Royals winter league update

Another week has quickly gone by and a few more KC Royals players have begun play in winter ball. Let’s take a look at how the Royals representatives did last week in their respective leagues.


Irving Falu at the plate during the Triple-A Championship on September 17, 2013 (Jen Nevius).

Irving Falu at the plate during the Triple-A Championship on September 17, 2013 (Jen Nevius).

Infielder Irving Falu made his first appearance in the Puerto Rican League this week. His first game was on November 15th for Mayaguez (6-3 and in first place), as he started at shortstop and batted second. He went 0-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored. Falu would play the next two days, going a combined 2-for-7 with a walk, a run scored, and two strikeouts.

Reliever Sam Runion is a teammate of Falu‘s and made two appearances for Mayaguez on back-to-back days (November 15-16). In his first relief outing of the week, he allowed two hits in 2/3 of an inning. He did strike out one in the sixth. On the following day, he also allowed two hits, but it came in a full inning of work.

Fellow infielder Christian Colon played in six games last week for Ponce (4-8). He committed his first error of the winter ball season on Sunday at shortstop. In his first start of the week (November 11th), Colon played third base and went 1-for-5 with a home run. The following day, he went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases before going 0-fer the next three games. Overall, Colon went just 4-for-29 (.138) with five strikeouts while batting leadoff.

Jack Lopez started at second base in four games for Santurce (4-8) while batting ninth. He hit a two-run home run on November 12th (1-for-3) though he committed an error. He hit another homer on November 14th, though this was a solo shot. Overall, Lopez went 2-for-11 (.182) with four RBIs.

Infielder Rey Navarro signed with Cincinnati this week, so this is my last update on him. He only played in one game for Caguas (7-5) and went 0-for-1 with a walk, a run scored, and a stolen base. He was taken out in the fifth.


Moving on to the Dominican Winter League.


dominican_winter_league_logoKelvin Herrera made another start for Escogido (15-9) and that came on November 12th. In two scoreless innings, he walked three and struck out three. The following day, Jason Bergmann made his one relief appearance of the week for Escogido. He entered with the bases loaded in the first inning and left them stranded. Over 3.1 scoreless innings, Bergmann allowed one hit and walked two while striking out three.

I missed one new to winter ball player last week and that was infielder Pedro Ciriaco. In seven games, he is hitting .310. He played third base and batted second yesterday for Escogido and went 1-for-3 with his second RBI. He also committed his second error.

The newest Royal, catcher Francisco Pena, plays for Aguilas (15-9). On Sunday, he entered the game on defense in the ninth. Santiago Garrido made one relief appearance for Aguilas. On November 13th, he allowed a home run in the 5th inning. In two innings, he allowed that one run on two hits while striking out two.

Maikel Cleto made one relief appearance last week for Licey (16-9 and in first place). He allowed an unearned run and a walk over one inning of work.

Angel Franco (Aguilas) did not play and Buddy Baumann (Toros) did not pitch last week in the DWL.


Now to the Mexican Pacific League.


Ryan Verdugo made two starts last week for Hermosillo (21-10 and in first place). It was a bit rough for him. The first start came on November 12th and he allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits (two solo home runs) and three walks in 4.2 innings. He struck out three (91 pitches, 50 strikes). The second start came on Sunday, when Verdugo allowed two runs on six hits and five walks over five innings. He struck out four but allowed two more homers (84 pitches, 47 strikes). In the two starts, he induced nine ground outs and eight fly outs.

Spencer Patton during BP of the Triple-A Championship on September 17, 2013 (Jen Nevius).

Spencer Patton during BP of the Triple-A Championship on September 17, 2013 (Jen Nevius).

Spencer Patton made just one relief appearance for Los Mochis (14-17). On November 14th, he pitched the 9th inning (they won in ten innings). In his one inning, he walked one and struck out one (23 pitches, 13 strikes).


There were two new Royals who entered play in the Venezuelan Winter League.


Salvador Perez made his winter league debut on Saturday for La Guaira (15-17) and played first base in his two games. On the negative side, he has already committed two errors. In the two games, he went 3-for-8 (.375) with a double, a run scored, and an RBI.

Sugar Ray Marimon also made his first appearance, but it came with Lara (11-20 and in last place). In two innings, he allowed two hits while striking out one (29 pitches, 19 strikes). Centerfielder Paulo Orlando played in six games last week for Lara, though he was pinch run for on Sunday after being hit by a pitch (he was 1-for-1). His first game of the week (November 12th) was his best. He went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, two runs scored and a two out RBI. Orlando pinch hit on November 15th and went 1-for-1 with a run scored in the ninth. Overall, he went 6-for-17 (.353).

Catcher Manny Pina batted ninth in his three games for Margarita (16-17). Overall, he went 0-for-6 with a sac fly.

Gorkys Hernandez continues to play centerfield and bat second for Caribes (22-12 and in first place). In six games, he had at least one hit except for Sunday. On November 12th, he went 2-for-6 with a double and a triple. He also had three 2 out RBIs. On November 16th, he went 2-for-5 with a two out, three-run home run. Overall, Hernandez went 7-for-24 (.292) with three runs scored and seven RBIs. He walked three times and struck out four times.

Catcher Juan Graterol (La Guaira) did not play last week.


Finally to the Australian Baseball League, where Melbourne (2-5) played this past weekend.


Justin Trapp sporting his Jackie Robinson jersey

Justin Trapp sporting his Jackie Robinson jersey

Justin Trapp and Jared Schlehuber played in all three games for the Aces this weekend. Trapp played centerfield and batted leadoff, while Schlehuber batted fourth and played first base in two games and third base in his final game. Trapp‘s best game came on November 17th as he went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. His worst game came on November 16th when he hit into two double plays and committed his second error of the ABL season. Schlehuber‘s best game came on November 15th when he went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and a two out RBI.

Overall, Trapp went 3-for-12 (.250) with two runs scored and Schlehuber went 4-for-10 (.400) with two doubles and two RBIs.

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