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Written by Mariner's Minors | 31 July 2013

Every game of roulette is different because of the number of betting options – as well as the fact that it is impossible to determine where the ball will land after it has lost momentum. When it comes to special betting in European roulette, it is important to know about some of the options in order to have sufficient coverage of the board. This will increase one’s odds of winning.

Orphelins or Orphans are numbers that make up the two sections of the wheel outside of the special bets of the Tiers and Voisins. There is a total of eight numbers. The first section is 17, 34, and 6. The second section is 1 20, 14, 31 and 9. A total of 5 chips will be needed to make an orphelins bet. The chips are placed as a straight-up on the number one and then a chip on each of the other numbers, formed as splits based upon their placement on the board.

Players who are making outside bets, commonly known as even money bets are likely going to want to take advantage of the La Partage Rule. This is found in French casinos as well as online when people play with the French games. This is a rule when a ball lands on the single zero, which is the house favorite. It is impossible for someone playing an even money bet to win when the ball lands on single zero, so La Partage takes place. This is where a player earns back half of their original bet. It is similar to taking out insurance in Black Jack.

Those who enjoy playing games of roulette will enjoy playing games online. Particularly on Jackpotjoy there is the game of Splendide roulette. This allows players to customize their boards, choose from American or European roulette and place a bet as much as £1,000 per spin. The game is affordable for anyone to partake in because the minimum is 10p.This gives players the opportunity to test out the different special betting available and see which ones provide them with the most coverage on the board and provides them with the most luck. Players can choose to partake just in the special betting or make standard inside and outside bets as well. This allows everyone the opportunity to try out new ways to bet.

 

The game is fast paced and everyone is able to place their own bets. The game starts when the ball starts to roll around the wheel and bets can be placed until the “no more bets” sign appears.

 

Players can win big on Jackpotjoy and with different game layouts to choose from, it’s fun for everyone no matter what style of roulette they like to play.

 

Written by Mariners Minors | 24 April 2013

The National League is expected to be extremely competitive in this season’s MLB, and it is likely to produce a number of sides who could potentially go on to win the World Series. Although the season has not actually started yet, the pre-season odds are available, allowing us to see which sides are considered favourites for the NL, and in pole position at the moment are the Washington Nationals – who are rated favourites both for their Division (East) and for the NL pennant. However it is also expected that they will be given stiff competition in both of these from the Braves and the Phillies.

The Central Division of the NL is not expected to produce quite as many candidates for either the pennant or the World Series as the others, but one side which is certainly considered to be in the running are the Cincinnati Reds. They stormed to victory in the Central Division last year, and are expected to do the same again – but they have also been given odds of 9/2 for the National League. The West Division sees the battle of two real big guns in the current World Series holders – the San Francisco Giants – and the LA Dodgers. Clearly last season’s triumph (their second in three seasons) makes the Giants very much the team to beat, but the Dodgers have spent the kind of money which shows they mean business. If you prefer to wait until things get underway before betting, so you can check out the actual form, you can always opt for a baseball slots game like Hot Shot at an online casino like iPhonecasino.co.nz in the meantime. This five reel nine pay line slot has everything a lover of the MLB could want, from graphics of pitchers, hitters, catchers’ mitts and a baseball field, to the sounds of whooping fans and bats hitting baseballs accompanying the play. It also offers a very good chance of a payout, with the burning baseball wild icon standing in for other missing reel icons to give you a winning line-up, and the nine pay lines also boosting your chances – even if you don’t walk away with the $2000 top jackpot.

Written by Jay Yencich | 31 December 2011

Arizona Fall League (FINAL):
RF Chih-Hsien Chiang: 20 G, 76 AB, 9 R, 20 H, 3 2B, 3B, HR, 6 RBI, SB, 15/9 K/BB, .263/.337/.368
RHP Steven Hensley: 1-1, 11 G, 11.30 ERA in 14.1 IP, 23 H (2 HR), 18 R, 15/16 K/BB, 2 HB
LHP Danny Hultzen: 1-0, 6 GS, 1.40 ERA in 19.1 IP, 16 H (HR), 3 R, 18/5 K/BB, 2 WP
SS Nick Franklin: 24 G, 89 AB, 15 R, 23 H, 4 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 14 RBI, SB, 25/11 K/BB, .258/.333/.393
C Adam Moore: 15 G, 54 AB, 9 R, 14 H, 3 2B, 8 RBI, CS, 15/6 K/BB, 2 HBP, .259/.355/.315
LHP Brian Moran: 1-0, 11 G, 1.32 ERA in 13.2 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 11/4 K/BB
RHP Forrest Snow: 1-1, 10 G (GS), 1.10 ERA in 16.1 IP, 10 H (HR), 8 R (2 ER), 16/3 K/BB, WP

Australian Baseball League:
OF Denny Almonte: 29 G, 114 AB, 27 R, 40 H, 8 2B, 10 HR, 31 RBI, 5 SB, 3 CS, 37/11 K/BB, .351/.417/.684
OF James Jones: 29 G, 104 AB, 19 R, 31 H, 7 2B, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 5 SB, 3 CS, 18/14 K/BB, 4 HBP, .298/.402/.510
OF James McOwen: 25 G, 101 AB, 21 R, 32 H, 6 2B, 2 3B, HR, 11 RBI, 14 SB, 3 CS, 11/14 K/BB, .317/.397/.446
RHP Jandy Sena: 0-1, 2 GS, 11.25 ERA in 8.0 IP, 15 H, 10 R, 4/1 K/BB, 2 HB, WP
C Carlton Tanabe: 19 G, 62 AB, 7 R, 9 H, 2 2B, HR, 7 RBI, SB, CS, 17/4 K/BB, HBP, .145/.206/.226

Dominican Winter League:
RHP Jonathan Arias: 1-1, 3 G, 3.38 ERA in 2.2 IP, 2 H, R, 5/3 K/BB
UT Leury Bonilla: 6 G, 7 AB, 2 R, 4 H, 2B, .571/.571/.714
OF Daniel Carroll: 9 G, 14 AB, 2 R, 2 H, 2 SB, 6/0 K/BB, HBP, .143/.200/.143
LHP Fabio Castro: 0-4, 13 G (9 GS), 6.12 ERA in 32.1 IP, 37 H (5 HR), 22 R, 29/11 K/BB, HB, WP
3B Alex Liddi: 3 G, 7 AB, 2 R, 3/2 K/BB, .000/.222/.000
LHP Edward Paredes: 0-1, 17 G, 1.50 ERA in 12.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R (2 ER), 10/4 K/BB, 2 WP
RF Carlos Peguero: 45 G, 166 AB, 29 R, 43 H, 9 2B, 11 HR, 29 RBI, 6 SB, CS, 63/19 K/BB, 3 HBP, .259/.342/.512
SS Carlos Triunfel: 20 G, 49 AB, 3 R, 7 H, 2B, 2 RBI, CS, 11/0 K/BB, .143/.160/.163

