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Braves Winter League weekly 11/23-11/29: Garcia continues to burn bright

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Garcia is playing out of his mind in Venezuela this winter, and has only continued to get better. The Braves resigned Kanekoa Texeira, who has been equally fantastic in Puerto Rico.

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Dominican Winter League

IF Pedro Ciriaco-Leones del Escogido

Season To Date
8 G, .324/.324/.353, 11-34, 1 BB, 7 RBI, 15 K, 1 SB, 8 R, 1 HR, 1 2B


Weekly Recap:
Ciriaco had a successful week, with hits in 5 of his 6 games. He had multiple hits in 3 of those games, and 9 hits in 26 at bats overall. He had his first double of the winter, and knocked in his first run on the play.

1B Jordy Lara-Aguilas Cibaenas

Season To Date
9 G, .118/.111/.176, 2-17, 0 BB, 1 RBI, 5 K, 0 SB, 0 R, 0 HR, 1 2B


Weekly Recap:
Jordy Lara is the first of some recently acquired players to play in the winter leagues, though he has done so in limited amounts. He only had one at bat last week, and it was a sacrifice fly to drive in the only RBI of his season thus far.

OF Eury Perez-Leones del Escogido

Season To Date
4 G, .286/.286/.429, 4-14, 0 BB, 2 RBI, 2 K, 0 SB, 1 R, 0 HR, 2 2B


Weekly Recap:
Perez broke his hand in late August, ending his Braves season. Finally he was ready to return to play, and did so with some success in the Dominican. He had a hit in 3 of his 4 games, and 2 of his 4 hits were for extra bases. He should play a part in determining Atlanta's bench next year, and could be a valuable asset off the bench with his speed.

P Joel De La Cruz-Toros del Este

Season To Date
5 G, 1-0, 13.50 ERA, 5.1 IP, 12 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, 5 K


Weekly Recap:
De La Cruz is another of the signings the Braves made, but hasn't been particularly good this winter. He made 2 poor appearances this week for the Toros. He only managed to record 1 out in his first game while allowing 2 runs on 2 hits. His second was even worse, as he wasn't able to record an out before allowing 3 earned runs on 3 hits and a walk.

Venezuelan Winter League

SS Emerson Landoni-Caribes de Anzoategui

Season To Date
35 G, .261/.292/.278, 30-115, 4 BB, 7 RBI, 20 K, 0 SB, 7 R, 0 HR, 2 2B


Weekly Recap:
Landoni has been relegated to a bench role, and has only gotten 2 games this week. Both were as late game replacements, and he was unable to record as hit though he did drive in a run in the final game. Expect minimal playing time to continue for Landoni.

OF Adonis Garcia-Navegantes de Magallanes

Season To Date
17 G, .388/.438/.567, 26-67, 4 BB, 14 RBI, 5 K, 2 SB, 10 R, 2 HR. Seriously


Weekly Recap:
Adonis continued his Space Jam-esque stealing of the offensive powers of every other hitter in the Braves system with a fantastic week. He is working on a 9 game hitting streak during which he has 7 multi hit games and is hitting .486 (18-37). He had 1 triple this past week, and drove in 5 runs and scored 4 more. At this point I'm about -5% sure I have any clue how baseball works. What is happening?

UT? Willians Astudillo-Caribes de Anzoategui

Season To Date
23 G, .194/.237/.208, 14-72, 2 BB, 3 RBI, 2 K, 0 SB, 5 R, 0 HR, 1 2B


Weekly Recap:
Like Landoni, Astudillo has been benched recently. He only managed one game last year and went 1-4. He is the definition of a 1 tool player, a curious who never strikes out but never really does anything else either. He has no defensive position, and a lack of power makes a career as a DH difficult. He could be a pretty good pinch hitter, but his lack of any other value makes him a difficult player to project moving forward.

Mexican Pacific League

OF/1B Joey Meneses-Tomateros de Culiacan

Season To Date
42 G, .287/.353/.380, 43-150, 12 BB, 19 RBI, 36 K, 2 SB, 20 R, 2 HR, 8 2B


Weekly Recap:
Meneses had his first bad week in a while, getting only 3 hits in 17 at bats. He struck out in each game this week and only drew 1 walk. He had a double and 2 RBIs on the week as well as a couple of runs scored.

