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Yankees Rule 5 pick thriving in winter ball

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Dec 17, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Yankees Rule 5 pick Cesar Cabral has been dealing down in the Dominican Republic this winter. The left-hander has a 0.77 ERA through 19 relief appearances. He’s struck out 13, walked three and opponents are hitting just .171 against him.

In his past seven outings, he’s pitched 4.1 innings allowing no runs on two hits and one walk while striking out five.

Lefties at hitting .211/.286/.211 with no extra-base hits, but right-handers have been even worse, batting just .136/.174/.136.

A few other updates from winter ball…

Hector Noesi took his second straight loss on Friday. It was his first outing in eight days, and he allowed two runs on four hits and three walks through six innings. The three walks was a single-game high for Noesi this winter. He’d walked a total of three batters in his pervious five starts.

• Sticking with pitching, Pat Venditte is still dealing down in Mexico. The switch-pitcher had back-to-back scoreless outings on Wednesday and Thursday and opponents are hitting .208 against him. He’s given up five home runs — three to lefties, two to righties — but only one in his past nine outings, and two in his past 17.

• Also in Mexico, Ramiro Pena is still have a solid offensive winter hitting .268/.336/.433 while serving as Culiacan’s regular shortstop. He’s actual been hitting third recently, and he hasn’t made an error since the middle of November.

• Sticking with the middle of the infield, Jose Pirela — the Double-A shortstop playing second base in Venezuela — is still having a great winter. He has six hits in his past four games and is batting .306/.348/.415. He’s a right-handed hitter, but he’s hitting much better against righties (.325) than against lefties (.185) this winter.

• Also down in Venezuela, Colin Curtis got hot with back-to-back three-hit games earlier this month, but lately he’s been taking a bunch of walks. Hence a slash line of .280/.391/.409 with almost as many walks (14) as strikeouts (16).

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