Diamondbacks Winter Leagues Update: Peralta Stands Out
By Joseph Jacquez
Diamondbacks OF David Peralta is doing well in Winter Ball. Photo Courtesy of Mark J. Rebilas of USA TODAY Sports
The Arizona Fall League isn’t the only off-season baseball league going on right now. There are several Winter Leagues around the world that are going on till the end of December. Many Dbacks prospects are performing well, and its time to update you on their progress. Lets dive in!
Venezuelan Winter League:
Diamondbacks OF David Peralta is killing it with the bat during the VWL season, and he is proving that he deserves to be in the everyday outfield in 2015. So far in 84 at bats he is batting .286 with 1 HR, 12 RBI’s, 7 doubles, 12 walks, and an OPS of .810.
Dominican Winter League:
Diamondbacks OF Socrates Brito is struggling in the Dominican Winter League. After batting .293 last season with Visalia, he is batting .083 in 12 games with four runs scored. He has only played in 10 games, which might be part of it.
Dbacks RP Eury De La Rosa has done well in a short sample size. In 3.2 innings pitched, he has yet to allow a run, striking out four, and walking one, in three games. De La Rosa has pitched in the majors with the Dbacks before, and he could be apart of the Snakes bullpen mix in 2015. Last season with Reno he went 2-4 with a 2.52 era.
Last time we did a winter league update, we talked about how well Randall Delgado has been pitching. That has changed. In 15.0 innings pitched he is 0-2 with a 6.00 era allowing 10 runs all earned, and 16 hits. He has given up one more hit than innings pitched. This has to be concerning for the Dbacks.
Relief pitcher Wily Paredes has pitched well in a short sample size. In 7.0 innings pitched, he has a 2.57 era while striking out four, and walking three. Opponents are hitting .200 against him.
Puerto Rico Winter League:
OF Jacob Cordero spent the 2014 season with the Diamondbacks rookie league team. So far in two at bats he is batting .500 with an RBI.
SS Isan Diaz was drafted by the Dbacks in Competitive Balance Round B of the 2014 First Year Player Draft. He played in 49 games with AZL batting .187. So far he has one hit in one at bat in the PWL.
OF Danny Dorn has been one of the top performers among Dbacks prospects in any Winter League, and he is a name to keep an eye on moving forward. So far in 35 at bats he is batting .286 with 1 HR and 7 RBI’s. Last season in 73 games with Reno he hit .308 with 12 HR and 47 RBI’s. That’s after playing just 2 games in the AZL. He has moved up quickly.
C Michael Perez has also performed well over a short sample size in the PWL. In 10 at bats he is hitting .300 with 1 HR and 2 RBI’s. He has also looked well behind the plate. Last season he played for South Bend in the Midwest League hitting .238 with 9 HR and 35 RBI’s.
SS Andrew Velazquez who broke the Minor League on base record last season reaching base in 72 consecutive games is killing the baseball, this time in the PWL. In 28 at bats he is hitting .393. He turned a ton of heads last season, and could be apart of the Dbacks long term future.
Pitcher Andrew Barbosa has made two starts so far in Winter League action, and has given up five runs four earned over 6.1 IP for an era of 5.68. He has struck out 5 while walking two.
Pitcher Braden Hagins has also made two starts, and his results have been better than Barbosa’s. In two starts he has yet to allow a run over 7 innings pitched, striking out nine, and walking two.
Australian Baseball League
2B Tyler Botnick is doing well so far in the Australian Baseball League, after spending the 2014 season with the Reno Aces. In 31 at bats he is hitting .290 with 1 HR and 5 RBI’s.
RF Alex Glenn is having mixed results in the ABL after spending the 2014 season with the Visalia Rawhide. In 30 at bats he is hitting .200 with 3 RBI’s.
Pitcher Markus Solbach is pitching really well. In seven games two of them starts over 14.1 innings pitched, he is 2-0 with a 1.26 era.