Detroit Tigers Winter Ball: Winter Leagues Winding Down, Moya Still Hot

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 championship series is nearing completion, but for Tigers prospects the Dominican winter league effectively ended a little more than a week ago. Confesor Lara, Jefry Marte, Steven Moya, and Jordany Valdespin all saw time in the playoffs, but none could carry their team into the championship series. Marte received the least amount of playing time, getting into just two games and going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and a walk, while Lara tossed three innings over two games, giving up four hits and striking out one while surrendering his first two earned runs of the postseason. Valdespin had a solid finish to his playoffs, going 5-for-14 with three runs scored, but no one in the league was hotter than Steven Moya. The big outfielder went 12-for-31 over the course of seven games, knocking in eight runs, scoring nine times, hitting a game-tying home run with two outs in the 9th on January 15th, and finishing the playoffs with the 2nd best batting average (.333) and the best slugging percentage (.579) in the league.

Jairo Labourt99 1/30101158577.71
Confesor Lara10142100104382.57
playoffs99 2/3000192241.86
Jose Valdez1615 1/331001076104.11
Rafael Dolis171730001014170.53

Jordany Valdespin4122164012025111.270/.376/.321
Steven Moya301427814103401.298/.350/.466
Jefry Marte11342007600.222/.382/.296

Venezuelan Professional Baseball League - The LVBP playoffs have also progressed into the championship round, and as was the case with the LIDOM final, no Tigers farmhands are present. However, two players did see some action during the semifinal round. Catcher Miguel Gonzalez got into one game, and struck out in his only at-bat, but his teammate Alberto Gonzalez started in all seven games of the series, going 5-for-30 with three RBIs and two runs scored.

Alfred Gutierrez1611 1/31222125383.97
Bruce Rondon33100020240.00
Ruben Alaniz1533210127711231.91
Angel Nesbitt66 1/3000020350.00
Cory Riordan1360 1/3530574287374.18

Alberto Gonzalez5526311211132711.308/.353/.388
Miguel Gonzalez33101230092001.240/.295/.270
Harold Castro32963012410.295/.326/.432
Jose Zambrano23653003411.267/.302/.317
Franklin Navarro10010000001.000/1.000/2.000

Liga de Beisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente - The action was similarly thin in Puerto Rico, where Ismael Salgado’s Cangrejeros de Santurce advanced all the way to the final series, falling two games to one to the Indios de Mayaguez, but the young outfielder only saw action in two games, going hitless and striking out in one of his two at-bats.

Joe Jimenez1817 1/302601351232.60

Ismael Salgado3111000100.250/.250.500

Mexican Pacific League - The Mexican Pacific League playoffs continue, but the Tigers lone representative, pitcher Julio Felix, saw his Charros de Jalisco bow out in the first round of the playoffs.

Julio Felix2826 2/3010029910133.04
playoffs11 2/3000000000.00

Australian Baseball League - The ABL regular season officially ended on Sunday, with the Adelaide Bite and Canberra Cavalry set to square off in a three-game set, with the winner facing the Brisbane Bandits in the championship series. That means veteran pitcher Warwick Saupold has seen his ABL season come to an end. He finishes his run with a 1-5 record, but a solid 3.52 ERA in 23 innings pitched. On the other hand, infielder Aaron Sayers has spent the past two weeks prepping for the playoffs with his Canberra squad, getting into seven games and going 6-for-22 with a home run, three runs scored, and three RBIs. In other news, The Tigers recently signed Tyler Bortnick to a minor-league deal, and the veteran infielder had a solid ABL season, hitting .305 with eight doubles,15 walks, and 11 steals in 33 games.

Calvin Drummond1615 2/311611299185.17
Warwick Saupold112315142795143.52

Aaron Sayers35161632341611.306/.326/.435
Tyler Bortnick3325158001518110.305/.386/.366

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