A new season is under way in the Dominican Summer League. The short-season league, which plays games through Aug. 24, began June 1.
For the first time since 2010, the Orioles have two teams in the DSL. Their DSL-1 team is managed by Elvis Morel and will play 70 games. Their DSL-2 team is managed by the club’s director of Dominican Republic operations, Nelson Norman, and will play 72 games.
Both O’s teams are 2-1 so far.
The O’s single entry in the league went 34-36 last season after making the playoffs in 2011, going 46-24.
Four organizations - the Yankees, Mets, Cubs and Pirates - fielded two teams in the DSL in 2012. This season, the four organizations with two teams are the Orioles, Yankees, Mets and Pirates.
Under Dan Duquette, the Orioles are looking to upgrade their international efforts. In this interview during spring training, Duquette told me about plans to upgrade the club’s efforts in Latin America.
Here are the rosters for the O’s two DSL squads with players listed by position, how they bat and throw and with their current age. There are players on these rosters from the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Curacao, Panama, Guatemala, Brazil and Colombia.
Dominican Summer League Team 1
OF - Acosta, Rauel, R/R, age 17
OF - Alexander, Rochendrick, R/R, age 18
RHP - Almonte, Jefferies, R/R, age 21
LHP - Aquino, Wilmer, L/L, age 21
RHP - Bautista, Miguel, R/R, age 20
RHP - Bolivar, Miguel, R/R, age 21
SS - Colla, Richard, R/R, age 19
RHP - Cuevas, Yanuel, R/R, age 19
C - De la Cruz, Alexander, R/R, age 21
OF - Duran, Brailyn, R/R, age 19
RHP - Floranus, Wendell, R/R, age 18
C - Labrador, Alexander, R/R, age 18
SS - Lamas, Sergio, S/R, age 19
OF - Larez, Carlos, R/R, age 20
1B - Medina, Victor, R/R, age 18
SS - Mercedes, Alexander, R/R, age 21
RHP - Moreno, Rafael, R/R, age 18
RHP - Palumbo, Angelo, R/R, age 17
OF - Pezzarossi, Paolo, R/R, age 20
IF - Pichardo, Miguel, L/R, age 18
OF - Rodriguez, Carlos, R/R, age 18
SS - Salas, Guillermo, S/R, age 19
RHP - Salas, Johan, R/R, age 18
RHP - Soler, Fernando R/R, age 19
RHP - Sosa, Carlos, R/R, age 21
C - Taveras, Junior, R/R, age 20
Dominican Summer League Team 2
RHP - Alvarado, Cristian, R/R, age 18
SS - Cabrera, Jacniel, R/R, age 17
OF - Chaves, Luis, R/R, age 18
C - De Freitas, Nelio, R/R, age 20
C - Fajardo, Daniel, R/R, age 18
RHP - Fermin, Yeraldo, R/R, age 21
SS - Flores, Pedro, S/R, age 17
OF - Franco, Daniel, R/R, age 18
IF - Galastica, Gonzalo, S/R, age 17
RHP - Garcia, Miguel, R/R, age 20
OF - Gil, Geremias, R/R, age 17
RHP - Heredia, Inocencio, R/R, age 21
RHP - Jimenez, Francisco, R/R, age 18
OF - Laureano, Carlos, R/R, age 18
RHP - LeFranc, Lu Franc-Cito, R/R, age 20
3B - Lizardo, Yeridolfo, R/R, age 19
RHP - Magallanes, Neomar, R/R, age 20
RHP - Marrugo, Yeizer, R/R, age 18
OF - Martinez, Rockny, S/R, age 20
RHP - Medina, Cesar, R/R, age 18
SS - Medina, Robertico, R/R, age 19
1B - Mena, Kelvyn, R/R, age 20
RHP - Mercedes, Daniel, R/R, age 21
OF - Mora, Ivan, R/R, age 18
LHP - Pacheco, Johalis, L/L, age 19
OF - Rifaela, Ademar, L/L, age 18
C - Soto, Ronald, R/R, age 18
RHP - Valdez, Juan, R/R, age 22
Returning players to watch:
LHP - Wilmer Aquino: DSL 2012 - 71 IP, 59 H, 23 ER, and 73K with 2.92 ERA.
RHP - Miguel Garcia: DSL 2012 - 73.1 IP, 66 H, 23 ER, and 54K with 2.82 ERA.
RHP - Yeizer Marrugo: DSL 2012 - 25 IP, 12H, 4 ER, and 20K with 1.44 ERA.
RHP - Daniel Mercedes: DSL 2012 - 35 IP, 32 H, 5 ER, and 28K with 1.29 ERA.
RHP - Rafael Moreno: DSL 2012 - 65.1 IP, 56 H, 28 ER, and 59K with 3.86 ERA.
CF - Alexander Mercedes: DSL 2012 - .289 AVG, 71 H, 27 BB, 23 K, 23 SB, .367 OBP.
New signees to watch:
CF - Daniel Franco: switch-hitting outfielder with plus speed.
OF - Carlos Laureano: right-handed hitter with good bat and power.
SS - Guillermo Salas: switch-hitting infielder.
3B - Yeridolfo Lizardo: infielder with strong arm and bat.