, 51-179, 17 R, 8 2B, 3 HR, 23 RBI, 11 BB, 21 K, 3 SB, 2 CS, 4 HBP (.285/.338/.380)
  • OF Ericson Leonora: 5 G, 3-11, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 5 K, .273/.273/.545)
  • UTIL Jose Pirela: 32 G, 39-121, 24 R, 10 2B, 4 3B, 6 HR, 19 RBI, 12 BB, 17 K, 1 CS, 2 HBP (.322/.393/.620) — even if the Yankees sign another infielder, Pirela’s versatility puts him in position for a bench job
  • C Jackson Valera: 3 G, 0-0
  • RHP Luis Niebla: 1 G, 0 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 HR (? ERA, ? WHIP)
  • RHP Diego Moreno: 20 G, 18.1 IP, 18 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 5 BB, 14 K, 2 HR, 1 HB (2.95 ERA, 1.25 WHIP)

DotF: Greg Bird named Arizona Fall League MVP

1B Greg Bird was named the MVP of the Arizona Fall League earlier this week. He hit with .313/.391/.556 (156 wRC+) and led the league in homers (six, tied), finished second in RBI (21), total bases (55), and wRC+, third in SLG, sixth in AVG, seventh in OPS (.947), eighth in walks (13), and 12th in OBP. They’ve been handing out the AzFL MVP since 2002 and Bird is the second Yankees prospect to win it, joining Eric Duncan in 2005. Here are the rest of the week’s minor league notes:

  • OF Tyler Austin suffered a bone bruise in his left knee after an outfield collision last week, reports Josh Norris. “He has been diagnosed with a bone bruise. There is no damage to his meniscus or any ligament issues. He will rest for the next 2-3 weeks,” said assistant GM Billy Eppler to Chad Jennings.
  • Jonathan Mayo polled scouts and players about the best tools in the AzFL. OF Aaron Judge was voted as having the best outfield arm — “One scout said it’s a true 70 arm,” wrote Mayo — while Judge and Bird drew votes for best power and best hitter, respectively.
  • Ken Davidoff wrote profiles about both Judge and Bird. “I’m still on the fence with his bat,” said one scout about Judge. “Plus-plus power, but has some good at-bats here and then will chase off-speed. That worries me – at higher levels, that is what he will see.”
  • Baseball America compiled a list of all minor leaguers suspended in 2014. Yankees farmhands RHP Andy Beresford and 1B Bo Thompson were hit with 50-game suspensions after testing positive for a banned substance in August.
  • The Yankees have re-signed UTIL Ali Castillo after he became a minor league free agent, according to Matt Eddy. Also, OF Antoan Richardson elected free agency after being outrighted off the 40-man roster last week.
  • Both OF Zoilo Almonte and LHP Francisco Rondon have signed the Braves after becoming minor league free agents, says Eddy. Almonte managed to get a big league contract. Good for him.

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DotF: Austin carted off the field following outfield collision in Arizona Fall League

In case you missed it Friday, 13 players became minor league free agents, including SwP Pat Venditte, LHP Jeremy Bleich, LHP Nik Turley, 3B Scott Sizemore, SS Carmen Angelini, and OF Zoilo Almonte.

AzFL Scottsdale (6-5 loss to Peoria) Monday’s game

AzFL Scottsdale (5-2 loss to Peoria) Tuesday’s game

  • RF Aaron Judge: 1-5, 1 K
  • RHP Caleb Cotham: 1 IP, zeroes, 2/1 GB/FB — ten pitches, nine strikes

AzFL Scottsdale (8-4 loss to Salt River) Wednesday’s game

  • RF Tyler Austin: 1-4, 1 R
  • 1B Greg Bird: 0-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K
  • RHP Kyle Haynes: 1 IP, zeroes, 2/0 GB/FB — eleven of 19 pitches were strikes (58%)
  • RHP Alex Smith: 1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — ten of 18 pitches were strikes (56%)

AzFL Scottsdale (5-3 loss to Peoria) Thursday’s game

  • RF Aaron Judge: 0-4, 2 K
  • DH Tyler Austin: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K

AzFL Scottsdale (1-0 win over Glendale) Friday’s game

  • LF Tyler Austin: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 CS – threw a runner out at the plate … hitting .304/.392/.449 in 19 games
  • RF Aaron Judge: 2-4, 1 K — threw a runner out at third
  • 1B Greg Bird: 0-4, 2 K
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-3

AzFL Scottsdale (5-1 loss to Glendale) Saturday’s game

  • DH Aaron Judge: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K — he’s hitting .297/.404/.500 with four homers in 20 games
  • 1B Greg Bird: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB — hitting .318/.392/.568 in 23 games, and he still leads the league with six homers
  • RF Tyler Austin: 0-1 — had to be carted off the field after colliding the wall trying to catch a fly ball according to Dennis Waters … no update on his status, hopefully the cart was just a precaution
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 0-3, 2 K — hitting .250/.315/.266 in 18 games
  • C Kyle Higashioka: 1-3, 1 2B — hitting .421/.476/.684 in only five games
  • RHP Caleb Cotham: 1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GB/FB — ten of 17 pitches were strikes (59%)

Dominican Winter League

  • OF Eury Perez: 8 G, 9-37, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 8 K, 2 CS (.243/.243/.378)
  • RHP Joel De La Cruz: 2 G, 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR (0.00 ERA, 1.80 WHIP)

Mexican Pacific League

  • OF Jose Figueroa: 16 G, 5-15, 5 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 SB (.333/.412/.600)
  • RHP Gio Gallegos: 9 G, 8.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 HR, 1 HB (1.04 ERA, 1.04 WHIP)
  • RHP Luis Niebla: 5 G, 5 GS, 18.2 IP, 17 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 8 BB, 16 K, 1 HR, 1 HB (4.34 ERA, 1.34 WHIP)

Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League (Puerto Rico) started play last week. SS Vince Conde, 2B Angelo Gumbs, and OF Carlos Beltran are all listed on rosters but have not yet played. Beltran hasn’t played winter ball in years and won’t this year because of his recent elbow surgery.

Venezuelan Winter League

  • C Francisco Arcia: 14 G, 12-57, 3 R, 3 2B, 7 RBI, 2 BB, 14 K (.211/.237/.263)
  • UTIL Ali Castillo: 24 G, 34-103, 24 R, 5 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 12 RBI, 3 BB, 17 K, 10 SB, 3 CS, 2 HBP (.330/.358/.447) — nice winter for him
  • OF Ramon Flores: 19 G, 24-63, 9 R, 2 2B, 2 3B, 4 RBI, 7 BB, 9 K, 1 CS (.381/.443/.476) – he went 6-for-6 with a double on Wednesday
  • OF Adonis Garcia: 21 G, 26-88, 9 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 4 BB, 11 K, 3 SB, 1 CS, 3 HBP (.295/.344/.352)
  • OF Ericson Leonora: 5 G, 3-11, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 5 K (.273/.273/.545)
  • UTIL Jose Pirela: 12 G, 16-50, 13 R, 2 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 4 BB, 7 K, 1 CS, 1 HBP (.320/.382/.660) — have to think he’ll come to camp next year with a legit chance to win a bench job, assuming the second base gig isn’t up for grabs
  • C Jackson Valera: 1 G, 0-0
  • RHP Diego Moreno: 11 G, 9.1 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 1 HB (4.82 ERA, 1.39 WHIP)
  • RHP Mark Montgomery, RHP Wilking Rodriguez, SS Angel Aguilar, and C Frankie Cervelli are all listed on rosters but have not yet played. They probably won’t at this point.