San Diego Padres Winter League Update #7

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Most San Diego Padres players wrapped up their winter league play a few weeks back.

However, there are a few players worth noting who are still finishing up play in Australia or starting their Caribbean Series campaign.

River Stevens 2B

Stevens finished up his ABL season quite well, batting .313, with a home run, 12 RBI, and a .353 OBP. The Canberra Cavalry were not good enough for the playoffs this season. However, the 25-year-old did have a nice experience in the ABL, and will perhaps look to battle for a spot with the El Paso Chihuahuas.

Zech Lemond P

The right-handed pitcher is another member of the Padres who played in the ABL this off-season with the Canberra Cavalry. Lemond was fantastic, posting a 0.95 ERA in 19 innings with 18 strikeouts. The 24-year-old has only made it as far as Double-A in his short career, but we could even see him in the Padres bullpen by the end of 2017.

Marcus Greene Jr. C

The final member of the San Diego Padres’ contingent out in the Australian Baseball League, is Marcus Greene Jr. The catcher had a spectacular off-season with the Adelaide Bite, batting .307 with six home runs and 26 RBI. The 22-year-old was great in the ABL, and hopefully he can rise within the Padres’ organization in 2017. Green is set to start the ABL playoffs as one of the main run-producers on his team.

Jose Pirela

Pirela has been playing with Venezuelan club, Aguilas de Zulia since 2011, but just had one of his greatest seasons with the club this off-season. The utility-man posted an impressive .343 BA with a ridiculous .409 on-base-percentage. Pirela was also key in the playoffs for Zulia, hitting three total home runs and posting a .450 BA in the championship series. The former Yankees’ player is now gearing up to play in the Caribbean World Series. It should be interesting to see how he does in the competition.

Barry Enright

The San Diego Padres recently signed the 30-year-old to a minor league contract. The most recent Padres’ signing, Barry Enright, will be participating with Aguilas de Mexicali of the Mexican Pacific League in the Caribbean World Series. The former Angels hurler has been playing across the border for the Tijuana Toros since 2015, but has been playing with Naranjeros de Hermosillo during the off-season as well. Enright was okay with Hermosillo in the regular season, posting a 3.20 ERA in seven games. The playoffs are where the veteran really excelled, posting a 3-0 record and a 1.33 ERA. Enright will now represent Mexico in the 2017 Caribbean World Series, which started on Wednesday in Culiacan, Mexico. By the time spring training wraps up we could see the Southern California native make his way onto the Padres’ roster.

Stay tuned for more updates on the winter leagues. Go Padres!

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Francisco Velasco
Francisco, 21, Chula Vista area, Journalism student at Southwestern College. I have been a Padres fan all my life, did most of the series previews and recaps in the Padres' 2016 season for EVT. Now I focus more on the Tijuana Xolos soccer team, get press passes for every home game and write consistently about the team for EVT.

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