San Francisco Giants Playing Winter League Baseball
By Jake Mastroianni
With the Arizona Fall League now behind us, we’ll focus on San Francisco Giants players who are getting some work in the winter leagues.
Dominican Baseball League
Christian Arroyo – Pretty interesting to see the Giants top prospect playing winter ball, but Arroyo played three games game back in October to get some extra at-bats. He picked up a couple of hits, and I doubt we see him play again this winter.
Orlando Calixte – Currently on the Giants 40-man roster, Calixte is hitting just .179 in 28 at-bats this winter. His last game played was on November 18, so it’s unclear if he’s done for the winter or not.
Miguel Gomez – The utility player is ranked as the Giant’s 23rd best prospect by MLB.com after making his major league debut in 2017. He’s hitting just .161 in 31 at-bats this winter. His last game played was on November 19.
Ryder Jones – After getting a lot of playing time in the big leagues this past season, Jones wanted to pick up some extra at-bats this winter. He hit .204 in 54 at-bats with his last game played no November 4.
Jarrett Parker – The Giants outfielder played in only one game back on October 13 and picked up a hit in four at-bats.
Jose Dominguez – After being suspended for pretty much the entire 2017 season for a second positive test of a banned substance, Dominguez is getting work in the winter league. He pitched in two games but only recorded three outs, while giving up 1 run on 2 hits with 2 strikeouts. His last outing was back on October 24.
Roberto Gomez – Gomez made his major league debut this year but was roughed up in just 5.1 innings pitched. He’s made 3 appearances this winter, allowing 1 run on 1 hit and 1 walk in 2 innings pitched. His last appearance was on November 18, so he may not be done yet.
Reyes Moronta – Another player that made his major league debut in 2017, Moronta posted a 2.70 ERA in 6.2 big league innings. This winter he’s pitched in one game — on November 14 — and allowed 1 hit in 0.2 innings with a strikeout. Moronta is ranked as the 26th best prospect for the Giants by MLB.com.
Tyler Rogers – Rogers had a very good season at Triple-A in 2017 posting a 2.37 ERA in 76 innings pitched. He pitched in three winter league games back in October and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks in 1.1 innings pitched.
Venezuela Baseball League
Jose Flores – Flores had a solid 2017 between Double-A and Triple-A posting a 3.46 ERA in 112 innings pitched. So far this winter things have not gone as well with a 10.38 ERA in 8.2 innings pitched, allowing 18 hits and 6 walks with 7 strikeouts.
Matt Lujan – Lujan pitched to the tune of a 4.99 ERA at Double-A in 2017. His numbers have not been good this winter with a 11.91 ERA in 11.1 innings pitched, allowing 18 hits and 8 walks with 8 strikeouts.
Albert Suarez – Suarez has 115.2 major league innings under his belt with a career 4.51 ERA and 88 strikeouts. This winter he’s made four starts and has a 2.75 ERA over 19.2 innings with 13 strikeouts. He’s allowed 19 hits and 5 walks over that span. His last outing was on November 15.
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Mexican Baseball League
Dusten Knight – Knight had a 3.52 ERA over 76.2 innings in 2017 playing in High-A and Triple-A. This winter he has a 6.23 ERA in 6 games (5 starts) and 26 innings pitched with 23 strikeouts, while allowing 30 hits and 11 walks. His last game was on November 19.
Luis Pino – The 23-year-old was able to reach Double-A in 2017, but didn’t have much success there. This winter he has a 6.04 ERA in 22.1 innings pitched, allowing 24 hits and 14 walks with 14 strikeouts. His last outing was on November 18.
Australian Baseball League
T.J. Bennett – Bennett played across three levels in 2017 reaching Triple-A, but only played in 59 games. The ABL just stared, but Bennett is hitting .250 in 12 at-bats with 2 home runs.
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