Updates on All Four Caribbean Winter Leagues – Phillies Nation

Updates on All Four Caribbean Winter Leagues

With many individuals from the Phillies’ organization playing in the Caribbean “Winter” leagues, there is still plenty of baseball action to keep tabs on. Below is a run down of all the key players spending time trying to sharpen their skills and gain some extra experience during the North American offseason.

Dominican Winter Baseball League-

David Herndon, a 2010 rookie that spent the entire season on the Phillies’ big league roster, is pitching for the Cibao Gigantes. In 2 relief outings, Herndon has pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings. He hasn’t walked or struck out a batter in his limited game time, to this point. Herndon, 25, was a Rule 5 draft pick by the Phillies last off-season. In 47 games in the Majors this season, Herndon posted a 1-3 record with a 4.30 ERA, while allowing just 2 HR in 52 1/3 innings pitched.

Antonio Bastardo, a teammate of Herndon with the Phillies this season, continues to occupy the same bullpen as Herndon. In 5 relief outings with the Gigantes, Bastardo has held his opponents hitless in 5 innings, while striking out 6 batters and walking none. With the Major League Phillies this year, Bastardo went 2-0 with a 4.34 ERA in 25 games.

Juan Perez, who the Phillies recently signed to a minor league contract, is another pitcher on the Gigantes roster. The lefty hurler is 1-1 with an 11.81 ERA in 13 DWBL outings…all in relief. The 32-year-old Perez pitched with the Dodgers Triple-A affiliate in Albuquerque in 2010, and posted a 4-3 record with a 2.96 ERA and a save in 45 games there. Last week, Perez was announced as a Phillies non-roster spring training invitee.

Domonic Brown, another Phils rookie in 2010, is playing with the Escogido Leones. The lefty hitting outfielder has struggled, going just 1-for-19 (.053 avg) in his first 6 games played in the Dominican League.

Timo Perez, a former Major Leaguer who spent time with the Phillies Double-A club in Reading this year, has been hitting very well for the Licey Tigres. In 27 games, the lefty batting outfielder has posted a .333 average, which is good enough for 4th best in the league. Perez, a Dominican native, also has 2 HR and 15 RBI for the Tigres.

Phillies pitching prospect Yohan Flande hasn’t been extremely sharp with the Toros. In 5 games, 4 of which were starts, the 24-year-old Flande has a 1-1 record with a 5.63 ERA while allowing opposing batters to post a .313 average. In 27 starts at Double-A Reading this year, Flande went 10-8 with a 4.38 ERA.

Infielder Ozzie Chavez, who split the regular season with Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley, is batting .130 in 12 games with the Toros, with no extra base hits and 3 runs scored. Chavez is a native of the Dominican Republic.

Derrick Loop, who pitched with High-A level Clearwater and Lehigh Valley in the Phillies system this year, has a 1-0 record and a 3.00 ERA in 11 relief outings for the Aguilas. Loop has held batters hitless with runners in scoring position thus far in DWBL action.

Former Phillie Fabio Castro leads the Dominican League in all three pitching triple crown categories (wins, ERA & strike outs) for the Gigantes. Castro is 4-1 with a 1.29 ERA and 52 strike outs in 35 innings over 6 starts.

Mexican League-

Pitcher Brian Mazone, who went 7-13 in 28 starts with Lehigh Valley this year, is doing poorly with the Mexicali Aquilas. In 3 Mexican League starts, Mazone has a 0-2 record with a 10.22 ERA. Mazone, a 34-year-old minor league journeyman, has never pitched in the majors.

20-year-old catcher Angel Chavarin, who was a member of the Gulf Coast League champion Phillies squad this year, is hitless in 2 games with the Mexicali Aquilas thus far.

Highly regarded catching prospect Sebastian Valle has been solid with the Los Mochis Caneros. The Mexico native Valle has posted a .264 average with 3 homers and 10 RBI in 27 games. Valle was a member of the A Level Lakewood BlueClaws that won two consecutive South Atlantic League championships over the past couple seasons.

Puerto Rican League-

Julio Rodriguez, another member of the 2010 SAL title winning Lakewood club, is pitching with the Carolina Gigantes. The 20-year-old righty hurler has a 2-1 record 3.80 ERA in 6 games, 5 of which were starts. In 20 games combined between short season Williamsport and A level Lakewood, in 2010, Rodriguez went 7-3 with a 1.89 ERA in 90 1/3 innings pitched.

Former Phillie Antonio Alfonseca is also a member of the Carolina roster. In 12 games, Alfonseca is 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA.

Venezuelan League-

Luis Unda, a left-handed outfielder, has gone 3-for-9 (.333 avg) in 4 games with the Cardenales. Unda, 20, batted .245 with no homers and 16 RBI in 44 games with the Gulf Coast League Phillies in 2010.

Switch-hitting infielder Freddy Galvis is batting .188 in 21 games with the Navegantes. Galvis has well regarded defense, but his .586 OPS in 138 games with Double A Reading in 2010 isn’t the sort of offense the Phillies are hoping for from him.

A member of the Phillies’ 2009 World Series team who toiled around at Double A in 2010, Sergio Escalona, hasn’t been on point thus far with the Tiburones. In 8 games, Escalona has no decisions and a 9.00 ERA. One plus for the 26-year-old lefty is that opponents are only batting .167 against him.

