Rays Winter Ball Recap: Leslie Anderson Continues Hot Streak

By David Hill

Leslie Anderson is continuing to hit in the Venezuelan Winter League, as his performance last night gave him a seven game hitting streak. For the season, Anderson is batting at a .353/.411/.529 rate with two home runs. Perhaps more importantly, he has walked five times, showing that his improved plate discipline this season for Durham may be sustainable. Will this be enough to get Anderson a chance at a major league spot? We’ll have to see once free agency begins.

Arizona Fall League: Surprise Saguaros 12, Salt River Rafters 6

The Rafters took a 6-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth, and appeared to be well on their way to an early victory. However, the Saguaros mounted quite the comeback, scoring twelve times in the final three innings as they took a 12-6 victory. For the Rays prospects that played, the night was a mixed bag of results. Ryan Brett was 1-4 with a double and a walk, scoring twice. Richie Shaffer also scored two runs, without actually putting the ball in play in any of his plate appearances. For the game, he was 0-2 with three walks and two strikeouts. Luke Maile made his season debut for the Rafters, and was 0-3 with a sacrifice fly.

Mexican Pacific League: Aguilas de Mexicali 4, Mayos de Navojoa 3

Jon Weber giveth, and Jon Weber taketh away. After hitting a solo home run in the first, Weber made an error in the bottom of the second on a base hit, allowing Luis Suarez to advance an extra base. It may not have mattered as Mexicali scored twice in the inning, but that error certainly did not help Navojoa’s cause. Weber ended up 1-5 with that solo home run in the loss. Wes Bankston had a rough night at the plate, going 0-5 with three strikeouts. Mike Jacobs was 1-4 with a walk for Mexicali.

Venezuelan Winter League: Aguilas del Zulia 7, Tiburones de La Guaira 3

Very quietly for La Guaira, Cesar Suarez has put together a five game hitting streak. last night, Suarez was 2-4, giving him eight hits in his last 22 at bats. At 30 years old and having been in the Mexican League for the past three years, Suarez is not someone that could be considered a prospect, but this has certainly been a nice run for the former Montgomery Biscuit.

Navegantes del Magallanes 5, Leones del Caracas 2

Daniel Mayora was as hot as possible at the start of the year, racking up multihit game after multihit game. However, all good things must come to an end, and Mayora’s run appears to have reached that point. After being held without a hit on Tuesday, Mayora was hitless again for Caracas, going 0-3 with a walk. Bobby Abreu was also 0-3, but walked twiceDanny Dorn got the only hit of the former Rays in the game, as he was 1-4 on the night.

Caribes de Anzoategui 7, Tigres de Aragua 1

Leslie Anderson was at it again last night. His 2-5 performance extended his hitting streak to seven games, and he has ten hits over this hitting streak. Although both hits were singles, Anderson has displayed a bit of power as well, with two home runs and a double amongst those ten hits. Perhaps this performance is a precursor for the breakthrough that the Rays were hoping for over the past two seasons.