The 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.
Dominican Republic Professional Baseball League (LIDOM) - The LIDOM playoffs continued last week, with four different members of the Tigers organization seeing action. Newcomer Jordany Valdespin got the most playing time, appearing in five games and going 6-for-21 with four walks and two doubles. Young right-hander Confessor Lara appeared in three games, pitching 3 1/3 innings and earning a hold, while Jefry Marte saw time in three different contests, going 0-for-5, but walking three times and scoring a run. But it was Steven Moya who made the most noise last week, despite seeing time in just two games. The big left-hander went 4-for-10 with three RBIs, three strikeouts, and two home runs, including a 12th-inning walkoff shot to give his Toros del Este a 7-6 victory. The triumphant trot around the bases also signified Moya’s last action in the Dominican, as he has elected to begin preparing for spring training.
|Jairo Labourt||9||9 1/3||0||1||0||1||15||8||5||7||7.71|
|Jose Valdez||16||15 1/3||3||1||0||0||10||7||6||10||4.11|
Venezuelan Professional Baseball League - The LVBP regular season concluded Last Wednesday, with Angel Nesbitt (2IP, H, K), Ruben Alaniz (3IP, 2H, 3K) and Cory Riordan (3 1/3 IP, 6H, ER, BB, 2K) all pitching one final time. Infielders Jose Zambrano (4-for-10, 2 2B) and Harold Castro (0-for-1, R) both got into two games, while catcher Miguel Gonzalez (0-for-4) and infielder Alberto Gonzalez (4-for-5, 2B, 2RBIs) each saw one game apiece. The playoffs began on Saturday night, but after 12 total games, only Miguel Gonzalez has seen any time on the field, going 1-for-4 with a run scored and two strikeouts for the Tiburones de La Guaira on Sunday.
|Alfred Gutierrez||16||11 1/3||1||2||2||2||12||5||3||8||3.97|
|Angel Nesbitt||6||6 1/3||0||0||0||0||2||0||3||5||0.00|
|Cory Riordan||13||60 1/3||5||3||0||5||74||28||7||37||4.18|
Liga de Beisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente -
Both Tigers representatives in Puerto Rico made an appearance last week, but it was likely to be their last game action until the new minor-league season begins. Outfielder Ismael Salgado saw just his third game of the season, going 0-for-2, but knocking in a run. His Cangrejeros de Santurce did make the playoffs, but he’s unlikely to see the field again. Top prospect Joe Jimenez was perfect in his lone outing of the week, striking out the side in the only inning he pitched, but his Gigantes de Carolina missed the playoffs. Jimenez finishes his Clemente season with an 0-2 record, a 2.60 ERA, six saves, and a stellar 23-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
|Joe Jimenez||18||17 1/3||0||2||6||0||13||5||1||23||2.60|
Mexican Pacific League - The Mexican Pacific League regular season ended on Tuesday the 29th, and as such, Julio Felix did not pitch last week. He finishes his Winter campaign with an 0-1 record and a solid 3.04 ERA. His Charros de Jalisco did make the playoffs, but through two games he has yet to see the field.
|Julio Felix||28||26 2/3||0||1||0||0||29||9||10||13||3.04|
Australian Baseball League - While the rest of the offseason leagues begin their playoffs, the ABL regular season is still going strong, and both of the Tigers prospects in the league saw action last week. Calvin Drummond made one final outing for the Sydney Blue Sox, tossing a tidy 10-pitch inning and striking out one, while Aaron Sayers went wild with the bat, going 10-for-25 over six games, scoring four times, knocking in five runs, and bashing his first two homers of the season.
|Calvin Drummond||16||15 2/3||1||1||6||1||12||9||9||18||5.17|