Rays Prospects

Rays Winter Leagues Recap: Ali Solis Apparently Has Pop

By Robbie Knopf

Ali Solis went 0 for 6 with 4 strikeouts during his time with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2014 and hit to just a .203/.231/.283 line in 266 plate appearances at Triple-A. But maybe he was just messing with us to make it even more exciting when he hit a go-ahead home run on Thursday night.

Arizona Fall League: Glendale Deserts Dogs 2, Peoria Javelinas 1

In the second inning of this game, Justin O’Conner singled to break an 0 for 18 slump. He went 0 for 3 the rest of this contest, but at least he took a step in the right direction. He was the only Ray in this game, so not much else to talk about here, but hopefully bigger things will be coming from O’Conner in the next few days.

Dominican Winter League: Gigantes del Cibao 13, Leones del Escogido 5

Obviously, all the fans came to Estadio Julian Javier in San Francisco de Macorís in the DR expecting a shootout between Wilson Betemit and Jordan Pacheco. Betemit went 2 for 4 with a walk, 2 RBI, and a run scored for Cibao while Pacheco went 2 for 3 with 2 doubles, a walk, and a run scored. Betemit has managed 2 hits and 2 RBI in consecutive games since going 0 for 3 in his first contest for Escogido while Pacheco has his average at a solid .316 through 5 games.

Mexican Pacific League: Aguilas de Mexicali 9, Tomateros de Culiacán 8 (10 innings)

Yes, the Tomateros got a go-ahead two-run home run by Ali Solis in the sixth inning and still lost this game. That hurts.

How improbable was that homer? Well, in addition to Solis’ decrepit stats from 2014, he has just a .172/.172/.276 line after this game. He has 9 strikeouts against no walks–somehow he has become a catcher with more stolen bases (1) than walks. On the other hand, Solis did manage a .757 OPS with 7 home runs for Culiacán last winter, so maybe he’s just been having a bad winter.

For the victorious Aguilas, Mike Jacobs went 1 for 5 and Edgar Gomez found his way to his first Mexican Pacific League win. The 21 year old continued his strong season by forcing 3 groundouts in a perfect 10th before Mexicali walked off in the bottom of the inning. Gomez has a 1.29 ERA, a 5-2 strikeout to walk ratio, and a 2.75-to-1 groundout to airout ratio in 7 innings for the Aguilas. Gomez may be the most impressive Rays prospect in Winter Ball so far as he has dominated older competition despite not logging a single inning in full-season ball.