Ernesto Mejia

Atlanta Braves Winter League Round-Up 11/19

Since the AFL season is now over, we will focus on some of the other players that are getting in some off-season work in different winter leagues around the Caribbean. Since the updates aren’t as frequent or detailed as the AFL ones were, we will not have daily recaps on these guys. I will give at least a weekly update, if not twice a week, on their overall stats or any other interesting news.

Dominican Winter League

Bethancourt and Salcedo continue to struggle with the bat, but it’s probably hard to get into a groove with as sporadic as their playing time has been. Both of those guys are considered to have high ceilings as prospects, so I would expect them to be performing a bit better than this.

  • Christian Bethancourt – .152 (5-33)/.216/.182/.398, 2 runs, 1 2B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 8 K
  • Edward Salcedo – .174 (4-23)/.208/.217/.426, 2 runs, 1 2B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 SB
  • Omar Luna – .000 (0-6), 3 Ks
  • Wirfin Obispo – 3.97 ERA, 9 G, 11.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 6 BB, 10 K, 1.15 WHIP
  • Ronan Pacheco – 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1.00 WHIP

Venezuelan Winter League

Mejia continues to be the player that we all believe he is. He is a good hitter that has power and walks a lot. Nothing new here. I wish the Braves would at least give him a look as a right-handed bench bat in the near future.

  • Ernesto Mejia – .232 (26-112)/.360/.429/.789, 19 R, 4 2B, 6 HR, 14 RBI, 19 BB, 30 K, 3 SB
  • Emerson Landoni – .333 (1-3)/.500/.333/.833, 1 R, 0 2B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K

Mexican Pacific League

Keep an eye on reliever Ryan Buchter. He has been a bit wild in the past, but he struck out 103 batters in 62 innings in Gwinnett last season. That was good for the second best strikeout rate in AAA last year. He has to work on the control, but just keep an eye on him. Could he be a possible dark horse bullpen candidate?

  • Daniel Castro – .222 (10-45)/.271/.356/.626, 7 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 10 K,
  • Joey Meneses – .833 (5-6)/.833/1.500/2.333, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K
  • Mark Lamm – 8.10 ERA, 4 G, 3.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 2.70 WHIP
  • Ryan Hinson – 2.97 ERA, 7 G, 39.1 IP, 27 H, 13 ER, 19 BB, 23 K, 1.17 WHIP
  • Daniel Rodriguez – 1.50 ERA, 3 G, 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0.83 WHIP
  • Andrew Russell – 10.80 ERA, 6 G, 5 IP, 4 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1.40 WHIP
  • Ryan Buchter – 0.79 ERA, 11 G, 11.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 7 BB, 22 K, 0.97 WHIP

Puerto Rican Winter League

Nothing to really say here.  Caratini was the Braves 2nd round pick in the 2013 draft and performed well in his short stint in Danville this past season.  Hope to see some good news coming for the switch hitting catcher/3B prospect.

  •  Victor Caratini – .000(0-1), 1 K

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Stay tuned for more updates as the off-season continues!

Tags: Atlanta Braves Dominican Winter League Mexican Pacific League Puerto Rico Winter League Venezuelan Winter League

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