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Rowland-Smith & Snelling for Australia

Big League Stew had a post over the weekend about the Australian team for the World Baseball Classic.

It was titled: Getting to know your World Baseball Classic Squads: Australia

Kevin Kaduk gets to names that Timber Rattlers fans should know well.

Snelling

RRS

Biggest star(s): Though he hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2010, Ryan Rowland-Smith is a familiar name to many baseball fans. Infielder Luke Hughes has also played for a couple of big league teams, most recently Oakland.

Name you may not know, but should: Remember Chris Snelling? Once a decently-rated prospect in the early 2000s, the outfielder experienced a string of injuries and only played 93 big league games. Now 31, Snelling will try and help the Aussies grab some WBC glory.

RRS struggled with the Rattlers in 2002 and was sent down to Everett.  RRS pitched great in 2003 and was sent up to the California League before the All-Star Break.

Snelling is 31 now? *sigh*

He had a great season in 2000, but he was injured for a lot of it.  I want him to stay healthy and play well in the WBC.  Then, I want to see someone sign him to get another shot.

Later in the post Kaduk explains why Travis Blackley is not pitching for Australia this year.

I bring up Blackley because he is one of those guys who probably SHOULD have been a member of the Timber Rattlers in 2002.  He was 19 and had only pitched in Everett (Northwest League).  The Mariners sent him to San Bernadino to start that season where he had a walk to strikeout ratio of 44:152 in 121-1/3 innings.  Sure would have been nice to have to have Blackley in Appleton for at least the first half of that ’02 season.

I’m not bitter.

Alumni Spring Training Notes

Tidbits on Ex-Rattlers Spring Training gets rolling

Adam McCalvy from Brewers.com

Morris leading contender to replace Gamel

Brewers assistant GM Gord Ash characterized 24-year-old prospect Hunter Morris as a “strong candidate” to begin the season in the Majors after losing another first baseman to a significant injury Monday.

With Corey Hart already sidelined for at least the first month by a right knee injury, the Brewers lost Mat Gamel for the 2013 season when he re-tore his right ACL over the weekend. Ash and GM Doug Melvin said they would examine a list of internal candidates that includes Morris, shortstop Alex Gonzalez, utility man Taylor Green and non-roster invitee Bobby Crosby before looking outside the organization.

“Clearly it’s Plan C, and the good news is there are enough individuals in camp that can and have played first base,” Ash said. “Of course, one of our players of the year last year, Hunter Morris, had a great year in Double-A, and he’ll be a strong candidate. I know [manager Ron Roenicke] has talked to Alex Gonzalez about playing some there, and Taylor Green has played some there. I think our internal options are still pretty good, and we’ll go that way, at least in the short term.”

A humble Morris vowed to go about his business as usual.

“It’s a big jump [from Double-A to the big leagues], and us talking about it doesn’t mean I’m going to get the job,” Morris said. “I have to go out and I have to earn it and I have to do a lot of things extraordinary. Doing that also comes with not putting too much pressure on myself. I’ll be playing baseball somewhere this year, I don’t know where it will be.”

He added: “Opportunities arise in the game all the time, and it’s up to me to take advantage of it. But you don’t wish [injury] on another player — ever.”

Also from Adam:

Bucci withdraws from World Baseball Classic

Bucci…withdrew from Team Canada after his pre-camp physical exam revealed what he called a minor shoulder injury. Bucci characterized his decision to skip the tournament as precautionary.

“Definitely, my passion is with Team Canada, but honestly, having it nipped now is the best thing for me so I can start the season healthy and go from there,” the 22-year-old said.

Bucci said he felt similar aggravation in his shoulder at this time last year, and he eventually developed a lat injury that delayed his debut until July 18.

He was not sure when he would be cleared to return to the mound.

In other organizations:

From Dennis Maffezzoli of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune:

Odorizzi on display throwing live batting practice

RH Jake Odorizzi threw batting practice for the first time under the watchful eyes of many.

“It went pretty good,” Odorizzi said. “My main goal was just to throw strikes. A few pitches got up. It is always nice to get back on the field.”

“I’m seeing good makeup,” Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. “I’m seeing the calm demeanor, even when he is out there. When you speak to him, you get the same thing and then you watch him and it’s the same thing.”

Maddon was one of many who watched Odorizzi’s 10-minute session. Executive Vice President Andrew Friedman and a number of the starting pitchers were behind the batting cage.

“Just kind of tunnel vision, the same as the game,” Odorizzi said on not being distracted by all the attention. “I take the same mentality, try to block everything out. That’s what I was trying to do today. There are going to be people watching you the first time. I just tried to go out there and not do anything different.”

Also from Rays camp The Lakeland Ledger has this on Juan Sandoval and how he would sign with Tampa

Veteran pitcher Joel Peralta had already taken an unusual step when he called Rays executive vice president Andrew Friedman directly this winter to recommend the team sign a 30-something reliever who’d been impressive in the Dominican Republic.

