Notes on prospects and big leaguers who stood out in the semifinal between the Dominican Republic and Mexico.
We’re down to the semifinals of the Caribbean Series, which means only one game per night. Thursday night’s game involved the Dominican Republic falling to a not-exactly-prospect-laden Mexican team. For the MLU, that means you’re getting an update on every borderline prospect in action, no matter how many times you’ve heard their names in the past two months. We’ve made it through the whole winter together. Don’t jump off the ship now.
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Zelous Wheeler and Deolis Guerra were among those who stood out over the weekend.
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).
Notes on prospects playing abroad, including White Sox infielder Leury Garcia and Red Sox shortstop Heiker Meneses.
Leury Garcia, INF, White Sox (Gigantes del Cibao, DWL): 1-3. Garcia probably won’t hit enough to play every day and has virtually no power to speak of, but his versatility could make him a solid utility man, perhaps as soon as this year. He’s been playing all over the infield in the Dominican this winter and has the tools to play multiple middle-of-the-diamond positions at the major-league level.
Scouts' takes on Giancarlo Stanton, Jon Lester, Joey Gallo, Andrew Lambo, and other interesting players.
Many of our authors make a habit of speaking to scouts and other talent evaluators in order to bring you the best baseball information available. Not all of the tidbits gleaned from those conversations make it into our articles, but we don't want them to go to waste. Instead, we'll be collecting them in a regular feature called "What Scouts Are Saying," which will be open to participation from the entire BP staff and include quotes about minor leaguers and major leaguers alike.
The Winter Meetings start next week, 139 minor leaguers were added to 40-man rosters prior to last Tuesday's deadline, and several players currently on 40-man rosters will not be tendered contracts by their respective team and become free agents before Friday's deadline. So there's a lot going on in the world of baseball, including some exciting game action in Australia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela. Here's some player notes from the past five days ...