Andy Marte healthy, playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic
First off, York Dispatch Revolution beat reporter John Walk has a nice round up of former Revs playing winter ball in the Caribbean right now over on his “Revolution Rumblings” blog. With that season just starting, DH will be along after the World Series with a comprehensive update of how everyone is doing. (More players generally come to teams after the season has started as well.) The team we’re watching most closely though is Aigulas in the Dominican Republic.
That’s where Chris Cody is pitching, having been offered a winter ball deal for the first time as he completed his finest season as a Rev in 2013 (15-9, 3.12, 139 K.) The 15 wins were a single-season franchise record, and he led the Atlantic League in strikeouts. With Aigulas, Cody is re-united with Andy Marte, a Dominican native. After being signed away from the Revolution by the Angels back on August 4, Marte raked in the final month for Triple-A Salt Lake, before separating his shoulder in heroic fashion, scoring the winning run for Salt Lake in a playoff game. The injury kept him out for the rest of the playoffs (Salt Lake eventually lost to Omaha in the PCL finals) and cost Marte any shot at a September call-up to Anaheim.
Marte is recovered however, active and playing everyday for Aigulas at the outset of the winter season. Luckily the injury was relatively mild, despite costing Salt Lake its best hitter at the time and possible a championship, not to mention a chance at big league redemption for the former Cleveland Indian. Hopefully, the Angels bring back Marte to Major League spring training in February. The way he performed this year in York and Salt Lake, they’d have little reason not to.