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Tracking O's prospects -- Caribbean leagues

Several players from the Orioles' minor league system are participating in the various Caribbean leagues. There are three new additions to this week's list – right-handed pitchers Gerardo Casadiego, Scott Chiasson and Andy Mitchell.

I've attempted to compile a complete list, but I may have missed some players because it's difficult to acquire information about the leagues. Feel free to get in touch with me if you think someone was inadvertently omitted and I'll include them in next week's entry.

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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:

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Dominican Winter League
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Fredy Deza, RHP – The 25-year-old relief pitcher hasn't pitched for the Azucareros in December. Deza didn't allow any runs in his past two performances, but his ERA remains high. He tossed a scoreless inning against Escogido on Nov. 24, and he threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings against the Estrellas on Nov. 30. Overall, Deza has given up 12 runs (11 earned) and 19 hits in 13 innings. He has a 7.62 ERA in 11 appearances.

Radhames Liz, RHP – Liz was 6-6 with a 6.72 ERA in 17 starts for the Orioles in 2008, and he has continued to struggle in the Dominican Republic. The 25-year-old right-hander is 0-1 with a 10.50 ERA in two starts for the Estrellas. He allowed four runs (three earned) and three hits in 3 1/3 innings against Escogido on Dec. 5. Liz walked two hitters and had three strikeouts in the game.

Wilfredo Perez, LHP – Perez is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in 15 appearances for the Estrellas this season. He has given up five runs and seven hits in 10 innings. The 24-year-old left-hander walked one hitter and didn't retire anyone in each of his past three games. Perez had two strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief against Licey on Nov. 28.

Jose Reyes, C – The 25-year-old catcher started the winter season with the Estrellas, but he was transferred to the Azucareros at the end last month. Reyes was 0-for-2 against the Aguilas in his first game with the Azucareros on Nov. 28. He batted .222 (4-for-18) with two RBIs and two runs scored in 11 games for the Estrellas.

Alfredo Simon, RHP – In three of his four starts for the Gigantes, Simon has pitched extremely well. The 27-year-old right-hander is 2-0 with a 3.10 ERA and one complete game. He earned the victory on Dec. 6 against Carolina of the Puerto Rican Winter League after giving up one run and four hits in six innings. Simon struck out six hitters and issued two walks in the game.

Venezuelan Winter League

Gerardo Casadiego, RHP – The 27-year-old right-hander, who recently re-signed with the organization, has received plenty of action for La Guaira. Casadiego has a 4.05 ERA and two saves in 21 appearances. He has surrendered 10 runs (nine earned) and 21 hits in 20 innings. Casadiego has only allowed two earned runs in his past 10 games. He was 5-6 with a 3.18 ERA in 55 games for the Bowie Baysox in 2008.

Victor Castillo, C – Castillo hasn't played for La Guaira since going 0-for-2 with a strikeout against Lara on Oct. 22 in his only appearance. 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.

Andy Mitchell, RHP – Mitchell recently signed a minor league contract to stay with the organization. The 30-year-old right-hander was 12-8 with a 4.29 ERA in 32 games (21 starts) for the Norfolk Tides in 2008. He started the winter season with the Aguilas in the Dominican Winter League, but he joined Magallanes at the end of November. In four appearances (three starts) with the Aguilas, Mitchell was 0-1 with an 11.12 ERA. He walked 15 hitters and allowed 14 runs in 11 1/3 innings. Since becoming a member of Magallanes, he has a 7.71 ERA in 2 1/3 innings.

Guillermo Quiroz, C – In six games with Zulia, Quiroz is hitting .118 (2-for-17) with three RBIs and eight strikeouts. The 27-year-old catcher hasn't played since Nov. 26 against the Caribes. He was 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts in that game. Quiroz was 1-for-5 with a double, three RBIs and three strikeouts against La Guaira on Nov. 12. He batted .187 with two home runs and 14 RBIs in 56 games for the Orioles in 2008.

Raul Rivero, RHP – The 22-year-old right-hander has a 5.79 ERA in three appearances for Lara. Rivero retired one hitter without giving up a run on Dec. 5 against Margarita. He tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings against Aragua on Dec. 2. Rivero pitched for the Bluefield Orioles during the regular season. He was 1-5 with a 5.78 ERA in 13 starts for the rookie-level affiliate.

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 hasn't played since he was 0-for-3 with a walk against La Guaira on Nov. 11. He batted .247 with two home runs and 38 RBIs in 120 games for the Bowie Baysox this season.

Oscar Salazar, UTIL – Although his batting average has finally dipped below .400, Salazar continues to lead the Venezuelan Winter League. The 30-year-old utility player, who has played multiple positions during the winter, is hitting .384 with six home runs and 25 RBIs in 39 games for La Guaira. Salazar is leading the league with 30 walks. He's third in runs scored (34) and fifth in doubles (13). In his past 10 games, Salazar is only batting .273 with four RBIs and six runs scored.

Steve Torrealba, C/1B – The 30-year-old backup catcher is hitting .214 (6-for-28) with seven RBIs and six runs scored in 17 games for the Caribes this season. Torrealba, who batted .283 with eight home runs, 26 RBIs and 16 runs scored in 37 games for the Baysox in 2008, was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs against Zulia on Dec. 4. He has also received some playing time at first base in Venezuela.

Puerto Rican Winter League

Miguel Abreu, 2B – Abreu is batting .200 (2-for-10) with one RBI and two runs scored in seven games for Ponce. The 24-year-old infielder was 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored against Caguas on Nov. 23. He hit .275 with six home runs and 43 RBIs in 116 games for the Frederick Keys in 2008. Abreu had 24 doubles, 21 stolen bases and 55 runs scored for the Keys.

Mike Costanzo, 1B/3B – The 25-year-old infielder is only hitting .220 with seven runs scored in 12 games for Caguas. Costanzo was 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored against Licey on Dec. 7. Costanzo has struck out seven times, and he has four walks. While playing for the Norfolk Tides during the regular season, he was second in the International League with 159 strikeouts in 129 games. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound third baseman doesn't have any home runs or RBIs so far this season.

Mexican Pacific League

Alberto Castillo, LHP – Castillo is 0-2 with a 9.60 ERA in four games (three starts) for the Mochis Caneros. The 33-year-old left-hander has been roughed up in his past two starts. Castillo allowed five runs and six hits in 3 2/3 innings against Obregon on Dec. 3, and he gave up seven runs and seven hits in five innings against Hermosillo in Tuesday's game. Castillo was 1-0 with a 3.81 ERA in 28 relief appearances for the Orioles during the regular season.

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Scott Chiasson, RHP – Chiasson, who recently signed a minor league contract to stay with the organization, is 3-3 with a 3.24 ERA and six saves in 17 appearances for Navojoa this season. The 31-year-old right-hander hasn't pitched since tossing a scoreless inning against Obregon on Nov. 23. He posted a 3.38 ERA and one save in 10 games for the Norfolk Tides in 2008.

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Jeff Nettles, SS/3B – The 30-year-old infielder batted .262 with one home run and six RBIs in 19 games for the Mochis Caneros, but he hasn't played since Nov. 2. Nettles hit successfully in eight of his last 10 games. During that span, he was 11-for-31 (.355) with five RBIs and three runs scored.

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