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A Long Winter

Checking in on some of the minor league players participating in winter league play.

Diminutive right hander Eduardo Sanchez is among the prospects playing in winter league baseball.
Diminutive right hander Eduardo Sanchez is among the prospects playing in winter league baseball.
Dilip Vishwanat

We cover the Arizona Fall League pretty heavily for a couple of reasons: 1) it's in the U.S. and gets more written coverage than other leagues and 2) it has a more stable year-to-year talent pool (seemingly). That's not to say the other leagues aren't real baseball; it's just harder to know how the Dominican Winter League stacks up against the minors than the AFL. There's several important prospects playing winter ball in those other leagues though.

  • Oscar Taveras - Playing in the Dominican Winter League, Taveras accumulated 152 ABs with a .316/.379/.507 batting line. He played for the Aguilas Cibaenas which counted Manny Ramirez and Miguel Tejada as teammates to Taveras.
  • Anthony Garcia - Rated the Cardinals' #10 prospect, Garcia spent his winter accumulating 102 at bats in the Puerto Rican Winter League. He hit .279/.377/.433. Teammates included Yadier Molina, Astros 2012 top draft pick Carlos Correa and former Cardinal Felipe Lopez.
  • Jermaine Curtis - Continuing his no-power, all walks showing, Curtis played in the Mexican Winter League with a .298/.404/.366 line over 51 games and 191 ABs.
  • Nick Additon - Left hander Additon, last seen with the AAA Memphis team, joined Curtis in the Mexican league throwing 53 innings over 10 starts. He struck out 49 and walked 21.
  • Richard Castillo - Castillo threw 24 innings in the Venezuelan Winter League allowing 14 walks and 13 strikeouts. He was used in relief (across 26 games) and was hit around pretty regularly.
  • Silfredo Garcia - One of the emerging talents in the lower minors to keep an eye on, Garcia struck out 72 and walked just 4 batters over 66.1 regular season IP. In the Venezuelan league this winter, he worked 20 innings as a relief pitcher striking out 11 and walking 5 with strong ground ball tendencies. It was likely a nice step up in competition for Garcia who might slot into the Cardinals A-ball affiliate at Peoria next season.
  • Hector Hernandez - The lefty pitched 27.2 innings in the Puerto Rican league. He walked 13 and struck out 14.
  • Jorge Rondon - One of the Cardinals high velocity pitchers in the upper minors, Rondon struck out 19 and walked 13 in 28.2 innings pitched.
  • Eduardo Sanchez - Sanchez was teammate to Rondon in the Venezuelan league. It was a positive showing for the once heralded prospect hampered by injuries. Sanchez struck out 20 and walked 9 in 18 innings. The command is still iffy but we've seen worse, at times, from Sanchez.

Stats as of 1/7/2013.