Eduardo Perez Hitting Well in Venezuela

It's not at all usual for players who have spent their careers in the lower minors to make it in the Venezuelan Winter League. Just not enough experience no matter how promising they are. But Eduardo Perez not only made the Zulia lineup, he's doing some strong hitting as well.

Perez, a native of Venezuela who can play both first and third, is currently batting .303 for Zulia. He's demonstrated his skills with a bat before when he led the Gulf Coast League with a .352 mark in 2005 as well as topping that circuit in RBI and slugging.

However, he didn't come close to doing that in the just-concluded season, managing only a .251 mark while splitting the year between Columbus and Ogden.

Venezuela is where a number of Dodgers who have gone to free agency are hoping to impress someone who'll give them a lucrative contract for 2007. Heath Totten has been strong so far with a 3-0, 2.10 record for Zulia.

Pitching for the same team, Ben Kozlowski is 1-3, 3.00. Catcher Einar Diaz, who finished the season with the Dodgers, is batting .244 for Lara while another catcher, Edwin Bellorin, is down at .077 for LaGuaira.

Among those still with Dodger farm teams, Harold Eckert is 1-0, 5.54 for Zulia, Jonathan Figueroa is 0-1, 1.54 for Aguiles, Carlos Alvarez has an 0-0, 1.35 mark for Pastora and Adam Thomas is 0-1, 5.23 with Lara.