Several players from the Orioles’ minor league system are participating in the various Caribbean leagues. This week’s update, however, contains less information because many players from the organization who were playing in the Caribbean leagues declared for free agency on Nov. 6.
If you’re interested, feel free to check out the full list of minor league free agents, which can be found on Baseball America’s Web site. As always, feel free to get in touch with me if you think players have been inadvertently omitted and I’ll include them in next week’s entry.
Look for reports from the Caribbean leagues to appear on O’s on Deck every Wednesday for the remainder of the season.
Here are updates through Tuesday’s games on the players in the Orioles’ system:
Dominican Winter League
Fredy Deza, RHP – The 25-year-old relief pitcher has given up nine runs (eight earned) and 14 hits in eight innings for the Azucareros. Opponents are batting .378 against Deza this season, and he has walked six hitters in his seven games. He allowed two runs and five hits in two innings against the Aguilas on Nov. 7. In his last appearance, Deza surrendered two runs (one earned) and three hits in one inning against the Estrellas on Nov. 10.
Wilfredo Perez, LHP – Perez is 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA in five appearances for the Estrellas. He has struggled with his control, issuing six walks in four innings this season. The 24-year-old left-hander has walked at least one hitter in each game. Despite not giving up any hits against the Gigantes on Nov. 9, Perez allowed one run. He walked one hitter and had one strikeout in the game.
Venezuelan Winter League
Victor Castillo, C – Castillo was 0-for-2 with a strikeout against Lara on Oct. 22 in his only game for La Guaira so far this season. The 24-year-old catcher batted .231 with four home runs and 12 RBIs in 39 games for the Delmarva Shorebirds this season. He hit .294 with one home run and 27 RBIs in 81 games for Delmarva in 2007.
Carlos Rojas, 2B/SS – Rojas is hitting .211 (4-for-19) with three RBIs and two runs scored in 11 games for the Caribes. The 24-year-old infielder has played regularly after seeing little action during the first few weeks of the season. Rojas was 1-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored against La Guaira on Nov. 5. He batted .247 with two home runs and 38 RBIs in 120 games for Bowie this season.
Oscar Salazar, 1B/3B/LF – Salazar continues to play well for La Guaira. The 30-year-old utility player is hitting .469 (30-for-64) with five home runs and 13 RBIs in 17 games. He is first in the Venezuelan Winter League in batting average and tied for fifth in runs scored (18). Salazar was 2-for-4 with a solo home run and three runs scored against Magallanes on Nov. 8. He also hit a home run against Margarita on the following night.
Steve Torrealba, C/1B – The 30-year-old backup catcher is batting .222 (4-for-18) with four RBIs and five runs scored in eight games for the Caribes this season. Torrealba was 2-for-3 with two walks against La Guaira on Tuesday. He had a double, two RBIs and two runs scored while playing first base in the game. Torrealba hit .283 with eight home runs, 26 RBIs and 16 runs scored in 37 games for the Baysox this season.
Mexican Pacific League
Jeff Nettles, SS/3B – The 30-year-old infielder is hitting .262 with one home run and six RBIs in 19 games for the Mochis Caneros. Nettles has hit successfully in eight of his past 10 games. During that span, he is 11-for-31 with five RBIs and three runs scored. Nettles is hitting .381 (8-for-21) against left-handed pitchers, but he’s only hitting .200 (8-for-40) against right-handers.