Winter Ball Update

On Tuesday, we took a look at how eight Jays prospects were doing in the Arizona Fall League, but there are also other winter leagues outside of North America where prospects will flock to and play.

The Jays currently have 11 players (six position players and five pitchers) sprinkled amongst three of the four Caribbean Leagues. The Venezuelan Winter League (VWL) and Dominican Summer League (DWL) each have five Jays prospects playing there right now, with one playing in the Liga Mexicano (LMP). Unlike the Arizona Fall League where players are selected ahead of time, players come and go in these Caribbean Leagues, so I’ll update these every few weeks or once a month.

The Caribbean Leagues give some prospects the chance to return home to their country while also working on their game for next season. The sample sizes are small yet again, but here’s a look at which prospects are playing winter ball and how they’re doing.

Position Players

Balbino Fuenmayor | 2011 club: Class-A Lansing & Short-A Vancouver

Darin Mastroianni | 2011 club: Double-A New Hampshire & Triple-A Las Vegas

Manny Mayorson | 2011 club: Triple-A Las Vegas

Ricardo Nanita | 2011 club: Double-A New Hampshire & Triple-A Las Vegas

Moises Sierra | 2011 club: Double-A New Hampshire

Ivan Contreras also is playing in the Dominican Winter League, but has yet to record an at-bat. He played primarily second base for Hi-A Dunedin this past season.

Pitchers

Aleson Escalante | 2011 club: Class-A Lansing & Short-A Vancouver

Reidier Gonzalez | 2011 club: Triple-A Las Vegas & Double-A New Hampshire

Bobby Korecky | 2011 club: Triple-A Las Vegas & Double-A New Hampshire

Yohan Pino | 2011 club: Triple-A Las Vegas & Double-A New Hampshire

Ronald Uviedo | 2011 club: Triple-A Las Vegas & Double-A New Hampshire

-JM

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Topics: Bobby Korecky, Darin Mastroianni, Manny Mayorson, Moises Sierra, Ricardo Nanita, Ronald Uviedo, Toronto Blue Jays, Yohan Pino

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