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February 3, 2014

Minor League Update

Caribbean Series Games of February 1-2

by Jeff Moore


The winter leagues are over, but their winners live on. The Caribbean Series began on Saturday, which offers perhaps the greatest spectacle of pure baseball passion left in the world. While we focus on prospects here at the Minor League Update, the Caribbean Series is a combination of young players on the way up, veteran players hanging on after their days playing domestically are over, and names you may not know who never made their mark in the states, but who share iconic status in their native lands.

The Caribbean Series features the winner of each of the Caribbean winter leagues (Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Mexico, and Cuba) and rotates venues every year, with this year’s taking place in Venezuela. It even inexplicably took place in Miami for two years before professional baseball had a team there (1990-91).

The Caribbean Series runs this entire week (and potentially into the weekend), giving us another week of MLU fun. After that, we'll hold our collective breath for a few weeks until the exhale of spring training. Let’s dive in!

Saturday, February 1st

  • It’s hard to believe that a team with Eddie Rosario (2B/CF, Twins) batting third all winter would have won anything, given the prospect’s struggles, but the Puerto Rican champion Indios de Mayaguez did just that, and managed to win their first CS game despite an 0-for-4 from Rosario. He was also caught stealing and grounded into a double play, making a total of six outs on the day.
  • As a leadoff hitter, Leury Garcia’s (SS, White Sox) Tigres del Licey were depending on him to be a catalyst as much as the Indios needed Rosario, but Garcia went hitless as well. Unlike Rosario (who walked once), Garcia walked twice and managed to make half as many outs while also scoring a run. Garcia won’t be a top-of-the-order hitter in the majors, but his speed and defense could

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