Starlin Castro keeps on hitting, Marwin Gonzalez keeps on surprising, while Marcos Mateo and Eduardo Figueroa keep posting good numbers …
All in today’s edition of the Down on the Farm Report. Before we begin, I’d like to thank Neil for giving me the opportunity to succeed Brandon in providing the report. I know I have big shoes to fill.
Dominican Winter League
DWL play resumed with Starlin Castro’s Escogido team facing Estrellas and Bryan LaHair the day after Christmas. Castro is currently hitting .317, while LaHair is at .294. Castro went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Escogido’s 6-0 win.
Luke Sommer (0-0, 2.08 ERA), a 25-year old lefty who split time between Daytona and Tennessee last year, pitched a scoreless seventh inning. He had one strikeout.
LaHair finished the game 1-for-3 with a walk. Marcos Mateo remains 2-0 with a 2.40 ERA for Estrellas.
Nelson Perez, a 23-year old, left-hand hitting outfielder, is currently with Torros. He spent last year playing for Daytona. He hasn’t played since December 20, but is hitting .294 with a home run and five RBI.
Venezuelan Winter League
Marwin Gonzalez continues his surprising play for Caracas. His eye opening performance may have Cubs’ executives rethinking their organizational middle infield situation. The 21-year old switch hitter is batting at a .318 clip, as he tripled and walked in Caracas’ 4-3 loss on Sunday to Lara. Gonzalez has recorded 32 RBI in 55 games.
Robinson Chirinos is struggling a bit with Magallanes, hitting .266. However, he did go 2-for-3 with an RBI and three walks on December 11.
Eduardo Figueroa, a right-hander who pitched in the rookie league and for Boise last year, is currently playing for Anzoategui. The 22-year old hasn’t pitched since December 18, but is sporting a 2.73 ERA in 26 1/3 innings.
Mexican Pacific League
Matt Camp continues to struggle for Mexicali. Camp is hitting just .154. In the first game of a doubleheader against Hermosillo on Sunday, Camp went 2-for-4 with two RBI.
Puerto Rican Winter League
Although he hasn’t pitched since December 16, Brian Schlitter has thrown 3 1/3 scoreless innings in his last three appearances to lower his ERA to 4.15 for San Juan.