The winter league season kicked off about two weeks ago, with the Venezuelan Winter League getting it started on October 6th. Currently there are five KC Royals minor leaguers participating, but expect that number to grow (especially with the upcoming World Baseball Classic in March).
None of the five position players have played a lot, with catcher Luis Villegas (who played at three levels in the Royals system in 2016) getting the most at-bats (3-for-6 with a solo home run). That homer came on October 14th against Caracas starter (and American) Deunte Heath.
Carlos Garcia, who spent the entire season in Double-A, is playing for Margarita (5-4). He has gone 0-for-2 with a strikeout and a stolen base.
Joining Garcia with Margarita is Jose Sanchez, who played at rookie levels Idaho Falls and Burlington in 2016. He has gone 1-for-3 with a strikeout so far.
Jecksson Flores is playing with Lara (5-6) and he is 0-for-0 with a walk, a run scored, and a caught stealing.
Finally, Jose Torres (a catcher who has spent the past four seasons in the DSL) is playing with Zulia (8-2). He is 1-for-2 so far.
The Mexican Pacific League got underway on October 11th.
Reliever Benino Pruneda, who split the 2016 season between Double-A and Triple-A is playing for Mazatlan (2-3). He has pitched in two games (two innings), allowing two runs on a hit, a hit batter, and a walk. Pruneda has one strikeout.
The Dominican Winter League season begins this Thursday (October 20th) and reliever Andrew Edwards has tweeted out that he will be pitching in the DR for a month.
The Clemente League (Puerto Rico) begins on October 27th.
*Stay tuned next week for a weekly recap.