In my fourth and final installment looking back on the KC Royals represented in the winter leagues, I will take a look at the Puerto Rican Winter League.
Infielder Christian Colon hit .301 in 39 games (153 at-bats) for Ponce. He hit eight doubles and drove in 11. He walked 13 times and struck out 19 times. Colon led the league in stolen bases with 13 and was caught four times. Those numbers had him named the league’s Rookie of the Year in his first time playing winter ball.
Cesar Ogando was a teammate with Ponce. He was 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA over four games. In five innings, he allowed five hits and no walks while striking out four.
Ariel Estades went 0-for-2 in five games with Santurce. He did walk once.
Alex Llanos hit .234 in 20 games (47 at-bats) for Manati. He drove in four runs, but struck out 17 times.
In the PRL finals, Mayaguez met Caguas (with Caguas winning and heading to the Caribbean Series). It was a series that pitted Royals minor league infielders Irving Falu and Rey Navarro against each other.
During the regular season, Falu hit .324 in 36 games (142 at-bats) for Mayaguez. He hit eight doubles, four triples, and drove in 16 runs. Falu walked 14 times and struck out 11 times.
Navarro hit .333 in 27 games (114 at-bats) during the regular season for Caguas. He hit eight doubles, two triples, and drove in 18. He walked six times and struck out 13 times. Navarro stole 13 bases and was caught four times.
*I’ll have more on Navarro‘s play in the Caribbean Series in an upcoming post on the series.