As many of the Dodgers established stars are beginning to head home and enjoy their offseason, some Dodger players and prospects are headed to different countries to improve their skills in various winter leagues.
In the off-season, many prospects or older players with something to prove head to other countries to compete in high-end winter leagues that lead to the Caribbean World Series.
According to J.P. Hoornstra of the L.A. Daily News, there were six players from the Dodgers’ 40-man roster in winter leagues:
Nick Buss (Venezuela), Onelki Garcia (AFL), Dee Gordon (Dominican Republic), Alexander Guerrero (DR), Elian Herrera (DR), Matt Magill (PR).
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) October 29, 2013
Along with those on the actual roster, there are a couple top Dodger prospects also playing this winter according to Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times:
Two of the Dodgers’ top prospects will spend their winters in Venezuela, where outfielder Joc Pederson will play for Cardenales de Lara and left-hander Chris Reed for Tiburones de La Guaira.
Pederson has already started playing for the Cardenales and has had success so far. He will be joined by Buss for the Cardenales and Reed spent the year in Double-A with Pederson, looking to get some work.
The biggest name playing is Guerrero, who the Dodgers recently signed out of Cuba, as the team will get to see him play in actual games and he’ll be playing for the Gigantes del Cibao. Gordon will be playing for the Tigres de Licey and will be making the transition from infielder to outfielder. The 25-year-old will utilize his speed and attempt to change positions, something the Dodgers already started to do this season.
Garcia is playing in the Arizona Fall League for the Glendale Desert Dogs with other Dodger prospects Cory Seager and Yimi Garcia. Herrera will play for the Aguila Cibaenas and Magill with the Indios de Mayaguez.
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