“I told him this could be pretty good,” Peralta said. “But I told him this is the catch: He’s only got one eye.”

Friedman paused, understandably, asked for a few details, then told Peralta to keep talking. A few more conversations and an emailed video produced a minor-league deal.

And, if it were to work out, what a remarkable story it would be: Juan Sandoval, completely blind in his right eye, pitching in the major leagues.

Sandoval had been on track previously, showing promise during five seasons in the Mariners organization and getting to the Double-A level. Then in February 2006, a wrong-place/wrong-time incident changed his life, cost him the use of his right eye and certainly could have ended his career.

Greg Johns from Mariners.com on Michael Saunders

Saunders comes out swinging in live BP

As usual on the first day of live hitting, most batters just tracked the ball and rarely swung as they worked to see pitches and get their timing down. But a few players, including outfielder Michael Saunders, jumped right in and took some healthy hacks from the get-go.

Saunders said the condensed early schedule this year — with Cactus League games already beginning Friday due to the impending World Baseball Classic — has him on fast forward.

“I just heard today we’re not doing any intrasquads since we’re starting games earlier,” Saunders said. “This is something I definitely need to take seriously to get the timing back as quick as possible. When you see live pitchers, you really know you’re in Spring Training again. It was fun today.”

This note at the Tacoma News-Tribune informs us that Saunders and Alex Liddi were two of four Mariners to sign one year contracts today.

A couple of notes on David Ortiz. (Warning: Autoplay Video at both Oritz links)  

First NESN has video of a Red Sox beanbag competition.  Apparently Andrew Bailey hit the “Shot of the Century” to beat Big Papi in the Beautyrest Baggo Classic.

And from ComcastSports New England, Ortiz sees himself following in Pedro’s footsteps

David Ortiz isn’t retiring this season or next, but when he does finally decide to hang them up, can he see himself sticking around like so many Red Sox greats have?

“Probably. Probably,” Ortiz said. “I mean, I can count myself as a Red Sox for life, you know what I’m saying? I’m always down with helping out and getting the Red Sox better.”

Kansas City Star has this on Lorenzo Cain

[Cain's] first reaction Sunday was disbelief after feeling a twinge on the top of his right hand while working in the batting cage. The soreness is not believed to be serious but the Royals, as a precaution, pulled him from regular batting practice.

“I think I’m fine,” Cain said, “but I don’t know. We’ll see. I’m getting it looked at later.”

Jorge Castillo of The Newark Star Ledger notes that Scott Atchison is part of the Mets bullpen overhaul.

The two relief pitchers, each approaching middle age, embraced in the middle of the clubhouse, one of several introductions throughout the Mets’ spring training complex on the day pitchers and catchers were due to undergo their annual physicals.

“You got gray hair!” the 40-year-old, and bald, LaTroy Hawkins exclaimed.

“Too much, man,” replied the soon-to-be-37 Scott Atchison, salt dominating the pepper on his head.

The two have 36 years of professional baseball between them. Seeking to prolong their careers, they both signed minor-league contracts with the Mets because they were promised an opportunity to break camp on the 25-man roster. The Mets offered opportunity because general manager Sandy Alderson’s first bullpen overhaul, an aggressive revamping, imploded last season.

Scott Atchison in Mets camp.  (Photo Credit: John Munson/The Star-Ledger)

Scott Atchison in Mets camp. (Photo Credit: John Munson/The Star-Ledger)

More later on how these guys and other Rattler Alumni are doing.

Alumni Report – Wrap on the Caribbean Series & Australia, Addition to WBC Roster, & Lots of Roster Updates!

Lots to get to in this update.

In case you missed it last week, former Timber Rattlers pitcher Nick Bucci has been added to the Canadian Roster for the World Baseball Classic.  See this post on Rattler Radio for more information on the other Alumni on WBC Rosters.

Caribbean Series:
Mexico defeated the Dominican Republic 4-3 in 18 innings for the CS Championship

In Caribbean Series play since our last update, Efrain Nieves picked up a win as a starting pitcher for Puerto Rico on February 5.  His final stats in the Series: 1-0, 1.50ERA; 2g, 1gs; 6.0IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K

Australia:
There were no Rattlers involved in the Claxton Shield Championship Series between Perth and Canberra.  However, in the effort to give some closure, Canberra swept Perth 2-0 in the best-of-three Final.  The Calvary won game two 7-6 and it looked like some fun.

Here endeth the Winter Leagues.

Now, Spring Training starts.

I went through the 40-man rosters and Non-Roster Invitees of all MLB teams to see where former Timber Rattlers (and a few ex-Foxes) are going to be starting their springs.

