December 9, 2013 at 9:00 AM
As a majority of the winter leagues are winding down, many Red Sox prospects are still seeing significant playing time in their respective leagues. A handful of players had big weeks, led by an Australian who also earned a place on an All-Star team.
This week's roundup covers December 2-8.
Dominican Winter League:
Alex Hassan went only 3 for 15 this week, but one of the hits was a game-winning single in the eighth inning off of former teammate Brock Huntzinger.
Appearing in his first game since November 16, Keury De La Cruz went 0 for 4 with a strikeout.
Newcomer Aneury Tavarez joined the league this week, going 1 for 6 with a double for the Estrellas de Oriente.
Mexican Pacific League:
Seeing his first action since the end of the 2013 season, Nate Reed pitched three shutout innings while striking out three.
Jesus Loya was held hitless this week, going 0 for 7 with a walk.
Venezuelan Winter League:
JC Linares went 2 for 8 with a walk and drove in three runs.
Heiker Meneses (pictured) had a strong showing in his limited playing this week, going 4 for 7 with a triple, two runs scored, and three RBI. Meneses has been busy this winter, playing for three different teams in Venezuela.
Puerto Rican (Roberto Clemente) Baseball League:
There has been a lot of talk about Christian Vazquez's future recently, and he responded by having one of his better weeks, going 3 for 6 with a double and two walks. He has still struggled overall in Puerto Rico, batting .197/.312/.273.
Henry Ramos and Jeremy Kehrt both struggled this week, with Ramos going 1 for 11 and Kehrt allowing five runs on eight hits in five innings.
Venezuelan Liga Paralela:
The Boston team went 3-3 this week, and is now 18-24 overall. After not allowing an earned run in five innings in his first start this week, Carlos Garcia was not able to record an out in his second start, allowing five runs on five hits and three walks.
Jose Vinicio went 5 for 12, and he is now batting .360. Victor Acosta had the best game of the week, going 5 for 5 with a double on Sunday. He was 9 for 19 on the week and is now batting an impressive .302/.355/.417 as a 17-year-old.
Australian Baseball League:
Stefan Welch went 8 for 15 with a walk this week, and was also named to Team Australia for the ABL All-Star game.
Photo Credit: Heiker Meneses by Kelly O'Connor