Winter League Highlights: Antigua picks up the win
The winter leagues are a time for players to stay in game shape as well as an opportunity to refine skills, whether that be at the plate, in the field or on the mound. So when looking at farmhand Jeffry Antigua‘s Dominican league regular season, most aren’t going to be overly impressed, especially compared to his 2012 minor league stats.
For the Toros del Este this winter, the southpaw had a 5.09 earned run average in 23 innings pitched, and his inability to keep the ball down resulted in four home runs surrendered. Despite the high ERA, he managed a 4-1 record and struck out 18 batters versus only five walks. And Antigua was used in a variety of situations, pitching two innings on some days and then facing only one batter the next appearance.
Though he pitched just 1/3 of an inning Tuesday, Antigua picked up the win for the Toros. The victory puts his side at 5-5 in the playoffs and two games out of the round-robin title.
Antigua finished with a solid 2012 minor league campaign. Between Peoria and Tennessee, the Dominican native had a 3.22 ERA in 81.0 innings. He struck out 78 and walked 24.