Puerto Rican Winter League Update

The Puerto Rican Winter League added one team, the Tiburones de Aguadilla. They are not doing so good, winning one of their first 14 games. As an expansion team this is to be expected as the pool they had to choose players from was very weak. Still no team in San Juan. That is a waste of a large stadium in Puerto Rico.

Cangrejeros de Santurce (9-3)

Ivan de Jesus Jr. is showing some pop in his bat with two homeruns and a team leading 9 RBIs. Slugger Neftali Soto only has one homerun and five RBIs but his .388 average gives him a team leading 7 runs scored. Hector Olivera is looking for a place to play after his domestic violence incident resulted in the Braves trading him to San Diego and San Diego releasing him. His bat still looks a bit light with a .250 average, but 5 of his six hits have gone for doubles. He is back to playing the infield (third base).

Adalberto Flores has yet to give up a run in his four starts covering 20.2 innings. He is 3-0 with a 3/14 walk to whiff ratio. Righthanded hitters are hitting only .097 against him. Corey Black has picked up five saves in his eight appearances, allowing just one run for a 1.00 ERA. Andres Santiago has only given up a hit in just one of his six appearance, one of those a four inning start in which he did not give up a hit. In 12.2 innings the opposition is hitting .049 against him with righthanded hitters looking for their first hit.

Criollos de Caguas (8-4)

Phillip Evans (.318) has been their top RBI man with 10. He has done that without hitting a homerun, but gapping four doubles and one triple. His walk to whiff ratio is an impressive 7/4. Andrew Velasquez (.304) has crossed the plate 10 times. His primary weapon is speed with six stolen bases in eight attempts.

Ricardo Gomez has picked up 6 saves in his 8 appearances. He has yet to give up a run in those 8.2 innings of work, racking up a 3/13 walk to whiff ratio.

Indios de Mayaguez (8-5)

If Jonathan Davis got on base more (.238) he would have more than six steals in seven attempts. His 15 whiffs in 12 games does not bode well for future success. Danny Ortiz (.380) is hitting with two triples and one homerun.

Jorge Lopez had a bummer of a 2016 season but the home cooking is doing him well in Puerto Rico. In three starts (0.66) he has given up just one run, going five innings in his second start without giving up a hit or a walk. Hiram Burgos (0.82) has only given up one run in his three starts. He has also yet to walk a batter in his 11 innings of work. The two starters have yet to find themselves in the win column with Burgos taking a loss.

Gigantes de Carolina (7-8)

Carlos Corporan (.343) and Yasiel Balaguert (.319) are the only two players hitting over .300. The next player closest to that mark is 41 points away.

Takagi Hayato walked six in his first outing, but limited the free passes to just two in his next two outings. Opponents are only hitting .140 against him.

Tiburones de Aguadilla (1-12)

Reymond Fuentes hit over .300 in the major leagues in 2016 but it did not prevent the Royals from releasing him. He continues to hit with a .327 average with four doubles, a triple and a homerun in Perto Rico. Ruben Gotay (.300, 3, 10) leads the league in homeruns with three, but that has produced but one win for the Tiburones.

Efrain Nieves has captured the only Tiburones win. His 3.95 ERA and .386 opposition average will not give the manager a lot of confidence in throwing him out there if he struggles to get hitters out..

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