It’s nice to watch ex-Rays perform well in Winter Ball. Some of them may even be worth bringing back.
Arizona Fall League: Peoria Javelinas 8, Phoenix Desert Dogs 0
The Desert Dogs had a very rough game, although a couple Rays had nice performances. Hak-Ju Lee went just 0 for 4, Kevin Kiermaier went 0 for 3, and Richie Shaffer had an especially tough game, going 0 for 3 with 3 strikeouts and an error at first base but Tim Beckham went 1 for 3 and the pair of Rays pitching prospects who appeared in the game pitched well, with C.J. Riefenhauser striking out the side in a perfect inning and Kirby Yates striking out 1 in 1.1 perfect frames.
Dominican Winter League: Gigantes del Cibao 15, Leones del Escogido 13
This game was wild to say the least. Among the ex-Rays, Rhyne Hughes went 2 for 3 with a double, a homer, 2 walks, 2 RBI, and 3 runs scored as he had a breakout game, and Julio Lugo went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored for Escogido. Lefty Frank De Los Santos, added to the Rays’ 40-man roster this offseason, went 0.2 scoreless innings, allowing a hit.
Estrellas de Oriente 8, Aguilas Cibaenas 1
Omar Luna had his streak of 6 straight games with a hit since moving to the Cibaenas leadoff spot coming to an end as he went 0 for 2 before being lifted for a pinch-hitter and getting the final 4 innings of the game off. He has just a .250/.325/.353 line on the DWL season but has been hot of late.
Mexican Pacific League: Naranjeros de Hermosillo 9, Aguilas de Mexicali 6
Jorge Cantu had a nice game for Hermosillo, going 2 for 4 with a homer, a walk, and 2 runs scored. He has just a .250 average and a .333 OBP so far in the MPL season, but he does have a .477 slugging percentage.
Mayos de Navojoa 10, Vendos de Mazatlan 6
Wes Bankston cooled off a bit but still went 1 for 4 with an RBI. He has a ridiculous .343/.425/.597 line so far in the MPL season, slamming 5 home runs and walking 11 times versus 10 strikeouts. The Rays just might re-sign him.
Venezuelan Winter League: Leones del Caracas 6, Aguilas del Zulia 3
Henry Wrigley stayed red-hot, homering for the 5th time in his last 7 games. He went 1 for 3 with a solo homer, 2 RBI, and 2 runs scored and is hitting .436 in his last 10 games and .333 on the season. If the Rays don’t re-sign him (which we’ll talk about later today), it would be shocking. Unfortunately another ex-Ray, Daniel Mayora left this game without an at-bat, apparently injuring himself. Hope he’ll be OK and his hot start (he’s hitting .333 so far with 10 walks versus 8 strikeouts) won’t go to waste.
Navegantes de Magallanes 12, Tiburones de La Guaira 11
This one got awfully sketchy for the Magallanes- they nearly blew a 10-5 lead- but they wouldn’t have gotten anywhere near there if not for their 3 current and former Rays prospects. Erold Andrus went 3 for 4 with a double, 4 RBI, and a run scored, Leslie Anderson went 2 for 3 with a walk, 2 RBI, and a run scored, and Chris Nowak went 1 for 4 with a run scored. All three are enjoying big winters, with Andrus hitting .340, Nowak hitting .322, and Anderson hitting .450 in 5 games, collecting at least 1 hit in each and multiple hits in 4 out of 5.