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.
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.
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