Winter League Update: 12/18

On Saturday, we took a look at some of the Tigers in action down in the Dominican. Sunday, we examine the rest of the Tigers playing winter ball throughout the Caribbean and how they're performing thus far.

Jason Karnuth, after pitching for the Mud Hens and Tigers in '05, has spent his offseason working with Hermosillo in the Mexican League. Karnuth has made 18 appearances for the club, posting a 1.80 ERA and eight saves. Karnuth also has 13 strikeouts in his 20 innings of work. Unfortunately, much like Juan Tejeda, Karnuth has now left the organization, signing a minor league contract with the Oakland A's.

In Puerto Rico, outfielder Luis Sabino has been getting some work in for Mayaguez, however, he still has yet to put much together as far as offensive production. In 34 at bats, he has just 6 hits, leaving him with a .176 average. Of those six, two are doubles and one is a home run, but he'll need to make more consistent contact (currently nine strikeouts in those 34 at bats) if he hopes to improve his production and chances of succeeding as a professional baseball player.

Down in Venezuela, Mike Bumatay has continued his successful run for Aragua. In 27 appearances being used as a lefty specialist, Bumatay has posted a 0.79 ERA. Those 27 appearances have only amounted to 11 1/3 innings, but he's been successful in his run, which is the biggest key for him. Bumatay also has a save, 12 strikeouts and six walks to complete his stat line thus far.

Pitching for Caracas, Wilfredo Ledezma is quickly putting together a nice stretch for himself. Having now amassed 20 2/3 innings, Ledezma has a 3.05 ERA in six games. That's highlighted by his most recent start, a seven inning gem in which he allowed just two hits and no runs. Ledezma's only concern so far has been his control; 15 walks compared to just 11 strikeouts.

As previously noted, the Tigers have two middle infielders playing for Oriente down in Venezuela; Juan Francia and Omar Infante. As the team's everyday shortstop, Infante has done well, posting a .271/.336/.466 line, including 17 RBI and four stolen bases for the team. Francia has remained largely a reserve though, having some success nonetheless with a .308 average in 26 at bats.

Finally, Orlando Perdomo seems to have shut himself down after struggling through his appearances for Oriente, but another reliever, John Ennis, has been getting some work in there. Ennis has only pitched for 2 2/3 innings, but has done well in what little he has pitched, with a 3.38 ERA and 3 strikeouts.

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