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December 16, 2013

Minor League Update

International Winter League Games of December 13-15

by Jeff Moore


Friday, December 13th

  • Francisco Peguero, CF, Orioles (Gigantes del Cibao, DWL): 3-3, 2 R, 2B. Peguero, the newest addition to the Orioles outfield, is playing this winter like he’s already competing for a job. Even when he’s on, he’s ultra-aggressive (just one walk in 15 games), and he’s not going to hit .356 all the time, so you can see his limitations.
  • Engel Beltre, RF, Rangers (Tigres del Licey, DWL): 2-4, R, 2B, K. It’s not Beltre’s bat that’s going to earn him a spot as the Rangers fourth outfielder this year, although the better he hits, the more times he’ll work his way into the lineup. His athleticism and defense are what will keep him in the majors. At this point, the bat hasn’t caught up with his raw talent and it’s unclear whether or not he’ll ever hit enough to play regularly.
  • Jonathan Singleton, 1B, Astros (Cangrejeros de Santurce, PRWL): 2-4, R, HR, 2 K. A brief home run drought ended with two bombs over the course of the weekend, giving him nine on the winter. He’ll head back to Triple-A to start the season, but if his power stroke is back for good, he won’t be there for long.
  • Jesus Aguilar, 1B, Indians (Leones del Caracas, VWL): 1-4, R, HR. Not to be outdone, Aguilar hit his 17th home run of the winter on Friday night. At this point, Aguilar has proven that he has big-time power; the only question remaining is whether or not it will play against upper-level pitching.

Saturday, December 14th

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