A look at some of the hitters who need to get some more at bats and pitchers who need extra work doing it down in the Dominican. The two teams from the capital find themselves battling for the basement, but as the season progresses that should change.
Cibao Gigantes (5-1)
First base is blocked for Xavier Scruggs by Matt Adams so he is getting a look out in left field. He leads the team in RBIs with 6 while hitting .316. Moises Sierra was recently grabbed off waivers by the White Sox. With the Gigantes he is hitting .286 with five runs driven in. Adrian Nieto leads the team in homeruns with two and total bases with 13 but has a 0/7 walk to whiff ratio.
Jose de Paula has won his first two starts and given up just one run in ten innings of work (0.90). He has a 1/10 walk to whiff ratio. Sandy Rosario has yet to give up a hit or a walk in his three appearances covering three innings of work.
Orientes Estrellas (4-2)
Gustavo Nunez has gone deep twice and leads the team in RBIs with eight. He is hitting .333 with a .988 OPS. Matt Fields has trouble making contact with his 9 K’s but he has hit three doubles, one triple and one homerun of his six hits. The volatile Jordany Valdespin has two homeruns with a 1.035 OPS.
Radhames Liz appears healthy with two starts (1-0, 4.32). He has walked four in his eight plus innings of work.
Cibaenas Aguilas (3-2)
Andy Marte has been one of the hottest hitter in the league (.368, 1, . The once top prospect now journeyman has a 1.191 OPS. Dan Black has walked six times without a whiff. He is hitting .286 with a .500 OBA. Manny Ramirez (.222, 1, 5) is trying to show major league general managers that he can still play.
Toros del Este (3-3)
Tyler Moore has two homeruns and a 6/9 walk to whiff ratio in just six games. He is only hitting .250 but has a .407 OBA. Alen Hanson has had issues with two of his minor league managers. He is hitting .267 with one homerun in his four games playing shortstop. Yasmani Grandal (.316, 2, 5) seems to be finding his bat with Toros. He has a 6/3 walk to whiff ratio. Cameron Maybin (.250) and Teoscar Hernandez (.273, 1, 2) are two other players to watch.
Escogido Leones (2-5)
Buck Britton (.273, 2, 6) has cleared the fences twice. He is the only Leones to go deep. Joc Pederson (.261) is having trouble making contact with his 10 whiffs in just 25 at bats. Pedro Florimon (.375) loves to hit in the Dominican Republic, but all his hits are singles.
Andre Rienzo (0-1, 1.80) needs to show he can start. The Brazilian had a decent first start.
Licey Tigres (1-5)
Darin Ruf (.143) and Domingo Santana (.167) are off to slow starts. Ruf has one of the two Tigre homeruns and Santana has struck out nine times. Rymer Liriano (.222) has four hits, all of them singles. The best Licey hitter has been Nomar Mazara (.364).
Randal Delgado gave up only one run in his five inning start, striking out seven. John Lannan (6.75) is showcasing his talents to 30 teams but his first start was a forgettable one. Lannan is the only starter of the four with a WHIP over 1.00.