The winter league baseball regular seasons have all come to an end, at least in the northern hemisphere. The Dominican, Mexican and Venezuelan Winter Leagues are now all in the playoffs. Those wild Australians are still playing their regular season.
There are several Cincinnati Reds players that have performed quite well. In the Mexican Winter League Sebastian Elizalde took home the batting title, as well as the leagues top mark for on-base percentage. It, however, wasn’t without a little bit of drama and intrigue on the final day. His .380 average was coupled with a .446 on-base percentage and a .524 slugging percentage. The Reds extended a non-roster invitation to spring training to Elizalde for 2018. He hit .277/.329/.377 for Louisville last season in 134 games played.
In the Dominican Winter League it was Jose Siri that stood out. Siri, who racked up a new Midwest League record 39-game hitting streak for the Dayton Dragons in 2017, didn’t see his time for the Gigantes start out on the best of terms. Early in the season he was relegated to being used, almost solely as a pinch runner. As the season went along he began to get a few starts and took full advantage. He would only get about half of a seasons worth of winter league at-bats, 78, but hit an impressive .321/.349/.500 on the season with 11 steals in 29 games played. In the playoffs, through four games, he’s hitting .263 with two home runs.
In Venezuela no Reds players got much playing time. Jose Peraza was scheduled to get regular playing time, but only played in nine games before deciding things weren’t favorable in the situation (re: things in Venezuela are not good, even if you’ve got some money like Jose Peraza does) and exiting the league. Over his nine games played he hit .316 and had as many walks, two, as strikeouts. He would also add in a stolen base for good measure.