Dominican Winter League
Eude Brito, LHP -- Brito is 2-0 with a microscopic 0.96 ERA over 18 2/3 innings with the Azucareros del Este. Opponents are hitting just .172 against him.
Fabio Castro, LHP -- Castro, pitching for the Gigantes del Cibao, is 1-2 with a 1.86 ERA over nine appearances, spanning 29 innings. He has struck out 31 while walking 20.
Julio De La Cruz, RHP -- Pitching for the Gigantes del Cibao, De La Cruz is 1-1 with a 7.04 ERA over seven relief appearances.
Carlos Ruiz, C -- Ruiz, who may be the Phils' starting backstop next season, has appeared in 12 games for the Tigres del Licey. He is batting .317 (13-for-41) with five doubles, a home run and eight RBIs.
Alfredo Simon, RHP -- One of the Phillies' three acquisitions in the Rule 5 Draft, Simon has been lights out for the Gigantes del Cibao. The 25-year-old is 2-1 with an 0.64 ERA over 28 1/3 innings.
Juan Sosa, 2B -- Sosa, a 31-year-old infielder, has been one of the Gigantes del Cibao's best hitters. He is batting .323 with three home runs and 19 RBIs in 130 at-bats.
Jim Ed Warden -- Another Rule 5 Draft acquisition, Warden has made 15 appearances for the Aguilas Cibaenas. He has allowed five runs -- four earned -- over 8 2/3 innings.
Mexican Pacific League
Nick Mattioni, RHP -- Mattioni is 3-1 with a 5.04 ERA over five starts, the last of which came on Dec. 10. The Naranjeros de Hermosillo right-hander has walked 14 over 25 innings while striking out nine.
Chris Roberson, OF -- Roberson, the starting center fielder for Naranjeros de Hermosillo, is in the midst of a 13-game hitting streak, during which time he has raised his average 38 points to .275. The 27-year-old has bashed three home runs over his last 21 at-bats.
Venezuelan Winter League
Joseph Bisenius -- After hurling 7 1/3 scoreless innings over his first eight appearances with the Navegantes del Magallanes, Bisenius was hit hard Tuesday en route to his first loss of the season. The 24-year-old right-hander surrendered four runs while retiring just one batter.
Ryan Cameron, RHP -- Cameron has appeared in 10 games for the Navegantes del Magallanes, and he is 0-1 with a 4.00 ERA over 18 innings. His last appearance came Dec. 9.
Jeremy Cummings, RHP -- Cummings lasted just two innings in his start last Saturday, allowing five runs -- one earned -- on six hits and three walks. The Aguilas del Zulia right-hander is 3-1 with a 2.44 ERA on the season.
Josh Kroeger, OF -- Kroeger, an outfielder with Aguilas del Zulia, has not appeared in a game since Dec. 8. The Iowa native is batting .248 on the season, with three homers and 18 RBIs over 125 at-bats.
Carlos Leon, 2B -- Leon, a 27-year-old second baseman with Aguilas del Zulia, has hit safely in his last five games. This modest streak has raised his average 39 points to .239 (22-for-92) on the season.
Tim McClaskey, RHP -- McClaskey started for the Navegantes del Magallanes on Saturday and took the loss, allowing five runs on nine hits over four frames. The 30-year-old is 4-2 with a 3.88 ERA over 51 innings.
Moises Melendez, LHP -- Melendez has made 10 appearances for the Aguilas del Zulia, five as a starter and five in relief. He has taken the loss in each of his last three outings and is 3-3 with a 4.60 ERA overall.
Jesus Merchan, SS -- Merchan has been primarily used as a defensive replacement, as evidenced by the fact that he only has 62 at-bats over 33 games. The 25-year-old shortstop has collected five hits in his last 11 at-bats, however, and is batting .306 on the season.
Carlos Monasterios, RHP -- The 20-year-old made his league debut with the Pastora de los Llanos on Saturday. He allowed two runs on two hits while retiring two batters.
Jim Rushford, RF -- The 32-year-old veteran, who played briefly in the Major Leagues in 2002, made his Venezuelan debut Dec. 1 as a member of the Pastora de los Llanos. He is batting .296 (8-for-27) over his first 10 games, and his solo home run last Saturday was his first RBI of the season.
Danny Sandoval, 2B -- Sandoval, a member of the Pastora de los Llanos, appeared in five games this week and went 4-for-18 with two RBIs. He is hitting .243 (45-for-185) on the season.
John Stephens, RHP -- The 27-year-old made his debut with the Cardenales de Lara on Dec. 14. While he hurled a scoreless inning in that outing, the native of Australia didn't fare as well three days later. Last Saturday, Stephens allowed three runs on three hits over 1 2/3 innings and took the loss.