Rays Winter Ball Recap: It is Leslie Anderson’s World

By David Hill

March 12, 2013; Port Charlotte, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Leslie Anderson (86) singles during the fourth inning against the New York Yankees at Charlotte Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

It is still Leslie Anderson‘s world, and we are merely witnesses to the fact. Anderson has been on a scorching pace lately, and extended his hitting streak to sixteen games last night. If he can keep this up, it is merely a matter of when, not if, he will get a contract with an invitation to a major league camp.

Arizona Fall League: Salt River Rafters 3, Peoria Javelinas 1

Richie Shaffer was the only member of the Rays to receive action last night, however,, he had a rough outing. In the Rafters victory, Shaffer was 0-2 with two strikeouts and a walk. The strikeouts have been a bit of a concern thus far, as Shaffer has struck out sixteen times in 41 at bats, but he has drawn sixteen walks as well. Perhaps he is being a bit too selective at the plate.

Mexican Pacific League: Mayos de Navojoa 5, Yaquis de Obregon 2

Former Rays farmhands Wes Bankston and Jon Weber each had excellent nights for Mayos. Weber was 4-5 with a double and a run scored, while Bankston was 3-4 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored. Weber has been on an excellent run lately, with nine hits in his last twelve at bats. It seems like he is starting to heat up, getting his MPL numbers to their typical levels.

Tomateros de Culiacan 9, Aguilas de Mexicali 2

Humberto Cota may not have done much with the bat as the designated hitter for Culiacan, but he was able to contribute to the victory. Cota was 0-2 with a strikeout, but also had two walks and scored a run. Cota has had a rough time of it thus far in the MPL, batting only .182. He has, however, drawn sixteen walks.

Venezuelan Winter League: Tiburones de La Guaira 14, Navegantes del Magallanes 7

After an excellent start to the season, Cesar Suarez has fallen back to Earth as of late. Suarez did produce last night however, going 1-4 with two runs scored in the Tiburones victory. Erold Andrus entered as a defensive replacement for Magallanes, and was hitless in his only at bat of the night.

Caribes de Anzoategui 11, Cardenales de Lara 1

Leslie Anderson is just not showing any signs of slowing down. Last night, Anderson was 3-4 with two RBIs, a double and a run scored, extending his hitting streak to sixteen games. For the season, Anderson is hitting a robust .423/.500/.667 with four home runs. Even more impressively, he was walked twelve times against only seven strikeouts. At this point, it may be fair to wonder who this person is wearing Anderon’s jersey, and what happened to the actual Leslie Anderson.

Aguilas del Zulia 6, Leones del Caracas 5 – Fourteen Innings

Juan Apodaca has hit a total of three triples in his nine year minor league career. Naturally, he hit one last night for Zulia, as part of a game where he was 2-3 with a run scored before being pulled for pinch hitter Francisco Arcia. Danny Dorn was 1-6 with a run scored and an RBI, but also struck out four times. Bobby Abreu, still attempting to make a comeback, managed to play right field without injuring himself, and was 1-3 with a run scored.