The winter league season is in full swing, though right now, there are not any KC Royals players in the Mexican Pacific League. Free agent reliever Benino Pruneda has not pitched in two weeks.
In the Clemente League, Aguadilla has just one victory (1-11), and infielder Jack Lopez has dropped from leading the league in hitting. He played shortstop all week (four games) and batted either second (twice) or leadoff (twice) in a lineup where the top three hitters are current or former Royals players hitting over .300 (Reymond Fuentes and Ruben Gotay). Lopez went 2-for-18 with five strikeouts. He also committed three errors last week.
I missed catcher Xavier Fernandez‘ debut last week for Mayaguez (7-5), but he did play in two games last week, going 1-for-3 with a walk.
Fernandez joins Emmanuel Rivera, who played four times last week for Mayaguez at third base. He went 5-for-18 with a strikeout. He is currently riding a five game hitting streak.
I also forgot to mention utility man Irving Falu‘s stats (probably because he is currently a free agent). With Carolina (6-7), he went 6-for-21 with two doubles, a triple, three RBIs, and a run scored. Falu did strike out three times while batting second (and playing second base).
Moving on to the Venezuelan Winter League, where utility man Carlos Garcia has stayed hot for Margarita (17-15). He batted sixth in his first two games of the week (0-for-7 with a walk and two strikeouts), but has since moved into the leadoff spot (four games). There, Garcia has thrived: 9-for-18 with a double, two runs scored, and four RBIs. Last week, he was the DH and played left field and second base.
Jose Sanchez continues to come off the bench for Margarita. He pinch ran twice, pinch-hit yesterday (and struck out), and entered on defense in centerfield in the 8th inning on Sunday.
Free agent first baseman Balbino Fuenmayor batted third or fourth for Caribes (14-17) last week. He went 5-for-23 with a two-run home run. Fuenmayor committed his first error on Saturday.
Reliever Yender Caramo pitched once last week for Magallanes (14-15). On Wednesday, he allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits and two walks over 2.2 innings. He struck out one.
Rain (and thus wet grounds) wreaked havoc on the Dominican Winter League last week, with at least one game being postponed a day.
Free agent infielder Orlando Calixte (though I have heard he signed with the SF Giants) made his debut last week for Estrellas (9-10). He debuted as a pinch-hitter on Thursday, grounding out in the seventh. Overall, he went 5-for-10 with a double and four runs scored while playing second base (four of those hits came yesterday).
With Licey (11-8), right fielder Jorge Bonifacio played in five games and moved into the cleanup spot on Sunday. Overall, he went 6-for-20 with two RBIs.
Bonifacio’s teammate, Raul Mondesi, played in just two games (Tuesday and Wednesday), going 2-for-5 with a double, a triple, and a stolen base. He also had a sacrifice and grounded into a double play. Oh and Mondesi committed his second error at shortstop.
Lefty Jonathan Dziedzic got a no decision on Sunday for Licey, as he allowed two runs on four hits and three walks over 5.1 innings. He struck out two.
I think both reliever Andrew Edwards and now-utility man Hunter Dozier have returned to the States, as neither have played for Licey in two weeks.
Lefty Daniel Stumpf pitched twice last week for Toros (6-15). He earned the victory on Tuesday, stranding an inherited runner in recording two outs (one via a strikeout). On Friday, Stumpf left with two runners on base (2/3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K).
Infielder Ramon Torres also dropped from leading the DWL in hitting, as he played in four games at second base for first place Gigantes (12-6) last week. He went 2-for-14 with a three-run homer from the third spot in the order. Torres did walk three times while striking out twice.