TigsTown Winter Notebook: Lots of DWL Action

Tiger fans will have to swap which pitcher they keep an eye on with Gigantes del Cibao. Check inside to find out how the Tigers newest free agent signing – Francisco Cruceta – is doing this winter.

Earlier today the Tigers shipped Jose Capellan to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for right-hander Denny Bautista. Capellan had been performing well for Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican Winter League, but with no options remaining the Tigers hand was forced. While pitching for Estrellas de Oriente, Bautista has posted a 1-1 mark with a 3.46 ERA in eight appearances. He has struck out 18 batters while holding opposing hitters to a paltry .159 batting average.

Tiger fans will still have someone to follow on the Gigantes pitching staff, as the recently signed Francisco Cruceta is a teammate of Capellan. Cruceta has been absolutely dominating his DWL competition to the tune of a 0.98 ERA in 18-1/3 innings. His 26 strikeouts and .175 batting average against are also extremely impressive.

Also on the Gigantes squad, shortstop Erick Almonte continues to struggle as he looks to secure a spot on Toledo's roster next spring. Despite going 3-for-4 on November 20th, Almonte only managed one other hit over the last two weeks. Right-hander Jordan Tata has not seen any additional action for Gigantes, and rumors have him resting until spring training begins; where he will try and make the Detroit roster as a reliever.

Outfield slugger Michael Hernandez has finally begun to see some significant playing time for Aguilas, and he has rewarded them by hitting .316 with three doubles and three RBI in 19 at-bats. His recent string of hot hitting has raised his season line to .256/.351/.355.

Ramon Santiago – recently re-signed as a reserve infielder in Detroit – has gone 5-for-20 in limited action for Leones del Escogido. Each of his five base hits have been singles, and he has managed to score three runs. Also seeing limited action thus far is outfielder Timo Perez who was just designated for assignment by the Tigers. Through his first nine games (35 at-bats) Timo has not logged an extra-base hit and is posting a measly .535 OPS.

Quick Hits: Former Tiger reliever Franklyn German has found his groove with Tigres del Licey in the Dominican League, striking out 16 batters in only 12 innings of work……Utility infielder Max Leon continues to perform solidly for Culiacan in the MPL, going 5-for-18 over the last two weeks……Despite a very strong showing from Scott Sizemore in the AFL, no Tiger prospects were named to the AFL's All Prospect Team.

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