Alfredo Marte is playing in the Dominican League. Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
We have spent a lot of time here at venomstrikes talking about prospects of the Arizona Diamondbacks who are playing in the Arizona Fall League. We have dedicated a weekly post to the AFL, detailing how each player is performing. However, there are other leagues playing right now that feature D’backs who are either prospects or just hoping for one last shot. The link for viewing stats for all offseason leagues for the Snakes can be found here.
Keon Broxton is spending his time with the Sydney Blue Sox of the Australian Baseball League. The D’backs’ third round pick in the 2009 draft has played in seven games with a total of 26 at-bats. He has eight hits, three doubles and three RBI’s on the season with a line of .308/.367/.423. Broxton, an outfielder, has made slow but steady progress through Arizona’s Minor League system and spent 2013 with Double A Mobile. Expect him to make the jump to Triple A Reno and be someone the D’backs call up when rosters expand in September.
Another outfielder getting some work in is Alfredo Marte, who spent 22 games with the D’backs in 2013. He is playing for Estrellas de Oriente in the Dominican League alongside fellow outfielder Raywilly Gomez who spent 2013 at Mobile. In 69 at-bats over the course of 17 games, Marte has two homers and 11 RBI’s with a line of .246/.288/.449. He only has three walks as opposed to 15 strikeouts and will probably open the season at Reno, where he spent the majority of his time last season.
There has been a Tuffy Gosewisch sighting in the Dominican League. He is playing for Tigres del Licey and is teammates with Jurickson Profar and Dee Gordon. Gosewisch, who will be competing with Blake Lalli among others for the right to back up Miguel Montero, has appeared in 13 games. In 38 at-bats, he has collected two RBI’s and three doubles with a line of .211/.354/.289.
On the mound this season is Mark Serrano, who is pitching for Caribes de Anzoátegui of the Venezuelan League. Serrano was signed by the D’backs from the Independent Laredo Lemurs and spent much of 2013 at Mobile where he started four games and made 16 overall appearances. He was 5-2 with a 3.43 for the BayBears before being promoted to Reno. Serrano made two starts for the Aces going 1-0 in 12 innings pitched with a 1.50 ERA. For Caribes, he is 1-1 with a 3.21 ERA in six starts. In 28 innings, the righty has allowed 29 hits, walked nine and struck out 20. At 28, the D’backs may represent one of his last shots in making it to The Show.
Derek Eitel is closing games for Yaquis de Obregon in the Mexican League and so far has been excellent. He has four saves and has given up no earned runs in 13 innings. Eitel has pitched in 13 games allowing only five hits and five walks to go along with 14 strikeouts. A 17th round pick in 2010, Eitel converted to the bullpen after the 2012 season and spent 2013 as a reliever at Mobile. In 42 games, he was 6-2 with a 3.42 ERA. The right-handed Eitel allowed only 44 hits in 68 innings pitched while holding opposing hitters to a .186 average. Will he emerge as a dark horse candidate for the ‘pen during Spring Training?