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Rays Winter Leagues Recap: Mitch Talbot Dominant for Gigantes

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Mitch Talbot is only a footnote in Tampa Bay Rays history as the other player the team acquired along with Ben Zobrist in the famous Aubrey Huff deal. His big league career never really amounted to anything and he hasn’t appeared in the majors since 2011. However, Talbot’s first appearance for the Gigantes del Cibao went extremely well, and Talbot has to hope that the promise that once made him one of the Rays’ top prospects is not gone entirely.

Dominican Winter League: Gigantes del Cibao 6, Estrellas de Oriente 0

Eventually, as the Winter League seasons move towards the postseason, established major leaguers will return to their home countries to help their local teams finish strong. We are not at that point yet, so the players teams are adding now are several notches below that. However, those players are still capable of making an impact.

Mitch Talbot looked excellent in his first start as a member of the Gigantes, going 4 shutout innings allowing just 2 hits, striking out 6 while walking 1. He’ll have to build up his pitch count for future outings, but he started Cibao off strong and they wound up finishing with a 4-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts against no walks.

Finishing the game for the Gigantes was Jhonny Nunez, who tossed a perfect inning with a strikeout. Wilson Betemit also went 0 for 4 for Cibao while Chris Rearick worked around a hit and a walk to toss a scoreless frame for Oriente.

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Jesus Feliciano had been out of the Gigantes’ lineup since November 25th, but he returned in this game like nothing had happened, going 2 for 4 with a double. He’s still hitting .397 through 19 games with 5 doubles, 1 triple, 1 homer, and 15 RBI.

Danny Dorn has been struggling once more lately–he recently went through an 0 for 20, but this contest went well as he went 1 for 3 with a double, a walk, and a run scored. Cameron Seitzer, meanwhile, went 0 for 3 but did walk and score a run. Seitzer, usually known for his plate discipline, hadn’t walked since November 16th. Hopefully this is the start of him changing that dramatically.

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