EX-RATTLERS ON MLB 40-MAN ROSTERS:

NATIONAL LEAGUE:

Milwaukee:
Nick Bucci
Hiram Burgos
Khris Davis
Mike Fiers
Scooter Gennett
Taylor Green
Jim Henderson
Martin Maldonado
Santo Manzanillo
Wily Peralta
Josh Prince
Tyler Thornburg
Photo Credit: WM Glasheen

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen
Photo Credit: Ann Molica

Atlanta:
Eric O’Flaherty
Anthony Varvaro

Arizona:
JJ Putz

Chicago:
Luis Valbuena

Cincinnati:
Shin-Soo Choo

Miami:
Greg Dobbs

Philadelphia:
Phillppe Aumont

Washington:
Rafael Soriano

AMERICAN LEAGUE:

Baltimore:
Adam Jones
Chris Tillman

Boston:
David Ortiz

Chicago:
Matt Thornton

Cleveland:
Asdrubal Cabrera

Kansas City:
Nathan Adcock
Lorenzo Cain

Minnesota:
Caleb Thielbar
Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

New York:
Michael Pineda
Alex Rodriguez

Tampa Bay:
Jake Odorizzi
Photo Credit: Patrick S. Blood

Toronto:
Jeremy Jeffress
Brett Lawrie
Photo Credit: WM Glasheen

Seattle:
Felix Hernandez
Raul Ibanez
Alex Liddi
Carlos Peguero
Michael Saunders
Carlos Triunfel

EX-RATTLERS AS NON-ROSTER INVITEES:

NATIONAL LEAGUE:

Milwaukee:
Kentrail Davis
Rafael Neda
Hunter Morris
Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

New York:
Scott Atchison

Philadelphia:
Cesar Jimenez
JC Ramirez
Photo Credit: Dennis Hubbard

Saint Louis:
Rob Johnson

San Diego:
Rene Rivera

Washington:
Carlos Maldonado

AMERICAN LEAGUE:

Cleveland:
Edward Paredes

Detroit:
Matt Tuiasosopo

Kansas City:
Adam Moore

Minnesota:
Jeff Clement

Tampa Bay:
Juan Sandoval

Rattler Alumni Report – Aussie Playoff & Caribbean Series Edition

The two former Timber Rattlers in the Australia Baseball League Preliminary Final were on the losing side.  The evergreen Carlos Maldonado was on the winning side in the Venezuelan Championship series and there are a few ex-Rattlers participating in the Caribbean Series that started in Hermosilla, Mexico over the weekend. 

Stats are updated through Sunday.  To see the stats of ex-Rattlers who did not play in the last week, click here and here.

TO THE REPORT!

AUSTRALIA:
The Syndey Blue Sox lost a doubleheader to the Perth Heat in the ABL Preliminary Final to get swept out of the playoffs.  Yep.  Game one was rained out and they played a doubleheader for the playoffs. 

Craig Anderson was the game one starter for Sydney.  He pitched well, but got a no decision.  Chris Snelling played in both games, but left for a pinch runner in the second inning of game two.  According to the play-by-play, Snelling tagged from second and made third base on a flyball to center and was replaced.  I hope he didn’t get hurt again.

SYDNEY BLUE SOX:
Craig Anderson: 6.oIP, 5H, R, 2BB, K, No Decision
Chris Snelling: 2g, 2-for-4, 2B, single, walk

VENEZUELA:
Navagantes Magallanes defeated Cardenales de Lara in the Venezuela Championship Series 4 games to 3 with former Rattler Carlos Maldonado (1997, 1998, 1999) providing a big spark for Magallanes in the deciding game. (Highlights of Game Seven from ESPN Desportes HERE).  Also, Austin Bibens-Dirkx got the call to appear in a game for Magallanes after pitching for Zulia in the Venezuelan regular season.

MAGALLANES:
Carlos Maldonado: 13g, .243/.420/.378; HR, 6RBI
Austin Bibens-Dirkx: 0-0, 15.00ERA; 1g, 1gs; 3.0IP, 7H, 5R, BB, K

LARA:
Oswaldo Navarro: 5g; .125/.222/.500; HR, 3RBI
Luis Valbuena: 23g; .341/.412/.549; 4HR, 21RBI
Jose Escalona: 0-0, 3.38; 5g; 2.2IP, 5BB, K
Cesar Jimenez: 0-0, 0.00; 12g; 10.2IP, 3BB, 13K

The Caribbean series stated over the weekend.  The Dominican Republic is off to a 3-0 start in the four-team, double round robin tournament. Follow the series on this site off the main mlb.com site.

Efrain Nieves has appeared in a game for Puerto Rico.  Austin Bibens-Dirkx is on the roster for Venezuela, but has not appeared in a game yet.

