I know I’m a few days late with last week’s Winter League Recap and I apologize. The games over the weekend in Miami took a lot more out of me than I thought. I was at Marlins Park all day and night, but it was fun.
So let’s get started.
There was one KC Royals debut last week and it was in the Dominican Winter League. It also came in Miami.
That would shortstop Raul Mondesi, who entered on defense for Licey on Saturday night. In his first and only at-bat, he singled. He then went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored on Sunday.
Also for Licey, outfielder Jorge Bonifacio entered on defense in right field on Saturday night, but was pinch-hit for. He did however start in left field on Sunday, going 1-for-2 with a sac fly.
Staying in the DWL and also playing in Miami was the Series de las Americas champion Aguilas. Francisco Pena started both games at catcher and batted ninth. He went 1-for-6 with two walks, two runs scored, and an RBI.
Pena caught two more games earlier in the week and went 2-for-5 with a walk, a run scored, and a strikeout.
Infielder Angel Franco started at second base on Saturday and third base on Sunday for Aguilas. He flashed the leather and went 4-for-8 with a run scored, an RBI, and two strikeouts.
Franco played in two more games earlier in the week (both at third base). He went 0-for-7 with a walk, an RBI, and two strikeouts.
Also of note with Aguilas, former Royals outfielder Alexis Gomez is their hitting coach.
Infielder Orlando Calixte entered on defense in the 7th inning on November 18th for Estrellas. He delivered a sac fly in the eighth.
Now to the Venezuelan Winter League, where two teams were also playing in Miami.
Shortstop Gabriel Noriega started the championship game for Lara on Sunday night, batting third. He went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI. He was also charged with a crucial error in the eighth.
Fellow shortstop Humberto Arteaga started Sunday’s game for Magallanes, who went 0-2 in the series. He went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, which came in his final three at-bats (twice with a runner on third base).
Earlier in the week (November 17th), Arteaga pinch-hit in the 7th inning. He stayed in at shortstop and went 1-for-1 with a walk and a run scored.
Carlos Garcia was back in action for Margarita at the end of last week. He entered on defense in the 8th inning on Friday at second base. He went 0-for-1 at the plate. Garcia again entered on defense in the 8th inning, this time on Sunday and this time in right field. He struck out in his only plate appearance.
Also with Margarita, Angelo Castellano played in two games last week. He started on November 17th at shortstop and went 1-for-3. He did commit his first error. Castellano entered on defense on Sunday in the eighth and went 0-for-1 at the plate.
Castellano was left off Margarita’s roster for this week’s games.
Jose Martinez played right field last week for La Guaira. At the plate, he went 9-for-24, including a 4-for-4 day on Sunday. Martinez drove in six runs, while doubling, tripling, and hitting a solo home run. He did however strike out seven times.
Moving on to the Mexican Pacific League.
Brian Broderick earned two saves last week for Jalisco (to give him 12), but also blew his second save on November 19th). In the two saves, he walked one over 1.2 scoreless innings. On Saturday, Broderick entered with two on and one out and stranded both runners.
On the 19th, he entered in the 8th inning with two on and two out and one of the runners scored. Over 2.2 innings, he allowed one hit and walked two while striking out three.
Alex Liddi played both first and third base for Jalisco last week. He went 7-for-28 with a double and an RBI. However, he committed his sixth error on Saturday and struck out five times.
In the Clemente League (formerly the Puerto Rican Winter League, which I just found out was the new name change), there was a three-game series played in Orlando over the weekend between Mayaguez and Santurce. Friday night’s game went deep into extra innings, while Saturday’s game was rain shortened.
Lefty reliever Daniel Stumpf pitched in two games of the series for Santurce. On Friday night, he allowed a hit in two scoreless innings. He struck out two and induced three ground outs. On Sunday, Stumpf threw a scoreless inning.
Centerfielder Reymond Fuentes played all three games in Orlando for Santurce. He went 4-for-13 with two runs scored, a stolen base, and two strikeouts. Fuentes also threw a runner out at first base on Friday night.
Fuentes played in one game prior to the series in Orlando (November 18th) and went 1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored, and a strikeout.
Alexis Rivera had two pinch-hit appearances over the weekend for Caguas. He struck out in the 8th inning on Saturday and walked in the tenth on Sunday.
Finally to the Australian Baseball League, where Melbourne went 2-2 last week.
Logan Moon played centerfield in all four games for the Aces, though he entered on defense in the 2nd inning on Saturday. He threw a runner out at the plate on Thursday. At the plate, Moon went 2-for-15 with two walks, three runs scored, and five strikeouts. He did steal his fourth base on Thursday.
Mike Hill caught two games, played third base in another, and was the DH for the Aces. He committed his third error at third base on Saturday and had his second passed ball on Thursday. At the plate, he went 5-for-12 with three walks, two runs scored, and four RBIs. Hill did strike out three times.
Stay tuned next week for another winter league recap!