The Arizona Fall League is finished, and there really aren’t a lot of big names from the Yankees system playing winter ball right now. Here are a few updates.
• Another good start for Hector Noesi down in the Dominican Republic. On Sunday he pitched five innings, allowing one run on five hits and no walks. His ERA in the Dominican Winter League is 2.22 with 17 strikeouts and six walks. In his past five starts he’s allowed three earned runs.
• Down in Mexico — wouldn’t you know it? – Jorge Vazquez is still clobbering home runs. The Yankees Triple-A first baseman and designated hitter has 15 homers and 48 RBI in 41 games. By the way, he’s also batting .362.
• Back to playing shortstop almost exclusively, Ramiro Pena is hitting .298/.375/.456 in Mexico. He’s played only 16 games and hasn’t played since November 24.
• In his return from shoulder surgery, Colin Curtis is hitting .250/.346/.412 in Venezuela. Two days ago he was hitting .283/.386/.467, but back-to-back 0-for-4 games knocked down his numbers.
• After two scoreless innings on Thursday, switch pitcher Pat Venditte‘s ERA is down to 2.63 in Mexico. Right handers are hitting just .186 against him, and the league as a whole is batting .200 against him.
• Left exposed to the Rule 5 draft, High-A center fielder Abe Almonte is hitting .172 primarily as a pinch hitter and pinch runner in the Dominican. He’s not to be confused with new 40-man addition Zoilo Almonte, who’s hitting .222 in the Dominican. That’s after a three-hit game on Friday.