Arizona Diamondbacks: Winter League Update
By Thomas Lynch
Several players from the Arizona Diamondbacks’ organization are engaging in Winter ball.
Winter League baseball can be looked at in a few different ways with regards to Major League players. It could be a case of a native son returning to play in his home country. It could be someone who didn’t get a chance at much action in America because of injury or other circumstances. Finally, it might be a case of a young player keeping his skills sharp as he battles to break Spring Training with his parent club. The Arizona Diamondbacks have a number of players who are either currently playing or have wrapped up their seasons. Here is a review of how some them have performed.
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Socrates Brito: The promising rookie just finished a stint with the Estrellas de Oriente in the Dominican League. He must have turned quite a few heads as the 23-year old Brito was named the league’s Rookie of the Year. He had 34 hits in 139 at-bats with four home runs and 15 RBI’s. He stole six bases and added seven doubles and two triples. Former D-back Alfredo Marte was Brito’s teammate.
Edgar Garcia: Also on Estrellas was the left-handed Garcia who appeared in 21 games. He was was 5-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 26 innings, giving up 17 hits and five walks while striking out 28. Garcia pitched with Double A Mobile and Triple A Reno in 2015 with a 4.49 ERA in 25 total appearances, 16 of them starts.
Jamie Westbrook: The Snakes’ fifth round pick in 2013, the 20-year old Westbrook has been playing for Sydney Blue Sox of the Australian Baseball League. He is second on the team in batting average at .299 while scoring 12 runs in 26 games. Westbrook had a solid season for Class A Visalia in 2015 with 17 home runs and 72 RBI’s while hitting .319.
Peter O’Brien: The top power-hitting prospect in the organization is spending time with Naranjeros de Hermosillo of the Mexican Pacific League. In 76 at-bats, O’Brien has clubbed five home runs but has also struck out 27 times. Low batting average notwithstanding, he will be battling for the backup catcher’s spot in Spring Training with Tuffy Gosewisch.
Gabriel Moya: The 20-year old left-hander has appeared in 24 games with the Aguilas de Zulia of the Venezuelan League. In 15 innings, he has allowed 16 hits and six walks while striking out 14. Moya has spent the last two seasons with Missoula of the Pioneer League.
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Silvino Bracho: Moya’s more well-known teammate for Aguilas is Bracho, who saw time in Arizona last year. This Winter, he is five-for-five in save opportunities but with a 4.76 ERA in 11 games. In 11 1/3 innings pitcheD, the 23-year old Bracho has surrendered 11 hits and three walks while fanning 14. Bracho will be competing for a spot in the D-backs’ bullpen in 2016.