Winter League wrap-up (part two): Blue Jays prospect Robert Robertis continues to impress, Bowden Francis is still pitching well, and more!

Although the Dominican Winter League regular season wrapped up this past weekend, there’s still plenty of baseball remaining for the three other winter leagues!

Earlier on Monday, I wrote an article featuring the prospects playing in the Dominican Winter League. In this article, we’ll be looking at the seven prospects playing in the Puerto Rican Winter League, the Mexican Winter League, and the Venezuelan Winter League.
Let’s start with Puerto Rico, where there are currently four Jays’ prospects playing.
Puerto Rico:
In the last overall update, there were only three prospects playing in the Puerto Rican Winter League. Now there are four, as Chavez Young has recently Indios de Mayaguez, joining fellow Jays prospect Glenn Santiago
Chavez Young:
The sample size is short, as he played his first two games on Sunday. He has yet to register a hit in his first eight plate appearances, but he also has three walks and was caught stealing once. 

Chavez Young (@chavezyoung242) doing Chavez Young things.
He walks and makes sure to pump up the crowd.#BlueJays pic.twitter.com/4GhM8P6SCH
— Brennan Delaney (@Brennan_L_D) December 18, 2022

I mentioned in the other wrap-up that Young has a fun grade of 80, and there’s no better proof of that than the video above.
The next update should have more information, but I went on about his defense in one of my latest articles, which you can read here.
Glenn Santiago:
Like some Jays prospects that played in LIDOM, the 22-year-old hasn’t really gotten an opportunity with his Puerto Rican Winter League team. Santiago has only had four plate appearances with a hit in the five games he’s appeared in.
Between Low-A and High-A, Santiago slashed .228/.293/.344 with three homers in 208 plate appearances. There’s definitely room for improvement, but he has quick bat speed and hits the ball hard. 

Glenn Santiago’s first High A hit is a triple!
The 21-year-old was drafted in the 10th round of the 2019 draft.
The shortstop slashed .268/.329/.423 with two homers in 86 PAs.
Interesting player to keep an eye on.#BlueJays #NextLevel pic.twitter.com/HWejeMrGJS
— Brennan Delane …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Winter League wrap-up: The Dominican Winter League regular season has finished, how did each prospect do?

One Winter League regular season has wrapped up, so it’s time for another Winter League report! 

Thankfully, the Dominican Winter League is still ongoing, therefore select players will continue to play. However, there are a few players who may be inactive until the start of spring training. 
In this article, we’ll look at each player that played in LIDOM, as well as their performance. In an accompanying article that will come out later on Monday, we’ll look at how other Jays prospects are doing in the three other Winter Leagues.
Editor’s note: I didn’t include Nate Pearson because I wrote an article about him here when he finished up his season. Also Spencer Horwitz didn’t participate, even though he was apparently loaned to Estrellas.
Otto López:
It was surprising to me that I didn’t see López’s name pop up on the end-of-season draft. Yes, LIDOM has a draft where the four playoff teams pick players off the rosters of the two non-playoff teams.

Escogencias de los equipos en el draft de reingreso de LIDOM.#DraftDeReingreso #RoundRobinLIDOM
Gracias al equipo de operaciones que nos envió el listado. pic.twitter.com/g1MEkr5asD
— WinterballData (@WinterballData) December 18, 2022

López slashed .304/.353/.380 with no homers in 88 plate appearances but was an everyday player filling in at centre field and second base. Below is a Tweet that shows all 20 players drafted by the four teams.

Otto López (@ottolopez23) is ottomatic.
He drives in two with this base hit up the middle!#BlueJays pic.twitter.com/ApbTDyIht6
— Brennan Delaney (@Brennan_L_D) December 10, 2022

 
Interestingly, former Blue Jays farmhand Rhiner Cruz was selected by Estrellas, who have both Rainer Núñez and Vinny Capra on the roster. We’ll get to them.
The prospects:
Throughout each of these articles, I’ve mentioned a few prospects that didn’t get a lot of plate appearances, and likely won’t if their team has qualified for the playoffs. Let’s just go through them quickly.
Juan Nunez:


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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Precious Achiuwa injury update is true nightmare for Raptors fans

Precious Achiuwa injury update is true nightmare for Raptors fans

The Toronto Raptors are no strange to seeing their regular season momentum killed by some crushing injuries to rotation stalwarts. On top of Scottie Barnes clearly laboring through a nagging ankle problem and Pascal Siakam sidelined with a groin ailment, Precious Achiuwa has seen his name added to the injury report. Achiuwa is in the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Key injuries, Kuznetsov suspended and Sharks eyeing Bedard: NHL Notebook

Key injuries, Kuznetsov suspended and Sharks eyeing Bedard: NHL Notebook

Less than two weeks into the regular season and injuries are already piling up. Over the last week several key players hit their respective injured lists, a Washington Capitals forward was suspended, and the San Jose Sharks took the lead in the race for Connor Bedard.
Landeskog knee surgery
The Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche will be without their captain Gabriel Landeskog for the next 12 weeks after his second knee surgery of the year. He missed the last quarter of the 2021-22 season for the same reason before joining the team for their playoff run.
He was held out of the first three games with a lower body injury and ultimately they decided another surgery was necessary.
Red Wings injuries
Tyler Bertuzzi will miss the next four to six weeks after blocking a shot against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. This a massive blow for a young Wings team with playoff aspirations. Bertuzzi was second on the team with 62 points last season.
His teammate Jakub Vrana is also away from the team for personal reasons. There has been no timetable given for his return. Detroit will need depth players to step up with the absence of two top-six forwards. Pius Suter and Filip Zadina have joined the lineup after being healthy scratches early on.
Ekblad groin s …

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Author: Scott Ony / The Leafs Nation