Friday, January 04, 2019

Winter League Baseball: Dominican Republic Awaiting Arrival of Robinson Cano


est. 1951

(Through Jan. 14)


N.Y. Mets: Winter League Roundup
  • Robinson Cano is awaiting permission from the New York Mets to participate in the Dominican League postseason round robin tournament, according to  While still a member of the Seattle Mariners, the article says Cano promised los Estrellas de Orientales he would join the club should they qualify for round robin play.  The Stars held up their end of the deal by clinching a first place regular season finish with a league best 29-21 record.  Round robin play is already nine games into the tourney, with los Estrellas trailing the first place Toros by two games.  Cano, 36-years old, appeared in 80 games last season for the Mariners, slashing .303/.374.471, with 10 home runs and 50 RBI.
  • Dilson Herrera, traded to Cincinnati in the Jay Bruce deal and since reacquired, is playing with los Tigres de Licey.  He perfectly exemplifies the unpredictability of prospects: to trade, or not trade away the future.  The Jay Bruce trade never sat well with me, due to my want for Herrera playing alongside Amed Rosario, and being defensively strong up the middle.  Suffice it to say Herrera has thus far proven himself to be somewhat of a bust.
  • Juan Lagares appeared in seven games with los Aguilas de Cibaenas, going 6 for 20, with three extra-base hits.  The Eagles did not qualify for round robin play.  The oft injured Lagares, who turns 30-years old in March, finds himself square in the Mets center field mix again after  appearing in just 30 games last season, and averaging just 67 games played over his last three seasons.
  • Old friend Jenrry Mejia is pitching for los Toros.  After eight starts, he owns a 2.22 ERA and 1.06 WHiP, allowing 24 hits through 28.1 innings pitched with 19 strikeouts.
  • Beleaguered first baseman Dom Smith is also playing with los Toros, batting just .133 after seven games and 30 at-bats.
  • Keep an eye on soon to be 28-year old right-hand reliever Tim Peterson, hurling for los Toros.  He completed his first full season at triple-A Las Vegas last season after two full tours at Binghamton.  At Vegas, he fanned 55 batters in 38.2 innings pitched last season for the 51s.  He has so far appeared in 14 winter games, posting four saves with a 3.07 ERA and 0.75 WHiP through 14.2 innings, and 21 strikeouts.

Next: Venezuela; Cuba.

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