Melvin Dorta, a 28-year-old infielder that played with Reading and Lehigh Valley in 2010, is batting .108 in 12 games with the Aragua Tigres.

Harold Garcia, who made headlines this year by setting the Florida State League hitting streak record at 37 consecutive games, is batting .267 through 19 games with Zulia Aguilas. Unfortunately for Garcia he has no extra base hits and is just 1-for-3 in stolen base attempts.

24-year-old infielder Fidel Hernandez, who spent time at Clearwater and Reading this year, is also on the Aguilas roster. His .191 average and .515 OPS are rather unimpressive.

Venezuela native Cesar Hernandez is 7-for-21 (.333 avg.) in 8 games with the Margarita Bravos. Hernandez, 20, is a switch hitter. He batted .325 with 32 steals in 65 games at short season Williamsport in 2010.

Andy Tracy, who played with the IronPigs and the Phillies over the past few seasons, has joined the Bravos after struggling (2-for-29) in 8 games with the Aguilas in the Dominican League. In 3 games in the Venezuelan league, Tracy is 1-for-4, with a double and 2 walks.

Jay Floyd is PhilliesNation’s minor league contributor. You can read more from Jay by visiting his site, PhoulBallz.com.



  1. brooks

    November 27, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Absolutely nothing looks impressive but it is early.
    Thanks for the update Jay. Look forward to these.

  2. Jay Floyd

    November 27, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    I was excited to see Cesar Hernandez doing well plus Valle and Harold Garcia have decent numbers. Those three could be some impact prospects next year…I already regard Valle as a top 5 guy in the system.

    I am surprised Herndon is there. I feel like the risk outweighs the benefits of him pitching once or twice a week. A guy like Bastardo being there makes more sense, since pitching in his country’s premiere national league is important.

    Julio Rodriguez is impressive. He began the regular 2010 season in extended spring training, but threw over 90 innings during the season as a starter & reliever, plus pitched for the PR Pan-Am qualifier team. He’s showing a lot by going from Spring-December this year.

  3. Bart Shart

    November 27, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Good to hear that Bastardo, Herndon and Valle are looking sharp. I was hoping that Dom Brown would have set the league on fire. Maybe he got too much hype or is injured. Thanks for the update.

  4. brooks

    November 27, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    Bart dont say that! We could use a larger than lifesize year from D. Brown!

    Lets just hope its a small phase or dissentary… whatever –

  5. mike

    November 27, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    dom brown is awful

  6. Greg

    November 27, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Yes, Mike, clearly he’s awful. :-/ He’ll be fine. Hasn’t swung a bat in 3 months.

  7. jonnyboy

    November 27, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    dom brown may not be ready for the big time. out of all the postings i say there are two good opportunities. first: trade for justin upton. good contract, young kid, huge upside. but is probably going to take a lot to get

    second option as brought up by the dipsy (who usually has some of the best ideas) i think: sign manny ramirez. the guy wants another championship and next year may be his last chance. if we would play him 2/3 of the games, including against all lefties we could probably see him go .285 with 25 hrs. use dom brown in 1/3 of the games and for the late inning defense and if he gives .275 with 15 hrs ill be ecstatic.

    this would free francisco to take an increased presence in left field. he could be solid if given consistency.

  8. jeff

    November 27, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Dom will never be a big league guy. I realize he has had many at bat. he is going to be average. we are screw ed


    November 27, 2010 at 10:18 pm


  10. Greg

    November 27, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Yeah, Brown will be horrid. He’s way too bad defensively, has horrid major league numbers, and is far too young. He’ll probably end up as crap of a player as Chase Utley. What a letdown he was, with his horrid defense and hitting.

  11. jonnyboy

    November 27, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    the satire is hysterical. i think that brown “could” have his breakout year, similar to jason heyward. but if we acquired either upton or manny, we could move him to right and bench raul’s sorry butt. or hope that raul starts out strong and his .280-290 and we could trade him to a 1 yr contender who needs some pop. we acquire upton for quality or manny for quality insurance. and if brown does happen to break out, its still a win situation!!

    thats the only move i say we need to make for the 8 fielding positions

  12. Dan

    November 27, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    “Brown’ll be fine. Hasn’t swung a bat in three months.” Yeah, he actually got down there on Nov. 15th and had to wait a week before he could get into a game because he was so rusty. It is depressing however that he is struggling like this. But he should start to hit. I can’t imagine the Dominican League is a great deal tougher than triple AAA and Dom has hit quite well there. Maybe the Phils did him a disservice by keeping him up in Philly. Pinch-hitting was tough for him and it looks like they took him out of the rhythym he was in down in triple A. And maybe that .210 ate into his confidence. It’ll be interesting to see what the Phils do if his struggles continue in winter ball. Junior: “Scott, Jayson, come back, wait!! I’ve changed my mind, I’ll give in, I’ll give you whatever you want, Jayson Werth is the greatest player ever and he’ll play until he’s 45, etc, etc!”

  13. bacardipr05

    November 28, 2010 at 2:34 am

    Not too much to be impressed by Bastardo an Herndon

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