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Twins Week in the Winter Leagues (Dec. 3-9)

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As we get a little bit closer to the holidays, more of the American players will be leaving their winter baseball homes. At the same time, more and more veterans will start warming up for spring training by playing in a winter league. That means many of the younger players will be playing in the Parallel League or sitting on the bench more. That said, there continue to be a lot of players from the Twins farm system getting at bats and getting innings.

Here’s how players from the Twins system did during the week from December 3 through December 9:

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VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE

Player of the Week – Oswaldo Arcia, OF

For the second straight week, Arcia grabs the top spot in Venezuela. Although he hit just .263 (5-19) in five games, he hit two doubles, two homers and drove in nine runs. In 43 games, he is hitting .260/.319/.493 with eight doubles and eight home runs.

  • Eduardo Escobar – 4 Games, 3-11 (.273), 2B, 2 BB, 3 RBI
  • Darin Mastroianni – 3 Games, 2-7 (.286), BB, 3 R, RBI
  • Josmil Pinto – 3 Games, 2-6 (.333), BB, HR, RBI
  • Deolis Guerra – 2 Games, 0-1, 3.1 IP, 3 hits, 2 earned runs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts
  • Shairon Martis – 2 Games Started, 9.2 innings, 4 earned runs, 11 hits, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts.
  • Angel Mata – 2 Games, 0.2 innings, 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 walk, 1 strikeout.
  • Bruce Pugh – 3 Games, 1-0, 3.1 innings, 2 hits, 1 earned run, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts.
  • Dakota Watts – 4 Games, 3.2 innings, 3 hits, 0 runs, 5 walks, 1 strikeout.


MEXICAN WINTER LEAGUE

Player of the Week – Chris Colabello, 1B

For the fifth straight week, my choice for player of the week in Mexico is Chris Colabello. On the week, he played in six games. He went 9-19 (.474) with five walks, two home runs and 7 RBI. Overall in Mexico, he has had 173 at bats in 49 games played. He is hitting .347/.422/.653 (1.075) with 11 doubles, 14 home runs and 37 RBI. According to Top Prospect Alert, Colabello’s .347 batting average leads the league. Marlon Byrd is second at .339, while Karim Garcia is third.

  • Gonzalo Sanudo – 3 Games, 3.1 innings, 4 hits, 3 earned runs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout.
  • Anthony Slama returned to the States.


DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE

Player of the Week – Miguel Sano, 3B

Sano actually played in four games, although he didn’t get an at bat in two of them. In the two games he started, he went 5-7 with three doubles, a homer and five RBI. In 16 sporadic games, he is 12-36. He is hitting .333/.467/.667 with three doubles and three home runs.

  • Jhonathan Arias – 3 Games, 0-6, 3 K
  • Pedro Florimon – 5 Games, 5-17 (.294), 2B, RBI and 5 K.
  • Wilkin Ramirez – 3 Games , 0-2 (.000),
  • Sam Deduno – 1 Game Started, 5.0 innings, 4 hits, 0 runs, 4 walks, 4 strikeouts.
  • Luis Perdomo – 2 Games, 2.0 innings, 2 earned runs, 3 hits, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts.


PUERTO RICO WINTER LEAGUE

Player of the Week – Eddie Rosario, OF

For the second straight week, Eddie Rosario is the choice for hitter of the week. In three games, he went 4-12 (.333) with two walks and two doubles. In 18 games, he is hitting .345/.391/.552 with three doubles and three home runs.

  • Jorge Fernandez – 1 Game, 0-0
  • Angel Morales – 1 Game, 0-2, K
  • Danny Ortiz – 3 Games, 4=12 (.333), 2 K.
  • Kennys Vargas – 3 Games, 1-2, 2-BB, HR
  • Nelvin Fuentes – 1 Game, 1 IP, 4 hits, 4 earned runs, 0 BB, 2 K
  • Josue Montanez – 1 Game, 1 Save, 1 IP, 0 hit, 0 runs, 0 BB, 0 K.


AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

Player of the Week – Tim Atherton, RHP

Atherton came back to the Twins in 2010 as a pitcher after previously having been an infielder in the organization. Since his return, the hard-thrower has been effective, primarily out of the bullpen. In the ABL, he has been starting. He pitched one game this week and threw 5.2 scoreless innings. He gave up four hits, walked one and struckout four.

  • Logan Wade – 2 Games, 0-7 (.000), RBI, 4 K
  • Josh Hendricks – 4 Games, 2-12 (.167), 1 BB
  • Jacob Younis – 3 Games, 1-11 (.091), 5 K
  • JD Williams – 4 Games, 3-11 (.283), 2 BB, 7 K
  • Sam Gibbons – 1 Game Started, 4.1 innings, 10 hits, 2 BB, 9 earned runs, 4 K
  • Tyler Herr – 1 Game, 1 inning, 1 hit, 0 BB, 0 earned runs, 2 K


Feel free to discuss or ask any questions that you like. Also, feel free to pick a player of the week. Here were the nominees:

Venezuela – Oswaldo Arcia
Mexico – Chris Colabello
Dominican – Miguel Sano
Puerto Rico – Eddie Rosario
Australia – Tim Atherton
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