The four Caribbean winter leagues have already begun their postseason, but let’s start in the Australian Baseball League, where the regular season is still going strong.
Melbourne is still stuck in last place (16-28) and went 1-3 over the weekend against Brisbane (and lost their final two games of last week’s series against Perth to start the week).
Outfielder Logan Moon has raised his average well over .300 (.321 to be exact) for the Aces, while batting leadoff. He went 9-for-18 against Brisbane with a double, a triple, and a leadoff home run. He also drove in two runs with two outs and stole his ninth base. To start the week, Moon went 3-for-6 with a solo homer against Perth.
Moon picked up another outfield assist, as he threw a runner out at the plate on New Year’s Eve from right field.
Meanwhile, Mike Hill has seen his average drop to .259. Against Perth to start the week, he went 3-for-8 with a run scored and an RBI. He caught on Monday and the Heat stole two bases against him.
Hill then went 2-for-14 against Brisbane with two RBIs and his first stolen base. He did have two passed balls.
The Mexican Pacific League began their best-of-seven series on New Year’s Day.
Jalisco dropped their first two games to Mexicali. Free agent Alex Liddi played first base in both games and went 3-for-8 with a double, a solo home run, and two RBIs. He did strike out twice.
Fellow free agent, reliever Brian Broderick, pitched a scoreless inning on Friday with a strikeout (12 pitches, eight strikes).
The Venezuelan Winter League kicked off their postseason on Saturday with three, best-of-seven series. Currently, Magallanes leads their series over Caracas 2-0. La Guaira and Caribes are tied at 1-1, as are Margarita and Aragua.
Utility man Carlos Garcia pinch ran in both games for Margarita in the ninth inning and he scored a run in Sunday’s loss. In Margarita’s final regular season game on Monday, Garcia pinch ran in the tenth and went 0-for-1 as the DH.
In La Guaira’s victory on Saturday, right fielder Jose Martinez went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run. In Sunday’s loss, he went 0-for-5 with a strikeout.
With Lara being eliminated from the postseason, that means the end of the winter ball season for outfielder Paulo Orlando. In his final three regular season games, he went 5-for-13 with two doubles and a stolen base.
The winter ball season is not over for free agent infielder Gabriel Noriega, who moved from Lara to Caribes. He started at shortstop in the first game and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts while batting second. On Sunday, Noriega went 0-for-2 with a strikeout and was pinch-hit for (he played third base).
The Clemente League got their round robin playoffs started on Saturday, as Caguas beat Mayaguez. Mayaguez lost again on Sunday, losing to Santurce.
In Santurce’s victory, centerfielder Reymond Fuentes went 1-for-4 with a stolen base.
Fuentes finished off the regular season by going 3-for-7 with a double, a triple, two walks, a run scored, and four RBIs.
In the Dominican Winter League, their round robin playoff format continued.
Currently, Licey is 5-1. Escogido is 3-3, while Toros and Estrellas are 2-4. Estrellas has won their last two games.
No KC Royals have played in the DWL playoffs so far.
* I will try to keep you up-to-date with all of the winter league playoffs.