PUERTO RICO:
Efrain Nieves: 1g, IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K

Rattlers Alumni Report – Through games of 1/27/13

The Australian Baseball League has wrapped their regular season this past weekend.  Sydney (with Craig Anderson and Chris Snelling) face Perth in the preliminary round of the ABL playoffs this weekend.  The winner of that game will play Canberra in the Grand Championship the following weekend.

Game Five of the Championship Series in Venezuela is scheduled for tonight with Magallanes (Carlos Maldonado) and Lara (Luis Valbuena, Oswalso Navarro, and Cesar Jimenez) tied at two wins each through four games.

Australia (Final Regular Season Stats):
Sydney Blue Sox (26-19, 2nd):
Craig Anderson: 8-2, 2.10ERA; 12g, 12gs; 81.1IP; 5BB, 39K
Chris Snelling: 29g, .273/.492/.398; 2HR, 12RBI

Dominican Republic:
Leones del Escogido defeated Aguilas Cibaenas 5-0 in the best-of-nine Championship Series.  Bold Italics = Played last week

Aguilas Cibaenas:
BOBBY! Livingston: 1-0, 0.00ERA; 4g, 3.2IP; BB, 3K
Edward Paredes: 0-0, 0.00ERA; 14g, 6.2IP; 4BB, 4K
Juan Sandoval: 0-2, 1.98ERA; 17g, 13.2IP; 3BB, 9K

Estrellas de Oriente:
Juan Diaz: 6g; .176/.176/.294; 0HR, RBI

Toro del Este:
Carlos Peguero: 2g; .000/.167/.000; 0HR, RBI
Rene Rivera: 11g; .240/.345/.280; 0HR; 0RBI

Puerto Rico:
Crillos de Caguas defeated Indios de Mayaguez 4-2 in the best-of-seven Championship Series

Cangrejeros de Santurce:
Jeff Dominguez: 11g; .279/.354/.349; 2HR, 5RBI
Yadiel Rivera: 8g; .269/.259/.346; 0HR, 2RBI
Miguel Martinez: 0-0, 0.00ERA; 2g, 5.0IP; 0BB, K

Criollos de Caguas:
Efrain Nieves: 0-0, 10.381ERA; 5g, 4.1IP; 3BB, K

Indios de Mayaguez:
Martin Maldonado: 18g; .242/.333/.379; HR, 9RBI

Venezuela:
As mentioned above, Lara and Magallanes are even at two wins each in the Championship Series.

Aguilas del Zulia (5-11):
Austin Bibens-Dirkx: 1-2, 3.06ERA; 4g, 4gs, 17.2IP; 4BB, 13K

Cardenales de Lara (10-6):
Oswaldo Navarro: 4g; .000/.125/.000; 0HR, RBI
Luis Valbuena: 20g; .350/.416/.550; 3HR; 20RBI
Jose Escalona: 0-0, 3.38ERA; 5g, 2.2IP; 5BB, K
Cesar Jimenez: 0-0, 0.00ERA; 7g, 7.2IP; 2BB, 7K

Caribes de Anzoategui (8-8):
Luis Oliveros: 5g; .286/.375/.357; 0HR, 2RBI

Leones del Caracas (7-9):
Justin Thomas: 1-0, 0.96; 10g, 9.1IP; 2BB, 3K

Navagantes del Magallanes (10-6):
Carlos Maldonado: 10g; .179/.368/.214; 0HR, 2RBI

Rattler Alumni Update – Nearing the end of the Winter Leagues

Australia is still in the regular season.  The Dominican Republic’s Championship series is almost over.  Puerto Rico is three games into their Championship Series.  Venezuela appears to have reached the end of the round robin part of their post season.

Australia stats are regular season.  Caribbean League stats are playoffs only.

Australia:
Sydney Blue Sox (24-18)
Craig Anderson: 7-2, 2.18ERA; 11g, 11gs; 74.1IP, 5BB, 37K
Chris Snelling: 26g; .256/.465/.378; 2HR, 11RBI

Chris Snelling with Sydney from The Australian Baseball Digest.

Chris Snelling with Sydney from The Australian Baseball Digest.

Dominican Republic:
Leones del Escogido leads Aguilas Cibaenas 4-0 in the best-of-nine Championship Series

Aguilas Cibaenas:
BOBBY! Livingston: 1-0, 0.00ERA; 4g, 3.2IP; BB, 3K
Edward Paredes: 0-0, 0.00ERA; 13g, 6.2IP; 3BB, 4K
Juan Sandoval: 0-2, 2.25ERA; 16g, 12.0IP; 3BB, 9K

Estrellas de Oriente:
Juan Diaz: 6g; .176/.176/.294; 0HR, RBI

Toro del Este:
Carlos Peguero: 2g; .000/.167/.000; 0HR, RBI
Rene Rivera: 11g; .240/.345/.280; 0HR; 0RBI

