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Dodgers Fall & Winter League Update

Jerry Sands and Tim Federowicz are both playing for the Tigres del Licey in the Dominican Winter League
Jerry Sands and Tim Federowicz are both playing for the Tigres del Licey in the Dominican Winter League

With less than a week to go in the Arizona Fall League, I figured it was time to take a look at the Dodger players participating in all the various off-season leagues.  In addition to the AFL, the Dominican Winter League, the Mexican Pacific League, the Venezuelan Winter League, and the Puerto Rican League are in full swing.  The best website to track these players on a daily basis can be found here, but I thought I'd also provide some additional analysis below

Arizona Fall League

The Salt River Rafters have virtually locked up the AFL East Division as they lead their division by 4.5 with just 5 games to play. 

Alex Castellanos - As most of you already know, Castellanos was tearing up the AFL until an oblique strain ended his season.  Acquired in the trade for Rafael Furcal, Castle connected on 3 homers in 8 games for the Rafters and had a 1.298 OPS prior to his injury. 

Jake Lemmerman - Late Night has had a tough time in the AFL, hitting just .158 in 57 at bats with just 2 extra bat hits.  I wouldn't read too much into his struggles, especially since he has more walks (10) than strikeouts (9). 

Griff Erickson - The switch hitting catcher hasn't had much success so far with the Rafters, hitting just .213 with a .640 OPS.  The 23 year old does have four doubles and a homer, however, and is gaining valuable experience. 

Brian Cavazos-Galvez - BCG took Castellanos' roster spot, and has done pretty well with a .292 average.  Brian has 2 homer in 16 games, including 1 last night, but continues to avoid walks as he has recorded just 1 base on balls.

Kyle Russell - The 25 year old is on the taxi squad so he only plays twice a week, and in 9 games Russell remains true to himself with 16 strikeouts and 2 homers.  Kyle is also hitting .270 and has a .811 OPS.

Steve Ames - Know for his high strikeout numbers and immaculate control, Ames has found the AFL to be a bit more challenging.  Not only does he have just 7 K's in 16.1 innings, but he has walked 4 and allowed a staggering 4 homers.  Even still he has a solid 3.31 ERA and has turned into one of the Dodgers' top relief prospects.

Stephen Fife - The recently acquired Fife hasn't been all that sharp in the AFL, allowing 24 runs and 35 hits in 23 innings.  He had one really bad outing that ballooned his ERA to 7.43, and overall he simply hasn't impressed anyone.

Cole St. Clair - The big lefty has been done OK in the AFL, posting a 4.26 ERA through 19 innings.  He's been hit around quite a bit and continues to have a low strikeout rate, but I still think he will make it to the big leagues at some point in the near future.

Josh Wall - The 2005 2nd round pick has been great in the AFL, posting a 2.16 ERA over 8.1 innings while picking up 10 K's and 4 saves.  Rumor has it that his fastball has recently reached 100 mph, and I expect him to be added to the 40 man roster in the near future.

More players and analysis after the jump...

Dominican Winter League

Tim Federowicz - Federowicz has only appeared in 7 winter league games, but so far he's put up pretty good stats.  Fedex has 1 double, 1 homer, and 7 RBI's which have led to a a .286 average and a .762 OPS.

Jerry Sands - Sands' time in the Dominican Winter League is done since he is now focused on getting married, but he got some good work in with 20 games played for the Tigres del Licey.  Sands wasn't overly impressive as his OPS was only .700 and he averaged a strikeout per game, but he did hit 2 homers and collected 12 RBI's.

Justin Sellers - Sellers appeared in four games from Oct 28 through Nov 1st, but hasn't been heard from since then.  In his four games Justin collected just 2 singles and had an ugly OPS of .466.

Alfredo Silverio- Sillverio's AA success hasn't translated into good numbers in the Dominican Winter League as Alfredo is hitting just .214 through 12 games.  In 42 at bats Silverio has a double and a homer, but his OPS is only .576 for the season.

Venezuelan Winter League

Scott Van Slyke - After a huge year in the Southern League, Van Slyke has struggled in winter ball as he currently has a .194 batting average through 21 games. Scott does have a homer, but has struck out more than once a game has an OPS of just .643.

Ronald Belisario - Is Belisario even considered a Dodger anymore?  Whatever the case, Ronald has allowed just 6 hits in 11.2 innings and has a 3.09 ERA.  The bad news is that he's walked 9 batters which is probably due to the rust of sitting out for the entire 2011 season.

Mexican Winter League

Javier Solano - The 21 year old hasn't had much luck in the Mexican Winter League, posting a 6.00 ERA through 15 innings.  I'm sure he's one of the younger players in the league, but even still I was hoping for better results.

Puerto Rican Winter League

Ethan Martin - I was surprised to see Martin playing in a winter league, but I'm glad that he is.  Martin has only pitched in one game for the Indios de Mayaguez, and in 3 innings Ethan has 5 strikeouts, but has also allowed 2 runs.

In addition to the players listed on the official mlb winter league page, it should be noted that Blake Smith and Nick Buss are both playing winter ball in Panama, with Smith tearing it up, while Trent Oeltjen is going to spend his offseason playing ball in Australia, although he's yet to play in a game so far.