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Rays Winter Leagues Recap: Jon Weber Makes His Return

By Robbie Knopf

These Winter Leagues recaps were missing something without Jon Weber involved. Weber finally appeared in his first game for the Mayos de Navojoa since November 16th, presumably after he suffered some injury, and it is great to see him back.

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Dominican Winter League: Leones del Escogido 7, Toros del Este 2

Freddy Guzman has now started his last two games for the Leones after appearing as a pinch-runner in his previous 10. If he keeps playing like this, more starts will be on the way. Guzman went 2 for 5 with a stolen base and 2 runs scored to ignite Escogido from the leadoff spot.

Allan Dykstra got into this game for Este, going 0 for 3 with a walk. He hasn’t hit much yet in his 9-game DWL stint, but you have to like his plate discipline–he now has an 8-6 strikeout to walk ratio.

Mexican Pacific League: Aguilas de Mexicali 5, Mayos de Navojoa 4

Jon Weber’s first game with the Mayos in a few weeks certainly could have gone better. He went 0 for 3 with a walk and a caught stealing while his team lost a heartbreaker in the 9th. However, you have to start somewhere, and Navojoa is excited to have him.

Weber certainly isn’t young anymore–he’s about to turn 37–but he was still an impact player for the Mayos pre-injury, hitting to a .263/.331/.517 line. Weber batted third in his first game back, and if he keeps hitting like that, he could end up staying there.

Humberto Cota, still hitting just .140 on the season, delivered a huge two-out pinch-hit in this game for Mexicali. His single tied the game and eventually set up the walk-off hit by Walter Ibarra.

The Aguilas never would have had a chance to come back, though, if not for the efforts of Edgar Gomez and Matt Gorgen. Both pitchers tossed perfect innings, with Gomez striking out 1 and Gorgen striking out 2. Gomez continues to impress us thoroughly, managing a 2.19 ERA and a 19-8 strikeout to walk ratio in 24.2 IP, while Gorgen has a 0.87 ERA and an 8-3 K-BB ratio in his first 10.1 Mexicali IP.

Naranjeros de Hermosillo 3, Caneros de los Mochis 1

Justin Christian provided the only run for the Caneros in this game, drilling a solo home run. He extended his hitting streak to 13 games, including a .375/.422/.500 line in his last 10 games. He now finally has an OPS over .600 on the season (yay!). Christian’s season has done a complete 180, and he has to hope that he can keep this up.

Charros de Jalisco 11, Venados de Mazatlán 6

Just two Rays-related players in this game, but both of them had excellent games. Brendan Harris went 2 for 4 with a triple and a run scored for Jalisco, raising his average to .343 on the season. Harris is off to a great start in his first 11 games as a Charro, and he hopes that continued strong performance could get him a spot with a big league organization.

Olmo Rosario, meanwhile, had an even bigger game in the Mazatlán loss, going 2 for 4 with a homer, a double, 2 RBI, and 2 runs scored. His recent performance makes Christian’s hot streak look like a slump as he has a .432/.488/.676 line in his last 10 games and now a .300/.363/.459 line on the season.