With the Caribbean Series set to complete on Thursday and spring training about a week away, now is a great time to look back on the winter league season. The KC Royals were well-represented across the four major winter leagues.
First, let’s take a look at the Venezuelan Winter League, where there were 11 Royals playing.
Catcher Salvador Perez was named the league’s Rookie of the Year after hitting .371 in 32 games for La Guaira (mostly as the DH). He hit ten doubles, eight homeruns, and drove in 39. He walked nine times and struck out 17 times.
Juan Gutierrez was named the Relief Pitcher of the Year. He was 1-1 with an 0.81 ERA in 24 games for Caracas. He led the league in saves with 14 (14-of-15 in save opportunities). Over 22.1 innings, he gave up 12 hits (one homerun) and seven walks while striking out 21.
Guillermo Moscoso was just as dominant in the Caracas bullpen before moving to the starting rotation. He ended up 2-1 with a 3.10 ERA in 15 games (four starts). He was 3-for-3 in save opportunities. Over 29 innings, he allowed 36 hits and seven walks while striking out 18.
Shortstop Alcides Escobar hit .349 in 26 games (69 at-bats) for Lara. He had five doubles, two homeruns, and 16 RBIs. He walked seven times and struck out 11 times. Escobar also stole four bases and was caught once.
Outfielder Paulo Orlando was a teammate with Lara. He hit .346 in 32 games (136 at-bats). He hit seven doubles and drove in 16. He struck out 23 times compared to just three walks. Jose Jimenez was also with Lara. He was 1-1 with a 4.32 ERA in 32 games. In 16.2 innings, he allowed ten hits and 15 walks while striking out 14.
Outfielder Luis Durango hit .286 in 32 games (112 at-bats) for Caribes. He had three doubles and five RBIs. He walked 19 times compared to 17 strikeouts. Durango stole six bases, but was caught five times.