Giants Winter Ball Roundup: 11/6/2011

The AFL's rising stars put on a show. Belt is good (but not great) again in the DR. Sanchez continues to produce in Venezuela. Adrianza making the most of limited chances. Christian, Burg and Flores all kick off their respective winter campaigns. GiantsPipeline brings you the freshest news on Giants prospects playing winter ball -- from Venezuela to Australia!

Games played Saturday, November 5.


The prestigious Rising Stars game was Saturday night and AFL West crushed AFL East. The best coast won by a score of 11-2. Although he didn't start the game, Joe Panik -- the All-Star game's lone representative from the Giants organization -- did get subbed in later. He went 0-for-2 with a strikeout. Seattle prospects lead West to Rising Stars win


Brandon Belt had another just-better-than-average game on Saturday. Belt hit third and saw time in both right and left field for the Leones del Escogido. Going 1-for-3 with a double, a run and a walk, the big lefty is now hitting .288 (17-for-59).


Tyler Graham went hitless in four at-bats for the Tomato Growers, drawing one walk. Graham's average dropped to .266 (25-for-94) on the season.

We found Justin Christian hitting leadoff and playing center field for Caneros de los Mochis -- he's been playing for them since November 1. The 31-year-old from Lincoln, NE got off to a slow start, managing only two hits in his first four games, but he had a breakout game on Saturday. Christian went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer, but he still finds his average under the Mendoza Line at .190 (4-for-21).


Hector Sanchez was back behind the dish and hitting cleanup for the Tiburones de La Guaira on Saturday. Sanchez continues to be a tough out, going 1-for-3 with a strikeout. The young backstop is hitting .410 (16-for-39).

Ehire Adrianza got a second consecutive start on Saturday, playing shortstop and batting ninth. Ehire is hitting .435 (10-for-23) after going 1-for-3 with a triple for the Tiburones.

Jose Flores, a 24-year-old third baseman who spent time with San Jose in 2011, surfaced in Venezuela, with the Aguilas del Zulia. Flores went 1-for-2 with a walk, and is 5-for-12 with three walks in his four appearances.

Max Ramirez was back at first base for the Bravos de Margarita on Saturday, hitting cleanup. Max went 0-for-4 with two walks, two runs scored and two strikeouts. The 27-year-old is hitting .246 (16-for-65).


Another player to surface recently this winter was Alex Burg, a 24-year-old catcher who was very impressive with the lumber for the 2011 San Jose Giants. Burg is playing for the Perth Heat of the ABL, having appeared in two games thus far. Burg went 1-for-3 with a solo homer on Saturday, and has collected two hits in seven at-bats for an average of .286.

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