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Arizona Fall League:
RF Chih-Hsien Chiang: 15 G, 56 AB, 8 R, 16 H, 2 2B, 3B, 6 RBI, SB, 9/8 K/BB, .286/.375/.357
RHP Steven Hensley: 0-0, 8 G, 9.75 ERA in 12.0 IP, 19 H (HR), 13 R, 14/12 K/BB, 2 HB
LHP Danny Hultzen: 0-0, 5 GS, 1.62 ERA in 16.2 IP, 13 H, 3 R, 12/4 K/BB, 2 WP
SS Nick Franklin: 18 G, 65 AB, 10 R, 14 H, 2 2B, HR, 7 RBI, SB, 19/10 K/BB, .215/.316/.292
C Adam Moore: 11 G, 39 AB, 6 R, 8 H, 2 2B, 6 RBI, 12/5 K/BB, 2 HBP, .205/.326/.256
LHP Brian Moran: 1-0, 8 G, 1.74 ERA in 10.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 9/4 K/BB
RHP Forrest Snow: 1-0, 7 G (GS), 0.00 ERA in 11.2 IP, 2 H, R (0 ER), 12/2 K/BB, WP

Australian Baseball League:
OF Denny Almonte: 2 G, 8 AB, H, 2B, 3/0 K/BB, .125/.125/.250
OF James Jones: 2 G, 6 AB, 2 R, H, 2B, 0/1 K/BB, .167/.286/.333
RHP Jandy Sena: 0-0, GS, 6.75 ERA in 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2/1 K/BB, HB, WP

Dominican Winter League:
UT Leury Bonilla: 4 G, 2 AB, H, .500/.500/.500
LHP Fabio Castro: 0-0, 4 GS, 2.81 ERA in 16.0 IP, 11 H (HR), 5 R, 12/3 K/BB, HB, WP
LHP Edward Paredes: 0-1, 6 G, SV, 5.40 ERA in 3.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2/4 K/BB, 2 WP
RF Carlos Peguero: 15 G, 58 AB, 15 R, 21 H, 7 2B, 6 HR, 13 RBI, 2 SB, 19/5 K/BB, 2 HBP, .362/.431/.793
SS Carlos Triunfel: 2 G, 4 AB, H, .250/.250/.250

IBAF 2011 World Cup (FINAL):
OF Dwight Britton: 7 G, 23 AB, 4 R, 11 H, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 2 SB, 2 CS, 5/6 K/BB, .478/.586/.565
RHP Scott Patterson: 0-0, 6 G, 1.69 ERA in 5.1 IP, 2 H, R, 6/0 K/BB
OF Kalian Sams: 9 G, 24 AB, 7 R, 5 H, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 SB, 7/3 K/BB, .208/.321/.458
RHP Daniel Thieben: 0-0, 2 G, 20.25 ERA in 1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, HB

Nicaraguan Professional Baseball League:
OF Dwight Britton: 4 G, 8 AB, 6 R, 3 H, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, SB, 1/8 K/BB, .375/~.688/.875

Puerto Rican Winter League:
OF Daniel Carroll: 2 G, 9 AB, 2 H,2B, RBI, 3/0 K/BB, .222/.300/.333

