Jefry Marte isn’t alone in playing winter ball for the Angels this year. If you need something to keep you busy, the MLB Winter Leagues are in full swing through the end of December! Finding any of those games televised may be difficult, but at least we can track how the Angels dudes are doing down there.
First up - the 7 position players:
Bemboom and Graterol both caught in Salt Lake this past season, and Graterol even made his big league debut. Both of them have been far from impressive in winter ball so far, batting below the Mendoza line.
Jefry Marte is the biggest stand out so far, even though he only has 24 at bats and has yet to hit a homer. That .483 OBP is mighty impressive, and he also has that same 16% K rate as Bemboom and Graterol which is not too bad.
Juan Moreno hasn’t seen much action yet. The Angels signed him as a free agent in 2012 and he’s had a pretty lackluster career so far.
Gregorio Petit is under team control for 2017 and his big league roster spot will probably have to be earned back in Spring Training. He’s been free swinging this winter as his K rate is way up at 37% (he was around 23% last season).
Rey Navarro was a third round pick in 2007 with a great glove who was claimed off waivers by the Angels last December. He could get a shot at the second base job this spring and his good winter season might be helping his cause.
The Angels drafted Angel Rosa in the 13th round of 2013. He’s never had much of a bat and has a career .249 AVG. He hit just .203 in 47 games for Salt Lake this past season.
And now for the 3 pitchers:
The Angels see something in Austin Adams since they added him to the 40-man roster last Friday to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft. Adams, like all these pitchers above is not having a great winter season so far.
Osmer Morales become a free agent at the beginning of December and the Angels signed him on November 14th. In 2016 (mostly in High A), he threw 116 innings and had a 3.32 ERA and 1.18 WHIP with 134 Ks.
Tyler Watson was an unexciting 38th round pick in 2014. In 2016 he was not too great in Burlington with a 1.52 WHIP, but he did manage a 3.42 ERA in 71 innings.