There were two more KC Royals winter league debuts this week, and one returnee who had not played in 21 days.
Let’s start in the Dominican Winter League. Rain and wet grounds have once again forced postponements (Monday’s off day turned into a makeup day, yet one game was still postponed).
Right-handed reliever Malcom Culver debuted with Estrellas (16-19) on Tuesday, allowing a run on three hits and a walk over 2/3 of an inning. All told, Culver pitched three times last week, allowing that one run on five hits and a walk over 3.1 innings.
Shortstop Raul Mondesi returned to the Licey (19-15) lineup after a 21 day absence on Wednesday. In back-to-back games batting first, he went 3-for-10 with a double, a run scored, and two RBIs. He struck out three times and has not played since.
Right fielder Jorge Bonifacio played in six games last week for Licey. He batted fourth or fifth, going 5-for-22 with two doubles, two runs scored, and two RBIs. He drove in the winning run in one game and scored the winning run on Sunday. Bonifacio struck out three times. He committed his fourth error on Saturday, but threw out a runner on Thursday.
Lefty Daniel Stumpf pitched three times last week for last place Toros (14-21). He blew two saves, one coming on Tuesday and the other on Sunday, while earning his sixth hold on Friday. Overall, he allowed a run on four hits and a walk over 1.2 innings. Stumpf struck out three. He stranded one runner on Friday and allowed two inherited runners to score on Sunday.
Second baseman Ramon Torres still leads the DWL in runs scored with 22. With first place Gigantes (21-12) last week, he was the DH twice. In three games, Torres went 6-for-12 with a double, three runs scored, three RBIs, and three walks.
Right-hander Miguel Almonte pitched twice for Gigantes last week. On Wednesday, he allowed a run on three hits over two innings. He struck out two. Yesterday, he recorded just one out (1/3IP, 3H, 2R, HBP, 0BB, 0K). Almonte left with the bases loaded in the sixth and one scored.
Free agent infielder Angel Franco played in three games last week for Aguilas (18-18). He entered on defense all three times at second base, though he received an at-bat on Friday (1-for-1 with a double and a run scored).
Right-handed reliever Kevin McCarthy pitched twice last week for Escogido (15-18). In two scoreless innings, he allowed two hits and a walk.
Now to the Venezuelan Winter League, which held its All-Star Game on Tuesday.
Angelo Castellano debuted with Margarita (25-22) last week. He pinch ran in back-to-back games (Friday and Saturday). Castellano stole a base on Saturday.
Also with Margarita, free agent Carlos Garcia continues to bat leadoff. He was the DH, while also playing left field and second base. Garcia went 5-for-19 with three doubles, four runs scored, and two RBIs. He threw a runner out at the plate on Friday.
Right-hander Yender Caramo pitched twice last week for last place Magallanes (18-26). Over 2.2 innings, he allowed two runs on four hits while striking out one. Caramo pitched a scoreless inning on Sunday.
Shortstop Humberto Arteaga moved from the ninth spot in the Magallanes order to either seventh or eighth. He went 7-for-14 with two doubles, two runs scored, and an RBI. Arteaga committed an error in three straight games (Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday) and stole his second base on Friday.
Centerfielder Paulo Orlando continues to bat third for Lara (27-22). He went 9-for-27 with a walk, a run scored, and two RBIs. Orlando did ground into two double plays.
Finally to the Clemente League.
Third baseman Emmanuel Rivera leads the league in hitting at .379 with Mayaguez (15-8). However, he has played in just 17 games and only three last week. Rivera went 5-for-14 with two RBIs and a run scored.
Second baseman Jack Lopez played in four games last week for last place Aguadilla (6-18). Back in the second spot in the batting order, Lopez went 5-for-17 (though four of those hits came in Wednesday’s game) with a double, three runs scored, and an RBI. He stole three more bases to give him seven in the CL, but struck out four times. Lopez committed his fifth error on Tuesday.
Free agent second baseman Irving Falu played in five games for Carolina (11-16), mainly batting sixth. He went 4-for-19 with a triple, two walks, two runs scored, and two RBIs.