MLB veteran, shortstop Joaquin Arias got into a few games in the Dominican winter league, hitting .255/.286/.277 over 47 at bats. Arias has played 327 games in the majors since 2006 when he broke in with the Rangers at the age of 21.
25-year-old third baseman Adam Duvall spent the winter in Venezuela, hitting .297/.327/.490 with seven doubles and seven home runs in 145 at bats. Duvall had a solid season in Double-A Richmond in 2014 with 44 extra-base hits and a .465 slugging percentage.
Jesus Galindo, 23, Tyler Graham, 30, and Javier Herrera, 28, all got some playing time in Venezuela this offseason. Of the three outfielders, Graham has the longest history with San Francisco, going all the way back to 2006 when he was drafted. Graham had a big league cup of coffee with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2012 but spent 2013 in independent leagues as well as the Mexican League. Graham played nine games in Venezuela while Galindo played 12 games, hitting just .212. Galindo played for Class-A Augusta and stole 48 bases despite only playing in 89 games. Herrera played the most of the three but hit only .176/.356/.265 with La Guaira in Venezuela after a very solid season in Richmond with 56 extra-base hits (including 16 home runs) and 23 stolen bases.
Mario Lisson, 29, a veteran minor league third baseman was a regular his Venezuelan winter league team, playing 60 games and hitting .278/.367/.521 with 16 home runs. Lisson played 66 games in the Mexican league in 2013, hitting .260/.345/.465.
27 year old Ryan Lollis and 31 year old (Happy Birthday!) Mark Minicozzi were teammates on the Richmond Flying Squirrels and again for Zuli in Venezuela. Lollis hit just .182/.250/.272 in 44 at bats while Minocozzi hit .351/.413/.456 in 57 at bats.
27-year-old outfielder Juan Perez played in 40 games in the Dominican Winter League before playing in another five games with the Dominican team in the Caribbean Series. Perez made his big league debut in 2013 after hitting .291 with 10 home runs in Triple-A Fresno. He got 89 at bats in the big leagues and went home to the Dominican to rack up another 158 at bats, hitting .285/.350/.348 with 13 stolen bases there.
Veteran minor (and major) league catcher Guillermo Quiroz, 33, played in 32 games in Venezuela, hitting .286/.341/.393 after splitting the season between Triple-A Fresno and the majors. Quiroz re-signed as a minor league free agents, choosing to stay in the Giants’ organization.
Hector Sanchez, another backup catcher, played in 20 Venezuelan games, hitting .280/.329/.387 with two home runs in 75 at bats. Sanchez, 24, had 129 major league at bats with the Giants and hit .248/.300/.349 with three home runs.
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