Winter League Update: 1/6

The Winter Leagues are slowly wrapping up, as the leagues begin their playoffs. Despite many of the teams having now finished up, the Tigers still have a few players from the organization in action, including a pair of expected starters for the big league club.

Omar Infante played well throughout the season, but now into the playoffs, Infante appears to be off to a slow start. In 14 at bats, Infante is hitting just .143, including 5 strikeouts and no walks. Infante has been hitting leadoff for Oriente, and while he's had a rough few games, the small sample size shouldn't sour his solid performance throughout the winter.

Rick Palma is also still pitching, and pitching well. Palma has stepped up as the ace for Occidente, pitching in 2 games now. He's 0-1; however, his ERA is just 1.98 in his 13+ innings of work. The one downside is his K:BB ratio, he's walked 7 and struck out just 4 batters. But that stat aside, Palma continues to turn heads and create a name for himself in his bid to get some consideration with the big league club.

Former Tiger Lino Urdaneta is also making some noise, making 2 appearances, not allowing an earned run.

The playoffs have also kicked off in the Dominican League, as Carlos Pena is still alive and playing for Licey. Pena has played just 1 game, going 0-for-2, including 2 walks. Pena continues to prove his willingness to take a pitch, a definite sign of growth for the 26-year old First Baseman.

The regular season is still being played in the Puerto Rican League, where OF Byron Gettis' stats continue to fall. Where at one point his average was at .400, it has since fallen to .347. Then again, a .400 average isn't easy to keep up, and Gettis is still swinging the bat well and showing patience at the plate (15 walks with 121 at bats).

Reliever Brian Schmack is also plugging away for Caguas in the Puerto Rican League, saving 8 games in 16 appearances. Schmack currently has a 2-1 record, with a 3.45 ERA. His WHIP is also excellent, sitting at just 1.02 with more than 15 innings of work under his belt.

One final notable, Craig Dingman, who re-signed with the Tigers and will hope to make the club again in the spring as a non-roster invitee, is pitching in the Mexican League, and thus far has not allowed a run in 2 appearances for Culiacan. He's also struck out 2 in his 2 innings.

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