Winter League Recap

There were three KC Royals debuts in winter ball last week, one of those who debuted is a big leaguer.

Two of the debuts came in the Venezuelan Winter League, where they are currently in their All-Star break (tonight is the All-Star Game).

Paulo Orlando

Outfielder Paulo Orlando at the plate during spring training 2015 (Jen Nevius).

Outfielder Paulo Orlando began playing with Lara (24-19, 1/2 game back) Wednesday, going 3-for-5 with a run scored and a strikeout. In four total games last week, Orlando went 8-for-16 with a double, three runs scored, and an RBI. He is playing centerfield and batting third.

Shortstop Humberto Arteaga began play with Magallanes (18-22) on Thursday. In that game, his infield single in the 9th inning drove in two runs to tie the game (they walked off a batter later). Batting ninth, Arteaga went 2-for-11 with two strikeouts.

It was a rough week for Yender Caramo with Magallanes. He started the game on Wednesday, but did not record an out (4H, 2R, 0BB, 0K). Caramo pitched again on Monday, allowing four runs (three earned) on three hits in one inning (he allowed a three-run home run).

Free agent Carlos Garcia continues to lead off for Margarita (23-19, one game back), but has moved around defensively (he played left and right field). He stole his league-leading 11th base on Monday (though he was caught for the first time). At the plate, Garcia went 4-for-22 with a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored. He did strike out five times.

First baseman Balbino Fuenmayor signed with Atlanta this week. With Caribes (20-22), he went 5-for-16 with two doubles, a two-run homer, three runs scored, and four RBIs.

 

The final debut came in the Dominican Winter League, as free agent Angel Franco (whose wife just had their first baby) joined Aguilas (14-17). He debuted as a pinch runner on Tuesday and scored on a bases clearing double that won the game. Franco pinch ran again on Monday and entered on defense at second base in the 8th inning on Wednesday. His only start came on Saturday, when he went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts while playing both third and second base.

dominican_winter_league_logoRain once again wreaked havoc in the DWL, with at least one postponement a day (including yesterday when a makeup game was postponed).

Luke Farrell ended his tenure with Licey (16-12 and in first place) on Tuesday, earning his second victory. He allowed a run on two hits and two walks over 5.1 innings. He struck out six. Farrell left with the bases loaded in the 6th inning and that is when the run scored.

Also with Licey, right fielder Jorge Bonifacio moved from fifth in the order to third by the end of the week. At the plate, he went 4-for-12 with the game winning RBI on Monday. Bonifacio also tripled and scored a run on Tuesday.

Reliever Kevin McCarthy had a nice bounce back after a rough debut. He earned two saves for Escogido (15-13, who only played three games last week). The first save came on Wednesday, when he allowed a hit in one inning. The second save came on Saturday, when he pitched a perfect inning.

Lefty Daniel Stumpf pitched once last week for Toros (13-17), earning his fifth hold. On Friday, he pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

Second baseman Ramon Torres continues to struggle at the plate after a hot start for Gigantes (15-12). He has also moved around the order, batting second and back into the leadoff spot. Torres went 0-for-10 with a walk and four strikeouts. He committed his fifth error on Saturday. He still leads the DWL in runs scored with 19.

Baseball America finally posted that infielder Orlando Calixte signed with the SF Giants (plus he posted a photo last week wearing a Giants shirt). Anyway, with Estrellas (13-15), Calixte went 3-for-12 with two doubles, two runs scored, and an RBI while batting second in the order. He committed his third error on Saturday at third base.

 

Finally to the Clemente League.

clemente league logoWith last place Aguadilla (3-17), second baseman Jack Lopez has begun to struggle after a hot start. Last week, he batted second and moved back into the leadoff spot by Sunday. At the plate, Lopez went just 2-for-19 with a double, two walks, a run scored, and a strikeout. He also grounded into a double play.

Catcher Xavier Fernandez entered on defense in the 8th inning for Mayaguez (12-7) on Sunday.

Third baseman Emmanuel Rivera played just one game for Mayaguez. It came on Friday, when he went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play.

Free agent infielder Irving Falu continues to play second base for Carolina (9-13). He moved down to sixth and seventh in their order. At the plate, Falu went 5-for-17 with a two-run home run.

 

*Best of luck to Fuenmayor and Calixte with their new organizations!

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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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