Down On The Farm – Winter Leagues Update: Guerrero returns, Cruz leaves + Dominguez, Reed, Romak


In minor news, Luis Cruz signed a deal with the Chiba Lotte Marines for $750,000 and will be headed to Japan for 2014. Sort of surprising since he looked impressively bad in 2013.


Dominican Winter League

Alexander Guerrero – 2B

Guerrero returned from his thigh injury Monday to play in his first game since Nov. 12. He went 1-4 and most importantly seemed to get through the game healthy.

Angel Castro – RHP

Castro threw six innings of two-run ball, allowing four hits. He did not walk or strike a batter out.

Jose Dominguez – RHP

The hard-throwing righty made his DWL debut in mid-November and is likely to see time in The Show at some point in 2014. In just under six innings of work he’s fanned three, walked two, and allowed three hits.

Venezuelan Winter League

Miguel Rojas – SS

Rojas, 24, reached safely in seven of his last 15 plate appearances, notching three straight two-hit performances in the process.

Nick Buss – OF

Buss, like Joc Pederson, finished up his VWL play late last month. His final line was a solid .302/.348/.465/.813.

Jamie Romak- OF

The career minor leaguer hit a go-ahead grand slam and is slashing .306/.366/.556/.922 through nine games in Venezuela. Romak recently signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers, but has an opt-out clause in his contract that he will likely exercise as he’s extremely unlikely to see any time in the bigs in 2014 with Los Angeles.

Chris Reed – LHP

Reed was lit up in his last start, as he was charged with four runs in just an inning and a third. He allowed six baserunners and failed to strike anyone out in the process. As a starter, he continues to be inconsistent.

Mexican Winter League

Luis Cruz – IF

Since hitting a three-run homer and reaching safely four times on Nov. 26, Cruz has gone 2-for-16 without a walk.

Juan Noriega – RHP

Noriega has thrown 2.1 scoreless innings since our last update.

Puerto Rican Winter League

Juan Silva – OF

Silva has gone five for his last 13 with three walks and a homer, doing all of his damage on Nov. 25 (the homer and three free passes).

Andres Santiago – RHP

Santiago threw two relief innings, allowing three baserunners while fanning four.


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