In my second wrap up of the winter leagues, I will take a look at how the KC Royals representatives did in the Dominican Winter League.
The newest Royal is the one that is still playing winter ball. Infielder Miguel Tejada is in the Caribbean Series championship tonight with Escogido. Supposedly he can play second base because he has played it throughout winter ball, but during the playoffs and Caribbean Series, he has played only shortstop and third base. In 34 regular season games (141 at-bats), Tejada hit .284 with nine doubles, four homeruns, and 19 RBIs.
Licey had the most Royals players on its roster (six).
Jorge Bonifacio played in just three games for Licey. He picked up one at-bat and went 1-for-1. Teammate Francisley Bueno made two starts. He carried a 2.84 ERA. In 6.1 innings, he allowed four hits (one homerun) and two walks while striking out five.
Lefty Antonio Cruz pitched in four games (18.00 ERA). Over two innings, he allowed six hits and two walks while throwing two wild pitches. Michael Mariot pitched in four games (one start). He had a 3.86 ERA. In seven innings, he allowed five hits, two walks, and hit two batters, while striking out seven.
Atahualpa Severino pitched in 29 games for Licey and had a 4.09 ERA. Over 22 innings, he allowed 22 hits (one homerun) and 11 walks while striking out 21. Sugar Ray Marimon made two appearances (one start). In five innings, he allowed three hits and an unearned run while striking out two.
On to the rest of the Royals who played on other DWL teams:
Catcher Julio Rodriguez picked up just one at-bat (0-for-1) for the Gigantes. He struck out.
Robinson Yambati made one appearance for Toros. He pitched one inning and walked one.
Santiago Garrido made one appearance for Aguiles at the end of the regular season. Over 0.2 innings, he allowed three walks and struck out two.
The Dominican Winter League representative in the Caribbean Series is Escogido. The Dominicans will be playing in the championship game tonight against Mexico.