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Detroit Tigers Winter Ball: Quincy Latimore Quality

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 LIDOM playoffs are in full swing, with the Aguilas Cibaenas off to an impressive 8-1 start, and the three other squads stuck at three wins apiece. Helping to pace Aguilas is Juan Perez, who went 8-for-21 last week with three RBIs, and his .370 batting average is the third best in the league right now. The Tigers three other minor leaguers in the Dominican are playing for the 3-5 Gigantes del Cibao, with Jason Krizan once again proving to be an on-base machine after going 4-for-19 with five walks and four runs scored last week. On the mound, Cory Riordan made two strong starts, picking up a win and giving up just two earned runs in 9 2/3 innings, while Jairo Labourt pitched one scoreless frame in relief.

Jason Krizan431214612312110.284/.418/.388
Juan Perez4723241300133020.291/.347/.366

Jairo Labourt119 1/3110082581.93
Cory Riordan8151000141680.60
Playoffs29 2/3100192021.86

Venezuelan Professional Baseball League - The LVBP playoffs began last week, but Tigers minor leaguers saw very little action. In fact, the only position player to get into a game was 29-year-old first baseman Sean Halton, who signed with the Tigers last Tuesday after hitting .260 with three home runs in the Venezuelan league regular season. He went just 1-for-4 last week in the playoffs, with two strikeouts. Only two pitchers saw action, with Waldis Joaquin giving up one earned run over three innings, and Arcenio Leon giving up a run in his lone inning of work.

Sean Halton21101330391300.260/.337/.425

Arcenio Leon2322 1/33014128117174.43
Waldis Joaquin1919 1/3100016610162.79

Roberto Clemente League - Ismael Salgado’s Cangrejeros de Santurce lead their playoff series 2-1, but the rangy outfielder remains a reserve, and he struck out in his only plate appearance last week.

Clemente League           
Ismael Salgado23200000730.179/.179/.179

Mexican Pacific League - For most of the offseason the Tigers had no representatives in the LMP, but on Christmas day the club signed the 27-year-old former fourth-round pick Quincy Latimore, and last week they signed the 24-year-old infielder Gabriel Quintana. Latimore showed impressive pop during the LMP regular season, bashing 25 extra-base hits and knocking in 43 runs in 53 games, and he has continued to hit in the playoffs, where he went 6-for-17 last week with a homer and six RBI. Quintana, meanwhile, only played in five LMP games back in November, after spending the regular season manning third base for the AA San Antonio Missions.

Quincy Latimore53374311212315603.244/.358/.508
Gabriel Quintana5321003500.250/.368/.313

Australian Baseball League - It’s still the regular season in Australia, and for the second straight week third baseman Zac Shepherd didn’t see any game action, but outfielder Ulrich Bojarski picked up the offensive slack with his best week since the beginning of the ABL season. The 18-year-old South African went 5-for-16 with two doubles, five runs scored, and a stolen base, though he did strike out six times. On the mound, 16-year-old lefty Jack O’Loughlin shook off his rough previous start with another strong outing, finishing six innings for the first time in his career, and giving up just two runs on seven hits to pick up his third win of the season. The wily old veteran Warwick Saupold also pitched last week, working in two games as Perth’s closer. He got the job done once, but gave up two runs in his second outing, only to see his club pull out the win in the 11th inning.

Ulrich Bojarski2651641212831.220/.242/.352
Zac Shepherd2086211172700.143/.341/.254

Jack O'Loughlin731 1/3220139117143.16
Warwick Saupold34002263036.75

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