Winter Leagues: Two Appearances from Santiago Florez; Weekend Action from Mexico and Colombia

Teams have been off for the last few days for Christmas in most leagues, but there was some action of note in Colombia and Mexico since our last winter article on Thursday morning, along with yesterday’s news about Gregory Polanco.

In Colombia on Wednesday night, 20-year-old pitching prospect Santiago Florez made his third appearance and he threw a scoreless inning on one hit, one hit batter and a strikeout. He pitched again on Saturday night and he was charged with an unearned run in his only inning of work. He allowed one hit, one walk and he picked up one strikeout. Florez has pitched four innings without an earned run this winter, giving up three hits and three walks, with four strikeouts.

Francisco Acuna batted lead-off and played shortstop on Wednesday night. He went 0-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored. On Saturday,  he was once again in the top spot of the order and at shortstop. He went 1-for-6 with a single. Acuna handled eight all chances in the field. In 13 games, he is 10-for-54 at the plate (.185 average), with one double, eight walks, one stolen base and two errors in 59 chances in the field.

On Saturday, Carlos Arroyo started at second base and he went 1-for-4 with a double, walk, run scored and an RBI. In 17 games, he’s 11-for-45 at the plate (.244 average), with four doubles, four walks and four hit-by-pitches. He has two steals in three attempts.

In Mexico on Christmas Day, Fabricio Macias went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. On Saturday, Macias went 2-for-4 with two singles. In 154 at-bats over 46 games, he’s hitting .227/.269/.338, with a 6:40 BB/SO ratio, ten doubles, two triples, one homer, and six steals in ten attempts.