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Around The Farm: 2017 Caribbean Series Preview

The Caribbean winter ball season comes to an end this week and next with the Caribbean Series, which will involve Indians minor league infielder Ronny Rodriguez as well as several former Indians organization players. Join the IBI's Arthur Kinney as he takes a look at the Serie del Caribe as well as this weekend's first round of the Australian postseason...

Around the Farm (ATF) takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians players throughout the system. This is a special fall and winter ball version of ATF that recaps all the offseason action by Indians players in the Caribbean Leagues and Arizona Fall League.

The Caribbean Series starts Wednesday February 1st in Culiacan, Mexico.  One current Indian (Ronny Rodriguez) and five former Indians will be playing in the tournament, which gathers together the champions of Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Mexico's Pacific League to determine the champion of the Caribbean (Don't ask me how the Pacific Coast of Mexico is "the Caribbean".  I've never understood it, either).  The list of current and former Indians is as follows:

current Indian in bold italics

TIGRES DEL LICEY (DOMINICAN REPUBLIC)

IF Ronny Rodriguez
RHP Jairo Asencio
RHP Gabriel Arias

CRIOLLOS DE CAGUAS (PUERTO RICO)

RHP Fernando Cabrera
RHP Jose de la Torre
LHP J.C. Romero

Before I continue, I need to issue a correction to something I wrote in an earlier column.  The 2016-17 Cuban Serie Nacional season ended earlier than usual, likely due to the need for the Cuban national team to have time to prepare for the World Baseball Classic.  The national team is the primary consideration in all decision making in Cuban baseball and the Serie Nacional format is completely fungible to accommodate the needs of the national team.  For that reason, this season's Cuban champions, the Alazanes de Granma, will play in the Serie del Caribe rather than last year's champions, the Tigres de Ciego de Avila, as I reported earlier.

The other two teams are the Aguilas del Zulia (Venezuela) and Aguilas de Mexicali (Mexico).  The schedule is as follows (country names follow team names as teams are often referred to by their country rather than the team name in the Serie):

Licey (Dominican Republic) - Ronny Rodriguez - in bold italics

All games on ESPN Deportes,  All times US EST

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1 - OPENING CEREMONY BETWEEN GAMES

Granma (Cuba) vs. Licey (Dominican Republic) - 5:00 PM
Caguas (Puerto Rico) vs. Mexicali (Mexico) - 10:00 PM

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2

Zulia (Venezuela) vs. Caguas (Puerto Rico) - 5:00 PM
Mexicali (Mexico) vs.Licey (Dominican Republic) - 9:00 PM

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3

Caguas (Puerto Rico) vs. Granma (Cuba) - 5:00 PM
Zulia (Venezuela) vs. Mexicali (Mexico) - 10:00 PM

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4

Licey (Dominican Republic) vs. Caguas (Puerto Rico) - 3:00 PM
Granma (Cuba) vs. Zulia (Venezuela) - 7:00 PM

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5

Licey (Dominican Republic) vs. Zulia (Venezuela) - 3:00 PM
Mexicali (Mexico) vs.Granma (Cuba) - 7:00 PM

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6

Semifinal 1 - 3:00 PM
Semifinal 2 - 7:00 PM

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 - CLOSING CEREMONY FOLLOWS

Championship Game - 3:00 PM

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE (ABL) PRELIMINARY FINAL

The Preliminary Final, the first of two rounds of the ABL Playoffs, will be played this weekend.by the second place Adelaide Bite and third place Brisbane Bandits (who have home field advantage for reasons I am not entirely sure of).  Both teams have ex-Indians on their rosters:

ADELAIDE BITE

RHP Loek vvan Mil

BRISBANE BANDITS

C Ryan Battaglia
IF Mitch Nilsson
OF Andrew Campbell

The schedule is as follows....all games on ABL YouTube channel (ABLtv.com).  All times US EST

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3

Game 1 - Brisbane at Adelaide - 3:30 AM

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4

Game 2 - Adelaide at Brisbane - 3:00 AM

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4 (SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5 IN BRISBANE)

Game 3 - Adelaide at Brisbane) - 10:00 PM (IF NECESSARY)

The winner will travel to Melbourne to take on the Melbourne Aces, who earned a bye by winning the Minor Premiership (Australian for regular season championship), in the ABL Championship Series.

So there's your guide to this weeks postseason action.  Beginning Wednesday, I will be writing a daily recap of the action from Culiacan along with updates on how ex-Indians are faring Down Under in the Preliminary Final.  These will be the last ATF columns until the start of the minor league regular season.


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