Winter League Recap

The fourth Caribbean League winter ball season kicked off on Thursday, with the Clemente League in Puerto Rico beginning play.

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Infielder Jack Lopez during spring training 2016 (Jen Nevius).

Right now, there is one KC Royals minor leaguer playing, and that would be Jack Lopez. The infielder has played three games in left field for Aguadilla (0-4). Lopez went 6-for-10 while batting ninth with an RBI, a run scored, and three stolen bases last week.

Moving on to the Dominican Winter League, where second baseman Ramon Torres continues to have a hot bat for Gigantes (8-2). After going 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored, and his second stolen base on Tuesday, Torres had three days off. Back in the lineup on Saturday, he went 4-for-5 with a two out solo home run. Torres has a hit in every game he has played and overall he went 7-for-11 with two homers and five runs scored from the leadoff spot last week. He did commit his second error on Sunday.

Hunter Dozier made his winter league debut with Licey (5-4) on Tuesday. He has played right field, first base, and third base in his first week in the DWL. At the plate, Dozier has gone 2-for-10 with a walk and two strikeouts. Jorge Bonifacio continues to play right field for Licey and he went 4-for-13 with a double, an RBI, a run scored, and three strikeouts.

Reliever Andrew Edwards made just one relief appearance last week for Licey and that came on Tuesday. He walked one in a scoreless inning with a strikeout.

Jonathan Dziedzic made his second start for Licey on Saturday, picking up his first victory. He allowed a run on four hits and two walks over five innings. Dziedzic struck out three. Luke Farrell also made his second start (the next day). He allowed three hits over five scoreless innings while striking out two.

Tony Cruz caught one game last week for Licey (Wednesday). He went 0-for-3 with a walk, a run scored, and a strikeout. He also allowed a stolen base.

Lefty Daniel Stumpf made two relief appearances last week for Toros (2-7). On Tuesday, he allowed a hit in one inning of work. He picked off his only base runner. On Friday, he stranded a runner in the 7th inning by getting a fly out. Stumpf allowed a leadoff single in the eighth and the run scored after he was pulled.

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Blue Rocks lefty Luis Rico pitching in Game 1 of the Carolina League Championship Series on September 13, 2015 (Jen Nevius).

In the Venezuelan Winter League, lefty Luis Rico made his debut with Magallanes (8-12) on Tuesday. In that game, he allowed a run on one hit, a hit batter, and a walk over 2/3 of an inning (1B, HBP, GIDP, BB, and the inherited runner scored on a single). Rico pitched again on Thursday, allowing a run on two hits over 1.1 innings. He allowed a two out grand slam in the fourth (he inherited the bases loaded).

Yender Caramo made two relief appearances for Magallanes last week. On Tuesday, he walked two and allowed a hit over 1.2 innings (the third and fourth). He struck out one and induced three ground outs. On Saturday, Caramo entered in the 2nd inning and stranded an inherited runner. He allowed a run on two hits over three innings of work while striking out one.

Samir Duenez continues to be the DH for Magallanes while batting either fifth or sixth in their order. Last week, Duenez went 5-for-20 with two doubles, five walks, three runs scored, and three RBIs. He struck out six times. One of his walks came in a pinch-hit appearance on Friday.

Carlos Garcia started three games (second base twice and third base) last week for Margarita (14-6). He committed his first error yesterday at second base. At the plate, Garcia went 1-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs on Thursday while batting eighth. In back-to-back games to end the week batting second, Garcia went 1-for-8 with a walk, a run scored, and three strikeouts. He also stole two bases this week.

Jose Sanchez pinch ran twice last week for Margarita.


Finally in the Mexican Pacific League, where reliever Benino Pruneda continues to be the only KC Royal.

Pruneda pitched three times last week for Mazatlan (5-12). He took his first loss on Wednesday (and first blown save), as he allowed three runs on four hits while recording just one out (2B, RBI 2B, FO, RBI 1B, SB, RBI 1B). He earned his first victory on Friday, walking two over 1.2 scoreless innings. He also stranded two inherited runners. Pruneda made his final appearance of the week on Sunday, allowing three runs on two hits and a walk over 2/3 of an inning (the ninth). He struck out one.


About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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