The Aguilas Cibaenas of the Dominican Winter League defeated the Cardenales de Lara of the Venezuelan Winter League, 4-3, to win the Gold Cup in the first Serie de las Americas Sunday night at Marlins Park in Miami.
Phillies pitching prospect Ranfi Casimiro pitched clean fifth and sixth innings for Aguilas retiring all six batters he faced in the game to hold a 2-2 tie at the time. In the top of the ninth Aguilas pushed across two runs which turned out just enough for the win.
In 16 innings so far in winter ball, all in four November games, Casimiro has induced 26 ground ball outs compared to only six air ball outs. His WHIP is now under 1.00 and his batting average against is around .200. His ERA is just over 2.00. In his last two appearances he has struck out seven in seven innings of work allowing only four hits and no walks. What more can any organization ask of him?
After going 6-2 in the second half of the SAL with the Lakewood BlueClaws and his work in offseason ball, the 23- year old Casimiro has developed clearly into a major league pitching prospect. As we can see in the above videos his slider and change up have been his out pitches. I have seen his fastball top at 94 mph.
The tall the 6’8″ Casimiro is showing he has major league stuff. All he needs is a chance to show it for some MLB team what he can do next season!