Juan Graterol went hitless but earned an RBI late in Aguilas de Zulia victory on a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning. Getting the start behind the plate against Tiburones de La Guaira he went 0-for-3, lowering his season batting average to .200.
Thought he did not play in the game catcher Francisco Arcia is also on the Aguilas de Zulia roster this winter and he has performed well thus far with a .333 average over 9 games, hitting a double and a triple while driving in 3 runs. He is joined by shortstop Ali Castillo who is hitting just .200 across 4 games and right-handed pitcher Diego Moreno who has yet to appear in a game.
Elsewhere in the Venezuelan League New York Yankees prospect Luis Cedeno has thrown 2 2/3 innings over 3 games, striking out 1 batter and hasn’t walked anyone yet for Caribes de Anzoategui. Right-hander Jaron Long is currently in the starting rotation for Tiburones de La Guaira and has thrown 11 innings over 2 games in the VWL. Long is 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA and 6 strikeouts and 2 walks.
Mark Montgomery has been solid out of the bullpen for Leones del Caracas throwing 5 innings across 6 games and allowing 3 runs on 2 walks and 5 hits. Montgomery has had shutouts in 5 games, the only bad game he had, came on October 14 when he allowed 3 runs on 2 walks and a hit and did not record an out. The Yankees relief prospect struck out 8 batters and walked just 2 so far this season.
Also on the Caracas roster is outfielder Ben Gamel. Gamel is having a solid season down in Venezuela, hitting .290 with 4 doubles and a homerun, walking 5 times over 9 games. He has had 4 multi-hit games and has drove in 9 runs.
Outfielder Ericson Leonora is batting .222 for Cardenales de Lara, appearing in 6 games and has a stolen base while playing mostly in the outfield. Teodoro Martinez is currently hitting .237 for Tigres de Aragua with 9 hits over 38 at bats across 10 games. Thairo Estrada is on the roster of Bravos de Margarita but has yet to appear in a game while Jose Pirela is expected to make his season debut for Aguilas de Zulia on October 21.