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: 38 G, 143 AB, 34 R, 45 H, 8 2B, 4 HR, 17 RBI, 5 SB, 27/23 K/BB, .315/~.410/.455

Puerto Rican Winter League:
OF Daniel Carroll: 18 G, 59 AB, 8 R, 13 H, 4 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 4 SB, CS, 21/6 K/BB, .220/.309/.339

Venezuelan Winter League:
RHP Jose Campos: 3-1, 16 G (2 GS), 3.26 ERA in 30.1 IP, 24 H (2 HR), 12 R (11 ER), 25/19 K/BB, 2 WP, 2 HB
OF Johermyn Chavez: 12 G, 26 AB, 2 R, 5 H, SB, CS, 8/1 K/BB, .192/.222/.192
RHP Jarrett Grube: 1-0, 6 GS, 3.97 ERA in 22.2 IP, 25 H (2 HR), 11 R (10 R), 20/6 K/BB
CF Brandon Haveman: 10 G, 20 AB, 2 R, H, 6/3 K/BB, .050/.174/.050
RHP Moises Hernandez: 0-2, 9 G (GS), 10.93 ERA in 14.0 IP, 24 H (3 HR), 17 R, 6/8 K/BB, HB
LHP Cesar Jimenez: 1-4, 19 G, 6.50 ERA in 18.0 IP, 27 H, 16 R (13 ER), 8/10 K/BB, 3 WP
LHP Jose Jimenez: 1-0, 31 G, 1.84 ERA in 19.1 IP, 16 H, 5 R (4 R), 20/8 K/BB, 4 HB
DH Luis Antonio Jimenez: 63 G, 220 AB, 42 R, 66 H, 12 2B, 10 HR, 33 RBI, SB, CS, 47/44 K/BB, .300/.417/.491
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
LF/1B Johan Limonta: 38 G, 133 AB, 13 R, 38 H, 8 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 16 RBI, 3 SB, 2 CS, 21/12 K/BB, .286/.347/.444
3B Francisco Martinez: 24 G, 84 AB, 12 R, 23 H, 4 2B, 8 RBI, 2 CS, 21/6 K/BB, .274/.315/.321
3B Mario Martinez: 9 G, 18 AB, H, 6/0 K/BB, HBP, .056/.105/.056
RHP Yoervis Medina: 0-7, 10 G (8 GS), 5.35 ERA in 37.0 IP, 43 H (2 HR), 25 R (22 ER), 29/18 K/BB, 4 HB, 6 WP
RHP Jessie Nava: 0-0, 5 G, 5.14 ERA in 7.0 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3/5 K/BB, WP
RHP Scott Patterson: 0-1, 13 G, 8 SV, 1.84 ERA in 14.2 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 16/4 K/BB
RHP Stephen Pryor: 1-1, 13 G, 3.38 ERA in 16.0 IP, 15 H, 7 R (6 R), 9/9 K/BB
C Guillermo Quiroz: 51 G, 163 AB, 14 R, 42 H, 9 2B, 3B, 5 HR, 26 RBI, 41/14 K/BB, .258/.332/.417
RHP Angel Raga: 0-0, 7 G, 5.25 ERA in 12.0 IP, 11 H (2 HR), 7 R, 8/6 K/BB
RHP Erasmo Ramirez: 2-1, 6 GS, 1.48 ERA in 30.1 IP, 24 H (HR), 6 R (5 ER), 20/1 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: 35 G, 106 AB, 23 R, 32 H, 7 2B, HR, 17 RBI, 11/31 K/BB, HBP, .302/.457/.396
OF Michael Saunders: 16 G, 54 AB, 7 R, 8 H, 3 2B, HR, 4 RBI, SB, 15/11 K/BB, .148/.292/.259
C Jesus Sucre: 15 G, 44 AB, 3 R, 9 H, 2B, 7 RBI, 6/4 K/BB, CS, .205/.314/.227
SS Roberto Velasquez: 7 G, 11 AB, H, 4/0 K/BB, .091/.091/.091
OF Mike Wilson: 44 G, 139 AB, 20 R, 30 H, 2 2B, 9 HR, 22 RBI, 3 SB, CS, 46/34 K/BB, .216/.379/.424
OF Mario Yepez: 39 G, 56 AB, 3 R, 12 H, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 SB, CS, 9/4 K/BB, .214/.279/.268

This is it. The last post of this blog's lifespan, or at least its present incarnation. It's not really my way to go out with anything flashier so this will have to do for now. Thanks for reading these past few years. Thanks to the players who read (I know that some of you did, if only to see how I might shoot my mouth on any given day). Thanks to the players I've interacted with over the years in places like stadia and that one time, the bar in a bowling alley. Thanks to the friends and family who took my criticism of a player's ability a bit too personally as you were often a source of information I wouldn't have otherwise (off-field stuff) and while I didn't really ever come around to your viewpoints, because hey, I'm supposed to be coming at this with a critical eye, thanks for being so passionate as to defend your guy. Thanks to the people that e-mailed to share information or show appreciation of what I was doing. Thanks and apologies to those whom I never e-mailed back. I have this bad tendency to overextend myself and end up doing twenty things at any given time, which means responses sometimes fall by the wayside even though the initial e-mail was much appreciated. It's been a longer run than most people have covering a single organization's farm team, and I've seen so very many blogs come and go that sometimes I start to think that I may as well continue, since I appeared to be in it for the long haul. But as I've said before, as much as I love minor league baseball, and as much fun as I've had doing this, and as many times over the past couple of months I've thought to myself "that wasn't so bad… I'm kind of looking forward to April!", I know that the amount of attention and time this demands is more than I can easily provide anymore, what with being in grad school and all. I'd rather not have this whole thing continue on as something where I'm going just going through the motions, or worse considering that by August I'm usually going through the motions anyway. I can't really pass the torch to anyone else, and wouldn't want to in good conscience, but the information is more widely available than ever, so I can't feel too bad about leaving. I'll still be around doing guest spots and stuff for the major blogs in the Seattle sphere, but as for dailies, it's been real, and I'm out. Final thanks to the few rubes who wander in during the coming months to say "hey, this is a neat blog and all, but when are you going to update again? You haven't posted anything in months." The reading comprehension they're teaching in schools is appalling.

