Winter League Recap

There were two more KC Royals winter league debuts last week.

Let’s start in the Venezuelan Winter League.

venezuelaInfielder Carlos Diaz made his debut with Margarita (26-25) as a pinch runner on Wednesday. He entered on defense at third base in the 6th inning on Thursday (0-for-2), before starting at shortstop on Friday (0-for-3 with a strikeout and a caught stealing).

Free agent Carlos Garcia continues to leadoff for Margarita. He mostly played left field (three games), though he did start at second base on Friday. At the plate, Garcia went 3-for-16 with a two out RBI. He still leads the VWL in stolen bases with 11.

Yender Caramo pitched once last week for Magallanes (22-28, 7.5 games back). On Thursday, he allowed a run on two hits over 1/3 of an inning. Caramo entered with the bases loaded in the fifth and all three runs scored.

Shortstop Humberto Arteaga started one game last week for Magallanes (0-for-3 with a walk, a run scored, and a strikeout). He also pinch ran in back-to-back games (Wednesday and Thursday).

Paulo Orlando continues to bat third and play centerfield for first place Lara (31-22, two games up). Last week, he went 7-for-16 with a triple, two walks, and four runs scored. Orlando threw a runner out at the plate on Wednesday in Lara’s 5-4 victory.


Moving on to the Dominican Winter League where there was another debut. The DWL regular season ends on December 21st.

dominican_winter_league_logoThe debut came with Licey (21-19, 1.5 games back), where lefty Tim Hill made his first appearance on Wednesday (1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K). Overall, Hill pitched three times and did not allow a run (2.1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 4K). He stranded a runner in the 8th inning on Sunday.

Right fielder Jorge Bonifacio was joined this week by big brother Emilio with Licey. The younger Bonifacio played in four games, going 4-for-12 with four walks and two RBIs.

Right-handed reliever Kevin McCarthy earned two saves (he now has four) and his first win with Escogido (19-21, 3.5 games back). He earned save number three on Tuesday, allowing a hit while striking out two over 1.1 innings (he stranded two in the eighth). On Saturday, he earned his first victory, throwing two scoreless innings (though he did allow an inherited run in the 8th inning). The next day, McCarthy earned his fourth save, allowing one hit.

Ramon Torres has begun playing shortstop for first place Gigantes (22-17, 1.5 games up). At the plate, he went 5-for-20 with a double. Torres led off with a home run on Thursday. He still leads the DWL in runs scored with 24.

Miguel Almonte pitched just once for Gigantes last week. That came yesterday, when he allowed three hits over just 2/3 of an inning. Almonte left with two on in the sixth (both were stranded).

Reliever Malcom Culver pitched three times for Estrellas (21-20, two games back) last week. On Friday, he struck out one over 1.1 hitless innings. On Saturday, he struck out one over 2/3 of an inning. Yesterday, Culver stranded a runner in the 6th inning (1/3IP).


Finally to the Clemente League, where they had the last three days off.

clemente league logoThird baseman Emmanuel Rivera still leads the CL in hitting at .386. With Mayaguez (17-10, 2.5 games back) last week, he went 5-for-12 with three doubles, a walk, and two runs scored. Rivera did commit his second error on Friday.

Second baseman Jack Lopez played in two games last week for last place Aguadilla (7-19, 12 games back). He went 3-for- 9 with a double and two walks. Lopez committed error number six on Tuesday.

Free agent Irving Falu played in just one game last week for Carolina (12-18, nine games back). He went 1-for-4 with a run scored on Wednesday.


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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