Twins Winter League Update
There are a lot of Twins players playing in Winter Leagues in warm climates. I thought it would be good to provide Twins Daily readers with a quick update on how some are doing. Of course, at this point, all of these numbers are incredibly small sample, so take them for what they’re worth.
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE
On Monday, Kyle Gibson had his first clunker in four starts. The right-hander gave up six runs on eight hits and a walk in just two innings. All of the runs came in the 2nd inning. With the loss, he is now 3-1 with a 4.20 ERA in 15 innings. He has walked three and struck out 20 batters.[PRBREAK][/PRBREAK]
Reliever Michael Tonkin has been terrific through his first five games. In 6.1
innings, he has given up no runs on three hits. He has one walk to go with five strikeouts.
Relief pitchers’ numbers really can look great or bad due to small sample size. Lefty Caleb Thielbar has made six appearances. He is 1-0 with a 10.80 ERA. In 6.2 innings, he has given up eight runs on 11 hits and a walk while striking out five. In his first three outings, he gave up one hit and no walks in three innings. Then in his next two outings, he gave up eight runs on eight hits and a walk in 2.1 innings. Reports from Peoria indicate that a couple of bad calls may have contributed in some degree. He came back on Saturday with 1.1 scoreless innings.
Lefty Logan Darnell has been a starter since being the 6th round pick in 2010 from Kentucky. He has thrown over 150 innings each of the past two seasons. However, in the Fall League, he is working out of the bullpen. He gave up one run in two innings on Monday. In six games, he has given up three runs on nine hits and three walks. He has struckout eight in 9.2 innings.
Chris Herrmann was 5-10 with a double and two walks in his three AFL games. Last week, he was sent home with some minor inflammation in his left (non-throwing) shoulder.
He was replaced by catcher Dan Rohlfing who has played in one game since arriving. In it, he went 1-3. He had two RBI, one on a sacrifice fly and the other when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Outfielder Evan Bigley is hitting .206/.270/.294 in nine games. He is 7-34 with three doubles. In his past four games, he is 4-12 (.333)
Through eight games, outfielder Nate Roberts (and his mustache) were hitting .522/.647/.652 (1.299) with three doubles. He also had six walks to go with just two strikeouts. On Monday, he went 0-3 and was hit by a pitch (something he is very good at and takes a lot of pride in) which dropped his average to .462.
VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE
As you know, many Twins players play for Aragua in the VWL.
Outfielder Oswaldo Arcia is hitting .182/.194/.303 (.497) through the first 13 games. He is 6-33 with a double. He hit his first home run over the weekend. He has walked just once and struckout 12 times.
Catcher Josmil Pinto is 0-4 in two games for Aragua.
Right-hander David Bromberg is 0-0 with a 2.08 ERA in three starts and 13 innings. The peripherals don’t look quite as good. In those 13 innings, he has given up 12 hits and eight walks while striking out nine. However, he has been able to go at least five innings in his last two starts.
Lefty Edgar Ibarra is 1-2 with a 9.22 ERA through four starts and 13.2 innings. He has given up 20 hits, walked eight and struckout 15. Ibarra split his 2012 season between Ft. Myers and New Britain and made 42 appearances, all out of the bullpen. On October 18, he threw five shutout innings and gave up just two hits and a walk. His next start, he gave up eight runs on seven hits and three walks in just two innings.
19-year-old righty Angel Mata went 4-3 with a 3.38 ERA for Elizabethton this season. He is pitching out of the bullpen for Aragua. In five games, he has given up just one run on six hits and three walks in eight innings. He also has 11 strikeouts.
Right-hander Miguel Munoz missed much of the 2011 season with an elbow injury. He returned in 2012 and pitched 63.2 innings in 28 games (6 starts). For Aragua, he has given up three runs on four hits and two walks in just two innings so far.
Righty Dakota Watts had a very good season pitching in the bullpens for Ft. Myers and New Britain. He missed time at the start of the season due to shoulder tendonitis. He arrived in Aragua. In his first game, he gave up a hit to the one batter he faced. The next night, he gave up three runs on one hit, one hit batter and one walk. The hit was a home run. In his third game, he gave up one run in two innings. He has not pitched in a week.
There are several other Twins players around the VWL.
Aaron Hicks has come back down to earth for Margarita. In 11 games, he is now hitting .238/.347/.357 (.704) with two doubles, a home run and five RBI. He is 10-42 with seven walks and 15 strikeouts. In the four games he has played in over the past week, he is 1-12 with five walks and five strikeouts.
Eduardo Escobar is a combined 3-24 (.125) with two teams this winter.
Deolis Guerra has given up one run on three hits in 1.2 innings so far for Magallanes.
Yorman Landa has given up three runs on three hits and six walks in 3.2 innings. He pitched for the GCL Twins in 2012 and is certainly considered a prospect.
DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE
The Twins have several players playing around the Dominican Republic as well.
Coming in to play on Monday, Drew Butera was hitting .300/.462/.400 (.862) with two doubles and five RBI. However, on Monday, he went 0-4 to drop his average to .250.
Pedro Florimon’s bat was off to a slow start. Coming into the game on Monday, he was 3-31 (.097). He was 0-3 on Monday night before a single in his final at bat. So, he is now 4-35 (.114) over the small sample of nine games.
Outfielder Wilkin Ramirez is 3-21 (.143) with a double and triple through his first seven games.
Miguel Sano made his DWL debut over the weekend and went 1-4 with a walk.
Luis Perdomo gave up one hit in 1.2 scoreless innings in his only appearance to this point.
MEXICAN WINTER LEAGUE
Anthony Slama is pitching for Mazatlan. He has pitched in four games to this point. In 4.2 innings, he has given up no runs on three hits and two walks while striking out two.
1B Chris Colabello is hitting .234/.280/.362 (.642) with six doubles in his first 13 games. He is 11-47, so more than half of his hits have been for extra bases. In his past eight games, he is just 2-28 (.071).
AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE
The ABL has been playing an exhibition schedule the past ten days. The season officially kicks off on Thursday, November 1. Two team’s rosters do not have any current or former Twins. Here is a quick look at the Twins-related players on the four other rosters:
Current Twins: LHP Aaron Thompson, 1B/OF Rory Rhodes, IF Logan Wade. Former Twins: RHP Tristan Crawford.
Current Twins: RHP Sam Gibbons, LHP Lewis Thorpe, OF Josh Hendricks. Former Twins: OF Justin Huber.
Current Twins: RHP Liam Hendriks. Former Twins: RHP Brendan Wise, C Allan De San Miguel, IF Luke Hughes.
Sydney Blue Sox:
Current Twins: RHP Tim Atherton, RHP Tyler Herr, IF Jacob Younis, OF JD Williams. Former Twins: LHP Brad Thomas, RHP Todd Van Steensel, RHP Matthew Williams, and Coach Glenn Williams.
For the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks fans out there, shortstop Zach Penprase also plays for the Blue Sox.
That's a lot of players continuing their 2012 seasons with some more innings pitched or plate appearances. Note also that other players will get some time as well.