January 20, 2014 at 11:00 AM
As Spring Training draws closer, the winter leagues have entered the final stretch, with most leagues playing the championship series this week. A few Red Sox prospects have a chance to win a title, and figure to play prominent roles.
This week's roundup covers Jan. 13-19.
Dominican Winter League:
The finals for the league have been set, as Licey will play Escogido in the Dominican Series. Licey rallied for a run in the eighth and a run in the ninth to beat Gigantes on Saturday to advance to the finals. Although Red Sox players saw time on both teams during the regular season, chances are near-zero that any are still with their teams.
Venezuelan Winter League:
Mexican Pacific League:
Nate Reed pitched well, but picked up a tough loss. He tossed 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on six hits, walking one and striking out two. It was his first loss in the league.
Jesus Loya appeared as a defensive replacement on Thursday and as a pinch runner Saturday. He scored a run in his only appearance on the basepaths. Hermosillo won Game Seven on Sunday to advance to the championship series, so Reed and Loya will be playing this week.
Roberto Clemente (Puerto Rico) Baseball League:
Jeremy Kehrt picked up a big win, tossing 5 1/3 innings, allowing one run on four hits, helping his team advance to the finals.
Australian Baseball League:
Photo Credit: Heiker Meneses by Kelly O'Connor