Tracking O's prospects -- Caribbean leagues

Before I update the progress of the players in the Orioles' system that are participating in the Caribbean winter leagues, I wanted to share another set of statistics from the Arizona Fall League.

Second baseman Justin Turner, who was acquired from the Cincinnati Reds in the trade for Ramon Hernandez, hit .337 with one home run and 15 RBIs in 23 games for the Peoria Javelinas. The 24-year-old infielder had three stolen bases in four attempts, and he scored 18 runs in Arizona.


Several players from the Orioles' minor league system are participating in the various Caribbean leagues. There is one new addition to this week's list – outfielder Ambiorix Concepcion, who recently signed a minor league contract with the team.

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.


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 Monday's games on the players in the Orioles' system:

Dominican Winter League

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 – After two rough starts to begin the winter season with the Estrellas, Liz rebounded in his last game. The 25-year-old right-hander only gave up one hit and one walk in five innings against the Aguilas on Dec. 13. He had four strikeouts in the outing. Overall, Liz is 0-1 with a 5.73 ERA in 11 innings, but his performance might not be as bad as it looks on the surface. Opponents are only hitting .186 against Liz – left-handed hitters have a .348 batting average, while right-handed hitters don't have any hits against him.

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. He hasn't pitched since Dec. 5.

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 – Simon is 2-0 with a 4.57 ERA in five starts for the Gigantes this season. He has 17 strikeouts and five walks in 21 2/3 innings. The 27-year-old right-hander earned the victory against Carolina of the Puerto Rican Winter League after giving up one run and four hits in six innings on Dec. 6. Simon struggled in his last start, however, against Licey on Dec. 13. He allowed four runs and four hits in 1 1/3 innings.

Venezuelan Winter League

Gerardo Casadiego, RHP – The 27-year-old right-hander 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 was 12-8 with a 4.29 ERA in 32 games (21 starts) for the Norfolk Tides in 2008. The 30-year-old right-hander 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 is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA in six appearances for Lara. Rivero tossed four scoreless innings against the Caribes in a 16-inning game on Dec. 14. He gave up two hits and three walks in the outing. Rivero also pitched 3 2/3 innings against Caracas on Dec. 12 without giving up a run. He was 1-5 with a 5.78 ERA in 13 starts for the Bluefield Orioles during the regular season.


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 – In 43 games for La Guaira, Salazar is hitting .372 with six home runs and 26 RBIs. The 30-year-old utility player trails San Francisco Giants prospect Pablo Sandoval (.378) in batting average, but he continues to rank among the leaders in several offensive categories. Salazar is tied for third in the league with 30 walks, tied for fourth in doubles (15), fourth in total bases (95) and sixth in runs scored (35).

Steve Torrealba, C/1B – The 30-year-old backup catcher is batting .188 with seven RBIs and six runs scored in 19 games for the Caribes this season. Torrealba was 0-for-3 against Lara on Dec. 14. He has also received some playing time at first base in Venezuela. Torrealba hit .283 with eight home runs, 26 RBIs and 16 runs scored in 37 games for the Baysox in 2008.

Puerto Rican Winter League

Miguel Abreu, 2B – Abreu is hitting .182 (2-for-11) in 10 games for Ponce. The 24-year-old infielder has one RBI, two runs scored and two stolen bases so far this season. Abreu was 0-for-1 against Arecibo on Dec. 12. 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 – Costanzo is only hitting .220 with seven runs scored in 12 games for Caguas. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound third baseman has struck out seven times, and he has four walks. Costanzo was 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored against Licey on Dec. 7. The 25-year-old infielder doesn't have any home runs or RBIs so far in Puerto Rico. While playing for the Norfolk Tides during the regular season, he was second in the International League with 159 strikeouts in 129 games.

Mexican Pacific League

Alberto Castillo, LHP – Castillo only allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings against Culiacan on Dec. 14, but he suffered the loss. The 33-year-old left-hander is 0-3 with a 7.77 ERA in five games (four starts) for Mochis. He has 15 strikeouts and 11 walks in 22 innings this winter. Castillo was 1-0 with a 3.81 ERA in 28 relief appearances for the Orioles during the regular season.


Scott Chiasson, RHP – Chiasson is 3-3 with a 3.24 ERA and six saves in 17 appearances for Navojoa this season. He has 22 strikeouts in 25 innings. 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.

Jeff Nettles, SS/3B – The 30-year-old infielder batted .262 with one home run and six RBIs in 19 games for Mochis, 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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