We talked about it a little bit yesterday afternoon, but on Sunday night Sebastian Elizalde kept his hot start going in the Mexican Winter League. The outfielder had three more runs batted in for Culiacan, reaching base three times in the game and scoring another run.

The right fielder has been batting third in the Tomateros lineup in all five games they have played this season and he’s driven in at least one run in each. Here’s the break down of his performance in each of the games so far.

AB R 2B 3B HR RBI BB K
5 2 0 0 0 2 0 0
4 1 0 0 1 3 0 1
3 1 0 0 0 1 1 1
4 2 1 0 0 1 1 0
4 1 0 0 0 3 1 0

In five games played Sebastian Elizalde has hit .400, scored seven runs and he’s driven in 10 runs. He’s leading the league in both runs scored and runs batted in at this early point of the season.

Hernan Iribarren has a good night at the plate on Sunday for Caribes de Anzoategui in the Venezuelan Winter League. Starting at second base and hitting leadoff he did his job, reaching base four times in the game. He went 3-5 with a walk. He also scored a run and drove in two more runs in the extra-innings over Caribes. Former Reds minor league Denis Phipps is on the team with Iribarren and homered. That’s your “Where are they now?” for the day.

Mark Sheldon has an article up on Rookie Davis at Reds.com that went up over the weekend. After a solid season, mostly coming in Double-A Pensacola (though he had a stint in Triple-A Louisville that netted 24.0 innings over five games) he still has to work on an out pitch according to Bats manager Delino DeShields:

To me, he lacks a real put-away pitch right now. He gets ahead of a lot of guys, a lot of hitters and guys foul balls and battle back in the counts where if he had a real out pitch, he could put guys away with a little more consistency.

Sheldon noted in the article the drop in strikeout rate for Davis in 2016 compared to the rest of his career. In his final 11 starts of the season his strikeout rate was 18.4%. In his first 13 starts it was just 10.9%. He was certainly much better at missing bats in the second half than the first half, but his strikeout rate was still a tad bit lower than you’d like to see even in the improved second half.

3 Responses

  1. DaveCT

    Funny for you, Doug, to be broadcasting one of your least favorite metrics, the RBI. Just sayin’.

    I really hope Elizalde is given an equal chance for a 4th OF job later in 2017 or 2018. He’s older, but, he hasn’t been in the US a of his pro time. He just hits, everywhere he goes. He’s almost comparable to Chacin, in that he’ll end up batting in the 3 spot by season’s end, just as Chacin ends up a team’s closer after starting elsewhere. Both are not perfect, high ceiling guys, just solid performers (including his defense). He just seems like a guy who can wake up hitting. Nothing wrong with that type of guy on your bench.

  2. DaveCT

    Wasn’t there an interview late this season with Davis addressing his positive development of an out pitch?