Puerto Rico:
Indios de Mayaguez leads Crillos de Caguas 2-0 in the best-of-seven Championship Series

Cangrejeros de Santurce:
Jeff Dominguez: 11g; .279/.354/.349; 2HR, 5RBI
Yadiel Rivera: 8g; .269/.259/.346; 0HR, 2RBI
Miguel Martinez: 0-0, 0.00ERA; 2g, 5.0IP; 0BB, K

Criollos de Caguas:
Efrain Nieves: 0-0, 7.71ERA; 4g, 2.1IP; BB, 0K

Indios de Mayaguez:
Martin Maldonado: 15g; .232/.317/.393; HR, 7RBI

Martin Maldonado gets ready to make the tag at the plate.  From Indios de Mayaguez website

Martin Maldonado gets ready to make the tag at the plate. From Indios de Mayaguez website

Venezuela:
Aguilas del Zulia (5-11):
Austin Bibens-Dirkx: 1-2, 3.06ERA; 4g, 4gs, 17.2IP; 4BB, 13K

Cardenales de Lara (10-6):
Oswaldo Navarro: 3g; .000/.143/.000; 0HR, RBI
Luis Valbuena: 16g; .354/.417/.523; 2HR; 17RBI
Jose Escalona: 0-0, 3.38ERA; 5g, 2.2IP; 5BB, K
Cesar Jimenez: 0-0, 0.00ERA; 6g, 6.2IP; 2BB, 6K

Caribes de Anzoategui (8-8):
Luis Oliveros: 5g; .286/.375/.357; 0HR, 2RBI

Leones del Caracas (7-9):
Justin Thomas: 1-0, 0.96; 10g, 9.1IP; 2BB, 3K

Justin Thomas (63) gets high fives from his Caracas teammates. From Venezolana de Television.

Justin Thomas (63) gets high fives from his Caracas teammates. From Venezolana de Television.

Navagantes del Magallanes (10-6):
Carlos Maldonado: 7g; .200/.407/.250; 0HR, RBI

Guide to Rattlers Alumni in 2013 World Baseball Classic

The rosters are out for the 2013 World Baseball Classic.  There are 23 19 20 players who have suited up as Timber Rattlers on 12 9 of the 28 16 teams. (*See update at the bottom of the post).

Let’s take a look:

USA! USA! USA! (2):
Adam Jones (2004)
Jonathan Lucroy (2012)
Adam Jones

Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

Australia (2 3):
Ryan Rowland-Smith (2002, 2003)
Chris Snelling (2000)
Mike Walker??? yes Mike Walker (2011)
Snelling

Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

Canada (5):
Phillippe Aumont (2008)
Taylor Green (2009)
Jim Henderson (2009)
Brett Lawrie (2009)
Michael Saunders (2006)

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Colombia (1):
Marwin Vega (2006)

Dominican Republic (1):
Carlos Gomez (2010, 2011, 2012)

Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

Israel (1):
Brett Lorin (2008)

Sorry, Brett. This was the only picture we have of you in a Rattlers uniform.

Sorry, Brett. This was the only picture we have of you in a Rattlers uniform.

Italy:
Alex Liddi (2006, 2007, 2008)

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Nicaragua (2):
Ron Garth (2006, 2007, 2008)
J.C. Ramirez (2008)

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Netherlands (2):
Wladimir Balentien (2004)
Kalian Sams (2007)

Puerto Rico:
Hiram Bugos (2010)
Martin Maldonado (2009)

Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

Taiwan:
Yung-Chi Chen (2005)

Venezuela (3):
Asdrubal Cabrera (2005)
Felix Hernandez (2003)
Cesar Jimenez (2003)

*-Alert reader Kyle from Brew Crew Ball points out that Israel, Nicaragua, & Colombia did not make the field of 16 for the 2013 WBC.  But, as I pointed out in the comments.  I had those pictures and I was going to use those pictures.  Plus, as I did not point out in the comments, any time I can mention Marwin Vega…I am going to mention Marwin Vega.

UPDATE TWO: The Australian Baseball Digest was confused by the addition of Mike Walker to Australia, too.  His mother is Australian.  That makes him eligible for Team Australia.

Rattlers Alumni Report – Winter Leagues Regular Season & Playoffs

Only one week to follow up on a promise.  It’s almost like a resolution or something.

Australia Baseball League is still in the regular season and stays up top.  The leagues that are in the playoffs are also on top.

The bottom part of this update gives you the details on how former Rattlers did in the regular season during the winter leagues.

