Eight runs allowed on 12 hits including three home runs over six innings was not a great homecoming for Warner Madrigal (’14) in the Dominican Winter League. Opposing batters keyed in on Madrigal to the tune of a .429 batting average.
As Paul Demny (’12-’15) enters another winter of minor league free agency, the last thing the right-hander needed was a poor showing in Mexico. But that’s what happened in his four appearances, especially getting roughed up for six runs on five hits and four walks over 1.2 innings in his lone start.
By first blush it appears that Gabriel Alfaro (’14) had a solid winter campaign in the Venezuelan League with a 4.15 ERA over 14 appearances. But Alfaro accumulated only 8.2 innings while allowing a .324 batting average against and an inflated 2.31 WHIP.
Claudio Vargas (’02-’03) got roughed up over 9.1 innings of work to eight runs on ten hits. The former Expos’ prospect still pitches for the Toros del Este in his homeland and 2015 marked the fifth straight winter he’s done so. The 37-year-old is only a couple of seasons removed from a 7-1 campaign in 20 games at Triple-A Nashville.
Much like Demny, Roy Corcoran (‘06) had a rough go of it for Tomateros de Culiacan in the Mexican Pacific League. After scoreless frames in his first two appearances, Corcoran allowed runs in his next four outings as his ERA ballooned to a ghastly 11.12.