While the Major League season has been over for more than a month, winter league baseball around the world is still going. With leagues in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Venezuela, and Australia, there’s plenty of baseball to still follow along with if you’re needing your fix.
Early in the Dominican Winter League Jose Siri was relegated to pinch running duties. He had seven stolen bases before he had seven at-bats. There wasn’t much playing time in October for the center fielder, and when he did see action on the field, he couldn’t find a groove at the plate. That changed in November when he began to see more consistent playing time and he hasn’t looked back. After getting a week off for traveling to and from Redsfest this past weekend, he returned to action on Tuesday night and had two hits. The 22-year-old is now hitting .308/.345/.558 for Gigantes del Cibao with 10 steals in 11 attempts. Just prior to leaving for Redsfest he homered in back-to-back games. You can see video of both moonshots here.
Sebastian Elizalde has been hitting well in the Mexican Winter League since the start of the season. The recently turned 26-year-old hasn’t slowed down much at any point over the last seven weeks. Playing the outfield for Culiacan, he’s hit .375/.445/.511 with more walks, 23, than strikeouts, 22. In 48 games played he has also stolen 10 bases. He’s showed off good pop in the league, doubling 14 times with a triple and three home runs.
There hasn’t been much pitching from the Reds in the international winter leagues. Rafael De Paula has easily the most innings of any Reds prospect with a whopping 11.1 innings pitched. He’s posted a 3.97 ERA for Escogido in the Dominican Winter League. Keury Mella hasn’t pitched in over a month, but he performed quite well in the five games that he did pitch in. For the Toros he allowed just one earned in 7.1 innings with two walks and six strikeouts.