Australia (Regular Season):
Sydney Blue Sox (22-16, T-1st):
Craig Anderson: 6-2, 1.71ERA; 10g, 10gs; 68.1IP, 5BB, 36K
Anderson is tied for the ABL lead in wins and leads the ABL in innings pitched

Dominican Republic (Playoffs):
Aguilas Cibaenas (9-5):
Bobby! Livingston: 0-0, 0.00ERA; 1g; 0.1IP, 0BB, K
Edward Paredes: 0-0, 0.00ERA; 9g; 4.2IP, BB, 4K
Juan Sandoval: 0-1, 1.08ERA; 11g; 8.1IP, 2BB, 7K

Estrellas de Oriente (3-11):
Juan Diaz: 6g; .176/.176/.294; 0HR, RBI

Toros del Este (7-7):
Carlos Peguero: 2g; .000/.167/.000; 0HR, RBI
Rene Rivera: 11g; .240/.345/.280; 0HR, 0RBI

Puerto Rico (Playoffs):
Cangrejeros de Santurce (4-6):
Jeff Dominguez: 10g; .268/.318/.341; 0HR, 2RBI
Yadiel Rivera: 6g; .227/.217/.273; 0HR, 2RBI
Miguel Martinez: 0-0, 0.00ERA; 1g; 2.0IP, 0BB, K

Yadiel Rivera with Santurce in Puerto Rico. Photo Credit: HERE

Yadiel Rivera with Santurce in Puerto Rico. Photo Credit: HERE

Criollos de Caguas (6-4):
Efrain Nieves: 0-0, 9.00ERA; 2g; 1.0IP, BB, 0K

Indios de Mayaguez (7-3):
Martin Maldonado: 10g; .263/.349/.500; HR; 7RBI

Venezuela (Playoffs):
Aguilas del Zulia (4-5):
Austin Bibens-Dirkx: 1-1, 8.10ERA; 2g, 2gs; 6.2IP, 4BB, 7K

Austin Bibens-Dirkx with Zulia. Photo Credit: HERE

Austin Bibens-Dirkx with Zulia. Photo Credit: HERE

Cardenales de Lara (5-5):
Oswaldo Navarro: 1g; .000/.000/.000 (0-for-5)
Luis Valbuena: 10g; .286/.333/.310; 0HR, 6RBI
Jose Escalona: 0-0, 3.86ERA; 3g; 2.1IP, 3BB, K
Cesar Jimenez: 0-0, 0.00ERA; 3g; 3.1IP; BB, 3K

Cesar Jimenez pitching for Lara in Venezuela. Photo Credit: HERE

Cesar Jimenez pitching for Lara in Venezuela. Photo Credit: HERE

Caribes de Anzoategui (5-5):
Luis Oliveros: 3g; .250/.400/.375; 0HR, 2RBI

Leones del Caracas (4-5):
Asdrubal Cabrera: 9g; .361/.477/.500; HR, 6RBI

Navegantes del Magallanes (6-4):
Carlos Maldonado: 3g; .000/.364/.000; 0HR, 0RBI

Carlos Maldonado with Magallanes. Photo Credit: HERE

Carlos Maldonado with Magallanes. Photo Credit: HERE

Here are the regular season final stats for the Rattler Alumni in the Caribbean Winter Leagues:

Dominican Republic:
Aguilas Cibaenas (32-18):
Edward Paredes: 3-0, 1.93ERA; 24g; 14.0IP, 8BB, 10K
Juan Sandoval: 0-1, 4.63ERA; 17g; 11.2IP; 4BB, 6K

Juan Sandoval in action with Diablos Rojos del Mexico during the summer. Photo Credit: HERE

Juan Sandoval in action with Diablos Rojos del Mexico during the summer. Photo Credit: HERE

Estrellas de Oriente (30-20):
Juan Diaz: 39g; .259/.289/.371; 2HR, 13RBI

Gigantes del Cibao (22-29):
Carlos Peguero: 18g; .333/.425/.571; 4HR, 14RBI
Rene Rivera: 14g; .130/.212/.283; 2HR, 4RBI
Bobby! Livingston: 0-2, 3.72ERA; 4g, 3gs; 9.2IP, 2BB, 4K
Aquilino Lopez: 0-1, 29.45ERA; 7g; 3.2IP, 2BB, 3K*
*-Includes two games with Tigres del Licey

Leones del Escogido (23-28):
Taylor Green: 11g; .300/.333/.350; 0HR, 3RBI

Tigres del Licey (21-29):
Carlos Triunfel: 25g; .147/.237/.147; 0HR, 3RBI

Puerto Rico:
Antenienses de Manati (15-24):
Tony Butler: 0-0, SAVE, 1.56ERA; 11g, 1gs; 17.1IP, 18BB, 7K

Cangrejeros de Santurce (21-18):
Jeff Dominguez: 36g; .250/.400/.385; 2HR, 7RBI
Yadiel Rivera: 21g; .347/.347/.429; 0HR, 6RBI
Miguel Martinez: 1-1, 3.70ERA; 16g, 1gs; 24.1IP, 12BB, 20K

