Although Michael Martinez (’09-‘10) is one of the few on this list that doesn’t have to worry about a job in 2016, his performance in the Dominican Winter League was not promising. Mini-Mart only posted a .409 OPS in 21 games for Estrellas de Oriente and enters spring training with the Cleveland Indians organization on a down turn.
Eury Perez (’12) struggled at the plate in 55 at-bats as the outfielder hit at a .236 clip with only two extra-base hits. Worse yet for the speedster was Perez stole a lone base this off-season. The 25-year-old did come through in the clutch though as he slugged .438 with runners in scoring position.
2015 was a year of turmoil for Michael Burgess (’10) as the outfielder was released from affiliated baseball but he did latch onto the Atlantic League-winning Somerset Patriots. Burgess continued his rollercoaster season with a dismal six-game stretch for Caribes de Anzoategui in Venezuela. The 27-year-old managed only two singles and struck out six times in 23 plate appearances for a .087 batting average.
One-time Senators’ walk-off hero Alex Valdez (’11) labored at the plate for Leones del Escogido in his native Dominican Republic. The switch-hitter slashed .156/.206/.188 in 12 games. I would expect the third baseman to return to Delfines de Ciudad del Carmen in 2015 for his fifth straight season in the Mexican League.
Roger Bernadina (’07-‘08) remains a free agent this off-season and his November swoon in the Mexican Pacific League won’t help his cause. After a season at Triple-A Albuquerque where Bernadina struck out 121 times in 119 games, he continued the swing-and-miss trend. The Shark whiffed 24 times in 28 games while hitting a paltry .188/.288/.292.