We start with the Australian Baseball League, as has been our recent inclination. I've seen some videos up for their games on ustream these days, but in a lot of cases it's some dude in the stands with a camera, so if you need a fix that badly, know what you're getting into. Almonte has upped his power game slugging three home runs in twenty-two ABs, but he also struck out nine times, without walking, which means that this explosion for him might mean about as much as it did for Peguero. Talent and flaws both still persist. Jones has gotten some additional power (three doubles, two dingers), and struck out five times in eighteen ABs, which is also kind of unpleasant, but he also walked four times and that's improving his OBP. It would be nice to see a real breakout from him considering his High Desert numbers were bad, and limited. I would think that they might give him a running start there before sending him on to double-A. McOwen slipped a bit in the overall line, but still contributed somewhat. Tanabe broke out about as much as he could with five hits in twelve at-bats, including a double. Perhaps he's making some long-delayed adjustments.

That's probably the bulk of what I have to say about the goings on. Britton's numbers dropped this past week, and the only thing that happened in the Dominican League is that Bonilla went active with another team. Peguero, Triunfel, even Arias and Castro... none were active this week. That might mean something, or it might just not.

Venezuela was also a bit of an empty space as the only ones active this week were the Jimenezes, Limonta, Quiroz, and Yepez. Cesar still isn't striking anyone out. Jose is and maintains respectable numbers overall. Luis hits, as he is wont to do. Limonta walked once more and hit a home run, but was mostly about singles his week. Quiroz also hit a home run and had some slight improvements. Yepez continued to struggle now that he's earned his playing time. We had seven actives last week and six this week, with mostly the same names, though some substitutions were present. Probably the most significant thing was that Campos finally hit his inning cap and is done now.

I know I said that I'd type up Parellel League stats at the end here, but the prospect of adding twenty-five odd names in hitting alone didn't really make me happy, so I'll link it instead. Liga Paralela. From there, you can navigate to the Mariners team or try to parse out who is ours from Lara and other squads. I have a few things to say about that, like "hey, Palma's really slugging again and maybe this will be his year to head stateside", but I obviously don't have that kind of information so speculation seems unwarranted. It is pleasing to see Burin continuing to get on base, and whoever this Alberto Velasquez fellow is (not to be confused with Roberto Velasquez), he seems to be doing quite well. Also, Leal, who is supposed to be making his debut next year, is not doing well, but isn't really bad either. The pitching crop is less impressive and I think that the only one I'd point to as doing something that people might not be noticing yet is Ricardo Pereira, whose ERA is worse than his numbers would suggest otherwise. Victor Sanchez also has had a decent run for his experience and could be on track for Peoria next year. Our pitching squad also featured an Ugueth Urbina, who is probably the son of the former reliever who is now in jail after chasing around farm workers with a machete and then spraying them with gasoline. This is weird.

That's all folks. Happy New Year. no comments

Written by Jay Yencich | 24 December 2011

Arizona Fall League (FINAL):
RF Chih-Hsien Chiang: 20 G, 76 AB, 9 R, 20 H, 3 2B, 3B, HR, 6 RBI, SB, 15/9 K/BB, .263/.337/.368
RHP Steven Hensley: 1-1, 11 G, 11.30 ERA in 14.1 IP, 23 H (2 HR), 18 R, 15/16 K/BB, 2 HB
LHP Danny Hultzen: 1-0, 6 GS, 1.40 ERA in 19.1 IP, 16 H (HR), 3 R, 18/5 K/BB, 2 WP
SS Nick Franklin: 24 G, 89 AB, 15 R, 23 H, 4 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 14 RBI, SB, 25/11 K/BB, .258/.333/.393
C Adam Moore: 15 G, 54 AB, 9 R, 14 H, 3 2B, 8 RBI, CS, 15/6 K/BB, 2 HBP, .259/.355/.315
LHP Brian Moran: 1-0, 11 G, 1.32 ERA in 13.2 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 11/4 K/BB
RHP Forrest Snow: 1-1, 10 G (GS), 1.10 ERA in 16.1 IP, 10 H (HR), 8 R (2 ER), 16/3 K/BB, WP

Australian Baseball League:
OF Denny Almonte: 24 G, 92 AB, 22 R, 33 H, 8 2B, 7 HR, 27 RBI, 5 SB, 3 CS, 28/11 K/BB, .359/.438/.674
OF James Jones: 24 G, 86 AB, 15 R, 24 H, 4 2B, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 3 SB, 2 CS, 13/11 K/BB, 3 HBP, .279/.380/.430
OF James McOwen: 20 G, 79 AB, 18 R, 28 H, 6 2B, 2 3B, 9 RBI, 12 SB, 3 CS, 8/12 K/BB, .354/.440/.481
RHP Jandy Sena: 0-1, 2 GS, 11.25 ERA in 8.0 IP, 15 H, 10 R, 4/1 K/BB, 2 HB, WP
C Carlton Tanabe: 16 G, 50 AB, 5 R, 4 H, 2B, HR, 6 RBI, CS, 15/4 K/BB, HBP, .080/.161/.160

Dominican Winter League:
RHP Jonathan Arias: 1-1, 3 G, 3.38 ERA in 2.2 IP, 2 H, R, 5/3 K/BB
UT Leury Bonilla: 5 G, 2 AB, H, .500/.500/.500
OF Daniel Carroll: 9 G, 14 AB, 2 R, 2 H, 2 SB, 6/0 K/BB, HBP, .143/.200/.143
LHP Fabio Castro: 0-4, 13 G (9 GS), 6.12 ERA in 32.1 IP, 37 H (5 HR), 22 R, 29/11 K/BB, HB, WP
3B Alex Liddi: 3 G, 7 AB, 2 R, 3/2 K/BB, .000/.222/.000
LHP Edward Paredes: 0-1, 17 G, 1.50 ERA in 12.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R (2 ER), 10/4 K/BB, 2 WP
RF Carlos Peguero: 45 G, 166 AB, 29 R, 43 H, 9 2B, 11 HR, 29 RBI, 6 SB, CS, 63/19 K/BB, 3 HBP, .259/.342/.512
SS Carlos Triunfel: 20 G, 49 AB, 3 R, 7 H, 2B, 2 RBI, CS, 11/0 K/BB, .143/.160/.163

