In the Dominican Republic, Tyler Moore is among the league’s best hitters. This winter and next spring are important for Moore, who is out of options. He is hitting .340 (16 for 47) with five home runs and 12 RBI in 14 games for the Toros del Este. Jhonatan Solano, who will also be in the same position as Moore, is hitting .222 (8 for 36) in 10 games for the Tigres del Licey. Also on the same team, right-handed reliever Manny Delcarmen has a 5.14 ERA in seven innings.
Light-hitting, defensively skilled shortstop Pedro Florimon, picked up on waivers late in the season, is hitting .196 (9 for 46) for the Leones del Escogido. Emmanuel Burriss, who had a strong season at Class AAA Syracuse this season, hit .259 (7 for 27) in nine games for the Gigantes del Cibao. Minor league third baseman Oscar Tejeda went hitless in one at-bat over three games for the same team.
In Venezuela, Sandy Leon, who will be out of options heading into spring training, is hitting .146 (6 for 41) in 11 games the Aguilas del Zulia. Minor league right-hander Paolo Espino has a 3.72 ERA in 19 1/3 innings for Caribes de Anzoategui. But there is a notable omission among Nationals players in the Venezuelan winter circuit: Wilson Ramos.
Ramos normally plays winter ball, or at least some, in Venezuela and loves doing it. But he isn’t on the Tigres de Aragua roster. He did stop by their stadium this week to practice with the team and see his two younger brothers, Natanael and David — a Nationals farmhand — who both play for the Tigres. Ramos told local reporters that this season with the Nationals was hard on his body and he wanted to rest, and spend more time with his newborn daughter. And, if he does play, he said it may be only as a designated hitter in late in the season, such as in December, as he did last winter.
A few players are in Puerto Rico. Left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno, who will also be out of options in spring training, is on the Cangrejeros de Santurce roster but doesn’t appear to have pitched yet. Minor league shortstop Jose Lozada is 2 for 6 for the Senadores de San Juan. Rafael Martin has continued his phenomenal Syracuse season to the Naranjeros de Hermosillo in Mexico and hasn’t allowed a run in nine games.