Revs Leading the Way Heading Into Final Month of Winter League Seasons
Continuing a series of posts here on BlogtoBlog checking out the scene in the various winter leagues, there’s plenty of good news to report on Revs currently playing out of the country with the various winter leagues now in their final month of regular season play.
Corey Thurman found a new landing spot in the last couple of days, signing with Aguilas de Zulia in Venezuela. After starting the winter season strong in Navojoa, Mexico, Thurm was let go after a couple of rough outings, but it worked out for the best. He returned home for a couple of weeks, and now has a good opportunity with one of the contending teams in Venezuela, which is also one of the top winter circuits. The Aguilas are 24-20 entering play today, in 3rd place, 2.5 games out of first, and only half a game out of second. The top five teams in the eight-team league advance to a semifinal phase of the schedule, so it looks like Thurm’s team has a pretty good chance of doing that. And leaving Mexico certainly is not uncommon… these winter league teams go through so much roster turnover, and they don’t wait long if you have a rough start or two. It is not a pitcher’s league either; dimensions are short, and the ball flies in that climate. I doubt they did the Bernie in Navojoa, but maybe it’ll be the craze in Zulia.
Ramon Castro may be facing Thurm at some point, although he hasn’t played since November 26. He is still listed on the roster for Tigres de Aragua, however, with a .308 batting average.
Erold Andrus is hitting .233 with a couple of homers and Salomon Manriquez is hitting .229 for Navegantes del Magallanes… both played for York in 2010.
Jon Hunton leads Venezuela in saves with 13 for Caribes de Anzoategui… he’s tied to York, having suffered the loss in Game 4 of the Championship Series for Long Island when the Revs scored four in the eighth. He left that one bad inning in the States though and is having a productive winter despite owning a 1-4 record.
Lorenzo Barcelo is having one of the best winters of any pitcher in the Dominican Republic, leading the DWL in wins (5) and innings (51.0) in his home country for Aguilas Cibaenas. Overall, he is 5-2 with a 4.06 ERA in 10 starts. He has only walked 6 while striking out 31.
Justin Hampson from the 2010 Revs has allowed just one earned run in seven appearances for Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican, so he’s doing well too.
In Puerto Rico, R.J. Rodriguez is once again lights out for Ponce this winter leading the league with 10 saves. He has allowed only 2 runs in 13.0 innings all winter. And former Revs righty Juan Padilla is that league’s leader in wins with 4 victories for Ponce, and has a 1.76 ERA in 11 appearances in relief.
Matt DeSalvo is now 1-1 with a 4.44 ERA in 6 starts for Gigantes de Carolina.
And one last note involving an Atlantic Leaguer, the Mexican League stolen base leader is currently Kraig Binick (Long Island) with 20 for Thurm’s old team in Navojoa.