All stats are from the period between November 4 and 10.
Trying a new format for the Winter Leagues Digest, plus peep the additional reporting on the Puerto Rican League, the Nicaraguan League, and notes about the Colombian League.
As always, let’s start with the Dominican League.
|Edward Concepcion||RHP||DWL||Cibao||San Jose (A+)||FA 06|
|Adalberto Mejia||LHP||DWL||Cibao||Augusta (A-)||FA 11|
|Luis Rojas||RHP||DWL||Cibao||San Jose/AZL (rookie)||Rule V 11|
|Francisco Peguero||OF||DWL||Cibao||Fresno (AAA)/San Francisco||FA 06|
|Waldis Joaquin||RHP||DWL||Cibao||Fresno||FA 03|
|Rafael Rodriguez||OF||DWL||Cibao||Salem-Keizer (short-season)||FA 09|
|Justin Fitzgerald||RHP||DWL||Escogido||Richmond (AA)||08 (11th round)|
|Kelvin Marte||LHP||DWL||Escogido||San Jose/AZL||FA 07|
|Wilmin Rodriguez||LHP||DWL||Escogido||Fresno (AAA)||FA 04|
|Roger Kieschnick||OF||DWL||Escogido||Fresno/AZL||FA 08|
|Todd Linden||OF||DWL||Estrellas||Fresno||FA 12|
|Angel Villalona||1B||DWL||Este||Dominican Summer League (rookie)||FA 06|
Estrellas: Todd Linden had four hits in five games and he hit a home run November 6 against los Toros. Last week Linden had four walks and seven strikeouts, amounting to a bad stretch since Halloween that has sunk his batting average to .172 in his last 10 games.
Cibao: I can’t recall if Waldis Joaquin is still with the organization but I’ll list him here anyway. I missed his two appearances in October where he allowed four runs in 1 1/3 innings. Joaquin sat for a while until he pitched again November 8, where he pitched 1/3 innings with three walks and no runs charged to his record…Luis Rojas, Francisco Peguero, Rafael Rodriguez, and Adalberto Mejia all have yet to play…Edward Concepcion hasn’t pitched since October 21.
Escogido: Justin Fitzgerald took his regular turn in the Leones rotation November 5 and allowed three runs with four strikeouts over five innings to earn his first loss of the year. It was the first start of the season for Fitzgerald where he did not allow a walk…Kelvin Marte ran into more trouble November 7 when he allowed two runs without getting an out. He served up a two-run homer, which has elevated his ERA to 18.00 in just one inning. Ouch…It seems like a theme for these Escogido relievers. Wilmin Rodriguez gave up an unearned run on two hits without recording an out on November 4, taking the loss against los Toros. His ERA is 4.50, inflated by that bad game and the rough outing he had October 27 against Estrellas…Roger Kieschnick kept his hitting going into the end of the week with seven hits over three games. He connected for his fourth home run of the winter on November 7 against Cibao. He has 4 RBIs since our last update but hasn’t walked as well as he could with only three walks over his last six games…Angel Villalona didn’t play and hasn’t seen action since October 28. He has 10 at-bats this winter
Now we switch to the Venezuelan league.
|Jose Flores||IF||VWL||Zulia||Richmond/Augusta||FA 03|
|Boof Bonser||RHP||VWL||Margarita||Fresno/AZL||FA 11|
|Mitch Lively||RHP||VWL||Margarita||Fresno||FA 08|
|Yusmeiro Petit||RHP||VWL||Margarita||Fresno/San Francisco||FA 11|
|Edwin Escobar||LHP||VWL||Lara||Augusta||Trade 10|
|Daniel Mayora||3B||VWL||Caracas||Richmond||FA 12|
|Jesus Galindo||OF||VWL||Caracas||Augusta||FA 09|
|Ehire Adrianza||SS||VWL||La Guaira||Richmond||FA 06|
Zulia: Jose Flores sat out for almost a whole week and had two hits with a double in his only game this week November 9 against La Guaira.
Margarita: Boof Bonser is still winless on the year but had an encouraging start November 7 against Aragua: six innings, two runs and four strikeouts. His last two starts have been excellent, with 12 combined innings and just the two runs allowed, but both were no-decisions…Mitch Lively allowed a run in 1/3 innings in his only relief appearance of the week…Yusmeiro Petit did not play.
Lara: Edwin Escobar did not play.
Caracas: Daniel Mayora cooled off this week, with only three hits in 18 at-bats but he had three RBIs over his last two games. His season average is at .302…Jesus Galindo has yet to play this fall.
La Guaira: Ehire Adrianza rattled off a five game hitting streak which started with three multi-hit games. He had two triples and two RBIs last week.
