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Caribbean baseball is comprised of four different leagues – the Dominican Winter League, Mexican Pacific League, Puerto Rican Winter League and Venezuelan Winter League. Three of the four leagues have already started playing this year. The Puerto Rican Winter League is scheduled to begin on Nov. 6.

The 2009 Caribbean Series will take place in Mexicali, Mexico. The winner of each league will represent its respective country and each team will play six games. The team with the best record is declared the champion. Last year, the Licey Tigres from the Dominican Winter League captured the crown.

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There are several players from the Orioles' system who are participating in the Caribbean winter leagues. Several others, including third baseman Melvin Mora and catcher Ramon Hernandez, are listed on rosters, but they haven't played yet.

Let me preface this entry by saying that I've done my best to compile a list of the different players who are currently in the Orioles' system, but I may have missed some. Also, there might be some players who are included in the list that are free agents and may not return to the organization in 2009. It's difficult to obtain a lot of information about the Caribbean leagues, so feel free to contact me if you think someone was inadvertently omitted and I'll include them next week.

Look for reports from the Caribbean leagues to appear on O's on Deck every Wednesday for the remainder of the season. Also, I forgot to mention on this week's entry about the Arizona Fall League, but you can expect those posts every Monday.

Here are updates through Monday's games on the players in the Orioles' system:

Dominican Winter League

Fredy Deza, RHP – The 25-year-old relief pitcher allowed three runs and two hits in 1 1/3 innings during his only appearance of the season so far for the Azucareros. Deza also walked two hitters during the game against Estrellas on Oct. 19. He was 2-3 with a 3.32 ERA in 40 2/3 innings while splitting time between the Aberdeen IronBirds, Frederick Keys and Norfolk Tides this season.

Andy Mitchell, RHP – Mitchell couldn't find the strike zone in his first appearance of the season for Aguilas. The 30-year-old pitcher walked four batters and gave up three runs in 1 1/3 innings against the Gigantes on Oct. 19. He was 12-8 with a 4.29 ERA in 32 games (21 starts) for the Tides in 2008.

Wilfredo Perez, LHP – The 24-year-old left-hander earned the victory after pitching two scoreless innings in his debut for the Estrellas on Oct. 17. Perez had three strikeouts, walked one and allowed one hit during the game against the Gigantes. He was 2-4 with a 2.71 ERA in 42 games split between Frederick and the Bowie Baysox in 2008.

Felix Romero, RHP – The 28-year-old relief pitcher gave up two runs and two hits in 2 1/3 innings for the Estrellas against Escogido on Oct. 18. Romero walked four hitters and had two strikeouts in the game. He had 100 strikeouts and only walked 19 hitters in 77 innings for the Baysox during the 2008 season.

Luis Terrero, OF – Terrero is 4-for-11 (.364) with an RBI and three runs scored in three games for the Aguilas this season. The 28-year-old outfielder was 2-for-4 with a double and a triple against Escogido on Oct. 17. He also had two hits against the Gigantes on Oct. 19. Terrero hit .274 with 31 doubles, 13 home runs and 88 RBIs in 129 games for Norfolk this season.

Venezuelan Winter League

Gerardo Casadiego, RHP – The 27-year-old relief pitcher has given up one run and one hit in 2 1/3 innings for La Guaira so far this season. Casadiego had one strikeout, but allowed one run in 1 1/3 innings against Magallanes on Oct. 14. He bounced back with a perfect inning against the Lara Cardenales on Oct. 17. Casadiego was 5-6 with a 3.18 ERA in 55 appearances for the Baysox in 2008.

Cory Doyne, RHP – Doyne has been nearly flawless in two appearances for the Tiburones. The 27-year-old relief pitcher had one strikeout and walked one in one inning against Margarita on Oct. 16. He picked up his first save of the season on Oct. 17 after pitching a scoreless inning against Lara. The 6-foot-2, 240-pound pitcher was recovering from rotator cuff surgery in 2008. He had a 3.43 ERA in 17 games while splitting time between the Gulf Coast League Orioles, Aberdeen, Frederick and Norfolk.

Carlos Rojas, 2B/SS – The 24-year-old infielder has only appeared briefly in three games for the Caribes. Rojas, who played second base for the Baysox during the 2008 season, has entered twice as a defensive replacement at shortstop and once as a pinch hitter. He walked in his only official plate appearance against Margarita on Oct. 18. Rojas batted .247 with two home runs and 38 RBIs in 120 games for Bowie this season.

Steve Torrealba, C – The 30-year-old backup catcher is 0-for-4 in two games for the Caribes so far this season. Torrealba was 0-for-3 with a strikeout in his only start on Oct. 17 against Margarita. He 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, 3B – The 30-year-old third baseman, who played for Bowie this season, is a member of the Mochis Caneros this winter. In eight games, Nettles is only hitting .185 (5-for-27) with one home run. He was 2-for-3 against the Mazatlan Venados on Oct. 18 and he hit a solo home run against the Mexicali Aguilas on Oct. 14. Nettles batted .253 with 24 home runs and 78 RBIs in 134 games for the Baysox in 2008.

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Chris Roberson, OF – Roberson is off to a quick start for the Hermosillo Naranjeros so far this season. The 29-year-old outfielder is tied for first in runs scored (eight), second in doubles (five) and sixth in total bases (19). He is also second in batting average (.438) and stolen bases (four). Roberson has at least two hits in five of the eight games in which he's played. In his past three games, Roberson is 8-for-15 with four doubles, four runs scored, three stolen bases and three RBIs.

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