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    Johnny Cueto Winter League updates

    Johnny Cueto is pitching in the Winter League in Dominican Republic this offseason for Aguilas Cibaenas. I'm not too high on the idea of letting him pitch in winter ball considering he threw 161 innings this season, but that's just me. Anyway, Johnny made his first appearance on Friday and pitched 5 innings, allowing 1 run on 4 hits while walking 2 and striking out 1.

    5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K through one appearance.

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    Re: Johnny Cueto Winter League updates

    I believe I read that Krivsky said they were going to try to keep his innings under control this winter.
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    Re: Johnny Cueto Winter League updates

    I thought there wasn't going to be any Dominican winter ball this year.
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    Re: Johnny Cueto Winter League updates

    I wish they'd stop doing winter ball altogether. It's pretty obviously done no good for Reds' pitchers so far. And probably done some damage.

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    Re: Johnny Cueto Winter League updates

    Quote Originally Posted by Falls City Beer View Post
    I wish they'd stop doing winter ball altogether. It's pretty obviously done no good for Reds' pitchers so far. And probably done some damage.
    Who has is done no good for? Cueto pitched in it last year, he did fine this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    Who has is done no good for? Cueto pitched in it last year, he did fine this year.
    IIRC, some guys who threw winter ball in the Dominican came to camp with tired arms. I can't remember who it was--late 90s/early 00s. Somebody help me out here (Big Sweat, maybe?).

    I'm just saying: the benefits are dubious. I'd rather they be healthy; they can train without going all out in real competition.

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    Re: Johnny Cueto Winter League updates

    I personally think that's what was wrong with Edwin the first half of the season... he was worn out.

    I think he had more time to rest in the minors, and when he came back, he was well-rested and ready.
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    Re: Johnny Cueto Winter League updates

    Quote Originally Posted by Falls City Beer View Post
    IIRC, some guys who threw winter ball in the Dominican came to camp with tired arms. I can't remember who it was--late 90s/early 00s. Somebody help me out here (Big Sweat, maybe?).

    I'm just saying: the benefits are dubious. I'd rather they be healthy; they can train without going all out in real competition.
    Wasn't Ricardo Arombles a pitcher who was over exposed in winter ball?
    The Sox traded Bullfrog the only player they've got for Shottenhoffen. Four-eyes Shottenhoffen a utility infielder. They've got a whole team of utility infielders.

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    Re: Johnny Cueto Winter League updates

    Arent these players under great pressure by their countries to play, not like they can just blow it off.

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    Re: Johnny Cueto Winter League updates

    Well, as far as Cueto goes, I think he threw something like 15 innings last season over a month and a half. I would expect a similar thing from him again this year.

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    Re: Johnny Cueto Winter League updates

    Minor leaguers get paid very little. That is the impression that I get anyway. Most probably have to play Winter Ball to make ends meet. I could be wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeamBoone View Post
    I thought there wasn't going to be any Dominican winter ball this year.
    Puerto Rico cancelled the season. DomRep, Venezuela and Mexico are playing this year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by icehole3 View Post
    Arent these players under great pressure by their countries to play, not like they can just blow it off.
    I'd listen to whatever country is going to pay me $500,000 dollars for throwing a baseball for 50-60 innings next season.

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    Re: Johnny Cueto Winter League updates

    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    Well, as far as Cueto goes, I think he threw something like 15 innings last season over a month and a half. I would expect a similar thing from him again this year.
    That's understandable. If a guy has some catching up to do, it's not a problem, but throwing guys down there after a full season seems like overkill.

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    Re: Johnny Cueto Winter League updates

    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    Well, as far as Cueto goes, I think he threw something like 15 innings last season over a month and a half. I would expect a similar thing from him again this year.
    Don't be so certain. What happens in the Winter Leagues is that most of the better local players will report late (mid, late November, early December). In the meantime, teams still have to put guys on the field, so they'll turn to younger players coming back from single A or the Mexican league while they wait for the AA, AAA and MLB players.

    That was Cueto's role last year. After December, I'm not even sure he was on the active roster.

    This year however, after pitching in AAA, he might actually have a spot on the Aguilas' rotation, in which case he could get as many as 10-15 starts.
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