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January 14, 2014

Minor League Update

International Winter League Games of January 13

by Jeff Moore


There were only two games in the Caribbean on Monday night, and neither of them involved Bobby Abreu, so this isn’t the deepest update of 2014. Still, there’s always something worth noting.

  • Eduardo Escobar, SS, Twins (Caribes de Anzoategui, VWL): 1-4, BB, 2 K. There’s not enough bat here to play regularly, despite his .880 OPS in Triple-A last season. His struggles in the majors are more indicative, although his glove is strong enough to justify a bench role.
  • Mario Lisson, 1B, Free Agent (Navegantes del Magallanes, VWL): 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, K. I haven’t talked about Lisson all winter because he’s not a prospect at all; he actually played in the Mexican League in 2013. Still, two more home runs on Monday give him 16 for the winter, which is impressive no matter a player’s age or affiliation.
  • Ender Inciarte, CF, Diamondbacks (Aguilas del Zuila, VWL): 2-4. Inciarte is a favorite of mine simply because I have an affinity for the leadoff/speed profile and root for those guys to get on base enough to have value. Inciarte is on the fringe of being able to pull that off.
  • Jose Pirela, 2B, Yankees (Aguilas del Zuila, VWL): 2-3, 2 R, BB.

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