Around Winter Ball – Thole Rakes

I’m going to do something that I should have done a week ago, and break out interesting prospects who are playing in winter ball leagues other than the Arizona Fall League.  Remember that these winter ball rosters are always in flux, so this will change fairly regularly.

Hitters
Josh Thole – Leones del Caracas – VWL – .410/.511/.538, 2 2B, 1 HR, 7 BB, 2 K – 37 AB
Thole’s leading the VWL, which is hitting a collective .284/.359/.418, in OBP.  Anyone surprised?

Chris Carter
– Tigres de Aragua – VWL – .353/.450/.559, 2 2B, 3B, HR – 34 AB
The MLB ready return from the Red Sox for Billy Wagner, Carter is off to a strong start in Venezuela, as he prepares for what might be a fierce Spring Training competition at firstbase.  Given Ike Davis’ progress late in the ’09 regular season and early in the AFL, I don’t see the Mets bringing in an expensive, long-term option at 1B, so Carter will have to be impressive and fast to earn his playing time.

Jordany Valdespin
– Tigres de Licey – DWL .444/.444/.778 – 9 AB.
Valdespin is 4-for-9 with a HR in the DWL, which last year played at a level perhaps a touch below AA.

Jose Coronado
– Caribes de Anzoategui – VWL – .273/.385/.455 – 11 AB

Francisco Pena – Aguilas Cibaenas – DWL – 0-for-2, BB

Pitchers
LHP Adam Bostick – Tiburones de La Guaira – VWL – 1-2, 14.54 ERA, 4.1 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 5 BB, 7 K
After that kind of work in seven relief appearances they might well be ready to send Bostick to the Tiburones rather than run him back out to the mound.  Bostick is joined on the Tiburones by Junior Guerra and Chris Mason.

LHP Angel Calero – Navegantes del Magallanes – VWL – 5 G, 0 GS, 1-0, 4.15 ERA, 4.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

RHP Tobi Stoner – Leones del Escogido – DWL – 1-0, 1.80 ERA, 1 GS, 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K
I fully expect Stoner to dominate the DWL, but that won’t mean much for his ability to help the Mets at the big league level.

RHP Jose Sanchez - Navegantes del Magallanes – VWL – 3 GS, 0-0, 0.00, 12.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 9 K
Well, that’s nice, isn’t it?