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Detroit Tigers Fall & Winter Ball: Austin Kubitza Shuts ‘Em Down

he Major League Baseball season may be over, but that doesn't mean the games stop. Dozens of players from each organization head across the globe to continue honing their craft. Here's how Tigers players are faring in various fall and winter leagues.

Arizona Fall League - It was a big week in the AFL, with the annual Fall Stars Game taking place on Saturday night, but unfortunately the biggest news of the week was negative, as Tigers prospect JaCoby Jones was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for a drug of abuse. Mike Gerber, who replaced Jones on the Fall Stars team (striking out in his lone at-bat), had the best week among the hitters. He went just 2-for-10, but he did walk four times, knock in two runs, and steal a base. The team’s pitching prospects did very well, however, striking out 12 over 11 scoreless innings, led by Austin Kubitza, who struck out five over four hitless innings on Wednesday, though he did walk four batters.

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Montreal Robertson510 2/3210182161.69
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Mike Gerber13111242181440.286/.390/.510
Dominic Ficociello125732041510.261/.320/.413
JaCoby Jones1212400231710.280/.333/.400

Dominican Republic Professional Baseball League (LIDOM) - A couple of Tigers pitching prospects threw last week, with Jose Valdez picking up a win in his 2015 LIDOM debut, on his way to contributing three scoreless innings over two outings. On the offensive side, there wasn’t a whole lot going on in the D.R. last week. Steven Moya only played in one game, going 1-for-4 with a double and two strikeouts, and Jefry Marte hasn’t seen any game action in nearly three weeks.

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Confesor Lara11000100010.00
Jose Valdez23100020030.00
Steven Moya94440011000.294/.314/.412
Jefry Marte4210005100.200/.467/.200

Venezuelan Professional Baseball League - A handful of position players saw extended action during the week, led by Dixon Machado, who has cooled off considerably (just 2-for-19 on the week), and Miguel Gonzalez, who went 4-for-14 with two RBIs and two walks. Catcher Arvicent Perez and pitcher Johan Belisario made their 2015 VPBL debuts last week, with Perez coming in as a defensive replacement and Belisario giving up three hits and two runs in his lone inning.

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Dixon Machado261913804171100.309/.420/.521
Wynton Bernard2010552031271.288/.337/.400
David Gonzalez19410104512.152/.243/.212
Miguel Gonzalez15351007901.261/.352/.283
Harold Castro10130002300.231/.333/.231
Javier Betancourt5551011400.357/.400/.643
Victor Padron2010002100.333/.600/.333
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Liga de Beisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente - Both of the Tigers Clemente League players saw action last week, with outfielder Ismael Salgado striking out in his lone plate appearance, and reliever Joe Jimenez earning a loss on Wednesday by giving up three hits and two runs in just 1/3 of an inning, but bouncing back with a perfect inning on Friday.

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Ismael Salgado1000000100.000/.000/.000

Mexican Pacific League - Julio Felix continues to be the lone Tigers representative in the Mexican Pacific League. He acquitted himself nicely last week, pitching five scoreless innings over three outings.

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Australian Baseball League - It was an up-and-down week for the two Tigers rospects currently playing in the ABL. Calvin Drummond, pitching for the first time in a week, had a very rough outing on Sunday, giving up four hits, two walks, and three runs in one inning to earn a blown save and a loss. On the other hand, shortstop Aaron Sayers was on fire, going 7-for-14 in four games, scoring four times, and knocking in three runs.

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Aaron Sayers12861202900.310/.341/.429

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