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: 35 G, 129 AB, 33 R, 42 H, 8 2B, 4 HR, 17 RBI, 5 SB, 25/23 K/BB, .326/~.428/.481

Puerto Rican Winter League:
OF Daniel Carroll: 18 G, 59 AB, 8 R, 13 H, 4 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 4 SB, CS, 21/6 K/BB, .220/.309/.339

Venezuelan Winter League:
RHP Jose Campos: 3-1, 16 G (2 GS), 3.26 ERA in 30.1 IP, 24 H (2 HR), 12 R (11 ER), 25/19 K/BB, 2 WP, 2 HB
OF Johermyn Chavez: 12 G, 26 AB, 2 R, 5 H, SB, CS, 8/1 K/BB, .192/.222/.192
RHP Jarrett Grube: 1-0, 6 GS, 3.97 ERA in 22.2 IP, 25 H (2 HR), 11 R (10 R), 20/6 K/BB
CF Brandon Haveman: 10 G, 20 AB, 2 R, H, 6/3 K/BB, .050/.174/.050
RHP Moises Hernandez: 0-2, 9 G (GS), 10.93 ERA in 14.0 IP, 24 H (3 HR), 17 R, 6/8 K/BB, HB
LHP Cesar Jimenez: 1-2, 16 G, 6.06 ERA in 16.1 IP, 23 H, 14 R (11 ER), 8/7 K/BB, 2 WP
LHP Jose Jimenez: 1-0, 28 G, 2.04 ERA in 17.2 IP, 15 H, 5 R (4 R), 18/8 K/BB, 4 HB
DH Luis Antonio Jimenez: 59 G, 205 AB, 39 R, 61 H, 11 2B, 10 HR, 30 RBI, SB, CS, 44/41 K/BB, .298/.417/.498
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
LF/1B Johan Limonta: 34 G, 119 AB, 12 R, 33 H, 7 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 3 SB, 2 CS, 21/11 K/BB, .277/.341/.420
3B Francisco Martinez: 24 G, 84 AB, 12 R, 23 H, 4 2B, 8 RBI, 2 CS, 21/6 K/BB, .274/.315/.321
3B Mario Martinez: 9 G, 18 AB, H, 6/0 K/BB, HBP, .056/.105/.056
RHP Yoervis Medina: 0-7, 10 G (8 GS), 5.35 ERA in 37.0 IP, 43 H (2 HR), 25 R (22 ER), 29/18 K/BB, 4 HB, 6 WP
RHP Jessie Nava: 0-0, 5 G, 5.14 ERA in 7.0 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3/5 K/BB, WP
RHP Scott Patterson: 0-1, 13 G, 8 SV, 1.84 ERA in 14.2 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 16/4 K/BB
RHP Stephen Pryor: 1-1, 13 G, 3.38 ERA in 16.0 IP, 15 H, 7 R (6 R), 9/9 K/BB
C Guillermo Quiroz: 47 G, 151 AB, 13 R, 38 H, 9 2B, 3B, 4 HR, 23 RBI, 41/14 K/BB, .252/.333/.404
RHP Angel Raga: 0-0, 7 G, 5.25 ERA in 12.0 IP, 11 H (2 HR), 7 R, 8/6 K/BB
RHP Erasmo Ramirez: 2-1, 6 GS, 1.48 ERA in 30.1 IP, 24 H (HR), 6 R (5 ER), 20/1 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: 35 G, 106 AB, 23 R, 32 H, 7 2B, HR, 17 RBI, 11/31 K/BB, HBP, .302/.457/.396
OF Michael Saunders: 16 G, 54 AB, 7 R, 8 H, 3 2B, HR, 4 RBI, SB, 15/11 K/BB, .148/.292/.259
C Jesus Sucre: 15 G, 44 AB, 3 R, 9 H, 2B, 7 RBI, 6/4 K/BB, CS, .205/.314/.227
SS Roberto Velasquez: 7 G, 11 AB, H, 4/0 K/BB, .091/.091/.091
OF Mike Wilson: 44 G, 139 AB, 20 R, 30 H, 2 2B, 9 HR, 22 RBI, 3 SB, CS, 46/34 K/BB, .216/.379/.424
OF Mario Yepez: 35 G, 42 AB, 2 R, 11 H, 2B, RBI, 2 SB, CS, 9/4 K/BB, .262/.326/.286

There's one more Greg Halman article this week, and that's one where Mike Carp shares his thoughts about Halman. As you might guess, it's one that's rooted in the personal, so it can be a little intense at times.

In addition to the signings that happened last week, we also had some releases as the M's got rid of RHP Gregorio Aquino, RHP Chia-An Huang (who even knew he was still system property?), RHP Bryan Leigh, C Travis Higgs, C Billy Marcoe (which means the loss of a cheering section in Everett), 1B Ethan Paquette, 3B Matt Browning, and 3B Stephen Cochrane. I think the biggest thing I have to say about all this is, really? Huang was still around? Anyway, none of these cuts are major ones even on an organization level. Higgs hit well in short-season ball, but was way too old for it and is competing against a bunch of other 2011 drafted catchers. Browning is one more name to add to the list of guys who hit well in Pulaski and nowhere else.

Overall, this was another one of those weeks where there's more to talk about elsewhere than with the stats themselves. The coolest thing I came across this week was a video of Denny Almonte in the ABL All-Star Game where he made a great diving catch and later hit a home run. You can also navigate over from there and get a video of McOwen making a catch near his shoes. These videos in and of themselves were the biggest thing going on down there because otherwise, you had a few positive games from McOwen and that was it. In the Dominican, Peguero hit another dinger and struck out a few times. Triunfel is still struggling and not walking. Paredes' stats remain jumpy because someone isn't keeping track of things down there. Britton slipped a little in Nicaragua, though not significantly.

In Venezuela, the pickings were unusually slim. Running down the list of actives, you had Campos, Hernandez, Jose Jimenez, Luis Antonio Jimenez, Limonta, Quiroz, and Yepez. That was the extent of it. Yepez slipped. Quiroz was pretty consistent but lost some slugging. Limonta also maintained the batting average while losing a little in peripherals. Hitting Jimenez is mostly the same. Pitching Jimenez avoided some minor trouble. Hernandez is getting closer and closer to that vaunted single-digit ERA. Campos didn't have a good week and gave up a few too many hits and hit a couple of guys, which led to some problems.

