The Dominican Winter League opened play on Thursday and so far, there is just one KC Royals minor leaguer participating.
That would be infielder Angel Franco, who is playing for Aguilas (1-2). He played in two games last week, going 1-for-6 with a walk, a run scored, and two strikeouts. Franco played both second and third base.
Moving on to the Mexican Pacific League, where Jalisco is 6-2 and tied for first place. There are two Royals playing there. Alex Liddi continues to play everyday, playing both first and third base. Last week, he went 7-for-22 with four doubles, six RBIs, and two runs scored. Liddi walked once and struck out six times. He did commit two errors at third base on Sunday.
Reliever Brian Broderick earned three saves last week. Over 3.1 innings (four appearances), he allowed one hit and a walk while striking out three. In earning his second save on Tuesday, Broderick entered with one on and nobody out in the ninth and struck out two of the three batters he faced (11 pitches, eight strikes).
Finally to the Venezuelan Winter League.
Two Royals opened up play last week. Infielder Gabriel Noriega started for Lara (5-5) in his first game on Friday. In two games, he has gone 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
Left-hander Luis Rico made his VWL debut on Sunday for Magallanes (4-6), entering the game in the eighth with the tying run having scored, no outs, and two men on base. Rico threw just two pitches and got veteran Mike Jacobs to fly out.
Outfielder Lane Adams continues to play every day for Zulia (4-6). In six games last week, he went 6-for-24 with a double, two triples, and a first inning solo home run. Adams drove in three and scored three runs. He walked twice and struck out four times. He also threw a runner out at the plate on October 14th.
Lefty Buddy Baumann made two appearances last week out of the La Guaira bullpen (5-5). Over two innings, he allowed a hit and walked three while striking out three. Of the 42 pitches he threw, 22 were strikes.
Outfielder Jose Martinez continues to play every day for La Guaira and bat in the middle of their order. In four games last week, Martinez went 6-for-14 with a double, two RBIs, and two runs scored. He has three straight two-hit games.
Paul Clemens made one start last week for La Guaira and dropped to 0-2. On Thursday, he allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits and a walk over 4.2 innings. He struck out five.
The Australian Baseball League opens up on Friday with two Royals minor leaguers playing for reigning champion Melbourne.
Stay tuned next Monday for another winter league recap!