Winter League Highlights: Dolis fans three

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(Photo by Stephen Green)

The 2012 regular season was a wild one for Cubs reliever Rafael Dolis. Things got off to a fast start in Spring Training when the 24-year-old earned a spot in the Cubs’ bullpen. After a combination of his own early-season success and teammate Carlos Marmol’s early struggles, the righty moved into the closer role.

But Dolis had a rough May. He blew two saves, earned two losses, and surrendered two runs or more in two other games, leading to a demotion. After spending much of June at Triple-A Iowa, he got called back up in early July, where he wasn’t much better. After a stint on the DL and another trip to Iowa, Dolis was solid in his late-September chances for the Cubs, holding opponents scoreless in five out of six appearances. Overall, he posted a 6.39 ERA in 38.0 innings pitched.

Though his opportunities have been limited for the Estrellas de Oriente of the Dominican league this winter, the DR native has been mostly effective. In 7.1 innings, Dolis has a 2.45 ERA and has struck out 11 batters. He’s only been roughed up once (Nov. 26) in eight appearances.

On Wednesday, Dolis was firing on all cylinders, going 1.1 innings, striking out three and surrendering just one hit in an Estrellas win.

Other notes around the Caribbean:

Luis Valbuena recorded a hit for the Cardenales of the Venezuelan league. He is batting .299/.416/.494 (AVG/OBP/SLG) on the winter.

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