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Echoes from 527: Winterball


The Blue Jays played their final game of the 2013 season in front of a packed house on Sunday, September 28th. For many Toronto fans, this game represented the end of their teams baseball campaign… For us diehard’s, it signaled the beginning of a second season packed with speculation, trades and Winterball.

A number of MLB affiliated leagues play throughout the course of the winter, offering players an opportunity to continue sharpening their overall game during the off season.

The Arizona Fall League has been running since October 8th and it will be mid November before their season comes to a close. The Blue Jays sent a handful of prospects to Salt River as the Rafters look to defend their 2012 AFL East Division Title and make it to the Championship game for the 3rd time in as many years.

A full breakdown of Blue Jays prospects that were shipped out to the desert can be found here.

Like the AFL, the Australian Baseball League is a short season schedule that operates between the months of November and January during the (North American) winter. The league features a unique blend of both Minor and Independent League imports along with local ball players who all compete for the Claxton Shield, a title currently held by the Canberra Calvary… ABL home to Toronto Blue Jays prospects for the past 2 seasons.

No Winterball review would be complete without including the Caribbean Baseball Leagues. Divisions like the Dominican and Venezuelan leagues offer Latin players a chance to play in front of hometown fans and earn a pretty decent pay check during the months between September and February. Although these leagues are densely populated by Latin talent, Caribbean ball isn’t exclusive to Latin ballplayers as  North Americans can also make the trip south to compete in these  pressure packed games.

Below is a list of Blue Jays ( along with their 2013 vitals) that are currently enrolled in off season baseball:


Australian League

Canberra Calvary

Jack Murphy: 25 year old Catcher – .220/.268/.332 (AA/AAA)

Shane Optiz: 21 year old Short Stop – .322/.376/.421 (A/A+)

Jon Berti: 23 year old Second Baseman – .250/.338/.323 (A+)

Michael Crouse: 22 year old OF – .250/.343/.403 (A+)


Dominican League


Sean Nolin: 23 year old LHP – 2.77 ERA – 110.1 IP (AA/AAA)

Joel Carreno: 26 year old RHP – 2.97 ERA – 39.1 IP (AAA)

Carlos Ramirez: 22 year old OF – .228/.297/.375 (A)

Aguilias Cibaenas:

Andy Ferman: 24 year old INF – .274/.350/.358 (-A)

Gigantes Del Ciabo:

Moises Sierra: 24 year old OF – .290/.369/.468 (MLB)

Toros Del Este:

Oliver Dominguez: 24 year old INF – .218/.281/.338 (A+)

Ricardo Nanita: 32 year old OF – .261/.301/.388 (AAA)


Venezulan League

Cardinales De Lara:

Luis Jimenez: 31 year old DH/1B – .285/.351/.494 (AAA)

Leones Del Carcas :

Jonathan Torres: 18 year old LHP – 2.84 ERA – 12.2 IP (DOSL)

Tiburones De La Guaira:

Brad Glenn: 26 year old OF – .246/.329/.506 (AAA)

Tyson Brummett: 29 year old RHP – 5.75 ERA – 87.1 IP (AA/AA)


Chad Beck: 28 year old RHP – 7.11 ERA – 12.2 IP (AAA)

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