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January 13, 2014

Minor League Update

International Winter League Games of January 10-12

by Jeff Moore

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Friday, January 10th

  • Francisco Peguero, CF, Orioles (Gigantes del Cibao, DWL): 2-4, 2B, 2 K. Strong hand-eye coordination and an aggressive approach can lead to days like this, when Peguero puts together strong at-bats followed by poor ones. Inconsistency has been a character trait from the start with Peguero.
  • Eury Perez, CF, Nationals (Leones del Escogido, DWL): 3-4. Perez’s plus-plus speed and the value that provides a team on defense will get him to the majors, but the hit tool lacks impact and there is absolutely no power in his game. For what it’s worth, he also went 3-for-5 on Sunday.
  • Zoilo Almonte, LF, Yankees (Aguilas Cibaenas, DWL): 2-4, 2 R, 2 2B, K. Almonte has just enough doubles power to be a viable bench option this year for the Yankees, provided he doesn’t have to play too regularly.
  • Eddie Rosario, CF, Twins (Indios de Mayaguez, PRWL): 3-5, R, 2 2B, BB, K. You have to give Rosario credit for not bailing on what was a long (he played in the Arizona Fall League before heading to Puerto Rico) and unsuccessful winter. He hasn’t hit anywhere and learned of a 50-game suspension, but where as a lot of other players may have left winter ball amid the struggles, he stuck it out. That’s worth something, at least.
  • Carlos Sanchez, 2B, White Sox (Tiburones de La Guaira, VWL): 3-5, 3 R, 2B. After a rough 2013 season in which he struggled with an aggressive promotion to Triple-A, Sanchez has bounced back well with a strong winter. He should return to Triple-A as a 22-year-old and try to get the most development out of his hit tool as is possible, which he’ll need given his lack of power.
  • Jesus Aguilar, 1B, Indians (Leones del Caracas, VWL): 2-3, R, 2B, HR, 2 BB. There’s no stopping Aguilar right now who continues to turn his raw power into usable power and control the strike zone well. If he can carry this plate discipline over to the states, he could turn himself into a realistic part of the Indians future.

Saturday, January 11th

  • Benji Gonzalez, SS, Pirates (Leones de Ponce, PRWL): 3-5, 2 R, 2B, K. Gonzalez has never hit enough at any level to qualify as a true prospect, but he hit better this winter than he has anywhere else. As a glove-first infielder, it’s at least worth noting.
  • Eddie Rosario, CF, Twins (Indios de Mayaguez, PRWL): 5-5, 2 R. Whoa, there’s Rosario again. After having one of the worst winters of any prospect, Rosario rebounded with a 9-hit weekend (he went 1-for-3 on Sunday, too). Those are pretty nice.

Sunday, January 12th

  • Joey Terdoslavich, 1B, Braves (Aguilas Cibaenas, DWL): 2-4, R, K. Terdoslavich has hit well this winter and his doubles power should give his bat enough value in the majors, especially if used in the right role.
  • Leury Garcia, 2B, White Sox (Gigantes del Cibao, DWL): 3-4, 2 R, BB. Garcia’s hit tool is good enough for him to string together some hits like this, but his lack of power will keep him from ever having an impact bat.

Bobby Abreu’s Weekend

  • Friday, 1/10: 2-4, R, 2B, BB
  • Saturday, 1/11: 2-3, 2 2B, BB.
  • Sunday, 1/12: 1-4, R, 2 K.
  • Total: 5-11, 3 2B on the weekend

Sometimes, baseball is really stupid. Sometimes, it’s awesome. This is both of those times.

Jeff Moore is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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