With the Christmas holiday, it was a quiet week of winter ball. It was made quieter by the Dominican Winter League‘s regular season coming to an end. So let’s start there.
The DWL regular season came to an end last Monday with the top four teams advancing to the round robin playoffs (Estrellas, Licey, Escogido, and Toros). Only one KC Royal is on the roster of a top four team, and that would be infielder Orlando Calixte, who went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in his final regular season game. Calixte did not play in Estrellas 3-2 loss to Toros in the playoff opener.
Fellow infielder Angel Franco had his winter ball season come to an end with Aguilas last Monday. He went 1-for-3 with a solo home run. He also walked and drove in a run via a sac fly.
Moving on to the Venezuelan Winter League, whose regular season comes to an end on Tuesday (tomorrow).
Paulo Orlando continues to play centerfield and bat cleanup every day for Lara (17-15, two games back). Last week, Orlando went 5-for-16 with two runs scored and an RBI. He stole his fourth base on Saturday.
Shortstop Gabriel Noriega pinch-hit in the 7th inning on Saturday for Lara. He went 0-for-2.
Jeckson Flores pinch ran in both weekend games for Lara, scoring a run in each.
Jose Martinez moved from the fifth and sixth spot in the order for La Guaira (14-16) and from center to right field. He went 4-for-13 with two doubles, two walks, and three RBIs. Martinez did strike out six times.
Carlos Garcia entered on defense at second base in the 9th inning on Tuesday for first place Margarita (19-11). He went 0-for-1 with a ground out at the plate.
Next up is the Mexican Pacific League, whose regular season also comes to an end on Tuesday (tomorrow).
Alex Liddi was back in action for last place Jalisco (11-20), as he played first base and was the DH last week. He went 5-for-12 with two doubles, two runs scored, and a two out RBI. He struck out twice.
Reliever Brian Broderick pitched twice for Jalisco. On Tuesday, he threw just six pitches in a perfect inning. The next day, he allowed five runs on five hits (two doubles) and a walk in just one inning.
Now to the Clemente League, whose regular season comes to an end on January 4th.
Outfielder Reymond Fuentes leads the league in hitting at .320, despite Santurce being seven games back (19-21). He played both center and right field last week, while also being the DH. He threw a runner out at second base on Sunday from right field. Fuentes went 3-for-13 with two walks and a two out RBI.
Alexis Rivera started as the DH for Caguas (20-20) on Wednesday, going 1-for-3 with a strikeout. He pinch-hit on Sunday, going 0-for-1 with a walk.
Finally to the Australian Baseball League, where Melbourne went 2-0 over the weekend (with two more games remaining against Perth).
Logan Moon started both games for the Aces on Sunday (one in right field and the other in center), going 1-for-9 with a run scored and two strikeouts. The reigning ABL Player of the Week grounded into a double play and was picked off.
Mike Hill also started both games for the Aces, playing third base and catching. He went 4-for-7 with a double, a triple, two runs scored, and a walk. He also grounded into a double play and was picked off third base. Hill did commit his seventh error (it came at third base).
Stay tuned next week for another winter league recap!