The 16-team developmental arm of the Venezuelan League ran from mid-October through mid-December with a brief play-off following.
Overall Record: 19 -23-2
Final Standing: Sixth, 11 ½ back
- Ismael Brito (Johnson City): Brito began the season pitching for the Bravos’ Venezuelan League club but was reassigned to the VPL squad in late October after four relief efforts. The lefty tossed 2 1/3 frames for the VL team, surrendering three runs on three hits and three free passes while striking out one, an 11.57 ERA, 8.78 FIP and 2.57 WHIP. Twice Brito inherited two runners, once with two out and the other with none out, and only one scored on him. He saw action seven times for the VPL club but those seven appearances covered a mere 3 2/3 innings. Brito was even worse for the VPL Bravos, yielding seven runs, five earned, on nine hits and four walks with four strikeouts. He compiled a 12.26 ERA, 4.29 FIP, 3.54 WHIP and runners hit .429 off him.
- Carlos Torres (Johnson City): Torres got off to a slow start, batting .214/.222/.286/.508, 9-for-42 in 16 games, 11 starts, through November 5th. His playing time dropped over the next ten days but the 22-year-old fought back over the last month of the season, putting up a mark of .370/.370/.500/.870, 17-for-46 in 14 games, 11 starts. Torres’ cumulative line of .281/.283/.375/.658 includes six doubles, one home run, nine runs scored and 11 RBIs but no base-on-balls. He fanned 22 times, an average of once every 4.4 at bats and had a 347 BABIP. Defensively, Torres split his time nearly evenly between left and right but did start in center nine times was charged with three miscues.
Overall Record: 25 -16-2
Final Standing: Third, five back
- Jhohan Acevedo (State College): Acevedo put together an impressive campaign, going .352/.402/.418/.820, 32-for-91 in 28 games, 23 starts, with six doubles, eight walks, nine runs scored and nine knocked in while successfully stealing four times in five attempts. His offensive output remained fairly steady throughout the season, the 21-year-old putting up a mark of .333/.353/.400/.753 in 30 at bats through October 29th before dipping in a one-week span in early November then surging over the final three plus weeks. In the field, Acevedo was the starting centerfielder 13 times, left fielder seven times and right fielder in three games. Acevedo, who did not play in Caracas’ last six games of the season, fell 16 plate appearances shy of the minimum mark needed to qualify for the league’s batting title consideration. His .352 mark would have tied him for eighth overall.
Overall Record: 14-28-1
Final Standing: Eighth, 16 ½ back
- Ronnierd Garcia (Peoria): Garcia had a poor showing despite receiving ample opportunity to impress as Caribes’ starting third baseman, compiling an offensive line of .218/.293/.300/.593, 24-for-110 in 32 games, 28 starts, .265 BABIP. He doubled three times, knocked two long balls, touched home 11 times and drove in 15. Garcia, who turned 22 on January 1st, worked 11 free passes against 26 strikeouts and committed eight errors in 15 starts at third and nine at first.
- Jose Godoy (Johnson City): The 20-year-old was superb in limited playing time, going .338/.436/.477/.913 in 65 at bats spread over 21 games, 18 starts. Godoy had six doubles, a home run, 10 runs scored and 14 RBI with a .385 BABIP. More impressively, he compiled more walks (12) than strikeouts (10). 14 of his 18 starts were at catcher where he committed three errors. Godoy’s offensive prowess came in 10 starts over the season’s last four weeks where he went a torrid .395/.442/.526/.968, 15-for-38, with five doubles, four walks and three strikeouts.
- Cesar Valera (Palm Beach): Valera’s season began with the Venezuelan League club but the 22-year-old struggled in very limited action, going 3-for-12 in nine games, three starts. He was reassigned to the VPL where he thrived after his November 24th debut, accumulating a line of .438/.550/.563/1.113 in 32 at bats in nine starts. Valera had four doubles, three free passes, nine runs scored and five driven in while batting third. He was plunked five times, fanned four times and committed two errors. Valera started in nine of his team’s final 12 games, eight of his starts coming at short.
La Guaira –
Overall Record: 29-13-2
Final Standing: Second, 1 ½ back of Lara
- Anderson Gerdel (Johnson City): Gerdel pitched in seven games, all starts, tossing 25 innings and allowing 11 runs, seven earned, on 20 hits and three walks, a 2.52 ERA, 2.80 FIP and 0.92 WHIP. The righty hit three batters and fanned 14, holding opponents to a .213 batting average, .250 BABIP. He did not pitch for the VPL squad at all from October 23rd through November 18th, during which time he made his VL debut in a two-inning relief appearance on November 8th. Gerdel gave up two hits but did not allow a run in his only regular season appearance for the main club. The righty did his part for the VPL team in his sole post-season effort, holding Lara scoreless in the decisive game three of the league championship series. Gerdel worked around back-to-back two-out singles after taking the ball to start the 7th with his team down 2-0, retiring his last four batters faced. Gerdel was activated on the VL roster on December 26th but was not used in any other regular season contest.
- Kender Villegas (Johnson City): Villegas put together a noteworthy portfolio as a swing man for La Guaira, leading the team with 39 1/3 innings pitched in 12 games, six starts. He gave up 32 hits, two of them long balls, and issued just one free pass, striking out 31. That translated to 13 runs yielded, five earned, for a 1.14 ERA, 2.44 FIP, 0.84 WHIP and .254 BABIP. He held the opposition to a .212 batting average and his 1.14 ERA was good for fourth best in the league. Three times he entered games with runners on base and only one of the four runners subsequently crossed. Additionally, the 21-year-old relieved twice for the VL club where he yielded a hit and walk upon in 1 2/3 December frames. While Villegas was unscored upon himself, the free pass and single came in the same outing and resulted in two inherited runners scoring. He did not pitch in the VPL club’s postseason.
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