Jaime Schultz‘s stuff was always excellent, but we kept waiting and waiting for his arsenal to translate to results in the Arizona Fall League. On Friday, he finally got there.
Arizona Fall League: Peoria Javelinas 8, Surprise Saguaros 3
We were hoping for more starts like this when Jaime Schultz went to the AFL. He went 5 innings allowing 1 run on 3 hits, striking out 7 while walking 1. His groundout to flyout ratio was even a great 4-1. Schultz was rolling on his way to his first AFL win.
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Dominican Winter League: Gigantes del Cibao 10, Aguilas Cibaenas 5
There were three big performances from aging ex-Rays in this one. For Cibao, Wilson Betemit went 1 for 3 with a double, 2 walks, an RBI, and a run scored. For the Aguilas, meanwhile, Manny Ramirez went 2 for 4 with a run scored and Juan Sandoval tossed 1.1 scoreless relief innings. He worked around a hit and a walk while striking out 2. Sandoval ended up back in the Mexican League after getting released by the Rays, but he pitched well in 2014 and will hope to get another big league offer this year.
Tigres del Licey 6, Leones del Escogido 3
The Leones had a blown save in this one, but that came the inning after Enny Romero pitched. Romero was far from his sharpest, allowing 2 hits in his inning of work, but he managed to keep Licey off the board and build his confidence in the process. Two of his three outs came on the ground. This could be a foreshadowing of Romero’s future role, and the Rays have to like the way he has adjusted after his terrible start to the year.
Jordan Pacheco went 0 for 3 with a walk in the loss for Escogido.
Venezuelan Winter League: Aguilas del Zulia 8, Leones del Caracas 7
Sergio Perez started for Zulia and was decent, going 5 innings allowing 3 runs on 7 hits, striking out 2 and walking 2 as well. Perez allowed 3 runs after allowing just an unearned run combined in his first three starts. Luckily for him, his offense had quite a day and Caracas could not catch up. Daniel Mayora went 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored while Henry Rodriguez pinch-hit unsuccessfully.