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Detroit Tigers Winter Ball: Jason Krizan the Man

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.

Dominican Republic Professional Baseball League (LIDOM) - The penultimate week of the Dominican League found five Tigers minor leaguers in action. Gustavo Nunez had minimal impact, going 0-for-8 in three games, while recent Rule 5 draftee Daniel Stumpf only made one appearance, in which he walked two batters and recorded one out. Cory Riordan made his first start of the fall, tossing four scoreless innings to lower his era to 1.00, while Jairo Labourt worked in three games, giving up two hits and two walks while striking out two over 2 1/3 innings. But the best performance of the week goes to Jason Krizan, who went 8-for-18 at the dish, and he added four walks to continue to pace the league in on-base percentage.

LIDOM           
Batting StatsGRRBI2B3BHRBBKSBCSAVG/OBP/SLG
Jason Krizan411214612302010.270/.410/.381
Gustavo Nunez38156400151341.225/.311/.267

LIDOM           
Pitching StatsGIPWLSVHRHERBBKERA
Jairo Labourt119 1/3110082581.93
Cory Riordan790000111541.00
Daniel Stumpf1711 2/31000102781.54

Venezuelan Professional Baseball League - The Venezuelan league is winding down, and as a result many Tigers minor leaguers are finding playing time scarce. Infielders Harold Castro (0-for-2) and David Gonzalez (2-for-4, RBI) were the only two position players to see any game action, and they both played mainly in a reserve role. There was a little more action on the mound, though, where five different pitchers saw time. Former prospect Endrys Briceno continues to struggle, as he managed to throw just one inning while giving up five hits and three runs in his only start last week. Angel Nesbitt also ran into trouble, picking up his first loss of the fall, and giving up two home runs and five runs total over 1 2/3 innings. On the positive side, newly acquired Sean Donatello pitched 2 1/3 scoreless frames, while Paul Voelker and Arcenio Leon each tossed a scoreless inning, with Leon picking up his 14th save.

LVBP           
Batting StatsGRRBI2B3BHRBBKSBCSAVG/OBP/SLG
Harold Castro39131663062300.316/.344/.421
David Gonzalez11121202301.273/.333/.500

LVBP           
Pitching StatsGIPWLSVHRHERBBKERA
Arcenio Leon2120 2/3201412395163.92
Paul Voelker76 1/3000162362.84
Sean Donatello811300073072.45
Angel Nesbitt88010285555.63
Endrys Briceno 2401001251111.25

Roberto Clemente League - It was once again a very light week for Ismael Salgado, the Tigers lone representative in Puerto Rico. He got into three games, though mostly as a pinch runner or defensive replacement, and he went 0-for-1 at the plate and stole his third base of the season.

Clemente League           
Batting StatsGRRBI2B3BHRBBKSBCSAVG/OBP/SLG
Ismael Salgado17200000530.136/.136/.273

Australian Baseball League - The three Tigers farmhands in Australia have begun to show a familiar pattern of performance. Outfielder Ulrich Bojarski displays impressive pop and run production, but also suffers from some plate discipline issues, and last week that held up with a 3-for-15 performance at the plate, including a double, a home run, four RBIS, and eight strikeouts to no walks. Infielder Zac Shepherd, meanwhile, struggles to make contact at all, but consistently takes walks, and that happened again last week with a 1-for-10 performance featuring four walks. And young left-handed pitcher Jack O’Loughlin continues to show poise beyond his years. Last week he suffered his first pro loss, but he gave up just one run over five innings, and he set a new career high with five strikeouts.

ABL           
Batting StatsGRRBI2B3BHRBBKSBCSAVG/OBP/SLG
Ulrich Bojarski1981521212010.197/.217/.348
Zac Shepherd2086211172700.143/.341/.254

ABL           
Pitching StatsGIPWLSVHRHERBBKERA
Jack O'Loughlin522 2/321002455121.99
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