Dominican Winter League Update

This is the first update of the Dominican Winter League.  It attracts some of the better prospects from the major leagues as well as veterans who stand in the gray area between major league starter and sitting the bench or playing in the minor leagues.

Aguilas Cibaenas (5-1)

Alexis Gomez (.450) and Dan Black (.286) are tied for the team lead with six RBIs.  Gomez has slashed four doubles while Black has three.  Zolio Almonte (.333, 2, 2) has hit two of the team’s four homeruns, but both of them have been of the solo variety.  Juan Perez (.350) has four stolen bases in four attempts and leads the team in runs scored with seven.

Angel Castro (2-0, 0.79) has had two effective starts where the only run he has allowed has been on a solo shot.  Command has been a struggle for him with a 5/10 walk to whiff ratio in 11 innings of work.  Tony Pena Jr. has not given up an earned run in four appearances covering five plus innings.  He has struck out six without allowing a walk.

Tigres del Licey (5-2)

Licey has a pretty impressive group of players including the top prospect from last year Jurickson Profar (.520, 1, 2).  He also has a six to two walk to whiff ratio allowing him to score a team leading nine runs.  His OBA is .520.  Another player getting on base with a .500 OBA is Yamaico Navarro (.500, 3, 12).  His 12 RBIs easily lead the team.

A couple veteran Cubans lead the rotation in Yunesky Maya (0-1, 2.53) and Jose Contreras (0-1, 6.48).  Jairo Ascencio (1-0, 0.00) anchors the bullpen with three saves.  He has had an impact in four of the five Licey wins. Hector Noesi (1.80) got a good start while Chris Volstad (8.10) did not.

Leones del Escogido (4-2)

One of the top prospects in the minors Gregory Polanco (.458, 3, 8) is shining for the Leones. His nine runs scored lead the team and he has added four doubles resulting in seven of his 11 hits going for extra bases. Jorge Polanco (.450, 1, 4) is the other big early bat.

Armando Rodriguez (2-0, 0.00) has two of their four wins, all in relief. He has a team leading eight whiffs in just five plus innings. Chris Martin has two saves in his three appearances. He has also not allowed a run. Jarrett Grube threw four shutout innings in his only start. Red Sox prospect Allen Webster (2.25) gave up only one run in his four inning start.

Gigantes del Cibao (2-4)

The Gigantes bats have been pretty silent. Cuban J.C. Linares (.313, 1, 1) and Maikel Franco (.304, 0, 1) are the only two bats hitting over .300. Robinson Diaz (.259, 1, 4) and Moises Sierra (.211, 1, 4) are the leading RBI men.

Fabio Castro gave up one unearned run in his four inning start.

Estrellas del Oriente (2-5)

Nelson Perez (.333, 2, 3) has gotten off to a strong start. His 5/4 walk to whiff ratio has given him a .529 OBA. He also leads the team in runs scored with five. Leandro Castro (.346, 0, 5) is the big RBI man.

Bruce Billings (1-1, 1.80) has gotten out of the gate strong with 10 whiffs in 10 innings of work. His four walks were in a struggling second start that he lost. His first start he did not allow a run in five innings of work. Marcos Mateo (1-0, 0.00) has the other Estrellas win and he got credit for the save in the other win.

Toros del Este (1-5)

Eugenio Velez (.500, 1, 4) has a double, triple and homerun. He also has four stolen bases and leads the team in runs scored with four. Veteran Ricardo Nanita (.300, 0, 6) is the RBI man despite not having any extra base hits. Prospects Cesar Puello (.227, 1, 4) and Gary Sanchez (.222, 0, 1) hope to get on track.

Jose Lugo (1-0, 2.70) has the only win for the Toros.  He has pitched in three games of relief.  Elih Villanueva (0-1, 3.18) has been the only effective starter, but he has given up nine hits in his five plus innings of work.

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