Winter League Highlights: Boscan making strides

Atlanta Braves v Pittsburgh Pirates

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Most baseball people don’t invest a ton of stock in a player’s winter stats. But if nothing else, a solid offseason should give the player a boost of confidence heading into Spring Training.

The Cubs took a flyer by signing free agent catcher J.C. Boscan from the Braves organization on Nov. 14. The 32-year-old’s 2012 Triple-A season wasn’t much to get excited about. He hit .189/.264/.284 (AVG/OBP/SLG) in 222 at-bats with 23 RBI. Of his 42 hits, 12 were doubles and three were home runs. Defensively, he threw out 40 percent of baserunners.

But Boscan’s stats in his native Venezuela have been significantly better. In 78 at-bats for the Leones del Caracas, he carries a .269/.321/.295 line. With a slew of catchers on the roster, Boscan only sees action once every few days. What’s interesting about his stats is that the right-handed hitter is significantly better vs. right-handed pitching than against southpaws (.302 AVG vs. .133). He also fares better at home, hitting .333 vs. .205 on the road.

Boscan was a Double-A Southern League Midseason All-Star in 2009.

Other notes around the Caribbean:

Junior Lake made a start in center field and recorded a single for the Estrellas de Oriente of the Dominican league.

Jay Jackson gave up seven earned runs in 4.2 innings for the Venados of Mexico. He struck out five.

Dave Sappelt had a hit and scored a run for the Bravos of Venezuela.

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