The Dominican Winter League in the Dominican Republic completed regular season play for 2011 on December 21st. Here's a look at how the non pitchers in the Milwaukee Brewers' organization performed.
Almonte hit .276 with nine doubles, 22 RBIs, and an on base percentage of .380 for Gigantes del Cibao. In 2011, Almonte was a non roster invitee to spring training and made the Brewers' Opening Day roster. He hit just .103 with one home run and three RBIs in 16 games before suffering a concussion. He finished the year at triple A Nashville where he hit .303 with six homers and 42 RBIs in 83 games. Almonte is not on the Brewers 40 man roster and is not currently a non roster invitee to spring training.
Gamel is often mentioned as the leading candidate to take over at first base in 2012 after Prince Fielder moves on via free agency. If he is the future of first base in Milwaukee, his Dominican League numbers are not very encouraging. In 20 games for Estrellas Orientales, Gamel was 11 for 64 (.172). He did make the most of those 11 hits with a double, two homers, and 11 RBIs. Gamel spent most of 2011 at Nashville, where he hit .310 with 28 homers and 96 RBIs. He's been a good hitter throughout his minor league career, but has yet to prove he can consistently hit big league pitching. In 85 games with the Brewers, Gamel has hit .222 with five homers and 23 RBIs. He will be given every opportunity to show that he is not one of those players who peaks at the triple A level. If he makes the club and his numbers for Milwaukee are close to what he had at Nashville, it would go a long way towards replacing the run production lost when Fielder leaves.
Gomez started the 2011 season as the Brewers' center fielder and ended it as a platoon and defensive replacement due to lack of hitting (.225 average, 64 strikeouts and only 15 walks, .270 on base percentage in 94 games). Gomez' hitting woes continued into the Dominican League. He hit .145 and had an on base percentage of just .212 in 23 games for Aguillas Cibaenas.
Rivera hit .228 with two homers and seven RBIs in 20 games for Aguillas Cibaenas. in 2011, he hit .238 with seven homers and 31 RBIs in 61 games for Nashville. He's on the Sounds' roster, but is a non roster invitee to the Brewers' spring training. Rivera, a catcher, has had some brief stays with the Brewers in the past, and has a .261 batting average with 11 homers and 55 RBIs in 120 games with the Crew. Rivera has some pop in his bat, and with three catchers already on the 40 man roster, the Brewers may be showcasing the 35 year old for a possible trade.
Mark Hudziak is a Featured Contributor in Sports for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. He has been a fan of the Brewers since they moved to Milwaukee in 1970.
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