Rays Prospects

Rays Winter Leagues Recap: Edgar Gomez Keeps Rolling

By Robbie Knopf

Especially early on in the season, all we have are small sample sizes, especially for relief pitchers. Nevertheless, when you have a 21 year old who hasn’t played a game in full-season ball pitching well against much older competition, that’s always exciting. That is the case with Edgar Gomez, and we’ll have to see if he can keep it up.

Arizona Fall League: Mesa Solar Sox 6, Peoria Javelinas 2

Let’s move on from this game quickly. Patrick Leonard went 0 for 3 with a walk, Kes Carter went 0 for 4, and Colton Reavis wiped out his strong early-season ERA by allowing 4 runs in an inning of work.

Mexican Pacific League: Yaquis de Obregón 7, Aguilas de Mexicali 4

Ariel Gracia had a halfway-decent appearance for the Yaquis in their win, walking one in an inning of work. Cooler things, though, happened in the loss for Mexicali. Mike Jacobs had a nice game at the plate, going 2 for 5 with a double, and then there was Edgar Gomez. Gomez went 1.2 hitless innings allowing just a walk while striking out 1. So far this season, Gomez has gone 3 no-hit innings, striking out 4 while walking 1. Pretty good for a player who spent last season at Hudson Valley.

Caneros de los Mochis 5, Tomateros de Culiacán 2

Ali Solis had something of an interesting game for Culiacán in this one. He went 1 for 3 while going 0 for 1 catching runners attempting to steal. He balanced out the successful stolen base, though, but stealing a base of his own. Solis stole no bases for the Durham Bulls this season and has just 4 steals in 473 minor league games. Maybe this game was one of his rare opportunities, and he was not going to let it pass him by. Justin Christian went 1 for 4 for the Caneros in their win.

Venezuelan Winter League: Aguilas del Zulia 6, Tiburones de La Guaira 2

This was a sluggish game for La Guaira, and it wasn’t any better for their three former Tampa Bay Rays minor leaguers. Cesar Suarez went 1 for 4, Alex Cabrera went 0 for 5, and Ryan Reid allowed a hit in a third of an inning. Reid cracked the Pittsburgh Pirates’ roster for his first 7 big league appearances in 2013, but he had a rough year at the New York Mets’ Triple-A Las Vegas affiliate in 2014. He hopes to put that in his past and find a minor league offer that will give him a chance at a big league spot. The Rays might actually be a fit.

Leones del Caracas 9, Bravos de Margarita 5

Henry Rodriguez has finally made it to the top part of the Leones’ lineup, and his first game there went quite well. He went 1 for 3 with 2 walks and and 3 runs scored. Of course, though, his defense is still a train wreck. He made an error at second base, giving him 5 errors in 7 games this season. Yes, errors are not everything, but that is horrific.

Daniel Mayora went 1 for 4 with an RBI and 2 runs scored for Caracas while Taylor Motter went 0 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored for Margarita. Mayora has an interesting stretch going–he’s only hitting .214 to begin the season, but he has exactly one hit in each of his last six games. That’s just a friendly reminder that “hitting streak” and “hot streak” don’t always go together.