Arizona Fall League:
RF Chih-Hsien Chiang: 12 G, 44 AB, 8 R, 14 H, 2 2B, 3B, RBI, SB, 8/8 K/BB, .318/.423/.409
RHP Steven Hensley: 0-0, 7 G, 10.97 ERA in 10.2 IP, 19 H (HR), 13 R, 11/11 K/BB, 2 HB
LHP Danny Hultzen: 0-0, 4 GS, 2.13 ERA in 12.2 IP, 11 H, 3 R, 7/4 K/BB, 2 WP
SS Nick Franklin: 14 G, 48 AB, 7 R, 11 H, 2B, HR, 7 RBI, SB, 13/8 K/BB, .229/.333/.313
C Adam Moore: 10 G, 36 AB, 5 R, 7 H, 2 2B, 6 RBI, 12/4 K/BB, 2 HBP, .194/.310/.250
LHP Brian Moran: 1-0, 7 G, 2.16 ERA in 8.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 9/3 K/BB, 2 WP
RHP Forrest Snow: 1-0, 6 G (GS), 0.00 ERA in 10.2 IP, 2 H, R (0 ER), 12/2 K/BB, WP

Dominican Winter League:
LHP Fabio Castro: 0-0, 3 GS, 3.27 ERA in 11.0 IP, 5 H (HR), 4 R, 10/3 K/BB, HB, WP
LHP Edward Paredes: 0-1, 2 G, SV, 5.40 ERA in 3.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2/3 K/BB, WP
RF Carlos Peguero: 10 G, 39 AB, 8 R, 13 H, 5 2B, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 2 SB, 12/4 K/BB, .333/.409/.769
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

Venezuelan Winter League:
RHP Jose Campos: 0-0, 6 G, 7.50 ERA in 6.0 IP, 7 H (2 HR), 5 R, 5/6 K/BB
RHP Jarrett Grube: 1-0, 2 GS, 0.82 ERA in 11.0 IP, 6 H, R, 13/2 K/BB
CF Brandon Haveman: 9 G, 17 AB, 2 R, H, 3/3 K/BB, .059/.200/.059
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: 0-0, 3 G, 2.08 ERA in 4.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R (ER), 2/0 K/BB
LHP Jose Jimenez: 0-0, 6 G, 3.00 ERA in 3.0 IP, 2 H, R, 4/0 K/BB
DH Luis Antonio Jimenez: 15 G, 56 AB, 11 R, 18 H, 3 2B, 5 HR, 10 RBI, 10/7 K/BB, .321/.397/.643
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: 0-3, 3 GS, 4.80 ERA in 15.0 IP, 13 H (2 HR), 8 R, 14/8 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 Stephen Pryor: 0-1, 5 G, 5.06 ERA in 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R (3 R), 3/4 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: 2-0, 3 GS, 1.13 ERA in 16.0 IP, 12 H, 2 R, 10/1 K/BB
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: 9 G, 30 AB, 7 R, 8 H, 3 2B, 7 RBI, 2/8 K/BB, .267/.410/.367
OF Michael Saunders: 12 G, 43 AB, 5 R, 7 H, 3 2B, HR, 4 RBI, SB, 12/9 K/BB, .163/.308/.302
OF Mike Wilson: 12 G, 43 AB, 8 R, 8 H, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 13/5 K/BB, .186/.294/.395
C Jesus Sucre: 14 G, 43 AB, 3 R, 9 H, 2B, 6 RBI, CS, 6/4 K/BB, HBP, .209/.306/.233
C Jose Yepez: 7 G, 16 AB, 2 R, 4 H, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1/0 K/BB, .250/.294/.375
OF Mario Yepez: 6 G, 8 AB, 3 H, 2/0 K/BB, .375/.375/.375

News roundup first? That always seems to be the way to do it. For as many BA articles as I've posted in recent months, I seem to be sitting on a few more. For example, when they had their all-rookie team, Ackley, Carp, and Pineda made it. Neat. There was also a piece on how many prospects each team had in the league rankings, which indicated that the M's were pretty well represented, and a subscriber article where instructs, and Littlewood, are talked about. None of these are crazy important, but heck, I've had these tabs open forever and that's surely wasteful. The more pertinent article of the week is the Geoff Baker story on Forrest Snow, which talks a bit about how the Brewers liked him in high school (BUT WE DRAFTED HIM THEN) and how his change-up is improving. I got some comments last week about my reference to using him in a bullpen role, and to clarify, that's not because I think of him as not good enough to start, but more because we have Paxton, Hultzen, and Ramirez in the near term with Walker soon following, and if all goes well, they would likely provide better options than Snow, who could also do quite well for himself in relief. And if things don’t go well (prospects: things rarely go well), he's important depth. There was also a blurb on Hultzen, who will be starting in the Rising Stars Game on Saturday. In the article, Grant Green describes Hultzen's change-up as "disgusting". I like taking such statements literally, as in there's something in the rotation of the ball out of Hultzen's hand that causes nausea in the batter, who then swings as nothing more than a gag reflex.

