The regular seasons in the Dominican, Venezuelan, and Mexican winter leagues have come to an end, so let’s check out the stats of some Rainiers players who participated.
Abraham Almonte played in just eight games for Escogido in his native Dominican, going 6-for-24.
Jesus Montero got 86 at-bats in Venezuela, playing for the Mariners-linked Cardinales de Lara. Montero hit .279 with one homer and 13 RBI. His OPS was .698. Worth noting that Montero played strictly DH and 1B.
Gabriel Noriega could be a Rainiers infielder in 2014. He started 50 games at shortstop for Lara, batting .239. He reportedly is a defensive wiz.
Carlos Peguero launched two dingers in seven games in the Dominican. Peguero is out of minor league options for 2014 so it’s going to be a big spring training for him.
Jesus Sucre caught 16 games for Caracas, but hit just .178. Health is the important factor here.
Nate Tenbrink managed to play in both the Dominican and Venezuela. Not sure how that happened. I think he liked Venezuela better: he batted .300 there, and .080 (only 25 at-bats) in the Dominican.
Carlos Triunfel appeared in 28 games for Tigres de Licey in the Dominican, hitting .178.
Jonathan Arias pitched in the Dominican briefly, and Mexico extensively. He had a 2.16 ERA in Mexico.
Logan Bawcom pitched in ten early-winter games in Venezuela before being shut down. He had a 8.22 ERA in 7.2 innings.
Roenis Elias is a likely Rainiers starting pitcher in 2014. He made three starts in Venezuela, going 2-1, 4.26.
Stephen Kohlscheen is a name to learn (and for me, learn to spell) as he will probably be in the Rainiers bullpen after a terrific 2013 season in Double-A. He punched out nine batters over 5.2 innings in the Dominican.
Hector Noesi dominated in the Dominican. In nine starts for Tigres de Licey, he fashioned a 2.30 ERA. Like Peguero, Noesi is out of options and this is a big spring training for him.
Matt Palmer started four games for Magallanes in Venezuela, with a 4.82 ERA.
Erasmo Ramirez was dealing in Venezuela, posting a 3-1, 2.86 mark in six starts for Lara.
Ramon Ramirez pitched in 21 games in his native Dominican, posting a 3.15 ERA with nine saves for Gigantes de Cibao. One can speculate that this performance led the Mariners to sign him last week.
Anthony Vasquez made six starts for Lara, going 0-4, 6.04.
Still nothing on the Rainiers coaching staff announcement. It’s gotta be coming any day now.
- The Mariners are reportedly pursuing Japanese pitching star Masahiro Tanaka. Who is better, Tanaka or Yu Darvish? Ben Badler tries to answer the question.
- Rainiers reliever from way-back-when Scott Atchison signed a minor league deal with the Cleveland Indians.
- In PCL business news, the City of Memphis voted to buy Autozone Park, and it appears that the St. Louis Cardinals are going to by the Redbirds team.
You’ve probably heard by now that Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas were elected to the Hall of Fame today.
Surprisingly, none of them ever played a game at Cheney Stadium. Maddux played parts of two seasons for the Iowa Cubs, but they were in the old American Association back then. Glavine did his Triple-A time with Richmond of the International League. As for the Big Hurt, he jumped straight from Double-A to the big leagues in 1990.
The guy who missed election by two votes played in Tacoma: Craig Biggio came through town as a member of the Tucson Toros in 1988.