Winter Leagues: Rough Debut for Luis Heredia

A recap of the winter league action for the last three days. Still only two leagues in action, so the news has been slow. The Dominican League begins on Thursday. Puerto Rico starts up one week later, then Australia and Colombia both start in November.

Wednesday

In Venezuela, Jose Osuna went 0-for-4 with his first strikeout (took 21 plate appearances).

Elvis Escobar went 3-for-5, including an eighth inning RBI triple in his team’s 5-4 win.

Julio Vivas pitched the ninth inning of his team’s 3-2 loss. He walked the lead-off batter, then got a double play and an infield pop out to end the inning.

Thursday

In Venezuela, Jhondaniel Medina had a tough outing, allowing a single and then an intentional walk to the only two batters he faced before being removed. Both runners would come around to score.

Jose Osuna went 2-for-4 with two singles and a walk, scoring two runs.

Elvis Escobar went 1-for-4 with a single and a run scored. He stole his second base of the season.

In Mexico, Luis Heredia made his season debut and it did not go well. Coming on to start the bottom of the seventh inning, he allowed three consecutive singles before recording his only out. One run scored while he was on the mound, and a two-run single with two outs scored the other runners, giving him an unsightly 81.00 ERA. Heredia threw just 11 pitches.

Carlos Munoz went 1-for-4 with an RBI single. He was not in the Opening Day lineup on Tuesday.

Friday

In Venezuela, Jose Osuna went 1-for-3 with a single and a HBP. Through seven games, he is hitting .280/.400/.400 in 25 at-bats.

Elvis Escobar went 1-for-5 with a double and a run scored. He is hitting .400/.400/.520 through 25 at-bats. While he played a total of 25 games last winter, they were almost all off the bench, and he had just 20 plate appearances.

In Mexico, Carlos Munoz was used as a pinch-hitter and he was hit by a pitch.

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Zack Nagel

Is there a chance Escobar is a top 30 prospect in 2017? He seems to continue trending in the right direction and could end up in Indianapolis at some point in 2017. Is he now projecting to have the upside of a major league starter (albeit a different system’s outfield)?

Zack Nagel

Thanks for the additional info and opinion. The dark horse prospects are always the most fun. Who’s next to develop into a prospect or emerge…that’s what intrigues me the most.

Scott K

John, refresh my memory, how do the Winter Leagues in DR, Venezuela, Columbia, and Mexico compare talent wise to minor leagues?

Scott Kliesen

Thanks for clarifying for us, John.

Bobby L

Nice rundown John.
This may be an unfair question or one you might consider not even answering, but I have noted more players from Venezuela than I thought to be MLB guys. Would it seem Cervelli could/would reach out to recruit any FA pitchers for the next season? One who comes to mind is J Chacin.

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