Several players from the Orioles' minor league system are participating in the various Caribbean leagues. There are two new additions to this week's list – shortstop Cesar Izturis, who recently signed a two-year contract with the team, and catcher Guillermo Rodriguez, who agreed to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training.

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

Dominican Winter League

Fredy Deza, RHP – The 26-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 4.26 ERA in 17 appearances for the Estrellas this season. He has given up six runs and 10 hits in 12 2/3 innings. Opponents are batting .227 against Perez. The 24-year-old left-hander tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings against the Gigantes on Dec. 20. Perez had three strikeouts and gave up two hits in the outing. He was 2-4 with a 2.71 ERA in 42 games split between the Bowie Baysox and Frederick Keys in 2008.

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.

Cesar Izturis, SS – The 28-year-old shortstop is hitting .316 with five stolen bases and eight runs scored in 14 games for Lara. Izturis also has three doubles and three RBIs in Venezuela. He was 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored against Aragua on Dec. 21. On Monday against the Caribes, Izturis was 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored. He batted .263 with 24 RBIs and 24 stolen bases for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2008.

Andy Mitchell, RHP – Mitchell 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. 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.

Guillermo Quiroz, C – In six games with Zulia, Quiroz is hitting .111 (2-for-18) with three RBIs and eight strikeouts. The 27-year-old catcher was 0-for-1 against Aragua on Dec. 22. It was his first game since Nov. 26 against the Caribes, when Quiroz was 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. He was 1-for-5 with a double, three RBIs and three strikeouts against La Guaira on Nov. 12. Quiroz 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 made his first start of the winter season Tuesday against Caracas. Rivero earned the victory after allowing one run and five hits in five innings. He is 2-0 with a 2.21 ERA in eight 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 two innings against Aragua on Dec. 18 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.

Guillermo Rodriguez, C – Rodriguez is batting .308 with 13 RBIs and 25 runs scored in 38 games for Lara. He's been struggling recently, however. The 30-year-old catcher is hitting .182 with six strikeouts and only two RBIs in his past 10 games. The Orioles signed Rodriguez to a minor league deal earlier this month. He batted .266 with two home runs and seven RBIs in 33 games for Triple-A Fresno in the San Francisco Giants' minor league system during the 2008 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 46 games for La Guaira, Salazar is hitting .359 with six home runs and 26 RBIs. The 30-year-old utility player has cooled off considerably, however, after a rapid start in Venezuela. He is only batting .220 with one RBI in his past 10 games. Salazar was 2-for-3 with two runs scored in Dec. 17 against Zulia. He is third in the league in batting average, tied for fifth in doubles (15) and seventh in runs scored (37).

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 .231 (3-for-13) in 13 games for Ponce. The 24-year-old infielder has two RBIs, two runs scored and two stolen bases so far this season. Abreu was 1-for-1 with an RBI against Carolina on Dec. 19. 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 suffered his fourth consecutive loss after giving up five runs and four hits in 4 1/3 innings against Mazatlan on Dec. 21. The 33-year-old left-hander walked six hitters and had three strikeouts in the game. Castillo allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings against Culiacan on Dec. 14. He is 0-4 with an 8.20 ERA in six games (five starts) for Mochis. He has 18 strikeouts and 17 walks in 26 1/3 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.