Need a fix? Here’s what’s happening in the winter leagues (NL West)
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After a long Thanksgiving weekend, it’s time to finish off this list of prospects and major league players in winter leagues. The Arizona Fall League (AFL) is finished, but be sure to keep up with players in other leagues as they will continue all the way up until February.
However, most major league players won’t finish the winter league season as they’ll look to move back to the U.S. and prepare for the 2013 season with their respective teams.
Now it’s time to look at prospects and players from the NL West who are playing baseball during the offseason.
Gerardo Parra — Parra has played in at least 133 games the last three years for the Diamondbacks. He’s been a serviceable fourth outfielder, but at 25, he’s hoping to earn an everyday spot in the lineup. In 49 at-bats in the Venezuelan League, he’s hitting .327 with three home runs and seven RBIs.
Chris Owings — The former first round pick worked his way up to double-A in 2012 where he batted .263. The 21-year-old shortstop was selected to play in the AFL and hit .275 with nine doubles, one triple and one home run. He also stole four bases, but failed to earn a walk, while striking out 17 times. Still young, the Diamondbacks are hoping Owings has a strong showing in triple-A this year to prepare him for a jump to the majors.
Chase Anderson — The ninth-round pick in 2009, Anderson followed up a solid 2012 campaign by posting a 3.47 ERA in six starts in the AFL. In 23.1 innings, he only allowed 19 hits and struck out 26. At double-A in 2012, he had an ERA of 2.86 over 104 innings giving up 91 hits and 25 walks, while striking out 97. At 25, Anderson could be a middle-of-the-rotation starter as soon as this year, or a possible trade option with all the arms the Diamondbacks have.
Wilin Rosario — Rosario played 117 games for the Rockies in 2012 and put up good numbers for a catcher (.270/28/71). He’s trying to build off that success in the Dominican League, where he has three hits in his first seven at bats, including a home run. The 23-year-old catcher could become the center piece of the Rockies future behind the plate.
Corey Dickerson — An eighth-round draft pick in 2010, Dickerson hit .364 in the AFL with two triples and eight stolen bases. The 23-year-old outfielder finished the 2012 season in double-A so he could be ready for a promotion soon.
Charlie Blackmon — Blackmon has spent time with the Rockies in each of the past two seasons and has been a formidable substitute for injured outfielders. He’s hitting .323 in 96 Dominican League at-bats with an OBP of .421. If Blackmon proves to be an everyday outfielder, he gives the Rockies flexibility to deal Dexter Fowler or Tyler Colvin.
Coty Woods — Woods enjoyed great success at double-A in 2012, saving 16 games with a 0.76 ERA in 35.2 innings before being promoted to triple-A where he was roughed up. The Rockies sent him to the AFL, and he recorded two saves in two chances, while striking out nine batters over 11.1 innings and only allowing seven hits.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Hanley Ramirez — Han-Ram showed signs of how great he can be after being traded to the Dodgers in 2012. He hopes to keep that going by spending some time in the Dominican League. In only 17 at-bats, he’s recorded six hits, which includes two doubles and a home run.
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