The tradition lives on. Every year here at Fish Stripes, I keep tabs on players in the Marlins organization who are spending a portion of their MLB/MiLB offseason competing in professional winter leagues. Player stats will typically be updated on Mondays. Count on seeing a lot of highlights, too.
Dominican Winter League (LIDOM)
- RHP Huascar Brazoban (Gigantes del Cibao)—4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 1 HR (4.50 ERA)
- OF Bryan De La Cruz (Toros del Este)—85 PA, .263/.341/.368, 13 H, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 8 BB, 22 K
- OF/1B Jerar Encarnación (Águilas Cibaeñas)—81 PA, .297/.420/.438, 19 H, 2 HR, 15 RBI, 15 BB, 20 K
Absolutely EPIC walk-off home run by Jerar Encarnación! pic.twitter.com/FANQ37z40u— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) November 7, 2022
- RHP Geoff Hartlieb (Águilas Cibaeñas)—13.1 IP, 11 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 15 K, 1 HR (2.03 ERA)
- INF Charles Leblanc (Tigres del Licey)—36 PA, .281/.333/.469, 9 H, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 2 BB, 11 K
- UTIL Dalvy Rosario (Tigres del Licey)—3 PA, .000/.333/.000, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K
- OF Jesús Sánchez (Toros del Este)—108 PA, .268/.343/.381, 26 H, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 11 BB, 18 K
Brazoban put himself on the Marlins’ radar last winter by pitching as well as any LIDOM reliever (0.46 ERA, 0.81 WHIP in 19.2 IP). It’s been a bumpier ride this time around.
Encarnación would lead the league in on-base percentage if he had enough playing time to qualify. He’s been making occasional starts at first base. He ought to receive serious consideration for LIDOM’s Rookie of the Year award.
Since mid-November, De La Cruz has primarily played center field.
Venezuelan Winter League (LVBP)
- UTIL Javier Sanoja (Cardenales de Lara)—35 PA, .290/.314/.419, 9 H, 0 HR, 7 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Still barely any strikeouts for Sanoja. He’s been a bench player in November, but continues to make the most of his opportunities.
Miguel Rojas wants to play for his longtime team, Tiburones de La Guaira. The question is whether he’ll be fully recovered from right wrist surgery in time to contribute.
Debo estar sano y al 100 % pero por ahora lo único que hago es apoyar y ligar cada victoria al igual que ustedes. Estoy muy contento de ver a todas las piezas del equipo incorporándose y mostrando el compromiso con la franquicia. No hay nada más que se pueda pedir— Miguel Rojas (@MRojasOfficial) November 22, 2022
Nicaraguan Winter League (LBPN)
On Thursday, 18-year-old catcher Kevin Novoa was activated by Indios del Bóer. The native Nicaraguan slashed .200/.222/.314 in 10 Dominican Summer League games in 2022.
Puerto Rican Winter League (LBPRC)
- C Jan Mercado (RA12)—50 PA, .182/.280/.318, 8 H, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 6 BB, 17 K
Coming off a chaotic 2022 season in which the Marlins constantly uprooted him, Mercado is once again playing ball in his native Puerto Rico. Strikeouts are an issue so far (he has K’d in more than one-third of his plate appearances).
Arizona Fall League
All Marlins players were teammates on the Mesa Solar Sox (season ended on November 10)
- C Cameron Barstad—17 PA, .231/.412/.231, 3 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 2 BB, 8 K
- LHP Justin Fall—14.2 IP, 24 H, 23 ER, 16 BB, 7 K, 4 HR (14.11 ERA)
Justin Fall striking out the side in the 4th inning of yesterday's AFL game— Fish Stripes Prospects Coverage (@FishProspects) October 16, 2022
Used his whole pitch mix here (4-seamer, slider, changeup and sinker) pic.twitter.com/019QR0cEu7
- RHP Holt Jones—18.1 IP, 22 H, 15 ER, 17 BB, 12 K, 2 HR (7.36 ERA)
- LHP Chandler Jozwiak—11.2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 7 BB, 18 K, 0 HR (3.86 ERA)
- C Joe Mack—72 PA, .230/.347/.459, 12 H, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 10 BB, 23 K
- RHP Jorge Mercedes—6.0 IP, 7 H, 15 ER, 16 BB, 11 K, 1 HR (22.50 ERA)
Marlins RHP Jorge Mercedes once again brings the heat. Sat 98-99 T100 twice.— Josh Norris (@jnorris427) October 12, 2022
- OF Victor Mesa Jr.—67 PA, .207/.313/.431, 12 H, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 8 BB, 14 K
- INF José Salas—67 PA, .224/.344/.340, 13 H, 0 HR, 7 RBI, 8 BB, 12 K
Salas was the Marlins’ lone representative at the AFL Fall Stars Game.
Jozwiak was the most encouraging story on the pitching side. Opponents scored against him in only two of his nine appearances.