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Ramos Hits Way To Winter Player Of The Year

John Manuel -

In 2008-2009, Wilson Ramos helped Venezuela win the Caribbean Series, batting .317/.331/.475 in the regular season and .385 in the first four games of the Caribbean Series. In 2009-10, Ramos took his play up significantly, batting .332/.397/.582 and ranking among the league leaders in RBIs and total bases (first, 49 and 119); slugging percentage (second) and home runs (third, 12). For his performance, Ramos has earned Baseball America's Winter Player of the Year Award.

Minors | #2010#Winter Baseball#Winter Wonders

Caribbean Series Notebook

Bill Mitchell -

The two most dominant pitching performances in the first four days of the Caribbean Series have been thrown by a pair of guys, Venezuela's Brad Knox and Mexico's Edgar Gonzalez, still looking for work for the 2009 season less than two weeks before pitchers and catchers report for spring training. Both pitchers are hoping that their achievements in the Caribbean Series help them get an invitation to spring training.

Minors | #2009#Winter Baseball#Winter Wonders

Venezuela Wins Again

Bill Mitchell -

Two truths about the 2009 Caribbean Series, being held in Mexicali, Mexico, were evident on Day Four of the annual six-game series. First, the Venezuelan team is the class of the series, and they proved it with their fourth straight win in the series, with today's victory coming against the Dominican Republic team, 3-2. The second truth is that every game in the Series is being to be competitive and hard-fought, as seen in both games but especially in the 12-inning night game won by Mexico over Puerto Rico, 5-1 in 12 innings.

Minors | #2009#Winter Baseball#Winter Wonders

Relying On Guts

Kary Booher -Premium Content

Not long ago, give or take 18 months, any conversation discussing a safe projection of Cardinals righthander P.J. Walters always centered around one phrase: In the majors, he's probably a reliever. Now, after a mostly encouraging run through the high minors in 2008 and a dominating performance in the Puerto Rican League, look who's running with a full head of steam entering a season that could end with a precious 40-man roster spot. Even better, the majors are in reach.

Minors | #2009#Winter Baseball#Winter Wonders

Fun Again

Kary Booher -Premium Content

Used to be, Justin Maxwell lost a lot of sleep at night as he worried about this and that, the replay of that evening's game running through his mind over and over again. Now the Nationals prospect patrols the outfields of the Puerto Rican League, where he tries to make up for lost time after yet another season marred by injuries. His 2008 campaign was abbreviated to just 43 games.

Minors | #2009#Winter Baseball#Winter Wonders

Worth A Look

Kary Booher -

The buzz of the offseason likely will stay on the heels of others, of bigger names, of more talented prospects, even though he created quite the ruckus this year in winning the Texas League batting title. But just when it seemed safe to assume the winter would quiet down around third baseman Jesus Guzman comes this line next to his name out of the Venezuelan League: .400/.500/.696.

Minors | #2009#Winter Baseball#Winter Wonders