C Alejandro Flores-Naranjeros de Hermosillo

Season To Date
4 G, .133/.133/.133, 2-15, 0 BB, 0 RBI, 1 K, 0 SB, 0 R, 0 HR


Weekly Recap:
Flores got his first game action since October 16th, and went 0-4. He also allowed 2 batters to steal bases against him.

SS Daniel Castro-Yaquis de Obregon

Season To Date
16 G, .148/.212/.180, 9-61, 5 BB, 1 RBI, 14 K, 0 SB, 7 R, 0 HR


Weekly Recap:
Daniel Castro had another rough week going 3-18 with no extra base hits or RBIs. He scored 1 run in his first game, but other wise was shut off the scoreboard all week. He ended the week with a 0-4 with 3 K performance.

P Ryne Harper-Caneros de los Mochis

Season To Date
10 G, 1-0, 0.87 ERA, 10.1 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 11 K


Weekly Recap:
Harper was shut down yet again in his 1 inning of work. He struck out one batter in a perfect inning.

Puerto Rican Winter League

C Jonathan Morales-Criollos de Caguas

Season To Date
3 G, .000/.200/.000, 0-4, 1 BB, 0 RBI, 1 K, 0 SB, 0 R, 0 HR


Weekly Recap:
Did not participate in any games this week

3B Hector Olivera-Criollos de Caguas

Season To Date
18 G, .275/.343/.304, 19-69, 6 BB, 5 RBI, 1 K, 0 SB, 11 R, 0 HR, 2 2B


Weekly Recap:
Olivera has been seen as a disappointment this fall, but is on a bit of a hot streak and has hits in 4 straight games. He only played 2 of those games this week, both 1-4 performances with no other stats. He has still only had 1 strikeout in his 75 plate appearances, which is a nice positive to draw and points to hopefully better numbers in the future.

SS Luis Mateo-Criollos de Caguas

Season To Date
19 G, .213/.262/.230, 13-61, 4 BB, 4 RBI, 10 K, 1 SB, 3 R, 0 HR


Weekly Recap:
Mateo has 2 hits in 8 at bats over 3 games for the Criollos. He has an RBI and a run scored in the final game of the week, his first of each since November 17.

P Kanekoa Texeira-Indios de Mayaguez

Season To Date
6 G, 5-0, 0.86 ERA, 31.1 IP, 24 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 12 BB, 17 K


Weekly Recap:
Texeira recently resigned with the Braves, and has been simply fantastic for Indios. After giving up just 1 hit in 7.1 IP in his only game last week, he had 2 more fantastic starts this week. His first was 5 shutout innings in which he only allowed 5 hits and struck out 4. He Gave up just 1 run in 6 innings. He has won every game he has started this winter, and has only given up multiple runs in 1 of those games.

Australian Baseball League

OF Keith Curcio-Melbourne Aces

Season To Date
15 G, .217/.258/.250, 13-60, 3 BB, 3 RBI, 3 K, 6 SB, 4 R, 0 HR, 2 2B


Weekly Recap:
Curcio was placed on the Reserve List and did not play this week.

C/1B Matt Kennelly-Perth Heat


Season To Date
23 G, .232/.298/.341, 19-82, 8 BB, 12 RBI, 11 K, 0 SB, 10 R, 1 HR, 6 2B


Weekly Recap:
Kennelly had 2 doubles in a game this week, though he did not have a hit in any of the other games. He did knock in his onlu run of the week in the first game, and reached on a walk in the other. Kennelly has been cold after a really good start to the season.

Weekly MVP-Adonis Garcia

It's pretty incredible what Garcia did last week. In 5 games he went 11-21 with a triple, a double, a walk, 5 RBIs, 4 runs scored, and just 1 strikeout. That's a 5 game span during which he is hitting .524/.545/.667. Were he qualified, he would rank second in the VWL in batting average, 5th in on base percentage, 3rd in slugging percentage, and 3rd in OPS. If the Winter Leagues are a competition between he and Olivera to see who starts at 3rd next year (which it isn't), well I believe we have a clear winner at this point

Honorable mention to Kanekoa Texeira, who had a fantastic week as well. He has dominated his winter league in much the same way Garcia has dominated in Venezuela. 2-0 with a 0.82 ERA is nothing to sneeze at.

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The Braves signed a few minor leaguers this week, including the resigning of Kanekoa Texeira and Braeden Schlehuber. They also signed Brandon Snyder, Matt Tuiasosopo, Joel De La Cruz, and Willians Astudillo.

The Braves released Daniel Cordero.