Winter League Update: 1/6

The winter leagues are beginning to slow down, as most pro players are heading home for the time being to rest up before spring training starts up in six weeks. Which Tigers are still playing down in the Caribbean, and how are they doing?

Mike Bumatay had a solid offseason pitching for Aragua in the Venezuelan Winter League, but he hung it up shortly before the new year and has now taken up to getting some rest before he attempts to make a run when spring training arrives.

Since the last update, Wilfredo Ledezma has made an appearance for Caracas in Venezuela, pitching 2 2/3 innings. He didn't allow an earned run, unfortunately his walk and strikeout numbers, the source of frustration from his winter appearances, made no improvement. Ledezma walked two batters while striking out just one, leaving him with five more walks than strikeouts in his eight appearances for Caracas.

Juan Francia and Omar Infante continue their work for Oriente, also in the Venezuelan League. Though it looks like Infante has hung up his work as well.

Francia has been largely playing in a reserve role for Oriente, but has posted an excellent average. With 57 at bats, he has a .368 average, including three doubles, a triple and a stolen base.

Infante on the other hand only accumulated four more at bats since the last update, and he still posted a .267 average. Infante also appears to have shut himself down for the year, preparing to emerge back into the picture and out of the ‘utility infielder' role he's currently slotted for.

John Ennis has made two more appearances for Oriente on the pitching side of things, where he's posted a 2.84 ERA. Ennis is also averaging more than a strikeout per inning (seven K's in 6 1/3 innings).

Alexis Gomez got plenty of action for Aguillas in the Dominican League, but has also shut down to rest up as he's hoping to be in the running for one of the backup outfielder positions that appear open heading into spring training.

Roman Colon was another pitcher getting some work for Escogido in the Dominican, but he's shut himself down as well, in hopes of being able to challenge for the fifth and final rotation spot that is still up for grabs.


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