The Mexican Winter League kicked off on Tuesday night, but only one game was taking place. On Wednesday night the rest of the league got going and that meant that Sebastian Elizalde would get his season started with Tomateros de Culiacan. While the game didn’t go well for Culiacan, allowing nine runs in the 1st inning and eventually losing 18-9, things did go well for the Cincinnati Reds outfield prospect.

Sebastian Elizalde started the game in right field and was batting third. He’s a veteran of the Mexican Winter League at this point, getting his first winter league action as an 18-year-old in 2010 and appearing every season since then (except 2013). In his first trip to the plate he grounded out to second base. In his next trip to the plate he singled to center field and scored on a grand slam later in the inning. In the 5th inning he would again single into center field and he would come around to score later in the inning. In the 7th inning he would ground out to shortstop. In the top of the 9th he would get one final at-bat and he would single to right field and drive in two runs.

Overall on the night Sebastian Elizalde would go 3-5 with two runs driven in and he would score two runs. Not a bad start to the season.

Other Winter League Performances

Brian O’Grady made his Arizona Fall League debut on Wednesday for the Peoria Javelinas. He went 1-6 on the day. Seth Varner is now the only Reds player to not get any game action in Arizona.

In the Venezuelan Winter League two players made their season debuts last night. After re-signing with the Reds last week, Alejandro Chacin threw the final 1.1 innings for Tigres de Aragua last night. He allowed a hit in a shutout appearance.

Dayan Diaz also made his debut last night, tossing 1.2 hitless innings with a walk for Cardenales de Lara. He recorded all of his outs by ground out.


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