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Rays prospects and winter leagues: U.S. falls short in 1st Olympic qualifying attempt

With a loss to rival Mexico in the bronze medal game, Team USA squandered a chance to qualify for the 2020 Games.

Mexico v USA - WBSC Premier 12: Bronze Medal Final
If Jake Cronenworth is added to the 40-man roster, he won’t be on Team USA next time it tries to qualify for the Olympics
Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images

For the second straight week, no Ray took an at-bat or pitched in an offseason league, but the Premier12 — which featured some current and former Rays — just ended. Mexico finished higher than the U.S., giving it the Americas slot in the Olympics that was up for grabs in this tournament. Team USA will still have a couple more chances to qualify.

Jake Cronenworth (USA)- 29 AB, .103/.133/.241
Jhonleider Salinas (Venezuela)- 1 IP, 0.00 ERA
Cristopher Sanchez (Dominican Republic)- 2 IP, 13.50 ERA
Darryl George (Australia)- 18 AB, .167/.211/.222
Spencer Jones (USA)- 3 13 IP, 0.00 ERA
Erik Kratz (USA)- 21 AB, .381/.435/.714 (All-World Team)
Juniel Querecuto (Venezuela)- 14 AB, .286/.286/.286
Arturo Reyes (Mexico)- 13 13 IP, 0.68 ERA
Enny Romero (Dominican Republic)- 4 13 IP, 8.31 ERA

Hitters

2B Jonathan Aranda, Liga Mexicana del Pacífico

This week: 0 AB
Offseason: 2 AB, .000/.000/.000

SS Wander Franco, Liga de Béisbol Profesional de la República Dominicana

This week: 0 AB
Offseason: 26 AB, .192/.192/.308

C Michael Perez, LIDOM

This week: 0 AB
Offseason: 29 AB, .172/.219/.241

Pitchers

LHP Cristopher Sanchez, LIDOM

This week: 0 IP
Offseason: 2 23 IP, 10.13 ERA, 2.25 WHIP

Done for the offseason

RHP Shane Baz, Arizona Fall League

This week: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Offseason: 11 IP, 8.18 ERA, 1.91 WHIP

2B Vidal Brujan, AFL

This week: 10 AB, 1 R, 1 H, 1 RBI, 4 BB, 3 K, 0/1 SB
Offseason: 82 AB, .256 BA/.380 OBP/.463 SLG

C Ronaldo Hernandez, AFL

This week: 4 AB, 3 H, 1 RBI
Offseason: 39 AB, .359 BA/.381 OBP/.513 SLG

OF Josh Lowe, AFL

This week: 0 AB
Offseason: 52 AB, .327 BA/.379 OBP/.558 SLG

RHP Simon Rosenblum-Larson, AFL

This week: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K
Offseason: 12 23 IP, 2.13 ERA, 1.50 WHIP

RHP Drew Strotman, AFL

This week: 4 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
Offseason: 21 IP, 6.43 ERA, 1.52 WHIP

RHP Alex Valverde, AFL

This week: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
Offseason: 10 IP, 0.90 ERA, 0.70 WHIP

All stats are through games of Nov. 16.