Seattle Mariners Winter League Update
By Dan Hughes
Jul 14, 2013; Flushing , NY, USA; World infielder Ji-Man Choi (51) catches the ball as USA infielder George Springer (4) during the 2013 All Star Futures Game at Citi Field. USA defeated World 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
We continue our look at the winter leagues by heading out of the country. The Caribbean Leagues are home to four different offseason leagues. The Venezuelan, Mexican, Dominican and Puerto Rican Leagues.
Let’s start with a quick glance at the Mexican, Dominican and Puerto Rican leagues where there are currently only four Mariners prospects playing.
In the Mexican League (Liga Mexicana del Pacifico), James Gilheeney is playing for the Naranjeros de Hermosillo. In six starts, Gilheeney is 2-2 with a 2.37 ERA. He’s allowed 25 H over 30.1 IP, striking out 21 and walking five. The Mexican League runs through December.
The Dominican Winter League features two Mariners. Jordy Lara is playing for Aguilas Cibaenas. In seven games, he’s 4-for-19 (.211) with 5 RBI. Two of his four hits have been homers. Ketel Marte – who was recently added to the 40-man roster – was just added to Gigantes del Cibao and was 1-for-3 in his first game with a walk and a strikeout.
And in the Puerto Rican League, only Emilio Pagan is involved from the Mariners organization. In his first six appearances out of the bullpen, Pagan has pitched 10.2 innings, striking out nine, allowing two earned runs and earning two wins for the Gigantes de Carolina. The Puerto Rican League goes through January.
Liga Venezuela Beisbol Profesional (Venezuelan League)
The Mariners have 13 different players on five of the eight teams in this winter league.
Tigres de Aragua
Ji-Man Choi: .220/.328/.320, 14 G, 10 R, HR, 7 RBI
Kyle Hunter: 14 G, 6.1 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 8.53 ERA, .286 BAA, 1.58 WHIP
Rayder Ascanio: 1 G, 1 R (entered as pinch-runner)
Cardenales de Lara
Gabriel Noriega: .347/.373/.418, 26 G, 15 R, 5 2B, 7 RBI (Currently a free agent)
Erasmo Ramirez: 3 G, 18 IP, 9 H, 3 BB, 14 K, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, .150 BAA, 0.67 WHIP
Osmel Morales: 1 G, 2 H, 2 ER, BB (No outs recorded)
Carlos Rivero: .293/.379/.556, 28 G, 16 R, 5 2B, 7 HR, 19 RBI (Claimed off waivers by Seattle Nov. 3)
Bravos de Margarita
Manny Pina: .274/.315/.429, 24 G, 7 R, 8 2B, HR, 13 RBI
Forrest Snow: 2 G, 9 IP, 7 H, ER, BB, 8 K, 1.00 ERA, .212 BAA, 0.89 WHIP
Moises Hernandez: 9 G, 12.1 IP, 15 H, 11 ER, 8.03 ERA, .326 BAA, 1.54 WHIP (Currently a free agent)
Caribes de Anzoategui
Mayckol Guaipe: 18 G, 18.2 IP, 11 H, 6 ER, 7 BB, 16 K, 2.89 ERA, .175 BAA, 0.96 WHIP (Recently added to 40-man roster)
Leones del Caracas
Jesus Sucre: .143/.143/.143, 2 G, H
Victor Sanchez: 5 G, 23 IP, 23 H, 6 ER, 5 BB, 14 K, 2-0, 2.35 ERA, .258 BAA, 1.22 WHIP