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Detroit Tigers Fall & Winter Ball: Arcenio Leon Ball

The minor league 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 Week three in the AFL saw the Salt River Rafters go just 2-4 to fall into second place in the East division with a 9-7-1 record. The Tigers position prospects had a rough go of it as well. Catcher Grayson Greiner played twice and went 0-for-7 with a walk and two strikeouts, while outfielders JaCoby Jones (3-for-15, six strikeouts) and Christin Stewart (3-for-13, three strikeouts) both had trouble making solid contact in their four games. Things were a little better on the mound, with the four Tigers pitchers combining to give up just six hits and two earned runs in 11 1/3 innings. Spencer Turnbull got the start on Wednesday, and though he took the loss, he gave up just one earned run on two hits in three innings of work, showcasing a low-90s fastball that peaked at 96, a high-80s slider, and an occasional curve. Artie Lewicki gave up one run in 2 1/3 innings on Monday, but bounced back with a scoreless frame on Friday, while both Jeff Thompson (3IP, 3K) and Adam Ravenelle (2IP, 2BB) kept their opponents off the board, with Ravenelle picking up his fourth save of the fall league.

AFL           
Batting StatsGRRBI2B3BHRBBKSBCSAVG/OBP/SLG
Grayson Greiner6353013200.391/.600/.991
JaCoby Jones11673014952.333/.400/.487
Christin Stewart105300121300.189/.231/.270

AFL           
Pitching StatsGIPWLSVHRHERBBKERA
Spencer Turnbull390200115475.00
Artie Lewicki57 2/31001115155.87
Adam Ravenelle66004010330.00
Jeff Thompson57000041261.29

Dominican Republic Professional Baseball League (LIDOM) - The second week of the LIDOM season saw all seven Tigers farmhands play, with a couple of notable performances. Santiago Garrido saw his ERA drop from the dreaded INF to the merely putrid 10.12 thanks to 2 2/3 innings of one-run ball, while Jordany Valdespin went 4-for-11 to keep his batting average well above .300, although he was caught stealing for the third time in six games. Jason Krizan, playing first base for the Estrellas, hit his first home run of the offseason, and he also added three walks and a steal into his productive week, while pitcher Jairo Labourt threw two spotless innings to pick up his first win of the LIDOM season.

LIDOM           
Batting StatsGRRBI2B3BHRBBKSBCSAVG/OBP/SLG
Jason Krizan6220014010.250/.400/.438
Gustavo Nunez8211004100.227/.333/.273
Jordany Valdespin6120001203.364/.391/.364

LIDOM           
Pitching StatsGIPWLSVHRHERBBKERA
Santiago Garrido300000531110.12
Jairo Labourt23100000020.00
Tommy Shirley43 2/3000052210.00
Preston Guilmet43000033239.00

Venezuelan Professional Baseball League - The LVBP season is close to a month old now, and while a handful of Tigers minor leaguers still haven’t seen game action for their teams, a few other players have begun to establish themselves. Infielder Harold Castro had a strong week, going 7-for-19 with two doubles and three RBI, and his batting average of .409 is the second best in the league. Pitcher Tommy Collier picked up his first win, tossing five scoreless innings on Wednesday, but the most notable performance of the week came from organizational newcomer Arcenio Leon. The 30-year-old veteran threw three scoreless innings, giving up three hits and a walk while striking out four, and he has been on fire all season, with 9 saves in 10 appearances for his Aguilas de Zulia.

VBPL           
Batting StatsGRRBI2B3BHRBBKSBCSAVG/OBP/SLG
Miguel Gonzalez8110001800.080/.115/.080
Harold Castro164102102900.409/.415/.490
Franklin Navarro100 000100.000/.000/.000

VBPL           
Pitching StatsGIPWLSVHRHERBBKERA
Tommy Collier4161101145392.81
Ruben Alaniz810 1/30230103492.61
Arcenio Leon1010 2/30091612100.84

Baseball Parallel League (Liga Paralela) - The Detroit Liga Paralela team was only able to complete two games down in Venezuela last week, and they split them to remain in 10th place with a 3-7-1 record. There were some dramatics on Tuesday when the club plated three runs in the top of the 9th to tie La Guaira, but they lost 5-4 in 11 innings when Alfredo Silva walked in the winning run. The squad pulled out a close game on Friday, getting a strong start from Kilbert Santana (4IP, 1ER, 2K), and then withstanding two unearned runs in the 9th to win 6-5 over the Phillies.

Liga Paralela           
Batting StatsGRRBI2B3BHRBBKSBCSAVG/OBP/SLG
Darwin Alvarado118620141010.368/.429/.500
Johandry Cortez6341112300.316/.409/.632
Gustavo Figueroa6030002100.278/.350/.278
Jose Gonzalez8424012412.345/.387/.586
Jhon Sandoval5312010500.294/.294/.588

Liga Paralela           
Pitching StatsGIPWLSVHRHERBBKERA
Perkyn Rodriguez26010032443.00
Daniel Gonzalez37100010180.00
Alfredo Silva56010086729.00
Jose Lopez68001072762.25
Ronaldo Lopez37 2/30000102372.35
Ken Figueroa34 2/3100062323.86

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