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Monday, December 26, 2011

Latin Winter League Updates

Ivan DeJesus continues to tear up the Puerto Rican Winter League for Ponce.  In 110 plate appearances, Ivan is batting .314 with an OBP of .377.   With 32 hits and a league leading 4 triples, De Jesus is having one of the better Winter League seasons leading the Leones in nearly all offensive categories and to a second place position in the standings.

Ivan De Jesus is leading the Ponce Leones to second place in the standings
Its a shame he has Kennedy, Ellis, Uribe and Sellers all blocking his path to the majors.  Don’t you think taking a chance on De Jesus would have been much more prudent than spending $9.55 million for Ellis and Kennedy over the next two seasons?
De Jesus was never really given a chance, as evidenced by the Dodgers failure to call him up in September for two consecutive years.  Now Ned shells out money that could have possibly gone towards Fielder, or perhaps Kuroda, on two players that probably weren’t even necessary.  These are the moves made by Colletti that aggravate me to the core.

Other Dodger organization performers in Winter Leagues:

Trent Oeltjen is impressive in Mexico(Hermosillo) , 90AB, .311 BA, .394 OBP, 5 HR, 12 RBI, .556 SLG. .950 OPS

Trent Oeltjen scores for Hermosillo in Mexican League game

26 year old AA outfielder Elian Herrera has performed well in the Dominican League with a stat line of:
132 AB, 25 R, 1 HR, 8 RBI, .311 BA, .383 OBP, .417 SLG, .799 OPS

Elian Herrera batted .278 at AA Chatanooga last season

Scott Van Slyke is having a tough time in Venezuela, but getting on base and scoring runs:
 67 AB, 10 R, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 12 BB, .194 BA, .329 OBP, .313 SLG, 643 OPS 

In other Latin Winter League news, you may have seen this, but Yorvit Torrealba absolutely lost his composure in Venezuelan Winter League game.  Here he shoves an umpire in the face.  The result:  A 66-game suspension from the League.  That is the remainder of this season and all of next winter league season.

A contrite Torrealba made the following statement today:
"I wanted to express my sincere apologies to all parties for my actions during the Venezuelan Winter League game on Friday.  I have extended an apology to the Rangers organization as well. I am embarrassed for my conduct, and personally relayed that feeling to the umpire after that night's game. On the field, I strive to be an example for children, especially those in my native Venezuela, and I regret my actions. I understand the reactions to the incident and will make every effort to set a positive example in the future."


  1. I feel so bad for DeJesus. The kid should be a bench player for the Dodgers in 2012, but of course Ned struck again. Not only does he have Ellis, Kennedy, Uribe and Sellers blocking him, you could probably add Hairston to the list as well.

  2. At least DeJesus is putting up good numbers. This should help when Ned trades him.

  3. I forgot about Hairston...Geez,what a scrap heep of scrubs!

    Yeah, trade fodder is about all Ned will use De Jesus for. Though going by his track record, DeJesus will be released when he's out of options, the day after he has a 2 homer, 8 RBI game, (see Cody Ross).