Down On The Farm – Winter Leagues Update: Reed, Magill + Guerrero’s status + Pederson & Gordon done


The Arizona Fall League and Australian Baseball League have wrapped up, while Alexander Guerrero has still not returned from his thigh/hamstring injury. He is close to returning, but time is running out.

Winter is coming … to an end.


Dominican Winter League

Dee Gordon – CF

Gordon’s time in the DWL has come to an end, as he last played a week ago and has returned stateside. His final line comes in at .348/.412/.370/.782. With a couple of utility guys having left via free agency, the Dodgers will be giving Dee every chance in the world to build on his winter success in the spring and lock down one of the many open bench spots.

Angel Castro – RHP

Castro put forth another impressive performance, fanning five while walking one and yielding nine hits over seven innings of one-run ball.

Venezuelan Winter League

Joc Pederson – CF

Joc has finished up his VWL stint, according to the man himself. He reached base in six of his last 12 plate appearances over his final four games, including a 3-for-3 effort. Joc’s final slash line: .255/.439/.473/.912 with 13 extra-base hits in 34 games and a 42:36 K:BB mark.

Nick Buss – OF

Buss reached in nine of his last 16 trips to the dish, including three straight two-hit showings. His overall performance is now at a solid .302/.348/.465/.813.

Chris Reed – LHP

Reed’s most recent start was his easily his best in Venezuela. The southpaw allowed no runs over six frames of four-baserunner ball, whiffing six against just one free pass. I’m a lot more pessimistic than most regarding expectations for Reed moving forward, as I see him as a peripheral trade piece or bullpen arm going forward.

Mexican Winter League

Luis Cruz – IF

Cruz continued his hot MWL showing, reaching safely in half of his 18 plate appearances. He notched three walks against one strikeout while also having himself a three-hit night.

Juan Noriega – RHP

Juan pitched three scoreless innings this past week, keeping every opponent off of the bases while striking out one.

Puerto Rican Winter League

Juan Silva – OF

Silva reached safely in 10 of 20 trips to the dish, drawing five walks in five games this week. He’s hitting a robust .353/.500/.441/.941 through 14 games in Puerto Rico.

Jan Vazquez – C

Vazquez only made it into two games but made the most of his seven plate appearances, reaching safely four times. He drew three walks and hit his second homer of the winter.

Osvaldo Martinez – 3B

Osvaldo had five hits and a walk in three games, reaching base safely in each contest.

Andres Santiago – RHP

Santiago came in from the pen once this week, pitching four innings while fanning four and allowing four hits.

Matt Magill – RHP

Magill struggled badly once again, lasting just 4.2 innings. He allowed ten baserunners (including four walks), struck out four, and threw two wild pitches en route to allowing four earned runs.


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