This isn't "official" yet, but we're also supposedly hiring Chris Gwynn from the Padres to be the farm director because Pedro would prefer to be coaching. This is one of those things where the immediate inclination to analyze basically fails us. When Hunter lost the job, we had known Hunter for a while, at least for his sweet Cardenales hat, and could talk about him in that context. When Pedro took over, we could talk about how Pedro had been the manager in Everett for a while, held various roles before short-season ball opened up, and was known through the system. Gwynn is an outsider, taking over at a position where all impact will be long-term impact. Whether this is actually good or not good, I don't really think we'll know for a while if ever.

So let's talk about stats and stuff. Hultzen is always a place to start, and this week he finally got his strikeout on, K'ing five in 3.2 innings, but he also gave up a run. Which is to say I'm complaining about a single run, which feels petty. It was the fourth inning, there was a home run with one out, and that was followed by a walk, another flyout, and a double to Grant Green who previously acknowledged Hultzen to be a good pitcher. Rather than figure out what Hultzen had left, he was pulled in favor of a reliever who got the next batter to line out. Disaster averted, barely… According to Gameday, Hultzen topped out at 95 during the game, but that happened once, and he hit 94 once, and 93 about five times. Most often, he was in the 90-92 range. I believe that his velocity was higher last week.

The other pitchers? Well, Snow finally had another walk and an unearned run score against him. If this is an off week for him, I'll take it. Moran had only one appearance, with some good and some bad, two Ks in two innings, a hit, a walk, two wild pitches. Hensley walked give in three innings this week and gave up five hits. I'm not a big fan of that. Did you know that the AFL only goes until the 17th of November. I mean, we're approaching the two-thirds mark here.

Hitters should get some mention as well. On the positive end of things, Moore is slowly working his way up and batted something like .308/.357/.385 this week. Chiang had his slugging drop off a bit, with two singles on the week, but the overall line is still respectable and he walked again. Franklin did not have a good week. I think it's probably more important that he just get playing time.

This means that we're shifting over to the Dominican Republic. Castro had a decent start this week, with three Ks and only one hit in the three innings he pitched, but Paredes gave up a couple of runs and with so few innings pitched that really did a number on his ERA, or two numbers, five and four. He hadn't allowed any runs before. This is all a means of delaying discussion of Peguero, who was slugging .650 last week and is now slugging .769. You'll also note that his OBP fell off by twenty-six points and the average slipped too. But the important thing I suppose is that 50% of his hits this week were dingers. There's a Carlos Peguero article floating around somewhere. It may not be written yet, but we'll see it at some point in the offseason. It's only be a matter of time.

This week, I've also added some other IBAF stats because I had been following a website that was supposed to list the affiliated players, and did a rather shoddy job of it. Sams ended up being helpful in the run for the Netherlands. Patterson proved to be a solid reliever again. Britton... man, what is up with Britton? That I just wasn't expecting. I should have Nicaraguan League stats up for next week and I'm wondering if he can keep it up. The power isn't especially interesting, but the walks. The walks!

That brings us to Venezuela where as usual, everything is happening. This week was rather light on good pitching news, what with Grube not starting for whatever reason. Campos got knocked around a bit, which is to be expected given his experience. Cesar Jimenez is now active, and Jose, no relation, gave up a run this week. Nava is new-ish, or has pitched enough for me to list him now, Pryor quieted his ERA a bit, Raga is still keeping his head above water, Medina is pitching about at the level you'd expect with some props for additional Ks this week. I guess if there were to things that jumped out at me this week, it would be that Ramirez is still starting, and doing well, and Robles is not starting and gave up a hit and two walks to load the bases (or reload, not certain) before getting the hook. Ramirez pitched 152.2 innings this year, a full frame more than he did last year, and while I see some value in letting him work on some stuff in the LVBP this year, I think that the inning cap for him should probably be approaching pretty soon here, like within the next three or four starts let's say. As for Robles, I don't really know what to say. I think that other people have generally liked him better than I have and while he is coming back from a minor elbow surgery, I'm starting to think that there's something else that might be wrong with him. With other pitchers coming up the pipeline, Robles' window could be closing.

And hitting? There's some of that too. The riser this week was Luis Antonio Jimenez, who went yard four times in ten hits and seems to be locked in after an uneven first week. I don't know that this means a great deal for us when Carp seems to have the inside track on the DH job. Unless we're putting him in left. I would prefer not to. Another player who rebounded was Mike Wilson, who hit .273/.333/.545 this week at a time when a lot of people probably weren't thinking much of him. He's still on the 40-man for now. How long that lasts may depend on how long he keeps it up. Also, if you're still a Luis Rodriguez fan from his early season magic, then good news, he walked seven times this week. The rest was less positive. Francisco Martinez slid a little, and a good chunk of his value right now is tied up in that average. Liddi and Saunders have also continued to drop, and while the direct competition for both of them, Seager and probably Casper Wells, remains inactive this winter, if they can't capitalize on that then it's putting them at more of a disadvantage. Which is to say, I'm closing this particular week by stating obvious things.