Arms Continue to Shine in VWL

The Detroit Tigers farm team pitchers continue to show their growth during the Venezuelan Winter League.

This past weekend, I talked with Victor Larez who is a "war horse" out of the Caracas Lions bullpen. "I'm not a work horse; I face these challenges with peace. I do not see it as a role, it's my job. It gives you confidence to seize opportunities" said Larez. "I have learned to observe the guys and grab at it with a little experience" said the right hander who is the leader in appearances with the Lions.

After completing 68 innings in the Florida State League Championship winning Lakeland Flying Tigers, he says "It was very good, it was my first final and had many fellow Venezuelans. I said I would give it all out." In that league he left a record of 4-1 with 59 strikeouts and an ERA of 1.72.

The native of Cumana, Venezuela already gained more experience and is considered to have developed the ability to analyze his pitches. "I have tried to improve concentration, thinking that every pitch has a purpose; that helped me a lot" he said. "Thank God my pitches are fine, just a matter of continuing to work to keep me" says the pitcher who has a record od (1-0) in 18 IP, allowing 12 hits, one run, six walks and 15 strikeouts for an ERA of 0.50.

Other notes:

Bruce Rondon continues to impress fans of his team the Magallanes Navigators when the scoreboard reflects the speed of his pitches. The "flame thrower" as he has been called, has his fastball range between 98-105 MPH. The RHP from Valencia is so far 3-0.

The Magellan Navigators and the Detroit Tigers have decided to be more flexible with Rondon's training schedule. He may now pitch on consecutive days enhancing his ability to Save games provided that he be limited to 20 pitches per game.

Yorfrank Lopez has earned the trust of the La Guaira sharks manager and is part of the team's rotation in the new week. Even though he is limited to about three innings per game, he has pitched 11 2/3 innings in four starts allowing 12 hits, six runs, five walks and eight strikeouts for an ERA of 3.86.

Luis Sanz was out of action for a couple weeks with the Caracas Lions after suffering an injury to his "left side," said the press office last weekend.

Brayan Villareal plans to throw around 15 innings with his team, the Anzoategui Caribes. He is expected to be the closer for December according to the press department of the club.

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