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January 6, 2014

Minor League Update

International Winter League Games of January 3-5

by Jeff Moore


Friday, January 3rd

The Good

  • Carlos Martinez, RHP, Cardinals (Aguilas Cibaenas, DWL): 5 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, 6 K. Martinez was back to his dominant ways again, hurling pure filth towards the plate once again for five innings. One can only hope they are serious about giving him a legitimate chance to win a rotation spot this spring. He has more than enough stuff to work as a starter and should have enough durability. In an organization with less depth, it wouldn’t even be a question.
  • Reymond Fuentes, CF, Padres (Leones de Ponce, PRWL): 2-4, 2 R, 3B. This is Fuentes at his best, using his speed to generate power. He doesn’t hit for power so much as he runs his way into it.

No Longer a Prospect

  • Starling Marte, LF, Pirates (Leones del Escogido, DWL): 1-3, R, HR, K. The Leones basically just brought Marte on for the playoffs, and it worked, watching him homer off of Red Sox prospect Rubby de la Rosa, who got roughed up for three runs in one-third of an inning.

Saturday, January 4th

The Good

  • Maikel Franco, 1B/3B, Phillies (Gigantes del Cibao, DWL): 1-3, R, BB. Franco has turned it around slightly toward the end of the winter, but he still generally struggled in his first chance to face advanced pitching.
  • Hernan Perez, 2B, Tigers (Aguilas del Zuila, VWL): 3-5, 3 R, 2B. Perez struggled mightily in his brief major-league call-up despite hitting well in Triple-A. That happens when an aggressive approach at the plate by a player with virtually no power faces major-league pitching for the first time. Whether or not he can adjust will determine whether his future is as a utility player or someone who sees more regular playing time.

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