Happy Holidays, all. I'll be checking in with the last post next week. Despite its coming on New Year's Eve, I'm not really anticipating anything flashy. no comments

Written by Jay Yencich | 19 December 2011

Sometimes, we forget that Latin American prospects sign at times other than the mid-summer and early fall. Sure, the high profile signings usually go down pretty close to the opening of the period in July, but those that come later are not inherently worse. I have an old media guide lying around and, perusing that, it turns out that Pineda and George Mieses both signed in December and Campos and Carlos Peguero both waited it out until January. Does that mean that infielder Angel Yente, just signed for $225k, is in the same company? I wouldn't go that far, but it would be a bad idea to write him off purely for reasons of timing.

The link that announced it has a comically well-produced clip of Yente talking a little about himself and showing off his skills. The first impressions from that are as follows. He's not a burner, no one will mistake him for one, but he does a little better underway. His arm isn't a howitzer or anything, but once he gets the ball in hand (there are a few clips of him fine-tuning his grip), he gets rid of it in a hurry, so overall it's a plus tool. The swing he uses seems to be that of a guy who is accustomed to having good bat speed and will do whatever he can to get to the ball. Sometimes that means he's using a fairly level plane, other times he'll dip down a little, and in rare instances you might see an uppercut. The description of him had him as a "gap to gap" hitter and I can see that because it looked as though about five of the balls he hit went to right, two went to left-center, and only one hugged the left field foul line. It was impossible to get a read on the distance of the balls that weren't pulled due to the angle, but the ones that were pulled got some decent airtime. The article suggested that while he was a shortstop in the Dominican Prospect League, we're likely looking at him as a third baseman long-term just because of his size.

Overall, it looks like he's probably in the Francisco Martinez/Carlos Triunfel family of prospects, guys that have good defensive tools but are a little big for shortstop and whose offense is largely average-based with the hope of some power. I obviously don't know what his inclinations are as far as walking goes, so I'm really just inferring from the swing that contact is the name of his game. All in all, decent addition, good chance he could start in the DSL to start next season but don't be surprised if he turns up in Peoria instead. no comments

Written by Jay Yencich | 18 December 2011

Arizona Fall League (FINAL):
RF Chih-Hsien Chiang: 20 G, 76 AB, 9 R, 20 H, 3 2B, 3B, HR, 6 RBI, SB, 15/9 K/BB, .263/.337/.368
RHP Steven Hensley: 1-1, 11 G, 11.30 ERA in 14.1 IP, 23 H (2 HR), 18 R, 15/16 K/BB, 2 HB
LHP Danny Hultzen: 1-0, 6 GS, 1.40 ERA in 19.1 IP, 16 H (HR), 3 R, 18/5 K/BB, 2 WP
SS Nick Franklin: 24 G, 89 AB, 15 R, 23 H, 4 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 14 RBI, SB, 25/11 K/BB, .258/.333/.393
C Adam Moore: 15 G, 54 AB, 9 R, 14 H, 3 2B, 8 RBI, CS, 15/6 K/BB, 2 HBP, .259/.355/.315
LHP Brian Moran: 1-0, 11 G, 1.32 ERA in 13.2 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 11/4 K/BB
RHP Forrest Snow: 1-1, 10 G (GS), 1.10 ERA in 16.1 IP, 10 H (HR), 8 R (2 ER), 16/3 K/BB, WP

Australian Baseball League:
OF Denny Almonte: 24 G, 92 AB, 22 R, 33 H, 8 2B, 7 HR, 27 RBI, 5 SB, 3 CS, 28/11 K/BB, .359/.438/.674
OF James Jones: 24 G, 86 AB, 15 R, 24 H, 4 2B, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 3 SB, 2 CS, 13/11 K/BB, 3 HBP, .279/.380/.430
OF James McOwen: 17 G, 67 AB, 16 R, 24 H, 5 2B, 2 3B, 7 RBI, 11 SB, 3 CS, 8/11 K/BB, .358/.449/.449
RHP Jandy Sena: 0-1, 2 GS, 11.25 ERA in 8.0 IP, 15 H, 10 R, 4/1 K/BB, 2 HB, WP
C Carlton Tanabe: 16 G, 50 AB, 5 R, 4 H, 2B, HR, 6 RBI, CS, 15/4 K/BB, HBP, .080/.161/.160

Dominican Winter League:
RHP Jonathan Arias: 1-1, 3 G, 3.38 ERA in 2.2 IP, 2 H, R, 5/3 K/BB
UT Leury Bonilla: 5 G, 2 AB, H, .500/.500/.500
OF Daniel Carroll: 6 G, 9 AB, R, H, SB, 4/0 K/BB, HBP, .111/.200/.111
LHP Fabio Castro: 0-4, 13 G (9 GS), 6.12 ERA in 32.1 IP, 37 H (5 HR), 22 R, 29/11 K/BB, HB, WP
3B Alex Liddi: 3 G, 7 AB, 2 R, 3/2 K/BB, .000/.222/.000
LHP Edward Paredes: 0-1, 19 G, 1.46 ERA in 12.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R (2 ER), 15/4 K/BB, 2 WP
RF Carlos Peguero: 42 G, 157 AB, 27 R, 39 H, 9 2B, 10 HR, 28 RBI, 5 SB, CS, 60/19 K/BB, 3 HBP, .248/.337/.497
SS Carlos Triunfel: 16 G, 34 AB, 2 R, 6 H, 2B, 2 RBI, CS, 8/0 K/BB, .176/.176/.206

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: 32 G, 117 AB, 32 R, 39 H, 7 2B, 4 HR, 15 RBI, 5 SB, 21/23 K/BB, .333/~.443/.496

Puerto Rican Winter League:
OF Daniel Carroll: 18 G, 59 AB, 8 R, 13 H, 4 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 4 SB, CS, 21/6 K/BB, .220/.309/.339