Criollos de Caguas (24-16):
Efrain Nieves:  1-2, 3.91ERA; 11g, 3gs; 25.1IP, 7BB, 20K

Indios de Mayaguez 23-17:
Martin Maldonado: 28g; .276/.373/.388; 2HR, 18RBI

Venezuela:
Aguilas de Zulia (35-28):
Austin Bibens-Dirkx: 2-2, 2.35ERA; 12g, 10gs; 53.2IP; 15BB, 57K

Bravos de Margarita (23-38):
Renee Cortez: 4-2, 3.42ERA; 18g, 0gs; 26.1IP, 12BB, 20K
Jeremy Jeffress: 0-0, 0.00ERA; 2g, 0gs; 3.1IP; BB, K

Cardenales de Lara (34-29):
Johan Limonta: 29g; .240/.305/.307; HR, 7RBI
Oswaldo Navarro: 33g; .178/.302/.289; 2HR, 11RBI
Luis Valbuena: 51g; .306/.414/.497; 6HR, 39RBI
Jose Escalona: 19g; 1-0, 2.65ERA; 17.0IP; 7BB, 12K
Ryan Feierabend: 0-1, 3.26ERA; 6g, 6gs; 30.1IP, 4BB, 19K
Cesar Jimenez: 0-3, 4 SAVES, 3.68ERA; 22.0IP, 8BB, 26K

Caribes de Anzoategui (35-28):
Mike Wilson: 7g; .063/.250/.063; 0HR, RBI

Leones del Caracas (35-28):
Asdrubal Cabrera: 11g; .277/.346/.404; HR, 4RBI

Navegantes del Magallanes (36-27):
Sean Halton: 14g; .160/.263/.360′ 3HR, 6RBI
Carlos Maldonado: 49g; .270/.379/.522; 12HR, 30RBI

Tiburones de La Guaira (29-33):
J.C Ramirez: 2-1, 12.38ERA; 12g; 8.0IP, 9BB, 7K

Rattler Alumni Report (Winter League Playoff Edition)

Australia is still in the regular season, but the Caribbean Winter Leagues have all moved into the playoffs.

At a point in the future, I’ll go back to look at how former Rattlers did in the regular season of the Winter Leagues.  But, for now, here is a playoff update….after checking on Craig Anderson in Australia.

Craig Anderson as a member of the Sydney Blue Sox (SMP Images/Brett Crockford)

Craig Anderson as a member of the Sydney Blue Sox (SMP Images/Brett Crockford)

Australia:
Sydney Blue Sox (18-16 Tied for 2nd):
Craig Anderson: 5-2, 1.94ERA, 9g, 9gs, 60.1IP, 5BBs, 29K

Okay, NOW the playoffs:

Dominican Republic:
Aguilas Cibaenas (6-3 in round robin play):
Edward Paredes: 0-0, 0.00ERA, 6g, 3IP, 0BB, 3K
Juan Sandoval: 0-0, 0.00, 7g, 5IP, BB, 6K

Estrellas de Oriente (2-7 in round robin play):
Juan Diaz: 6g, .176/.176/.176, 0HR, RBI

Toros del Este (4-5 in round robin play):
Carlos Peguero: 2g, .000/.167/.000, 0HR, RBI
Rene Rivera: 7g, .313/.421/.375. 0HR, 0RBI

Puerto Rico:
Cangrejeros de Santurce (1-3)
Jeff Dominguez: 4g, .188/.188/.250, 0HR, 0RBI
Yadiel Rivera: 2g, .250/.250/.250, 0HR, 0RBI

Criollos de Caguas (3-1):
Efrain Nieves: 1g, 0-0, 13.50ERA, .2IP, BB, 0K

Indios de Mayaguez (3-1):
Martin Maldonado: 4g, .214/.313/.286, 0HR, RBI

Venezuela:
Aguilas del Zulia (2-2):
Austin Bibens-Dirkx: 1-0, 0.00ERA, 1g, 1gs, 6.0IP, 2BB, 5K

Luis Valbuena with Lara (LVBP.com)

Luis Valbuena with Lara (LVBP.com)

Cardenales de Lara (2-2):
Luis Valbuena: 4g, .278/.316/.278, 0HR, RBI
Cesar Jimenez: 2g, 0-0, 0.00ERA, 2g, 2IP, BB, 2K

Asdrubal Cabrera is way more excited to be playing for Leones del Caracas than he was in this photograph.

Asdrubal Cabrera is way more excited to be playing for Leones del Caracas than he was in this photograph.

Leones del Caracas (2-2):
Asdrubal Cabrera: 4g, .353/.353/.412, 0HR, 2RBI

Navegantes del Magallanes (2-2):
Carlos Maldonado: 1g, .000/1.000/.000, 0HR, 0RBI*

*That would be two walks in two plate appearances for Carlos Maldonado as a member of the Navegantes del Magallanes in the Venezuelan playoffs.

