Chavez shines as winter seasons close
AFL stint raises reliever's stock in organization
Jesse Chavez was one of the top relievers in the Arizona Fall League this past season, going 3-0 with four saves and an 0.64 ERA for the Grand Canyon Rafters.
The 23-year-old right-hander gave up six hits over 14 innings as opponents batted .122 against him.
Here is how the rest of the Pirates prospects fared in various Fall and Winter Leagues over the last four months.
Arizona Fall League
LHP David Davidson -- The Canadian went 2-2 with a 5.17 ERA in nine outings, including three starts, for Grand Canyon. He struck out 14 in 15 2/3 innings. Opponents batted .258 against him.
1B Brad Eldred -- Eldred hit .170 with one homer and three doubles over his first 13 games for the Rafters before turning things around. The 6-foot-5, 275-pounder finally found his groove on Nov. 9 against Peoria, going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, an RBI and two runs scored. He finished the season hitting .231 with eight RBIs.
RHP Brian Rogers -- Rogers went 2-0 while allowing two hits and striking out six over 7 2/3 scoreless innings for Grand Canyon.
LHP Josh Shortslef -- Shortslef went 0-1 with a 2.65 ERA in six outings, including five starts, for Grand Canyon. The 24-year-old southpaw held opposing batters to a .246 average. He struck out seven in 17 innings.
C Neil Walker -- Walker hit .290 with five doubles and a triple in 18 games with Grand Canyon. He also struck out 12 times in 69 at-bats.
Hawaii Winter Baseball
C Steve Lerud -- The 22-year-old backstop was hitting .306 on Nov. 12, but went into an 0-for-17 slump over his last five games, dropping his average to .227. Lerud also struck out 26 times in 22 games for Honolulu.
OF Nyjer Morgan -- The 26-year-old outfielder led the league with 20 steals in 32 games for the Sharks. He hit .294 with a .368 on-base percentage. Morgan topped the circuit with 25 runs scored and five triples.
RHP Wardell Starling -- Starling earned his only two saves over his final three appearances for Honolulu. The 23-year-old righty went 1-3 with a 5.12 ERA while collecting 35 strikeouts in 31 2/3 innings.
RHP Justin Vaclavik -- The 22-year-old right-hander went 0-1 with a 6.55 ERA in 11 games with the Sharks, striking out six and walking one in 11 innings.
Dominican Winter League
RHP Basilio Alvarez -- Alvarez pitched sparingly for Azucareros del Este, going 0-1 with a 2.38 ERA in six games. The 23-year-old right-hander gave up 10 hits in 11 1/3 innings, striking out two. During the playoffs, Alvarez tossed 1 2/3 scoreless frames with two strikeouts.
RHP Olivo Astacio -- Astacio went 0-0 with a 4.90 ERA over four games for Leones del Escogido.
Eddy Garabito, 2B -- Garabito appeared in a team-high 48 games for the Azucareros, batting .246 with a home run and 15 RBIs. The 30-year-old middle infielder batted .182 in nine playoff contests.
3B Javier Guzman -- Guzman batted .250 with three doubles and two RBIs in 23 games for Estrellas de Oriente.
RHP Franquelis Osoria -- Osoria went 1-1 with a 2.38 ERA in 14 appearances for Aguilas Cibaenas. The 25-year-old right-hander struck out nine and walked six over 11 1/3 innings. He was designated for assignment on Feb. 1.
RHP Franklin Perez -- Perez went 2-0 with a 5.40 ERA for Gigantes del Cibao. He posted a 1.93 ERA in three playoff appearances.
LHP Juan Perez -- Perez, acquired from the New York Mets during the fall, went 1-0 with a 1.83 ERA in 22 appearances for the Gigantes. He held opposing batters to a .123 average. In the playoffs, Perez went 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA.
RHP Nerio Rodriguez -- Rodriguez went 2-4 with a 3.68 ERA in 12 games for Leones del Escogido, striking out 42 and walking 10 in 58 2/3 innings.
Mexican Pacific League (LMP)
C Humberto Cota -- Cota was a reliable bat for Aguilas de Mexicali, batting .295 with eight homers and 30 RBIs while posting a .396 on-base percentage. Over his last 10 games, Cota hit .500 (17-for-34) with two homers and seven RBIs.
C Ryan Doumit -- Doumit had a solid overall season with Venados de Mazatlan, batting .292 with six homers and 16 RBIs while drawing 20 walks.
RHP Sergio Silva -- Silva appeared in three games for Naranjeros de Hermosillo, going 0-0 with a 13.50 ERA over two innings.
SS Fernando Villaescusa -- Villaescusa played in 12 games for Aguilas, but struck out in his only at-bat of the season. Used primarily as a pinch-runner, Villaescusa stole two bases and scored a run.
Venezuelan Winter League
OF Rafael Alvarez -- Alvarez hit .287 and drew 23 walks to bump his on-base percentage to .391. The 30-year-old outfielder had four home runs, four triples and six doubles while driving in 26 runs.
RHP Jonah Bayliss -- An ace out of the Caribes de Oriente bullpen, Bayliss was 2-1 with six saves and a 1.88 ERA. The 26-year-old right-hander struck out 18 in 24 innings and did not give up a home run while holding opponents to a .214 average.
3B Yurendell de Caster -- After hitting .273 during the regular season with Triple-A Indianapolis, de Caster's average fell to .232 with five home runs and 21 RBIs over 47 games for Caribes de Oriente.
RHP Jean Garavito -- Garavito posted a 2-0 record with a 4.57 ERA over 17 relief appearances with Pastora de Los Llanos, striking out eight in 21 2/3 innings. The VWL hit .344 off him, but he did not give up a home run.
RHP Chris Hernandez -- The former USC Trojan went 1-1 with a 2.38 ERA over 21 relief appearances for Pastora. Hernandez held hitters to a .167 average while striking out 13 over 22 2/3 innings.
C Denny Nino -- Nino played in five games with Caribes, going 1-for-4 with a walk.
C Milver Reyes -- Reyes hit .320 with a homer and three RBIs in 15 games with Pastora.
OF Brett Roneberg -- The 26-year-old Australian hit .224 with a homer, six doubles and six RBIs over 20 games for Pastora.
LHP Shane Youman -- Youman went 0-2 with a 24.00 ERA in two outings for Leones. He surrendered eight runs in three innings.
Michael Echan is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.