It was a crazy day in the Winter Leagues. Each team played a double-header in the Venezuelan League. The IBI’s Daniel Sherriff takes you Around the Farm.
PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE (LBPRC)
Angel Lopez Alvarez (C, RA12) – 0-3, 3 SO – Like most of the prospects on RA12 Alvarez is having a very tough time at the plate right now.
Jonathan Laureano (LF, 1B) – 0-4, 1 SO – Laureano is also struggling right now. It may take a while for the entire team of RA12 to get going as they are up against more experienced competition in the LBPRC.
VENEZUELAN LEAGUE (LVBP)
Henry Martinez (RP, Caribes de Anzoategui – Game 1) – The righty handled the fourth inning. Although he gave up a pair of singles in the frame Martinez erased both runners by freezing Angel Reyes on strike three.
Anthony Vizcaya (RP, Navegantes de Magallanes – Game 1) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 SO – The righty tossed a scoreless fifth inning. Vizcaya gave up a two-out single to Jose Martinez but retired the next batter to strand Martinez.
Juan Apodaca (C, Tiburones de La Guaira – Game 1) – 0-2, 2 SO – Apodaca is another former Indian whom is searching for answers offensively.
Ezequiel Carrera (RF, Navegantes de Magallanes – Game 2) – 1-5, 1 H, 1 RBI – Carrera helped break the game wide open by singling home a run in the fourth inning.
Carlos Rivero (3B, Cardenales de Lara – Game 1) – 0-2, 1 RBI, 1 SO – Rivero’s on-base streak come to an end. Even though he went hitless he helped Cardenales de Lara take the early lead on a sac fly left field in the first inning.
Yonathan Mendoza (SS, Cardenales de Lara – Game 1) – 0-3, 1 SO – It was yet another quiet game for another former Indian.
Carlos Rivero (DH, Cardenales de Lara – Game 2) – 0-3 – Rivero finished the day going hitless in five at-bats and is now hitting a mere .241 average.
Yapson Gomez (RP, Cardenales de Lara – Game 2) – 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 0 SO – Gomez entered the game in what was a pretty tight spot with runners at second and third and one out. He intentionally walked Alberto Gonzalez to load the bases then got the inning-ending double play to escape the jam. He then followed up an impressive Houdini act with a clean fifth frame.
Luis Oviedo (RP, Cardenales de Lara – Game 2) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 0 SO – Oviedo officially became a former Indian on Thursday when the New York Mets selected him in the Rule IV draft. He was then dealt to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations. The righty tossed a clean sixth inning in his first game since leaving the Indians’ organization.
DOMINICAN LEAGUE (LIDOM)
Jean Carlos Mejia (RP, Tigres del Licey) – 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 SO – The right-hander allowed a base runner in each of his first two innings of work but worked around it. Mejia got into trouble in the sixth inning as he allowed three straight batters to reach base and surrendered a run. Mejia was lifted with runners at first and third and still just one out but Frank Garces struck out the next two batters to limit the damage.
Edward Paredes (RP, Leones del Escogido) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 SO – Paredes entered in the second inning with a runner on first base and no outs. He struck out the first two batters he faced but let the lead runner move into scoring position on a wild pitch. It was no problem though as he got Erick Mejia to ground out to end the frame.
Sandy León (C, Tigres del Licey) – 0-2, 2 BB – The catcher was in a great spot to do some damage in the third inning as he stepped up with runners at first and second with just one out. Unfortunately León ended up flying out into an inning-ending double play.
Melky Cabrera (LF, Aguilas Cibaenas) – 1-2, 1 2B, 1 R, 2 BB – Cabrera remains one of the hottest hitters on Aguilas Cibaenas. His two-out double in the first led a RBI-single by Rangel Ravelo to tie the game.
Robel García (2B, Aguilas Cibaenas) – 2-4, 1 SO – The second baseman almost helped tie the game in a sixth with a one-out triple but his teammates couldn’t bring him home. García’s one-out double in the ninth then put the winning run in scoring position. Yefri Perez came on to pinch-run for him and scored on a RBI-single by Wilmer Difo.
MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE (LMP)
Roman Pena (RP, Venados de Mazatlan) – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 0 SO – Pena looked to be headed for some choppy waters when he allowed two straight base hits but then got a double play and retired Jose Aguilar on a flyout to exit the seventh frame unscathed.
Brennan Bernardino (RP, Charros de Jalisco) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 SO – The lefty looked to be teetering on the edge of disaster after issuing a one-out walk then a single. Bernardino then came back and retired the next two batters to keep it a tie game.
Michael Choice (LF, Aguilas de Mexicali) – 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB – Choice singled in the fourth inning to put the lead runner in scoring position. That lead runner ended up scoring on a RBI-double by Rusney Castillo.
COLOMBIAN LEAGUE (LBP)
Audy Ciriaco (3B, Caimanes de Barranquilla) – 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO – Ciriaco worked a walk in the second inning and then came around to score on a RBI-single by Andres Noriega.
Gaspar Palacio (2B, Tigres de Cartagena) – 0-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO – Palacio may not have gotten a base hit but did score a run in the second inning after getting on due to a hit-by-pitch.
Dayan Frias (2B, Vaqueros de Monteria) – 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB – Frias started the four-run rally in the seventh inning when he led off with an infield single. He crossed home plate thanks to a bases-loaded walk by Jose Brizuela.
Jhon Pelufo (RP, Vaqueros de Monteria) – 0.1 IP, 1 SV, 2 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 SO – Pelufo was called in for the ninth inning after Cody Mincey got into trouble by putting runners at first and second with two outs. He allowed both runners to score by giving up two consecutive hits but stopped the bleeding by striking out Jose Contrera to slam the door.