Alumni Report (Winter Leagues through 12/18/12)

The regular features are going on hiatus through the end of the year. 

Since it has been about two weeks since the last time I checked, now would be a good time to take a look at the how things are going for the Alumni in the winter leagues.

I added in the records and current standing of each team with a former Rattler to give a little context.

Australia:
Sydney Blue Sox (11-11, 3rd):
Craig Anderson: 3-1, 2.11 ERA, 6g, 6gs, 38.1IP, 3BB, 16K

Craig Anderson ('00) is pitching well in his homeland.

Craig Anderson (’00) is pitching well in his homeland.

Dominican Republic:
Aguilas Cibaenas (31-17, 1st):
Edward Paredes: 3-0, 1.93ERA, 24g, 14.0IP, 8BB, 10K
Juan Sandoval: 0-1, 5.40ERA, 15g, 10.0IP, 3BB, 4K

Estrellas de Oriente (30-18, 2nd):
Juan Diaz: .259/.291/.375, 38g, 2HR, 13RBI

Gigantes del Cibao (22-26, 3rd):
Carlos Peguero: .346/.443/.577, 15g, 3HR, 11RBI
BOBBY! Livingston: 0-1, 1.04ERA, 3g, 2gs, 8.2IP, 2BB, 4K
Aquilino Lopez: 0-1, 29.45ERA, 7g, 3.2IP, 2BB, 3K*

Leones del Escogido (20-28, 5th):
Taylor Green: .300/.333/.350, 11g, 0HR, 3RBI

Tigres del Licey (20-28, 6th):
Carlos Triunfel: .147/.237/.147, 24g, 0HR, 3RBI

Puerto Rico:
Atenienses de Manati (13-14, 4th):
Tony Butler: 0-0, 1.69ERA, SAVE, 9g, 1gs, 16.0IP, 16BB, 6K

Cangrejeros de Santurce (15-13, 3rd):
Jeff Dominguez: .205/.347/.244, 26g, 0HR, 2RBI
Yadiel Rivera: .273/.273/.318, 12g, 0HR, 4RBI

 

Yadiel Rivera is jumping into the winter ball season in Puerto Rico.

Yadiel Rivera is jumping into the winter ball season in Puerto Rico.


Criollos de Caguas (18-11, 1st):
Efrain Nieves: 0-2, 6.91 ERA, 9g, 1gs, 14.1IP, 6BB, 8K

Indios de Mayaguez (16-12, 2nd):
Martin Maldonado: .318/.405/.470, 19g, 2HR, 11RBI

Venezuela:
Aguilas de Zulia (28-28, 5th):
Austin Bibens-Dirkx: 2-3, 2.14ERA, SAVE, 12g, 10gs, 54.2IP, 13BB, 57K

 

Austin Bibens-Dirkx is doing well in Venezuela. (Photo Credit: Joel Dinda)

Austin Bibens-Dirkx is doing well in Venezuela this winter. (Photo Credit: Joel Dinda)

Bravos de Margarita (22-30, 4th):
Renee Cortez: 4-1, 3.27ERA, 15g, 22.0IP, 12BB, 19K
Jeremy Jeffress: 0-0, 0.00ERA, 2g, 3.1IP, BB, K

Cardenales de Lara (28-26, 4th):
Edilio Colina: .259/.355/.259, 7g, 0HR, 2RBI
Johan Limonta: .258/.300/.333, 23g, HR, 7RBI
Oswaldo Navarro: .178/.277/.274, 27g, HR, 8RBI
Luis Valbuena: .300/.419/.500, 42g, 5HR, 29RBI
Jose Escalona: 0-0, 2.25ERA, 17g, 16.0IP, 7BB, 12K
Ryan Feierabend: 0-1, 3.26, 6g, 6gs, 30.1IP, 4B, 19K
Cesar Jimenez: 0-2, 3.57ERA, 3 SAVES, 19g, 17.2IP, 3BB, 22K

Caribes de Anzoategui (30-25, T-2nd):
Luis Oliveros: .375/.464/.500, 11g, 0HR, 3RBI

Leones del Caracas (30-25, T-2nd):
Asdrubal Cabrera: .348/.348/.391, 5g, 0HR, 2RBI

Navagantes del Magallanes (32-24, 1st):
Sean Halton: .160/.263/.360, 14g, 3HR, 6RBI
Carlos Maldonado: .286/.399/.547, 45g, 11HR, 28RBI

Tiburones de La Guaira (27-28, 6th):
JC Ramirez: 2-1, 12.38ERA, 12g, 8.0IP, 9BB, 7K

*-Stats for Aquilino Lopez include two games with Tigres del Licey

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