Chronique: Fuenmayor et Santiago dominent au Venezuela!
Texte écrit par Bob Wirz (via www.canamleague.com)
Quebec standout Balbino Fuenmayor has polished off another impressive season with the bat.
The first baseman, Player of the Year and Baseball America's choice as the top player in all of the Independent game in 2014, hit .341 to finish fourth in the Venezuelan League this winter. His 18 doubles (53 games) led the league, he was second in total bases at 111, and he tied for sixth with 40 RBI.
Fuenmayor has been playing professionally since he was 17 in 2007.
Atlanta farmhand Andres Santiago, who pitched for both New Jersey and Sussex County in the Can-Am, has been extremely impressive in winter play, this time in Venezuela while Puerto Rico recovers from the hurricane which delayed its season until this week. The right-hander has a 0.57 ERA for his last 10 appearances, and is 3-0 with eight saves and a 1.13 ERA for 26 outings overall.
Since the 28-year-old played at every minor league level for the Braves last season it would not be a surprise to see him get some opportunities in the major league camp in Florida.
Lefty Jarret Martin Gets to Oakland's Major League Camp
The Can-Am League has a new major leaguer--at least for spring training.
Left-handed pitcher Jarret Martin, who divided time among Ottawa, Sussex County and Rockland during the 2016 season, has joined the Oakland Athletics organization and been invited to their major league camp in Mesa, AZ next month.
Martin, 28, has spent three of his eight professional seasons in Double-A, including last summer when he posted a sparkling 2.04 earned run average for 37 appearances (one start) for San Francisco's farm club in Richmond starting in June. He was very stingy in allowing only 22 hits and no home runs in 39.2 innings and struck out 40 Eastern League hitters although he gave up 30 walks.
Longtime San Francisco Chronicle baseball writer Susan Slusser points out the Athletics are thin in lefty relievers with Daniel Coulombe the only one on the 40-man roster.
Wildness plagued Martin when he was in the Can-Am League. He walked 38 in 48 innings, but did strike out a batter per inning. The California native also has pitched in the Baltimore, Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee minor league systems.
Watch This Trio During Spring Training
As of now, Jarret Martin is expected to be one of at least three former Can-Am hurlers in major league camps, joining Wilmer Font (Ottawa) with the Dodgers and veteran Luis Garcia (Newark) with Philadelphia.
Cardullo, Rockies Still Teaming
Longtime Rockland star Stephen Cardullo has come off of the free agent market by once again signing with Colorado. The multi-position infielder-outfielder is on the Double-A Hartford roster although with his history with the Rockies it seems highly likely the hard-driving 30-year-old will get some exposure to the major league camp, either as a non-roster invitee or on daily call-ups from the minor league camp.
Cardullo first made it to the major leagues during 2016, then opened the season with Colorado last spring after the non-roster invitee struck three home runs (two were grand slams) and led the team in runs batted in (15). He hit .333 and also led the Rockies in hits (22). But a crowded roster found him back in Triple-A, where in his eighth game with Albuquerque he suffered a broken wrist when hit by a pitch. He returned in time to play 41 games for Hartford, but only hit .195 while getting on base at a .318 pace, which was well below his previous pace and his three all-league seasons (2013-15) at Rockland.
About Bob Wirz
Previously the chief spokesman for Baseball Commissioners Bowie Kuhn and Peter Ueberroth, Bob Wirz has been writing extensively about Independent Baseball since 2003. He is a frequent contributor to this site, has a blog, www.IndyBaseballChatter.com, and a book about his life, "The Passion of Baseball", is available at traditional book-buying sites, or at www.WirzandAssociates.com.