Week 3 of winter ball action saw the Australian Baseball League open up play. Three KC Royals minor leaguers are playing for reigning ABL champion Melbourne and all three played over the weekend.
The Aces played a four-game series to start the ABL season, going 2-2. Outfielder Logan Moon played in all four games, going 2-for-4 in his first game and 0-for-12 over the final three with six strikeouts. Moon played both center and right field.
Mike Hill caught three of the four games. He went 4-for-10 with a double, a walk, and three two out RBIs. Hill also threw a runner out trying to steal on Sunday.
Ryan Dale played in three games for his hometown team, and is looking for his first hit (0-for-10). He struck out three times. Dale played third base and was the DH on Sunday.
Moving on to the Venezuelan Winter League, where another Royal made his debut.
That would be infielder Humberto Arteaga, who pinch ran in the eighth on Saturday night for Magallanes (7-8) and went in to play second base. Arteaga made his first VWL start on Sunday, starting at second base and moving to shortstop later in the game. He went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in the 8th inning of a 4-3 loss.
Lefty Luis Rico made his lone appearance of the week for Magallanes on Sunday, once again facing just one batter. That was Jeremy Hazelbaker in the 6th inning with one out and nobody on base. Rico struck him out, throwing six pitches (three strikes).
Outfielder Jose Martinez continues to play every day for La Guaira (9-7), playing both center and right field. Last week, he went 6-for-23 with four walks and ten strikeouts. Martinez did score three runs.
Paul Clemens missed one start for La Guaira due to a stiff right arm. He is expected to return to action today. Lefty Buddy Baumann did not pitch due to inflammation in his elbow, with rehab expecting to take three weeks. Baumann was expected to leave Venezuela in early November.
Outfielder Lane Adams has been playing every day for Zulia (7-9). Last week, he went 4-for-23 with seven strikeouts. That includes an 0-for-4 on Saturday with four strikeouts. Adams did hit a two-run home run on Sunday and drove in two runs on Monday.
Jeckson Flores started Sunday’s game for Lara (8-8). He went 0-for-2 while playing second base, but was pinch-hit for in the seventh. Shortstop Gabriel Noriega went 5-for-16 with a grand slam.
To the Mexican Pacific League, where the two Royals representatives play for Jalisco (8-6).
Alex Liddi played third base in all six games last week. His 11-game hitting streak came to an end on Friday, but then he went 3-for-9 over his final two games of the week with two doubles and two runs scored. Overall in the week, Liddi went 9-for-25 with three doubles and three RBIs.
Right-hander Brian Broderick picked up his fifth save of the MPL season, but struggled over the last week. He earned the save on Monday, throwing a perfect ninth on 11 pitches. Over his next two appearances however, he allowed four runs on five hits and three walks over two innings. Broderick took the loss on Saturday in the tenth, after he allowed the tying run to score in the ninth.
Finally to the Dominican Winter League.
Infielder Angel Franco has played both second and third base for Aguilas (1-6). He went 8-for-16 with six of those hits coming in his last two games. Franco hit three doubles and drove in two.
The Puerto Rican League gets started on October 30th.
*Stay tuned next Monday for another winter league recap!