Winter League action December 4

The brother of Cubs catcher and former Dodgers minor leaguer Henry Blanco was reportedly found shot to death in Venezuela. The body of Carlos Simon Blanco Sanchez was discovered in Monpote, in the state of Miranda. Local police were treating the case as a kidnapping/murder.

According to the newspaper El Universal in Venezuela, Carlos Blanco, 39, was being held for a ransom reported at 200 million Venezuelan Bolivares. Henry Blanco had been in negotiations with the kidnappers.

Henry Blanco, an 11-year big league veteran, has spent the past four seasons as a backup catcher for the Cubs, and he is currently playing for the Margarita Bravos in the Venezuelan Winter League.

DOMINICAN LEAGUE
Ramon Troncoso continues to starting in the Dominican league, indicating the Dodgers may be thinking of switching him from the bullpen. He has won three times and his ERA to 2.25.

 Hitters	ave  gm ab  r  h 2b 3b hr bi
Pablo Ozuna	.458  6 24  4 11  3  0  0  1  
Wilkin Ruan	.297 12 37  3 11  1  1  0  1 
Jovanny Rosario	.234 17 47  6 11  1  1  0  7
Angel Berroa	.186 12 43  7  8  2  0  1  7 

 Pitchers	w-l  era gm gs in  h  bb  so
Ramon Troncoso	3-0  2.25  4  3 16 14   1 11
Juan Cedeño	0-0  5.40 11  0  7 10   3  5	
Yhency Brazoban	1-1  9.00  2  0  1  0   2  0
Jacobo Meque	0-0 10.80  3  0  2  1   4  3
MEXICAN LEAGUE
Xavier Paul has 15 extra base hits, including seven home runs, and 18 runs batted in.

 Hitters	ave  gm  ab  r   h 2b 3b hr bi
Xavier Paul	.293 41 164 37  48  6  2  7 18
John Lindsey	.275 20  65  7  19  6  0  5 10  
Chin-Lung Hu	.222 11  45  8  10  0  0  1  3
Fran Lizarraga	.147 17  34  2   5  0  0  0  0
Gabe Gutierrez	.071  8  14  1   1  0  0  0  1    

 Pitchers 	 w-l   era gm gs  in  h  bb  so
Jesus Castillo	 1-0  3.18 11  0  11 11   4   4
Thomas Melgarejo 0-0  4.50  3  0   4  4   1   2
Francisco Felix	 0-0  4.84 21  0  22 20  10  25
Jesus Rodriguez	 1-4  5.32 10 10  47 52  21  30
Eric Stults	 0-2  5.40  4  4  20 22   4  18
Javier Solano	 0-0 54.00  1  0   1  1   2   3	
VENEZUELAN LEAGUE
Victor Garate jumped past Albert Bastardo for the ERA lead with a fine 1.50 mark.

 Hitters	  ave  gm  ab  r  h 2b 3b hr bi
Luis Maza        .371  9  35  5 13  2  0  0  3 
Adolfo Gonzalez	 .350  8  20  4  7  1  0  0  2
Juan Gonzalez	 .246 25  65 15 16  3  0  1  9

 Pitchers	w-l   era gm gs in  h  bb  so
Victor Garate	3-0  1.50  9  0 12  7   8  13
Albert Bastardo	1-0  1.56 11  2 17 17  10  12
Marcel Prado	1-0  1.74 10  0 10  6   8  11
Miguel Pinango	0-0  2.57 13  0 21 20   2   8	
Eduardo Perez	2-0  2.81 10  0 16  9   8  13
Heath Totten	2-2  4.10  7  7 37 41   8  22
BJ LaMura	1-3  5.00  7  7 27 35  15  14
 Save- Bastardo, Perez.
PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE
Jaime Ortiz is still hitting well at .556 (5-for-9).

 Hitters	 ave  gm  ab  r  h 2b 3b hr bi
Jaime Ortiz     .556  9   9  2  5  0  0  1  2
Ivan De Jesus	.342 20  79 18 27  5  3  3 14

 Pitchers	  w-l   era gm gs in  h  bb so
Jerome Williams	  0-1  2.08  1  1  4  4   0  2
Andres Santiago	  0-0  5.40  2  0  2  2   1  2
Roberto Feliciano 0-0  6.75  4  0  2  1   3  2
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

 Hitters             ave  gm  ab  r  h 2b 3b hr bi
Russ Mitchell        .364  6  22  2  8  1  1  1  5
Jamie Hoffman        .314 10  35 11 11  2  2  0  6
Andrew Lambo         .313 17  67  8 21  3  1  1 10
Ivan De Jesus        .254 16  67  9 17  3  1  0  4
Lucas May            .183 21  82  8 15  4  0  1  6

 Pitchers           w-l   era gm gs in  h  bb  so
Jesus Castillo      0-0  0.00  1  0  2  2   0   2
T. Schlichting      0-1  1.50 13  0 12 10   5   6
Justin Orenduff     3-3  5.79  8  8 28 30  11  29
Brent Leach         0-0  8.80 10  0 15 23   6   8
 Save- Schlitchting 3.
HAWAII WINTER LEAGUE

 Hitters             ave  gm  ab  r  h 2b 3b hr bi
Alfredo Silverio    .241  30 112 18 27  8  0  0  9
Tommy Giles         .184  23  76  5 14  5  1  0  3
Alex Garabedian     .154  16  52  4  8  3  0  0  2

 Pitching            w-l  era  gm gs  in  h bb  so
David Pfeiffer       1-0  1.59 11  0  17  7  4  11
Jordan Pratt         0-1  2.53 10  0  21 16 14  34
Javy Guerra          0-1  4.24 11  1  23 20  9  28
 Saves: Pfeiffer 3, Pratt, Guerra.

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