Winter League Recap

There were two KC Royals debuts last week in winter ball.

First let’s start in the Venezuelan Winter League, where first baseman Balbino Fuenmayor started at first base for Caribes (12-13) on Thursday. In that game, he batted sixth and went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Caribes played a doubleheader on Thursday and he grounded into a double play in a pinch-hit appearance. Fuenmayor went 1-for-4 on Saturday and hit a grand slam on Sunday (2-for-4, three runs scored).

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Blue Rocks leadoff hitter Carlos Garcia during Game 2 of the Carolina League Championship on September 14, 2015 (Jen Nevius).

Sunday’s grand slam came against Margarita (15-11), which is where Carlos Garcia is playing (left field and third base). He played in six games last week, coming in as a pinch runner on Saturday in the 3rd inning (1-for-3). Overall, Garcia went 10-for-24 with two doubles, a triple, two walks, and seven RBIs (which came in two games). He had an outfield assist on Friday and stole two bases to give him five in the VWL.

Jose Sanchez came into Margarita’s game on Monday late, striking out in his only plate appearance.

Yender Caramo pitched twice last week for Magallanes (11-14). On Tuesday, he induced a ground out to end the 11th inning and hit the first batter he faced in the 12th inning. After a caught stealing, he issued a walk and was pulled (the run did not score). On Friday, Caramo allowed two runs on two hits in the sixth (one run scored after he was pulled).

Samir Duenez played in just one game for Magallanes last week. It came on Tuesday in a pinch-hit role: he struck out in the 11th inning.

Moving on to the Dominican Winter League, where Raul Mondesi debuted for Licey (8-6). He started at shortstop on Wednesday, going 1-for-4 with a strikeout. Mondesi played in three more games the rest of the week (once as a pinch-hitter and one game at second base) and went a combined 2-for-8 in those three games with a double, a walk, three RBIs, and two strikeouts. He stole his first base on Sunday, but also committed his first error (it came at shortstop).

Right fielder Jorge Bonifacio played in three games last week for Licey. He went 4-for-11 with two doubles, three runs scored, a walk, and three strikeouts. Hunter Dozier and Tony Cruz did not play last week.

Andrew Edwards made one relief appearance for Licey last week and that came on Wednesday. He struck out the only batter he faced, stranding a runner.

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Lefty Jonathan Dziedzic during spring training 2016 (Jen Nevius).

Jonathan Dziedzic improved to 2-0 with Licey in the DWL, winning his start on Saturday. He allowed two unearned runs on four hits and two walks over 5.1 innings. Dziedzic struck out one and induced nine ground outs.

Luke Farrell earned his first victory with Licey on Sunday. He allowed two runs on five hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out four.

Lefty Daniel Stumpf made two relief appearances for Toros (3-12) last week. On Tuesday, he walked one and struck out one in a scoreless inning. On Saturday, Stumpf allowed a hit in 2/3 of an inning.

Second baseman Ramon Torres played in four games last week for Gigantes (10-4). He had his first hitless game of the DWL season on Friday (0-for-3) and went 4-for-10 batting in the leadoff spot with two doubles, two runs scored, and three RBIs. Torres currently leads the DWL in hitting at .385 and in runs scored with 13.


Over in the Clemente League, utility man Jack Lopez leads the league in hitting at .462 (with a .500 OBP). Last week, he went 6-for-16 with two runs scored and three strikeouts. He stole his fourth base on Saturday, but had his first hitless game on Sunday. Lopez played second base and has moved into the leadoff spot for Aguadilla (1-7).

I missed Emmanuel Rivera‘s debut last week with Mayaguez (6-2), but he did go 3-for-7 with a double, a triple, two runs scored, two RBIs, and two walks in three games last week while playing third base.


Finally in the Mexican Pacific League, reliever Benino Pruneda did not pitch last week for Mazatlan (6-17).

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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