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Detroit Tigers Fall & Winter Ball: Closing Arizona

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 - The Arizona Fall League wrapped up on Saturday, but the Salt River Rafters went just 1-3 to finish a half game out of first place, and unfortunately it was partly due to poor performances from Tigers prospects. Outfielders JaCoby Jones (3-for-13) and Christin Stewart (3-for-12, 2B) both had decent weeks, but they combined to go 0-for-17 in their final two games, while catcher Greyson Greiner went 0-for-6 to finish his AFL season in a 3-for-31 slump. On the mound, Spencer Turnbull picked up his first AFL win with four shutout innings on Monday, Artie Lewicki worked one scoreless frame, and Jeff Thompson gave up one run over two innings. But the biggest disappointment of the week came from Adam Ravenelle, who entered in the 10th inning in Tuesday’s game to protect a 5-3 lead, but proceeded to get just one out while giving up three hits, two walks, and three runs in a walkoff loss. Ravenelle gave up nine hits hits and seven earned runs over his final 2 1/3 AFL innings, after surrendering just one hit and no runs in his first seven frames. On a positive note, Ravenelle led the league with five saves, and Jones finished the AFL ranking 7th in batting average (.329) and 4th in hits with 27.

AFL           
Batting StatsGRRBI2B3BHRBBKSBCSAVG/OBP/SLG
Grayson Greiner127640151300.205/.286/.364
JaCoby Jones21111350171653.329/.391/.427
Christin Stewart1912951172311.268/.350/.408

AFL           
Pitching StatsGIPWLSVHRHERBBKERA
Spencer Turnbull620130020810203.60
Artie Lewicki912 2/310011883125.68
Adam Ravenelle109 1/31150107776.75
Jeff Thompson810 2/30000118986.75
Victor Alcantara10100101151411811.00

Dominican Republic Professional Baseball League (LIDOM) - The Dominican League remains very light on action from Tigers minor leaguers, with just three players getting into action last week. Jason Krizan saw the most time, going 4-for-19 with six walks, giving him a league-best 16 free passes. Gustavo Nunez went 1-for-8 in two games, but did nothing else, and pitcher Jairo Labourt saw action in two contests, giving up one run on two hits over a single inning. The only other news from the D.R. last week was veteran Cory Riordan, who is on the Toros del Este roster but hasn’t played, resigning with the Tigers.

LIDOM           
Batting StatsGRRBI2B3BHRBBKSBCSAVG/OBP/SLG
Jason Krizan215831115910.262/.400/.385
Gustavo Nunez19522008611.263/.354/.298

LIDOM           
Pitching StatsGIPWLSVHRHERBBKERA
Santiago Garrido400000632110.12
Jairo Labourt76110052263.00

Venezuelan Professional Baseball League - There wasn’t much to talk about in Venezuela, either, with only four players seeing action, and the three pitchers combining to throw just 4 2/3 innings. Arcenio Leon and Ruben Alaniz both picked up wins despite surrendering runs in their outings, while Paul Voelker recorded two outs in his lone appearance. Meanwhile, infielder Harold Castro, who went 9-for-16 two weeks ago, went just 1-for-15 at the plate last week, and now has just five hits in his last 35 at bats.

VBPL           
Batting StatsGRRBI2B3BHRBBKSBCSAVG/OBP/SLG
Harold Castro30121663052000.340/.364/.460

VBPL           
Pitching StatsGIPWLSVHRHERBBKERA
Ruben Alaniz1216 1/312301445152.20
Arcenio Leon1515201111553133.00
Paul Voelker33 1/3000132035.40

Australian Baseball League - The last of the fall leagues began on Thursday with the six-team Australian Baseball League kicking into gear, and this year the Tigers have three interesting young prospects playing in the ABL. At 21, third baseman Zac Shephard is the wily old veteran of the group, and though he went just 2-for-14 last week, he did manage to walk four times for his Sydney Blue Sox squad. Representing the Perth Heat on the opposite side of the continent is the toolsy 18-year-old outfielder Ulrich Bojarski, who had a solid pro debut, going 5-for-16. And the last participant is 16-year-old southpaw Jack O’Loughlin, who picked up a win in his professional debut with 3 2/3 innings of one-run ball on Sunday.

ABL           
Batting StatsGRRBI2B3BHRBBKSBCSAVG/OBP/SLG
Ulrich Bojarski4211000400.313/.313/.375
Zac Shepherd4112004400.143/.333/.286

ABL           
Pitching StatsGIPWLSVHRHERBBKERA
Jack O'Loughlin13 2/3100051212.45

Baseball Parallel League (Liga Paralela) - All things considered, last week’s 3-2 week from the Detroit Liga Paralela squad was a spectacular success, because they had been just 4-14 coming into the week. The action began with a tough 6-5 loss to the Phillies (which included Angel Nesbitt’s fall debut as a pitcher) and a 9-5 loss to Zulia that saw the team give up six runs over the final three innings. But then something clicked, and the Detroit club went on a tear, winning 5-4 over Magallanes (which included Angel Nesbitt’s fall debut as a hitter!), a 5-4 win over Caribes, and a 7-4 win over Caracas. In addition to Nesbitt’s debut, last week also saw veterans Arvicent Perez and Steven Fuentes get into games.

Liga Paralela           
Batting StatsGRRBI2B3BHRBBKSBCSAVG/OBP/SLG
Santiago Vital15764104820.429/.500/.600
Darwin Alvarado21139311121520.329/.424/.438
Johandry Cortez124621121100.278/.350/.472
Gustavo Figueroa11140003310.393/.452/.393
Jose Gonzalez199860351112.299/.347/.522
Jhon Sandoval103220121300.226/.273/.387
Arvicent Perez3323001100.538/.600/.769
Angel Nesbitt5220003410.353/.409/.353

Liga Paralela           
Pitching StatsGIPWLSVHRHERBBKERA
Perkin Rodriguez5180300136973.00
Daniel Gonzalez6122100426121.50
Alfredo Silva916 2/312001888114.32
Jose Lopez710 2/3001092771.69
Ronaldo Lopez613 2/3020018101086.59
Ken Figueroa34 2/3100062323.86
Endrys Briceno34000052174.50
Angel Nesbitt23000010610.00
Steven Fuentes11000001219.00

Roberto Clemente League - No Tigers prospects saw action in Puerto Rico last week.

Clemente League           
Batting StatsGRRBI2B3BHRBBKSBCSAVG/OBP/SLG
Ismael Salgado3100000200.200/.200/.400
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