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December 27, 2013

Minor League Update

International Winter League Games of December 26

by Jeff Moore


The Good

  • Victor Mateo, RHP, Rays (Cangrejeros de Santurce, PRWL): 5 1/3 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K. Mateo, who you may know for throwing a nine-inning a no-hitter this summer in Double-A, has been having a solid winter for the Cangrejeros, striking out a batter per inning. The right-hander features a low-90s fastball that has missed fewer and fewer bats as he’s moved up the minor league ranks, but Thursday marks his third start this winter striking out six or more batters despite not throwing more than six innings in any start. At 24, he’s not much of a prospect as a starter, but perhaps this winter is a step in the right direction toward being a usable major league bullpen arm.
  • Benji Gonzalez, SS, Pirates (Leones de Ponce, PRWL): 3-5, 2 R. For a guy with a below-average hit tool, Gonzalez sure is having a strong winter. Such is the life of following prospects through small sample sizes. Gonzalez has shown no ability to consistently hit minor league pitching, but he’s having some fun with balls in play this winter, hitting .308/.321/.442 for the Leones. He profiles as nothing more than utility man whose bat may not even be strong enough for that role.

The Bad

  • Reymond Fuentes, CF, Padres (Leones de Ponce, PRWL): 1-5, 2B, R, 3 K. A bit of power

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