Winter Ball Round Up; Jan. 11 – Jan. 17


Australian Baseball League.

Mitch Walding went 4 for 9 in 3 games with a double, 2 BB, 0 K, and 3 R. He committed 1 error on a catch at third. His Canberra Calvary are 20-21 and tied for 4th. His slash through 37 games and 135 AB is .230/318/.341/.659 with 7 2B, 2 HR, and 21 RBI. His K rate is 25.2% and his BB rate is 10%.

Brian Pointer went 5 for 12 in 3 games with a HR, 2 BB, 4 K, 4 R, 3 RBI and 2 for 2 SB. He picked up an outfield assist throwing out a runner at home (Walding). His Perth Heat are 23-20 and in sole possession of second place. His slash through 40 games and 143 AB is .231/.335/.406/.741 with 7 2B, 3 3B, 4 HR, and 14 RBI. His K rate is 34.3% and his BB rate is 12.8%.

Dylan Cozens went 2 for 7 in 3 games with a HR, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 for 2 SB. His Melbourne Aces are in last place. His slash through 40 games and 143 AB is .231/.295/.462/.756 with 9 2B, 8 HR, 19 RBI. His K rate is 26.6% and his BB rate is 7.7%.

Chace Numata went 4 for 13 in 3 games for Melbourne (2 as C, 1 as DH) with 2 R, 1 RBI, and 1 K. He recorded 2 putouts at home, his 10 th passed ball, an error on a pickoff attempt, and threw out 3 of 7 attempted steals. His slash through 40 games and 157 AB is .280/.305/.350/.365 with 8 2b, 1 HR, and 21 RBI. His K rate is 11.5% and his BB rate is 3.7.%.

Dominican Winter League

The DWL has completed the round robin phase with Maikel Franco’s Gigantes facing Luis Garcia’s Estrellas in a 9-game series. Estrellas leads 1-0.

Maikel Franco played in 4 games and went 4 for 14 with a R, 2B, HR and 2 K. He committed his 6th error fielding at third. Franco was removed for a pinch runner after a double on the 13th and did not play on the 14th. He was back in the line up the next 2 games.

Luis Garcia pitched 1.2 innings in 1 appearance. He allowed 0 H, 0 R, 1 K, 3/0 GO/FO, faced 5 batters, stranded his 1 inherited runner, and recorded his 3rd hold.

Nefi Ogando did not play and his team did not advance to the championship round.

Hector Neris pitched 2 innings in 2 appearances before his team was eliminated. He allowed 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GO/FO, and faced 7 batters.

Mexican Winter League

Manuel Chavez’ Mexicali team is ahead 3-2 in their semi-final series. Chavez has seen action in 3 games in high leverage situations. On the 11th he allowed 2 inherited runners to score while recording his first hold. Later in the series, he he made 2 more appearances and stranded a total of 3 runners. He pitched 2.0 innings and allowed 2 H, 0 R, 2 K, 2/0 GO/FO, 7 batters faced, stranded 3 of 5 runners, and threw 19 strikes in 27 pitches.

Puerto Rican Winter League

Rene Garcia saw no action during the week.

Jesmuel Valentin saw action in 4 games as a pinch runner, pinch hitter, corner outfielder (left and right), and second baseman. He went 0 for 3 with a R, 2 BB, and 1 K.

Venezuelan Baseball League

The VWL is still in their 5-team round robin segment. Willians Astudillo’s Caribes are leading but Astudillo hasn’t played in any of the 5 games this week.

Odubel Herrera’s LaGuaira are in 5th place. Herrera is still struggling in the playoffs. He went 2 for 12 in 3 games and has not played in the last 3 games. He scored 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, and 4 K.

Zulia is struggling but it is not for lack of production from Freddy Galvis. He went 12 for 27 in 6 games with a 2B, 4 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 SB.

Elvis Araujo is also on Zulia. In 2 appearances he pitched 2.0 innings and allowed 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3/2 GO/FO, faced 8 batters, and stranded the only runner he inherited.


11 thoughts on “Winter Ball Round Up; Jan. 11 – Jan. 17

    1. In related news, Odubel Herrera drops 5 rungs to no. 20 on the off-season Phuture Phillies Reader Top 30 prospect list. Citizens quibble that this is where he should have been ranked to begin with

  1. Anyone else think it’s crazy that Cozens can’t produce in the ABL which apparently isn’t even the equivalent of Rookie League ball

  2. I am drawing a blank on who Rene Garcia is and where he got him from. Same for Victor Araujo. Also what’s the take on Manuel Chavez, where will he be playing next season?

    1. Victor “Arano”? We received “Arano” from the LAD along with Valentin for Roberto Hernandez. We signed Elvis “Araujo” to a major league deal in November. He was unprotected by Texas

    2. Rene Garcia is a catcher who signed a minor league contract on November 25th with an invitation to spring training.

      Victor Araujo is a typo. I meant Elvis Araujo who is a left handed pitcher who signed a major league contract on November 13th. He has not pitched above AA, and it was thought at the time that the spot on the 40-man roster that accompanies his contract induced him to sign with the Phillies. (Apparently I sometimes confuse Elvis Araujo with Victor Arano, another new pitcher who was the PTBNL in the Roberto Hernandez trade.)

      Manuel Chavez has pitched 2 years in the VSL and last season in the Mexican League which is supposedly the equivalent of AAA. As a starter in 2013, he went 9-0 in 14 starts with a 2.18 ERA. He struck out 72 in 74.1 innings and walked 9. Last summer in Mexico, he was used mostly as a reliever and only made 3 starts.

  3. I believe they are free agent signings this past Fall. Araujo seems to be very good from his Winter League stats. Chavez should pitch in A+ next year. He did OK in the Mexican League this past year where he went to get more pitching in.

  4. Our entire Australian contingent has not done well at all with Numata doing OK with little use.

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