As we head into the weekend, here is an update on how our boys are doing in winter league baseball.
Dominican Winter League
Fernando Martinez finally made his debut and went 1-3 with 2 RBIs on Wednesday. Daniel Murphy continues to rake batting .320 with four home runs and 22 RBIs. However, after just one game, his season is most likely over after experiencing pain in his knee.
“I feel a lot of pain in the knee, but I don’t know if I’m done for winter ball,” Martinez said.
Michael O’Connor, who could win a job in the bullpen this spring, made his fifteenth appearance and has a 1.64 ERA. In 11 innings pitched, he has struck out 15 batters while walking just three. The left hander was recently re-signed by the Mets. Right hander Elvin Ramirez is also having a decent season striking 16 batters in 13 innings while walking four and posting a 2.63 ERA in 10 appearances.
Joaquin Arias (.242, 66 AB), Francisco Pena (.180, 50 AB) , Justin Turner (.250, 4 AB), Yhency Brazoban (6.35 ERA), Jeurys Familia (18.00 ERA), Armando Rodriguez (4.50 ERA).
Venezuelan Winter League
Wilmer Flores is off to a hot start batting .429 with two home runs and six RBI in 20 at-bats, amassing an impressive 1.216 OPS. Pitchers Manuel Alvarez (2.25 ERA) and Marcos Tabata (0.59 ERA) are also having solid seasons, although Tabata’s ERA is somewhat deceptive as he has struck our 15 and walked 16 in 15 innings pitched. If he keeps that up, it won’t be long before his ERA begins to skyrocket.
Jhonathan Torres (17.18 ERA), Eric Campbell (.210 81 AB), Jose Coronado (.176, 34 AB).
Mexican Winter League
Oliver Perez made his first start of the season and tossed four scoreless innings, reducing his ERA to 5.00 in nine innings pitched, striking out ten and walking five. Juan Carlos Gamboa is batting .188 in sixteen at-bats.
Puerto Rican Winter League
Jorge Padilla continues to struggle and after another brutal week at the plate he is now batting .222 in 90 at-bats, although he does have 12 RBIs. Reliever Jose De La Torre has a 4.50 ERA in 14 innings pitched, striking out 12 and walking five.