Venezuelan Winter League:
RHP Jose Campos: 3-0, 14 G (GS), 2.25 ERA in 28.0 IP, 20 H (2 HR), 8 R (7 ER), 23/18 K/BB, 2 WP
OF Johermyn Chavez: 12 G, 26 AB, 2 R, 5 H, SB, CS, 8/1 K/BB, .192/.222/.192
RHP Jarrett Grube: 1-0, 6 GS, 3.97 ERA in 22.2 IP, 25 H (2 HR), 11 R (10 R), 20/6 K/BB
CF Brandon Haveman: 10 G, 20 AB, 2 R, H, 6/3 K/BB, .050/.174/.050
RHP Moises Hernandez: 0-2, 7 G, 14.46 ERA in 9.1 IP, 20 H (3 HR), 15 R, 4/6 K/BB, HB
LHP Cesar Jimenez: 1-2, 16 G, 6.06 ERA in 16.1 IP, 23 H, 14 R (11 ER), 8/7 K/BB, 2 WP
LHP Jose Jimenez: 1-0, 24 G, 2.30 ERA in 15.2 IP, 13 H, 5 R (4 R), 16/7 K/BB, 3 HB
DH Luis Antonio Jimenez: 54 G, 190 AB, 35 R, 57 H, 10 2B, 9 HR, 29 RBI, SB, CS, 38/37 K/BB, .300/.417/.495
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
LF/1B Johan Limonta: 29 G, 101 AB, 12 R, 28 H, 6 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 18/11 K/BB, .277/.351/.436
3B Francisco Martinez: 24 G, 84 AB, 12 R, 23 H, 4 2B, 8 RBI, 2 CS, 21/6 K/BB, .274/.315/.321
3B Mario Martinez: 9 G, 18 AB, H, 6/0 K/BB, HBP, .056/.105/.056
RHP Yoervis Medina: 0-7, 10 G (8 GS), 5.35 ERA in 37.0 IP, 43 H (2 HR), 25 R (22 ER), 29/18 K/BB, 4 HB, 6 WP
RHP Jessie Nava: 0-0, 5 G, 5.14 ERA in 7.0 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3/5 K/BB, WP
RHP Scott Patterson: 0-1, 13 G, 8 SV, 1.84 ERA in 14.2 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 16/4 K/BB
RHP Stephen Pryor: 1-1, 13 G, 3.38 ERA in 16.0 IP, 15 H, 7 R (6 R), 9/9 K/BB
C Guillermo Quiroz: 42 G, 135 AB, 13 R, 34 H, 9 2B, 3B, 4 HR, 22 RBI, 38/13 K/BB, .252/.333/.422
RHP Angel Raga: 0-0, 7 G, 5.25 ERA in 12.0 IP, 11 H (2 HR), 7 R, 8/6 K/BB
RHP Erasmo Ramirez: 2-1, 6 GS, 1.48 ERA in 30.1 IP, 24 H (HR), 6 R (5 ER), 20/1 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: 35 G, 106 AB, 23 R, 32 H, 7 2B, HR, 17 RBI, 11/31 K/BB, HBP, .302/.457/.396
OF Michael Saunders: 16 G, 54 AB, 7 R, 8 H, 3 2B, HR, 4 RBI, SB, 15/11 K/BB, .148/.292/.259
C Jesus Sucre: 15 G, 44 AB, 3 R, 9 H, 2B, 7 RBI, 6/4 K/BB, CS, .205/.314/.227
SS Roberto Velasquez: 7 G, 11 AB, H, 4/0 K/BB, .091/.091/.091
OF Mike Wilson: 44 G, 139 AB, 20 R, 30 H, 2 2B, 9 HR, 22 RBI, 3 SB, CS, 46/34 K/BB, .216/.379/.424
OF Mario Yepez: 30 G, 35 AB, 2 R, 11 H, 2B, RBI, 2 SB, CS, 6/4 K/BB, .314/.385/.343

So we have transactions this week? Jose Jimenez and Moises Hernandez both re-signed so I'll keep updating their lines and won't have to remove them. Bless my proactive laziness. We also brought in RHP Josh Kinney as a free agent. He's most recently of the White Sox organization but got the bulk of his playing time in the majors with St. Louis. Remember how I've points out in the past that beyond a certain point, all draft scouting reports begin to sound identical? Kinney fits a similar bill, but with triple-A relievers. He has a heater right around 90, an assortment of other pitches, and a track record of mixed levels of command and rare strikeout outbursts. There are lots of players like this getting contracts right about now. Kinney is slightly different in that he's older (33 by the end of spring training) and recently had some success in triple-A for the White Sox, running a 66/17 K/BB in 61.2 innings. That's something. And we brought back George Sherrill! Brim Reaper! Why did we select Luetge again? And Munenori Kawasaki is supposed to be signing a minor league contract with us! Small things are happening but none of them are inherently bad!

In pseudo prospect list news, MiLB.com released their Seattle Mariners organization all-stars which is distinct from their Top 10 list. Moving around the diamond, we have Trevor Coleman at catcher, Dennis Raben at first, Stefen Romero at second because Ackley made the majors and all (as did Seager), Vinnie Catricala at third, Nick Franklin at short, Alex Liddi at DH, an outfield of Denny Almonte, Daniel Carroll, and Mike Carp, Walker as the right-handed starter, Paxton as the left-handed one, and Steve Delabar as the reliever. There are a few issues I take with this, like why have Liddi at DH when his defensive profile is better than Catricala's, but that might be the most glaring "error." The pitching was pretty much a no-brainer, and, partially a testament to the organizations pre-draft depth, you'd be hard pressed to find more compelling candidates than Raben and Coleman at their respective spots. I might make an argument for Jabari Blash, but the list didn't seem keen on including players who did some time in short-seasons, so you make do with what you have.

Being that the pitcher sent there hasn't been pitching, the story in Australia continues to be offense and this week we had Almonte slugging another two home runs and a double as three of his four hits. Jones also added a double and a home run although in his case the extra-base hit percentage was a paltry 50%. McOwen didn't get as much playing time, which could either be a scheduling thing or his season winding down, but he had two hits in seven at-bats, which is something even if said hits didn't go too far. He also walked twice, which is once more than the other two. Tanabe is still getting playing time which I suppose is something given how he was used as an injury replacement catcher early in his career.

Over in the Dominican, the biggest news is probably that Peguero walked five times in three games this week. Astonishing, right? Well, he also struck out five times, so my speculation is that someone yelled at him and told him to be more patient and this was the result of him standing around in the batter's box. Triunfel collected one more hit in four at-bats. Arias allowed a couple of hits and a run and seems to have an ERA now. He's a player that I'd like to see challenged a bit next season. He could be added to the reliever pile in the near future. Paredes did not pitch, and Carroll and Bonilla didn't play. As for Britton, all by his lonesome in Nicaragua, the story continued to be walks and singles.

