While the Cincinnati Reds have been sitting at home after the regular season ended they have had several players begin to play in various winter leagues around the world. If you want to follow along with the stats for those in the organization who are playing winter ball, here’s a good link to bookmark.
Two guys are standing out for their performance early on in the winter leagues. Right handed pitcher Nick Travieso has made two starts in the Arizona Fall League and outfielder Sebastian Elizalde is just over two weeks into the Mexican Winter League campaign.
21-year-old Nick Travieso had some problems making his debut in the Arizona Fall League. His first start was postponed due to weather and there were two scheduled off days that followed. His start was then postponed again by the weather before he finally was able to make his first start on October 21st, eight full days after the league kicked off the season.
In his first start he tossed 3.0 hitless innings with a walk and he struck out four batters. Travieso topped out at 97 MPH in the game and was rather dominating. There’s a full scouting report here. He followed that up with a start on Monday afternoon where he allowed a run in 4.0 innings without a walk and he struck out three batters. In his start yesterday he also topped out at 97 MPH several times during the outing.
Through his two starts he’s posted a 1.29 ERA, allowing just the one run in 7.0 innings pitched. He’s walked just one and he has struck out seven batters to go along with a WHIP of 0.86.
Down in Mexico outfield Sebastian Elizalde is having a strong start to his winter league season in his home country. He kicked the season off by going 4-4. That was followed up by going 2-4 with a walk, triple and two runs batted in.
Over the last eleven days he’s put together a nine game hitting streak that has actually pulled his average down despite hitting .342 during the streak. On the season he’s now hitting .357/.410/.482 with five walks, nine strikeouts, two doubles, a triple and a home run in 14 games played. His .357 average ranked 6th in the league at this point in time. He’s also stolen two bases in two attempts.
Here’s some video of the outfielder hitting with Daytona from back in August.