Over in the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale is 1.5 games behind Salt River for the East division lead. The winner of each division–West and East–face off Saturday night in the league championship game. Thursday is the last regular season game in the league.
|Jake Dunnington||RHP||AFL||Scottsdale||Richmond||FA 09|
|Chris Gloor||LHP||AFL||Scottsdale||Richmond||09 (17th round)|
|Heath Hembree||RHP||AFL||Scottsdale||Fresno||10 (5th round)|
|Ryan Bradley||LHP||AFL||Scottsdale||San Jose||10 (30th round)|
|Dan Runzler||LHP||AFL||Scottsdale||Fresno/San Jose/San Francisco||07 (9th round)|
|Chris Dominguez||IF/OF||AFL||Scottsdale||Richmond/Fresno||09 (3rd round)|
|Ricky Oropesa||1B||AFL||Scottsdale||San Jose||11 (3rd round)|
|Joe Panik||SS||AFL||Scottsdale||San Jose||11 (1st round)|
|Gary Brown||OF||AFL||Scottsdale||Richmond||10 (1st round)|
Jake Dunnington blew up November 8 against Peoria with three runs allowed in 1/3 innings. A few bad appearances inflated his ERA to 7.88 on the season…Chris Gloor allowed one run in four innings in his November 8 start against the Javelinas. He’s issued seven walks but struck out nine over his last nine innings pitched…Heath Hembree recovered from his stumble November 1 to throw two nearly flawless innings over his last two appearances. Hembree looked really sharp on Saturday night against Surprise. MLB Network broadcast the Military Appreciation Game between the Saguaros and the Scorpions and I got to see Joe Panik, Ryan Bradley, and Hembree play… Bradley made his AFL debut November 10 against Surprise and pitched one scoreless inning with a walk and a strikeout. Bradley threw 152 1/3 innings in 28 starts in San Jose this year, which was his biggest workload of his career…Dan Runzler hasn’t been as sharp of late, falling victim to a really poor outing November 5 when he allowed two runs and three walks without recording an out. He pitched a scoreless inning November 8 but allowed two more walks. Runzler has seven walks and 11 strikeouts in eight innings in the AFL so far.
Chris Dominguez had two hits in two games last week with one RBI and one walk. He had five strikeouts over those two games, pushing his total to 15 in 37 at-bats…Ricky Oropesa had a big game November 7 against Mesa with three hits and a home run but had an 0-for-4 on Friday with two strikeouts. Oropesa is hitting .225 (9-for-40) with 11 walks and 14 strikeouts…Joe Panik had one hit let week but picked up three RBIs. He played some stellar defense at shortstop in the game I watched Saturday night, including a nice barehand snag and strong throw to first base. It’s nothing new to me, as I remember him being strong defensively in San Jose this summer…Gary Brown had the best week of all the Giants hitters in the AFL with six hits and an RBI. He had three hits on the road against Salt River and is hitting .339 in 59 at-bats this fall.
The Puerto Rican league began anew this week, with many changes for the better. It operates now with six teams and the league name has been changed to La Liga de Beisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente, to honor the greatest Puerto Rican ballplayer ever. Classy move, indeed.
Here are the Giants playing in the Puerto Rican league.
|Hector Correa||LHP||PR||Manati||San Jose||Trade 09|
|Cristian Otero||SS||PR||Manati||AZL||11 (18th round)|
|Gaspar Santiago||LHP||PR||Santurce||Salem-Keizer||10 (28th round)|
|Johnny Monell||C||PR||Caguas||Richmond||07 (30th round)|
Manati: Hector Correa pitched in Manati’s opener against Caguas and allowed three walks in one inning. This is an important step for Correa as he missed a big chunk of the season due to injury and only pitched 18 innings in San Jose. The Giants org thinks very highly of Correa and it’s essential for him to get back to form after another injury-addled year…Cristian Otero hasn’t yet played. The shortstop hit .215 (17-for-79) with 5 RBIs and two doubles in the AZL. Otero made his Giants pro debut last season after he was drafted in the 18th round of the 2011 Draft. He turns 20 in March.
Santurce: Gaspar Santiago is a guy I’ve liked since he was drafted. I think he could be a sleeper lefty in the system. His stock took a hit when he moved down a level to short season rookie team Salem-Keizer this summer, after making 14 starts in 38 appearances in Class-A Augusta in 2011. This summer he pitched 22 2/3 innings and made 15 appearances. He didn’t play this week.
Caguas: Johnny Monell is one of four catchers on the Criollos roster, including one legendary boricua: Ivan Rodriguez. So far Monell has played two games behind the plate and one at designated hitter. He’s 2-for-10 with an RBI and two strikeouts.
Here are some quick notes about the smaller and lesser known winter leagues.
|Cameron Lamb||RHP||ABL||Perth||Salem-Keizer||FA 08|
Cameron Lamb didn’t pitch last week. He’s had just the one appearance at the start of the ABL season earlier in the month.
|Wilber Bucardo||RHP||LNPB||Leon||DNP||FA 04|
I decided to add Bucardo to these updates since I found more consistent info and stats on him courtesy of the LNPB (La Liga Nicaragüense de Beisbol Profesional) website. He’s 2-0 with three strikeouts and one earned run allowed in two appearances. Bucardo is pitching solely in middle relief. The last time he pitched in the Giants organization was 2011.
The Colombian League begins November 15. I will be watching them via the internet in case any Giants turn up there.
We will return next week with the final AFL report and hopefully more info from the smaller leagues!