When baseball fans in Sydney Australia are asking permission to keep right hander Calvin Drummond (1-1, 2.70 ERA), you know something is going right. Drummond, the Detroit Tigers' sixth-round pick in 2013, is maneuvering his way through his inaugural season with the Australian Baseball League, following a 5-1 finish to the 2015 regular season, which he split between Advanced-A Lakeland and Double-A Erie. Drummond settled into a sustainable groove this season, establishing a 4-1 record through 27 games, striking out 52 in 55 1/3 innings for Lakeland. A late-August promotion to Erie gave Drummond his first taste of Double-A ball, where he tossed 9 1/3 innings for the SeaWolves, posting a 1-0 record in five outings.
Since joining with the Sydney Blue Sox (11-11), the 26-year-old righthander has been held to a consistent single inning of relief work in each of his 10 appearances. He has allowed runs in only two outings, both of which occurred earlier in the month. In his other eight appearances, Drummond has held the opposition to just three hits, adding 10 strikeouts to his résumé. In addition, Drummond has notched a team-high four saves in five opportunities this season.
Blue Sox Manager Jason Pospishil is appreciative of the contribution that Drummond has added to the Sydney organization this season. "Cal has been a solid piece to our bullpen and has worked very hard with our pitching coach Jim Colborn to solidify his mechanics," Pospishil said. "He has taken to the closer's role very well and has locked down some really big wins for our ball club."
Meanwhile, shortstop Aaron Sayers continued to rehab a left hand injury. The 21-year-old's six-game hit streak with the Canberra Cavalry continues to remain stagnant. As of his last appearance on November 15, Sayers is hitting .345/.368/.436 with 19 hits and 6 RBI through 16 games.
Caracas Leones - Caracas Venezuela
Since his official introduction with the Caracas Leones (5-6), Toledo outfielder Trayvon Robinson made his debut on November 26, kicking the season off in style with contribution to the Leones 18-hit victory that evening. Robinson finished the night going 3-4 at the plate with two doubles and a run scored.
The 28-year-old free agent has worked the outfield for three games with Caracas, hitting .364/.533/.545 with four hits, including the pair of doubles and one RBI to date.
Following the trade of Javier Betancourt to the Milwaukee Brewers, the Tigers have seen their numbers in Caracas dip. Of the seven players originally sent to Venezuela from the organization, only three remain. Betancourt remains an active member of the Caracas roster, despite the change in organizations earlier this month.
Additional Winter League Mentions
A change of scenery has appeared to work in Steven Moya's favor. Since receiving assignment to the Toros del Estel in October, Moya's performance struggled to pick up steam coming into November. The 24-year-old's bat has woken up recently, though. Moya has hits in five of his last six outings with the Toros, including four multi-hit games in his last 10 appearances. Moya has now driven 24 hits through 20 games in the Dominican, hitting .333/.380/.514 with seven doubles and 11 RBI.