Another week has gone by, so it is time for another KC Royals winter league update. Five more have begun playing winter ball.
Let’s start in the Venezuelan Winter League, where Royals starting catcher Salvador Perez is now a member of La Guaira. In his game on Sunday, he hit two homeruns and drove in four. In five games played so far, he is 9-for-23 (.391) with four runs scored and nine RBIs.
His teammate is a new member of the Royals, pitcher Anthony Ortega. In 17 games, he is 1-1 with a 2.82 ERA. Over 22.1 innings, he has allowed nine runs (seven earned) on 19 hits. He’s walked eight while striking out 22.
Elsewhere in the VWL, outfielder Luis Durango played in six games for Caribes. He went 6-for-24 (.250) with a triple and an RBI. He walked six times compared to four walks. He was 1-for-2 in stolen base attempts.
Catchers Manny Pina and Max Ramirez are teammates with Margarita. Pina played in two games last week, but went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. Ramirez played in four games last week. He went 3-for-11 (.273) with a walk and two strikeouts.
Relievers Juan Gutierrez and Guillermo Moscoso are teammates with Caracas. Gutierrez pitched in two games last week and picked up a save. In 1.1 innings, he allowed one hit while striking out three. Moscoso pitched in two games and picked up a save. In two innings, he allowed a hit while striking out two.
Infielder Rey Navarro played in five games for Caguas last week. He went 8-for-21 (.381) with a double and a triple, while walking twice.. He scored four runs and drove in five.
Moving on to the Dominican Winter League.
Tony Abreu played in three games last week for Aguilas. He went just 1-for-8 (.150), though he walked three times and scored two runs.
Michael Mariot pitched in two games last week for Licey. Over 2.1 innings, he allowed two hits while striking out one. His new teammate with the Royals is Atahualpa Severino. In 15 games so far in winter ball, he is 0-0 with a 4.35 ERA. Over 10.1 innings, he has allowed six runs (five earned) on ten hits. He has walked five while striking out 12.
In the Puerto Rican League, infielder Christian Colon played in six games for Ponce, going 9-for-22 (.409) with two doubles. He scored three runs, drove in two, and stole four bases (he was caught once). He currently leads the league in stolen bases with five. His teammate is pitcher Cesar Ogando, who pitched in two games. In one inning, he allowed three hits and three runs while striking out one.
Fernando Cruz pitched in two games for Mayaguez last week. In three innings, he allowed two runs on three hits. He walked two while striking out two. Ryan Dennick is his teammate and made one start last week. In three innings, he allowed two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out two. Irving Falu is also with Mayaguez and played in three games. He went just 2-for-11 (.182) with three walks and two runs scored.
Alex Llanos played in one game for Manati last week. He went 0-for-5 with a strikeout.
Outfielder Carlo Testa is still the lone member playing in the Australian Baseball League. With the Melbourne Aces last week, he went 5-for-11 (.455) over three games. He had a double and a homerun, scored two runs, and drove in five. Testa walked four times, struck out four times, and stole two bases.
And finally in the Mexican Pacific League, Federico Castaneda pitched in three games. He blew a save and picked up a loss. Over 1.2 innings, he allowed one run on two hits and three hit batters. He did record two strikeouts.
*Jorge Bonifacio, Julio Rodriguez, Francisley Bueno, Antonio Cruz, and Robinson Yambati did not play or pitch last week in the DWL. Anthony Seratelli did not play in the MPL and Blaine Hardy did not pitch in the VWL.