Venezuelan Winter League:
RHP Jose Campos: 0-0, 7 G, 5.63 ERA in 8.0 IP, 8 H (2 HR), 5 R, 7/6 K/BB
OF Johermyn Chavez: 2 G, 3 AB, .000/.000/.000
RHP Jarrett Grube: 1-0, 3 GS, 2.51 ERA in 14.1 IP, 11 H (HR), 4 R, 14/2 K/BB
CF Brandon Haveman: 10 G, 20 AB, 2 R, H, 6/3 K/BB, .050/.174/.050
RHP Moises Hernandez: 0-2, 4 G, 20.77 ERA in 4.1 IP, 15 (2 HR), 10 R, 2/3 K/BB, HB
LHP Cesar Jimenez: 1-1, 6 G, 2.25 ERA in 8.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R (2 ER), 5/0 K/BB
LHP Jose Jimenez: 1-0, 9 G, 1.80 ERA in 5.0 IP, 3 H, R, 7/2 K/BB
DH Luis Antonio Jimenez: 21 G, 78 AB, 12 R, 22 H, 3 2B, 5 HR, 12 RBI, SB, CS, 17/10 K/BB, .282/.364/.513
3B Alex Liddi: 14 G, 44 AB, 2 R, 6 H, 2 2B, HR, 4 RBI, CS, 18/7 K/BB, HBP, .136/.269/.250
3B Francisco Martinez: 14 G, 57 AB, 10 R, 18 H, 4 2B, 6 RBI, CS, 13/3 K/BB, .316/.350/.386
3B Mario Martinez: 9 G, 18 AB, H, 6/0 K/BB, HBP, .056/.105/.056
RHP Yoervis Medina: 0-4, 4 GS, 4.58 ERA in 19.2 IP, 21 H (2 HR), 11 R (10 ER), 18/9 K/BB, 3 HB, 3 WP
RHP Jessie Nava: 0-0, 3 G, 4.50 ERA in 4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 3/4 K/BB, WP
RHP Scott Patterson: 0-0, 3 G, 2 SV, 0.00 ERA in 4.1 IP, 3 H, 3/2 K/BB
RHP Stephen Pryor: 0-1, 8 G, 2.89 ERA in 9.1 IP, 10 H, 4 R (3 R), 6/6 K/BB
RHP Angel Raga: 0-0, 3 G, 2.45 ERA in 7.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 4/4 K/BB
RHP Erasmo Ramirez: 2-1, 5 GS, 1.75 ERA in 25.2 IP, 20 H (HR), 5 R, 17/1 K/BB, 3 HB, WP
LHP Mauricio Robles: 0-1, 3 G (2 GS), 54.00 ERA in 1.0 IP, 4 H (HR), 10 R (6 ER), 1/6 K/BB, 2 HB
IF Luis Rodriguez: 15 G, 48 AB, 9 R, 12 H, 4 2B, 10 RBI, 5/14 K/BB, .250/.413/.333
OF Michael Saunders: 15 G, 51 AB, 7 R, 8 H, 3 2B, HR, 4 RBI, SB, 14/10 K/BB, .157/.295/.275
OF Mike Wilson: 17 G, 59 AB, 8 R, 11 H, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 17/7 K/BB, .186/.290/.339
C Jesus Sucre: 15 G, 44 AB, 3 R, 9 H, 2B, 7 RBI, CS, 6/4 K/BB, 3 HBP, .205/.314/.227
C Jose Yepez: 11 G, 31 AB, 2 R, 7 H, 3 2B, 3 RBI, 2/0 K/BB, .226/.250/.323
OF Mario Yepez: 6 G, 8 AB, 3 H, 2/0 K/BB, .375/.375/.375

I think it would also be appropriate to make the Rising Stars game its own little section because the M's prospects had a big role in it. As you may know, Nick Franklin and Danny Hultzen were both named to the West squad, but you may not know that the other side featured guys like Mike Trout, Gerrit Cole, and Bryce Harper, and the West came out 11-2. Hultzen struck out the side in the first, which included K'ing Trout and ended with a 95 mph heater to Junior Lake on the inside corner. Franklin, on the offensive side of things, went 4-for-5 in the game, the first time that's ever happened, which included a pop fly home run to left-center (Arizona!) and doubles to opposite corners. Remember when before we were talking about process? That seems like a reflection of something big. There's a third video where Dave Valle and the other broadcaster talk about the M's tonight, but you can find that on your own. The important thing to know is that our guys showed up their guys and we can lord that over them all winter.

So…. news? There were a few transactions of the week such as Luis Rodriguez and Anthony Vasquez both being pulled from the 40-man roster, and Jeff Gray going elsewhere on waivers if you remember him. I'll stick to the first two. Rodriguez provided some clutch hits for us that a lot of people will remember looking back on the season and his ability to draw a walk was actually pretty solid relative to the rest of the team, but those hoping on his power from 2010 translating to this year found themselves disappointed. The odd thing is that he looked good when he was up there a lot of the time and still only managed a .633 OPS. Anyway, one of the issues presented by this is that it leaves us with little near-term, major league-ready shortstop depth. We're pretty much looking at Brendan Ryan and, in a pinch, Kyle Seager. Triunfel could also be added to the discussion, as he's due to be added, but I don't think the bat is close enough for him to be viable. I'll go out on a limb and suggest that the Mariners might pursue some kind of backup shortstop over the winter, one that could play other positions if sent to Tacoma. As for Vasquez… eh, I was a big advocate of his before he came up because I thought that he had been sufficiently interesting in the minor leagues and we may as well see when/if the fairy dust wears off. Things didn't work out for him. A lot of people ended up crowing about how he had limited velocity because he had no windup. He posted numbers that were bad on a historic level. Vasquez will still be around, working on things, but then again there are other pitchers coming up the pipeline, so even if he does bounce back and come up with some new tricks, there may not be another opening for him.

