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Offseason Fish—12/24/19

A peek at how Marlins players are performing in winter leagues and what they’re doing over the holidays.

Photo by @caimanesdebarranquilla/Instagram

For many players within the Marlins organization, baseball never stops. Just like last year, Fish Stripes will be consistently updating the whereabouts of your favorite Fish during the offseason. At, you can find updates on them, including stats, highlights and (small sample size) analysis.

Jorge Alfaro and José Ureña were both spotted on social media distributing some holiday season goodies in their home countries.

Matt Kemp got his mother a horse—yes, really!—then went to work on the swing that he struggled with so much in 2019.

Dominican Winter League

Final 2019-20 regular season stats

Díaz and O’Brien were the biggest LIDOM standouts with Marlins ties, receiving the league’s Rookie of the Year and MVP honors, respectively.

It was a disappointing season for Guerrero, but on the strength of his track record, Águilas Cibaeñas selected him in Friday’s Round Robin draft.

García and O’Brien have remained with Toros del Este for postseason play. On Saturday, García made his first major mistake of winter ball when he left a fastball up and over the plate, resulting in a game-tying, two-run home run. He was charged with a blown save.

The Toros won in extra innings, anyway.

Somewhat off topic, but I was delighted to see this Tigres del Licey lineup featuring ex-Marlins teammates Hanley Ramírez, Emilio Bonifacio and Donovan Solano.

Puerto Rican Winter League

  • C Brian Navarreto—.200/.257/.231, 2 RBI, 2 SB, 15 K in 65 AB
  • INF Yadiel Rivera—.192/.256/.359, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 5 SB, 20 K in 78 AB

Navarreto and Gigantes de Carolina qualified for the league’s playoffs on Sunday.

Australian Baseball League

  • RHP Dustin Beggs—6.08 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, 22 K in 23.2 IP (5 GS)

Halfway through the ABL regular season, Beggs’ Adelaide Giants own the best record in the league. He has appeared in all five series—or as the Aussies call them, “rounds”—so far.

Mexican Pacific League

  • C Julian León—.264/.401/.503, 9 HR, 26 RBI, 52 K in 159 AB

Probeis Panamá

Alonso’s 21 strikeouts are still the most in the league. Nobody else has more than 15.

LPB Colombia

Colombian baseball fans love Harold. After taking part in some sort of LPB exhibition game in November, he joined the Caimanes de Barranquilla roster this past Friday. In each appearance thus far, he has started in the third spot of the lineup and served as the designated hitter.

The Caimanes have already qualified for the LPB playoffs, which begin Jan. 3. Ramirez is presumably getting tuned up for that.