Flores pitched in Puerto Rico
The Venezuelan, Puerto Rican, and Mexican winter leagues all inched toward the postseason on Monday evening. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's winterball action.
Venezuelan Winter League
Magallanes leadoff man and centerfielder Endy Chavez was 1-for-4 with his fourth stolen base of the season. Third baseman Andres Blanco, who batted second, went 0-for-3 with a walk.
Right fielder Erold Andrus appeared as a defensive replacement but received two at-bats, going 0-for-2. He knocked in a run.
Dominican Winter League
Left fielder Esteban German helped the Toros to a 5-4 victory by going 1-for-4 with a base on balls. He struck out twice.
Escogido’s Engel Beltre appeared as a pinch hitter and walked in his only plate appearance.
Puerto Rican Winter League
Ponce reliever Adalberto Flores (0.96 ERA/.194 BAA) appeared in his first game since December 17 and tossed two scoreless innings. The right-hander gave up one hit, walked three, and struck out one.
Though Flores has yielded only six hits in 9.1 winterball innings, he has issued seven walks while striking out five.
Mexican Pacific League
Mazatlan second baseman Brian Barden (.143/.211/.229 in nine games) helped break out of a big slump by going 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. The homer was Barden’s first extra-base hit in 38 plate appearances.
Guasave backstop Jose Felix was 0-for-3 but reached base once after being hit by a pitch. He committed a throwing error from behind the plate and gunned down one of two attempted base stealers.
Texas recently signed former Dodgers right-handed reliever Yhency Brazoban to a minor league contract. The 30-year-old began his winter pitching in the Dominican Republic, where he yielded 12 runs (10 earned) in 13 innings.
Brazoban is now pitching for Jose Felix’s Algodoneros de Guasave club. Brazoban has appeared in the team’s last two games, tossing one scoreless inning each night. He has given up zero hits while walking one and fanning zero.
Liga Paralela (Venezuela Minor League)
The Bravos took home the 2010 Liga Paralela title with a best-of-three series victory over Caracas. The season concluded on December 22.
That Caracas club featured 19-year-old shortstop Edwin Garcia, who appeared in 23 games and went 15-for-66 (.227) with four doubles and a home run. He had 13 walks against only nine strikeouts.
Guillermo Moscoso played most of the season with the big Caracas club but started his winterball campaign with two short Liga Paralela starts. The right-hander yielded four runs (two earned) in 2.1 innings.
Anzoategui hurler Jonathan Rojas shined over three starts, tossing 10 scoreless innings. The 22-year-old allowed three hits while walking two and striking out seven. Rojas doesn’t have any state-side experience above the rookie level, but his strong performance earned him two appearances with the LVBP Caribes team.
David Paisano and Renny Osuna turned in impressive performances with the big La Guaira club in ’09, but both were largely relegated to Liga Paralela this year after early season slumps.
Paisano played 25 games in Liga Paralela and hit .283 (30-for-106) with nine doubles, six walks, and five stolen bases in eight attempts.
The versatile Osuna played just about all over the diamond––appearing in 21 contests––and posted a .280/.314/.512 slash line with nine doubles, two triples, and two round-trippers in 87 plate appearances.
Lefty reliever Joe Ortiz pitched most of the campaign with the LVBP team but hurled three scoreless innings in three minor league relief appearances.
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