Caribbean Series 2013: Players Who Have Made Biggest Impact so Far

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent IFebruary 7, 2013

Photo courtesy of Yahoo! Sports
Photo courtesy of Yahoo! Sports

The Caribbean Series is one of the best ways for MLB players to stay in shape and prepare for the upcoming season.

It's also a way for those who are not currently playing in the MLB to reconnect with the game and its stars.

Here are three guys who are certainly putting in the work this offseason.

Miguel Tejada, Dominican Republic

He may not be the star of the MLB anymore, but Miguel Tejada is taking over the Caribbean Series this year.

The 38-year-old has led the Dominican team to a 4-1 record, the best standing in the league, while posting some eye-popping stats.

Tejada owns the third-best batting average in the league (.389) to go with two homers, five RBI and a league-leading .778 slugging percentage.

If the former MVP can bring this type of talent to the Kansas City Royals in 2013 (h/t ESPN), they're in for a good season.

Ken Ray, Venezuela

During MLB stints with the Kansas City Royals and Atlanta Braves, reliever Ken Ray owned a 5.13 career ERA.

This winter, though, has been a different story for the 38-year-old.

Ray is pitching lights out in the Caribbean Series, pitching to a 1.50 ERA and posting one win and nine strikeouts in three appearances.

Ray's nine Ks rank second-best in the league, and the righty has yet to surrender a walk for the 2-3 Venezuelan team.

Doug Clark, Mexico

Former MLB player Doug Clark has been an offensive beast for the 2-3 Mexican club this winter.

Clark leads the league in batting average, posting a .438 mark to go with a .438 on-base percentage and .438 slugging percentage.

Clark has also contributed two RBI, and his two stolen bases rank tied for second in the league, while his seven hits are tied for the league lead.

His career in the big leagues may have been short lived, but Clark is putting on a hitting clinic this winter in Mexico.


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