Venezuela Winter League Update

Not a lot of big time prospects in Venezuela with the perceived safety issues. If there are any prospects they are Venezuelan natives playing in their home town.

Aragua Tigres (17-9)

Jose Vargas (.244, 9, 24) got off to a fast homerun start but has cooled off. Strikeouts (26) have plagued the veteran. He is still the big bat on the Tigres, leading the team in homeruns and RBIs. Alberto Callaspo (.378, 0, 15) has been the top dog on the team with his 8 doubles. He also has a 17/7 walk to whiff ratio.

Pitching has been superb with a trio of starters in Guillermo Moscoso (2-1, 1.44), Robert Zarate (1-1, 1.85) and Freddy Garcia (2-0, 2.18). The three pitchers have combined for 10 walks in 15 starts.

Caracas Leones (17-12)

No big homerun bats on this team. Wilfredo Tovar (.381, 0, 17) is spraying the gaps with six doubles and four triples. Alexander Palma (.328, 0, 13) leads the team in doubles with 8 and runs scored with 23. The Leones are waiting for the bat of Jesus Guzman (.262, 2, 14) to get hot. He leads the team in strikeouts (24) but also walks (17).

No real dominating performances by any of their pitchers.

Zulia Aguilas (15-12)

Their two big bats are coming from Puerto Rican David Vidal (.274, 6, 17) and journeyman minor leaguer Zach Houchins (.265, 4, 19). David leads the team in homeruns and Zach in RBIs.

Cuban Reiner Roibal (2-1, 1.61) is turning into their ace. The opposition is hitting just .205 against him and he has a 3/25 walk to whiff ratio in 22 innings. He has only given up one run in his last two starts, covering 11 innings and striking out 16. Elieser Hernandez (2-1, 2.11) has five solid starts limiting the opposition to a .162 average against him.

Magallanes Navegantes (16-13)

Adonis Garcia (.406, 0, 5) has recently arrived with a hot bat, stringing together a seven game hitting streak. Veteran Mexican Leaguer Jesus Valdez (.358, 10, 35) leads the league in homeruns and RBIs. Luis Torrens (.277, 1, 14) was a Rule V pick from the Yankees by the Padres but is getting much needed at bats this winter. Ronny Cedeno (.347, 1, 13) and Andres Blanco (.345, 3, 9) are two more productive bats.

Hassan Pena (1-0, 0.63, 8 saves) has already picked up 8 saves, which includes half of Navegantes wins.

Anzo√°tegui Caribes (13-16)

Balbino Fuenmayor (.413, 3, 18) is one of my favorite players down there. His homerun bat is coming alive with three in his last 5 games. He also has split the gaps with four doubles in those five games. Rene Reyes (.404, 2, 10) gives the Caribes two hitters who have played 10 or more games who are hitting over .400. The veteran slugger Luis Jimeniz (.254, 2, 9) is dragging just a little.

No pitchers to note.

Lara Cardenales (12-15)

Henry Urrutia (.352, 2, 18) has hit two homeruns in his last two games. He needs to hit because he provides no defense in the outfield. Rangel Ravelo (.432, 2, 5) has recently arrived to assault Venezuelan pitchers. Jesus Montero (.305, 5, 15) has cooled off since his fast start. The former top prospect of the Yankees was released by two teams last year.

Ryan Kelly (0-1, 1.69, 7 saves) has been lights out in his closer role, limiting the opposition to a .140 average.

La Guair√° Tiburones (11-16)

With Ozzie Guillen managing they are sitting near the bottom of the standings. Recent arrival Jose Martinez (.452, 1, 8) is a hitting machine. He has 8 RBIs and 9 runs scored in 8 games.

Seth Rosin (2 saves) has yet to give up a run in 11 appearances.

Margarita Bravos

As a team they only have two homeruns. All other teams have at least one player on their roster with two or more homeruns. Cade Gotta (.362, 0, 11) is splitting the gaps with 10 doubles and has scored 22 runs.

Manny Corpas (0-2, 1.86, 2 saves) has been doing some closer work.

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