Venezuela saw two more players go inactive, those being Mike Wilson and Scott Patterson this time. In the case of imports, it's entirely likely that those who stop playing around this time of year are headed home to their families for the rest of the offseason, so I don't expect him back. But this also provides some opportunities to get the natives playing time again, and Raga and Moises Hernandez were both seeing time on the mound again, as Campos and Medina had their innings scaled back somewhat. The pitching Jimenezes did all right for themselves, but both walked one in limited time. The sampling makes this seem like a bigger deal than it should be. Hitting Jimenez got his average back to the .300 mark but at the cost of his slugging dropping below .500. Quiroz is pretty close to where he was last week, while Limonta saw hits slugging and average improve thanks to some timely doubles.

We'll be working with slightly smaller samples next time around due to the Christmas holiday, but leagues will be active throughout the week. no comments

Written by Jay Yencich | 13 December 2011

As stated yesterday, John Sickels posted his Top 20 Seattle Mariners Prospects last week, which was something that I had time to help narrow down the list on, but not actually comment on at that point. I've been pretty critical of Sickels' lists in the past, but this one I actually kind of like, or see things that I'm intrigued by.

1) Taijuan Walker, RHP, Grade A-
2) Danny Hultzen, LHP, Grade A-
3) James Paxton, LHP, Grade B+: Borderline A-
4) Nick Franklin, SS, Grade B: Borderline B+
5) Jose Campos, RHP, Grade B
6) Vinnie Catricala, 3B-1B-OF, Grade B-: Borderline B
7) Francisco Martinez, 3B, Grade B-
8) Alex Liddi, 3B, Grade B-
9) Phillips Castillo, OF, Grade B-
10) Brad Miller, SS, Grade B-
11) Chance Ruffin, RHP, Grade B-: Borderline C+
12) Guillermo Pimentel, OF, Grade C+
13) Stephen Pryor, RHP, Grade C+
14) Martin Peguero, SS, Grade C+
15) Victor Sanchez, RHP, Grade C+
16) Tyler Marlette, C, Grade C+
17) Stefen Romero, 2B-OF, Grade C+
18) Carter Capps, RHP, Grade C+
19) Erasmo Ramirez, RHP, Grade C
20) Jabari Blash, OF, Grade C

Note that a lot of the borderline calls here skew towards the positive end of the spectrum. Good news throughout. To go over some of the list in a little bit more depth, I'll start with certain gestures that I agree with. I'm pleased to see at least one Liddi advocate among prospect rankers (who is okay with his defense!), as well as some additional love for Castillo and Miller, who I think have been underrated by a number of outlets so far, Miller in particular. I'd side with him in dropping Ruffin as well, not because I dislike him so much as a belief that pure relievers don't have the same impact. I'm also glad that someone remains a bit suspicious of Pimentel's lack of production and struggles to improve his plate discipline in Pulaski, where hitters typically have quite an easy time. I hope that he eventually proves me wrong and turns into the elite hitter people think he's going to be, so I can cry out "Guillermo, forgive my sins!", but right now, the lack of plate discipline suggests to me that a physical capacity to hit thirty dingers is going to be overridden by the fact that you don't need to throw him good pitches in order to get him out.

As for stuff neither here nor there, I'm interested in the ranking of Marlette in such a high spot. It's not indefensible because BA regards him as the best power bat we signed from the draft (i.e., Cron excluded), and that he homered in Petco Park and can hit to all fields is well known. On the other hand, he's a catcher, and catching always raises defensive concerns, and in our very limited sample of 45 plate appearances last year in Pulaski, he struck out thirteen times and didn't walk once. Nevertheless, he's one of the guys that I'm really looking forward to seeing in the coming season, as to whether he lives up to his billing. I figure there's a chance he ends up in Everett. Another "neither here nor there" is the addition of Jabari Blash, which overall, I like. Blash has some unknowns right now like the reconciliation of his plate discipline with his power, but you aren't likely to find better tools around in the system, so he's not a bad player to dream on. The final one is that Romero is ranked pretty highly with Sickels making some analogies to Catricala. I like Romero and think he was easily one of the best hitters on last year's Lumberkings squad, but I kind of want to see him do it at a higher level and am still uncertain of his defensive future, although it certainly looks more positive than it used to, I think.

My disagreements are few, and somewhat expected. I think that Capps, who has been starting so far in spite of his mechanics, deserves some benefit of doubt at this stage, and even if you do see him as a reliever, the stuff is good enough to justify moving him up. I also disagree with the assessment on Erasmo because I believe that his arsenal, reported velocity uptick accounted for, is better than Sickels gives him credit for. I could see him as a #3 starter (maybe not on this team, fingers crossed), not just a back-end innings eater. The other issues really just make a mess of the whole process because Sickels included a bunch of also-rans, and among those with a case for being underrated, you have Burgoon, Hicks, Littlewood (I'll sigh here, but I'm willing to admit it), Marder, Maurer, Morales, Raben… heck, let's just say all of them with maybe an exception or two. I think that any of those guys has a chance to break out. Chiang, if his Eastern League numbers held up, was legitimately interesting. Forrest Snow would have a lot more press in a system with fewer quality arms. Triunfel is still young. Littlewood is still young. Marder and Hicks could have dropped just because so many catchers were selected at once. You can see where it gets to be a bit of a mess if you really start discussing whether each pick belongs and why. I'm not envious of those that have to write these lists. There's a good amount of talent in here and enough names to go around where someone in that list of honorable mentions is going to be talked up as a prospect on the rise in the next year or so. no comments

Written by Jay Yencich | 12 December 2011

Arizona Fall League (FINAL):
RF Chih-Hsien Chiang: 20 G, 76 AB, 9 R, 20 H, 3 2B, 3B, HR, 6 RBI, SB, 15/9 K/BB, .263/.337/.368
RHP Steven Hensley: 1-1, 11 G, 11.30 ERA in 14.1 IP, 23 H (2 HR), 18 R, 15/16 K/BB, 2 HB
LHP Danny Hultzen: 1-0, 6 GS, 1.40 ERA in 19.1 IP, 16 H (HR), 3 R, 18/5 K/BB, 2 WP
SS Nick Franklin: 24 G, 89 AB, 15 R, 23 H, 4 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 14 RBI, SB, 25/11 K/BB, .258/.333/.393
C Adam Moore: 15 G, 54 AB, 9 R, 14 H, 3 2B, 8 RBI, CS, 15/6 K/BB, 2 HBP, .259/.355/.315
LHP Brian Moran: 1-0, 11 G, 1.32 ERA in 13.2 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 11/4 K/BB
RHP Forrest Snow: 1-1, 10 G (GS), 1.10 ERA in 16.1 IP, 10 H (HR), 8 R (2 ER), 16/3 K/BB, WP

