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Rays Winter Leagues Recap: Olmo Rosario Keeps Going Off

By Robbie Knopf

Unfortunately for Olmo Rosario, it is already too late in the Mexican Pacific League season for a hot streak to make his overall numbers look ridiculous. However, that is about the only thing he can complain about right now. Day after day of strong performances have led to a special streak for him in the past week-and-a-half.

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Dominican Winter League: Estrellas de Oriente 6, Gigantes de Cibao 5

We’ll gloss over the performances of Wilson Betemit (0 for 5) and especially Ramon Ramirez (4 runs allowed in 9th) and talk about Chris Rearick.  He went a scoreless relief inning for Oriente, working around a hit with 3 groundouts.

Rearick has looked very good in his last 7 outings and 6.2 innings pitched, not allowing a single run and striking out 7 while walking just 1. A rough patch before that means that his numbers do not look so good, but the Estrellas are gaining trust in him and he will receive more chances to turn himself around.

Mexican Pacific League: Venados de Mazatlán 4, Caneros de los Mochis 2

Another day, another huge game for Olmo Rosario. This time, he went 3 for 4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored. In his last 10 games, he has an insane .412/.488/.647 line with 5 doubles, a homer, and 6 RBI, striking out just twice while walking 7 times. It is no coincidence that the Venados have the best record in the MPL season half with their cleanup hitter playing like this.

On the Caneros side, Justin Christian went 1 for 4 with a stolen base. He has quietly put together a 7-game hitting streak, rebounding nicely from his struggles earlier in the season.

Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League: Gigantes de Carolina 7, Cangrejeros de Santurce 6

Four different Tampa Bay Rays-related players appeared for Carolina, and none of that had an exciting game. Cameron Seitzer went 1 for 3, Jesus Feliciano went 1 for 4 with an RBI, Danny Dorn went 0 for 4, and Jim Patterson retired the only batter he faced. Patterson has just a 7.71 ERA and a 6-7 strikeout to walk ratio in 9.1 innings pitched to begin the year, but he has tossed scoreless ball in his last 2 appearances and is hopefully hitting his stride.

Venezuelan Winter League: Navegantes del Magallanes 5, Tigres de Aragua 4

Victor Mateo had a forgettable Tigres debut, allowing 2 run on 4 hits while recording just two outs. He knows that he is capable of much more than that and will hope to prove himself in his next outing.

Juan Apodaca went 1 for 3 with a double, a walk, and an RBI in the win for Magallanes. Since starting the season 0 for 8, Apodaca is 3 for his last 10 and beginning to earn more playing time.