Other news? Daniel Thieben officially signed. Liddi was sent home from Venezuela after a week-long slump. As Jack says, such things happen down there. Bob Engle, who scouted Roy Halladay and Chris Carpenter for the Blue Jays and Felix, Pineda, and just about every Latin American prospect (and some European ones) for us won 2011 Scout of the Year. MLB.com talked a little about Erasmo Ramirez and in the same article mentions that Kuo-hui Lo, who was playing in the Taiwan All-Star Series, dislocated his ankle and fractured his leg in a game. And if you were waiting on a minor league free agents list, here it is. Lots of guys who could jump ship (Jetsy, noooooo). I'll keep listing them for a while, but as I start to notice they'd headed elsewhere (not always the easiest task), I'll remove them from the list above.

There's not much I can say about the AFL that seems as noteworthy as what preceded in the Rising Stars game notes. Oh look, Hultzen's innings pitched and ERA are one decimal point away from each other. That's different. Hultzen pitched four innings this week and struck out five while allowing just two hits. More and more, I'm beginning to think that he could actually compete for a job in the spring. As to the other fellows, Moran had another decent outing with two innings and a hit and a walk to show for it, Hensley had a 2/1 K/BB in an inning and a third and dropped his ERA to below double-digits, and Snow only pitched an inning and not a lot happened in that inning. Right-o. The hitting side of things is less glamourous as the only improvement was that Moore played in one game and got one hit and a walk and is now looking at a better overall line. The other two slipped again, though Franklin's display in an exhibition game seems to have allayed some concerns. With Chiang, I'm starting to wonder not specifically about what he's doing but how we're thinking about what he's doing. Chiang was mostly uninteresting for many years with Boston until he tweaked his diet, and then came the home runs. We figured that was the key, but then with us during the regular season he was not good. It's possible that from here on out, when he gets into slumps, there will be some temptation to read it as a function of diet rather than the ups and downs that accompany the playing of baseball. Unruly things, these variables.

Australia started. Puerto Rico started. Nicaragua has an unusual Dwight Britton appearance, in that it seems like he's carrying over the IBAF stuff and is hitting at a higher level than anyone's accustomed to seeing out of him. I'll have more to say about the other two next week, but instead I guess we get to focus on other things, like say, the Dominican League. Carlos Peguero's line got better this week. Think about that for a second or two. He improved his average, his on-base percentage, and his slugging. This is all great and all, but there are now a couple of points concern for me. One: seven Ks in nineteen at-bats. Arg. Two: two of his five walks are intentional. Of course, right? The article still seems inevitable. That's about the extent of what I have to cover, unfortunately. Triunfel didn't play. Paredes didn't record an out. Castro is still pitching reasonably well, but there's no guarantee that he'll be back next year since he's a free agent. Leury Bonilla! That's something.

Venezuela gives me less to work with this week. Liddi is gone. Neither the interesting Martinez nor the uninteresting one played this week. Mike Wilson maintained his overall pace, which is not a good thing. Saunders' overall line dropped a little all around but not by much. Even Luis Jimenez, who had been hitting at crazy levels so far, came back to earth, so all we have to talk about in hitting is how Luis Rodriguez kept walking, but he might not even be around next year. Pitching gives me a little bit more to work with. Scott Patterson is around. Medina made his fourth losing start. Grube made another start but was pretty rusty and didn't last too long. The pitching Jimenezes fared well overall, Ramirez continues to do good things on the mound though he did hit a few guys this week, and Pryor didn't allow any runs despite having a mediocre week for hits allowed and command. Call it luck coming around for lack of a better descriptor.

I expected to have to talk about with the stats, but that didn't come to pass, so as an added note, I'm tracking the Liga Parallela stats in Venezuela and I'll update those in my last stats wrap of the year. Apparently we are going to have a new player in the VSL named Hilario Villa, which is awesome, but the stats keepers over there have been known to transcribe names in ways that we don't usually see on our end, so I'm only hoping that's right.