While we get ready for the holidays, we’re going to keep you updated on your team’s major and minor leaguers who are getting playing time in Winter Leagues around the world. We start with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Playing for the Sydney Blue Sox in the Australian Baseball League is Keon Broxton, a 23-year-old outfielder who has reached Double-A Mobile for the Diamondbacks. Drafted in the 3rd round of the 2009 draft, Broxton has struggled a bit in Double-A after a very good 2012 season in High-A Visalia. He’s having a good season in Oz, hitting .276/.328/.448 with a pair of home runs and four doubles in 58 at bats and has also stolen five bases without being caught.
Getting significant playing time in Venezuela is Danny Dorn who recently signed a minor league deal with the Snakes. Dorn exploded for a careerh-high 25 home runs with the Toledo Mudhens of the International League last year. The 29-year-old outfielder is hitting .313/.408/.563 in Venezuela with eight doubles and six home runs in 112 at bats.
30-year-old Tuffy Gosewisch, who made his major league debut this year, got 48 at bats in the Dominican league but hasn’t played since November 17, possibly due to injury. His line sits at .167/.293/.229 with seven walks and nine strikeouts in just 48 at bats.
Speedster Ender Inciarte is tearing it up in his native Venezuela, hitting .293/.357/.379 with 11 doubles, three triples and a home run in 232 at bats. The 23 year old has also stolen 17 bases in 22 attempts. Inciarte has reached Double-A Mobile for the Diamondbacks.
24-year-old Dominican native Alfredo Marte made his major league debut this season but didn’t make much of an impression at the major league level. The outfielder was coming off a very strong year in Triple-A Reno and is putting up decent (but not great) numbers in the Dominican league with a .245/.300/.374 line in 139 at bats. He has 12 doubles and two home runs but has also struck out 24 times. There’s still time for the 2012 Organizational All-Star to put things together.
Another 24 year old, Gerson Montilla, has been coming on the mid-minors for the past two years, and had a very good season playing second base for the Visalia Rawhide in 2013. Montilla has a .205/.255/.295 line for Bravos de Margarita in Venezuela.
Despite being only 26, Gerardo Parra already has parts of five seasons under his belt in the major leagues. Playing every day for the D-backs in 2013, he had a very solid year and has posted a .386/.463/.590 slash line in Venezuela, hitting 10 doubles, two triples and a home run in only 83 at bats since joining the Leones del Caracas in Venezuela.
Despite being only 21, righty Silvino Bracho is more than holding his own in the Venezuela Winter League. With only 26 1/3 innings under his belt in Advanced-Rookie Missoula in 2013, Bracho has racked up 19 1/3 innings in relief in Zulia. He has a mediocre 4.19 ERA but has given up only 14 hits and five walks with 25 strikeouts, giving him some outstanding peripheral statistics.
23-year-old reliever Eury De La Rosa reached Triple-A Reno last season, maintaining a strikeout-per-inning pace in the tough Pacific Coast League. He’s pitching well in relief in his native Domincan Republic, throwing 11 innings so far with a 1.64 ERA, but has been hit a lot, with 15 hits but just two walks to go with seven strikeouts.
Derek Eitel, 26, excelled in his first year in a relief role in the minors, posting very good numbers in Double-A Mobile. He’s been dominating in the Mexican Winter League, throwing 23 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run (four unearned runs), giving up just 12 hits and seven walks along with 28 strikeouts.
Hector Hernandez, taken in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 Draft, is a 22 year old who has reached High-A Palm Beach in the Florida State League. He’s been pitching well in his native Puerto Rico, with a 2.41 ERA, 18 hits, eight walks and 13 strikeouts in 18 2/3 innings.
24-year-old Willy Paredes is struggling in the DWL after a very good season peaking in Mobile (Double-A). He has thrown 14 2/3 innings with a 6.14 ERA, 17 hits and six walks but has 18 strikeouts.
Mark Serrano, 28, has reached Triple-A with the Diamondbacks and is pitching very well in Venezuela with a 2.95 ERA, 1.26 WHIP with 10 walks and 29 strikeouts in 39 2/3 innings.
Reliever Jess Todd, who was signed as a minor league free agent this offseason, isn’t doing all that well in Venezuela. While his 3.38 ERA is good, he gave up 13 hits and six walks in just 10 2/3 innings with five strikeouts. Todd hasn’t pitched since early November, meaning that he probably shut down after signing his free agent contract.