Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Reds in Other Winter Leagues

We've spent a lot of time focusing on the Arizona Fall League and how Reds' prospects are performing there, but there are of course other players within the Reds' organization honing their skills in the various fall and winter leagues around baseball. This is a summary of those players, as well as a Spanish lesson.

Aroldis Chapman - First off, we already know the Cuban Missile is gearing up for winter ball by throwing a few innings in the AFL. He threw a scoreless inning this past Monday for Phoenix, and is scheduled to pitch tomorrow the 27th, as well as this coming Monday the 31st. From there, he will go on to the Puerto Rican League which begins play on November 4th.

Juan Francisco (9 G, 12-37, .324/.390/.459, 1 HR, 6 RBI)
Francisco, that's fun to say...Fran-CIS-co...The near-future third baseman of the Reds is also getting some work done in the offseason. He is playing in the Dominican Winter League for Tigres del Licey. That's Spanish for Licey Tigers.

Denis Phipps (8 G, 7-27, .259/.394/.296, 0 HR, 1 RBI)
The young outfielder, who opened some eyes last season in Carolina and Louisville, is also playing in the DWL for Estrellas de Oriente (Eastern Star), who is being managed by Bats' manager Rick Sweet.

Tom Cochran (3 G, 3 GS, 13.1 IP, 1-1, 2.70 ERA, 4 BB, 15 SO)
Cochran, who made 12 starts for Louisville last year, is off to a good start. He allowed all four of his earned runs in three innings his first start and has been lights out since then, as as teammate of Phipps for Estrellas de Oriente.

Jerry Gil (4 G, 5.1 IP, 0-0, 3.38 ERA, 4 BB, 6 SO)
Gil pitched 62.2 innings of relief for the Bats last year and is off to a decent start, also playing for Estrellas de Oriente of the DWL.

Jeremy Horst (4 G, 6.0 IP, 0-0, 4.50 ERA, 3 BB, 7 SO)
The southpaw, who saw time in the bullpen for Cincinnati in 2011 and figures to be in the mix for a spot next year is the last of the Reds playing for Estrellas de Oriente, and also the last one in the DWL.

James Avery (5 G, 8.1 IP, 0-0, 3.24 ERA, 1 BB, 7 SO)
Avery, who started 26 games for Double-A Carolina in 2011, has yet to start a game in the Mexican Pacific League, but has pitched well in relief for Algodoneros de Guasave, which apparently means Guasave Cotton. Avery is the only Reds player in the Liga Mexicana del Pacifico.

Julio Torrealba (1 G, 0.0 IP, *.** ERA, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB)
Torrealba played in the Rookie Venezuelan Summer League this past year, starting nine games and going 0-2 with a 5.71 ERA. He walked more batters than he struck out. For Aguila de Zulia (Zulia Eagles) of the Venezuelan Winter League, the only stat I could find for Torrealba was that he has appeared in one game where he gave up one earned one and got no outs before being lifted to give him the dreaded sideways 8 ERA.

Carlos Fisher (5 G, 3.0 IP, 0-0, 3.00 ERA, 2 BB, 2 SO)
Fisher is another guy who split time between Louisville and Cincinnati, and will have a chance to be part of the the Reds' bullpen. So far in the VWL, he has allowed just one earned run for Caribes de Anzoategui, or the Anzoategui Carribeans possibly.

Aguido Gonzalez (2 G, 1.1 IP, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 BB, 4 SO)
Gonzalez did pitch three scoreless innings between the AZL Reds and Billings Mustangs in 2011. He also plays for Caribes de Anzoategui.

Doug Salinas (2 G, 3.0 IP, 0-0, 3.00 ERA, 2 BB, 1 SO)
Salinas pitched in 47 games for Bakersfield in 2011. He's had one good and one bad outing in the VWL for Navegantes del Magallanes, or as I like to call them, the Magellan Naviators, which is actually pretty clever.

Miguel Rojas (10 G, 8-28, .286/.286/.393, 0 HR, 2 RBI)
The shortstop spent most of 2011 at Carolina and his numbers were okay. He is off to a pretty decent start in the VWL, playing for Tiburones de La Guaira, or La Guaira Sharks in layman's terms.

The rosters for the Puerto Rican League have not been finalized yet, but as mentioned before we know Aroldis Chapman will be pitching when that league begins on November 4th. Once I hear about those rosters, they will be revealed to you as well.

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