Randall Delgado is pitching well so far in the Dominican Winter League Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
The Arizona Fall League might get the most attention and rightfully so. However, that doesn’t mean there are other offseason leagues going on around baseball that need to be talked about.
Major leaguers David Peralta, Jordan Pacheco, and Randell Delgado are all trying to stay in shape during offseason winter leagues.
With that let’s take a look at how Diamondbacks players are doing in the MLB Winter Leagues:
Dominican Winter League:
The Dominican Winter League began in 1951 and is the premier baseball league in the Dominican Republic. The 2014 season began on October 16th, and it ends on December 21st. The leagues all star game will be played on December 14th.
The Diamondbacks have five players currently playing in the Dominican Winter League.
OF Socrates Brito played for High A Visalia in the California League last season. He batted .293 with 10 HR and 62 RBI’s in 128 games. So far in nine at bats with Estrellas De Oriente, he has collected just one hit batting .111.
1B Jordan Pacheco split time with the Reno Aces and the Diamondbacks after being claimed from the Rockies on June 12th. In four games with Reno he hit .286. In 69 games with the big league club he hit .255. So far in 28 at bats with Leones del Escogido, he is hitting .286 with eight hits and three RBI.
SP Randell Delgado is trying to prove that he belongs with the Dbacks next season possibly as a starter. The Diamondbacks front office is watching him closely this offseason. Last season over 77.2 innings pitched, he was 4-4 with a 4.87 era. So far the results are good. Delgado has made one start for Tigres del Licey. He gave up three hits and allowed one run over five innings of work.
Relief pitcher Jose Jose pitched for South Bend last season. The Silverhawks were recently replaced by the Kane County Cougars a Class A team in the Midwest League. In 45.1 innings pitched last season, Jose went 1-1 with a 2.58 era. So far the results haven’t been pretty for him. In 2 games he has a 13.50 era allowing two earned runs over 1.1 innings pitched.
Pitcher Willy Paredes played for the Mobile Bay Bears and the Reno Aces last season. In 65.2 innings pitched with the Bay Bears he went 5-2 with a 2.33 era. He pitched in one game for the Aces last season. So far in 1.2 innings pitched in the DWL he has yet to allow a run.
Venezuelan Winter League:
The Diamondbacks have seven players in the Venezuelan Winter League which began play in 1945.
SS Argenis Diaz split time with Mobile and Reno last season after playing the majority of the year in the International League. In 19 games with the BayBears, he hit .292. With Reno he hit .282 with 12 RBI’s over 135 at bats. So far in 40 at bats with Tigres de Aragua he is hitting .250.
2B Gerson Montilla played for the Mobile Bay Bears last season. In 107 games he hit .271 with 6 HR and 40 RBI’s. The results haven’t gone his way so far this Winter. In 11 games over 40 at bats he is hitting .200 with three RBI’s.
David Peralta was one of the Diamondbacks best players after he was called up. He was a rookie of the year candidate before an injury ended his season. He is trying to prove that he belongs in the Dbacks lineup every day in 2015. In 88 games last season with Arizona he hit .286 with 36 RBI’s. So far in 10 games in the VWL he is hitting .242 with 3 RBI’s.
Pitcher Silvino Bracho played for South Bend last season. In 45 games over 43.1 innings pitched he went 3-2 with a 2.08 era. So far in five games he has yet to allow a run.
Pitcher Mark Serrano pitched for Reno last year and the results were very good. In 22 games he went 6-0 with a 3.78 era. So far in three starts he has gone 0-1 with an 8.49 era.
Mexican Winter League:
1B Mike Jacobs had a great year win the Reno Aces last season and defiantly has a future with this organization. In 135 games in the hitter friendly Pacific Coast League he hit .299 with 19 HR and 97 RBI’s. So far in 13 games in MWL he is hitting .268 with 3 RBI’s. Strikeouts have been a problem with Jacobs. He has struck out 10 times after striking out 120 times during the minor league season.
Pitcher Graham Godfrey played for the AZL Rookie League last season. In eight innings he was 1-0 with a 1.13 era. So far in two games in the MWL he is 1-0 with a 0.82 era.
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