Australian Baseball League:
OF Denny Almonte: 20 G, 76 AB, 19 R, 29 H, 7 2B, 5 HR, 19 RBI, 5 SB, CS, 21/10 K/BB, .382/.466/.671
OF James Jones: 20 G, 71 AB, 12 R, 20 H, 3 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 3 SB, 2 CS, 13/10 K/BB, 3 HBP, .282/.393/.408
OF James McOwen: 15 G, 60 AB, 16 R, 22 H, 5 2B, 2 3B, 7 RBI, 10 SB, CS, 7/9 K/BB, .367/.449/.517
RHP Jandy Sena: 0-1, 2 GS, 11.25 ERA in 8.0 IP, 15 H, 10 R, 4/1 K/BB, 2 HB, WP
C Carlton Tanabe: 13 G, 43 AB, 5 R, 4 H, 2B, HR, 6 RBI, CS, 11/4 K/BB, HBP, .093/.184/.186

Dominican Winter League:
RHP Jonathan Arias: 1-0, 2 G, 2.0 IP, 4/2 K/BB
UT Leury Bonilla: 5 G, 2 AB, H, .500/.500/.500
OF Daniel Carroll: 5 G, 9 AB, R, H, SB, 4/0 K/BB, HBP, .111/.200/.111
LHP Fabio Castro: 0-3, 12 G (8 GS), 5.40 ERA in 31.2 IP, 34 H (5 HR), 19 R, 27/9 K/BB, HB, WP
3B Alex Liddi: 3 G, 7 AB, 2 R, 3/2 K/BB, .000/.222/.000
LHP Edward Paredes: 0-1, 19 G, 1.46 ERA in 12.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R (2 ER), 15/4 K/BB, 2 WP
RF Carlos Peguero: 39 G, 148 AB, 24 R, 38 H, 9 2B, 10 HR, 26 RBI, 4 SB, CS, 55/14 K/BB, 3 HBP, .257/.329/.520
SS Carlos Triunfel: 14 G, 30 AB, R, 5 H, 2B, 2 RBI, CS, 6/0 K/BB, .167/.167/.200

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: 30 G, 111 AB, 31 R, 37 H, 7 2B, 4 HR, 15 RBI, 5 SB, 21/20 K/BB, .333/~.435/.505

Puerto Rican Winter League:
OF Daniel Carroll: 18 G, 59 AB, 8 R, 13 H, 4 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 4 SB, CS, 21/6 K/BB, .220/.309/.339

Venezuelan Winter League:
RHP Jose Campos: 3-0, 13 G, 2.63 ERA in 24.0 IP, 18 H (2 HR), 8 R (7 ER), 22/16 K/BB, 2 WP
OF Johermyn Chavez: 12 G, 26 AB, 2 R, 5 H, SB, CS, 8/1 K/BB, .192/.222/.192
RHP Jarrett Grube: 1-0, 6 GS, 3.97 ERA in 22.2 IP, 25 H (2 HR), 11 R (10 R), 20/6 K/BB
CF Brandon Haveman: 10 G, 20 AB, 2 R, H, 6/3 K/BB, .050/.174/.050
RHP Moises Hernandez: 0-2, 5 G, 19.89 ERA in 6.1 IP, 18 (2 HR), 14 R, 3/5 K/BB, HB
LHP Cesar Jimenez: 1-2, 14 G, 6.32 ERA in 15.2 IP, 22 H, 14 R (11 ER), 8/6 K/BB, 2 WP
LHP Jose Jimenez: 1-0, 22 G, 2.70 ERA in 13.1 IP, 13 H, 5 R (4 R), 13/6 K/BB, 2 HB
DH Luis Antonio Jimenez: 49 G, 172 AB, 32 R, 51 H, 10 2B, 9 HR, 28 RBI, SB, CS, 37/34 K/BB, .297/.415/.512
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
LF/1B Johan Limonta: 24 G, 84 AB, 10 R, 21 H, 3 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 15/9 K/BB, .250/.319/.405
3B Francisco Martinez: 24 G, 84 AB, 12 R, 23 H, 4 2B, 8 RBI, 2 CS, 21/6 K/BB, .274/.315/.321
3B Mario Martinez: 9 G, 18 AB, H, 6/0 K/BB, HBP, .056/.105/.056
RHP Yoervis Medina: 0-7, 9 G (8 GS), 5.25 ERA in 36.0 IP, 42 H (2 HR), 24 R (21 ER), 29/17 K/BB, 4 HB, 6 WP
RHP Jessie Nava: 0-0, 5 G, 5.14 ERA in 7.0 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3/5 K/BB, WP
RHP Scott Patterson: 0-1, 13 G, 8 SV, 1.84 ERA in 14.2 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 16/4 K/BB
RHP Stephen Pryor: 1-1, 13 G, 3.38 ERA in 16.0 IP, 15 H, 7 R (6 R), 9/9 K/BB
C Guillermo Quiroz: 37 G, 120 AB, 11 R, 30 H, 8 2B, 3 B, 4 HR, 20 RBI, 33/12 K/BB, .250/.336/.433
RHP Angel Raga: 0-0, 6 G, 4.22 ERA in 10.2 IP, 10 H (2 HR), 5 R, 6/5 K/BB
RHP Erasmo Ramirez: 2-1, 6 GS, 1.48 ERA in 30.1 IP, 24 H (HR), 6 R (5 ER), 20/1 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: 35 G, 106 AB, 23 R, 32 H, 7 2B, HR, 17 RBI, 11/31 K/BB, HBP, .302/.457/.396
OF Michael Saunders: 16 G, 54 AB, 7 R, 8 H, 3 2B, HR, 4 RBI, SB, 15/11 K/BB, .148/.292/.259
C Jesus Sucre: 15 G, 44 AB, 3 R, 9 H, 2B, 7 RBI, 6/4 K/BB, CS, .205/.314/.227
SS Roberto Velasquez: 7 G, 11 AB, H, 4/0 K/BB, .091/.091/.091
OF Mike Wilson: 44 G, 139 AB, 20 R, 30 H, 2 2B, 9 HR, 22 RBI, 3 SB, CS, 46/34 K/BB, .216/.379/.424
OF Mario Yepez: 28 G, 28 AB, R, 9 H, 2B, RBI, SB, CS, 5/4 K/BB, .321/.406/.357

Since I'm late with this one [for the same reasons this blog will go completely dark in a few weeks], I'm going to try to lay out some kind of schedule right now. Next Sundays is aces. No concern there. From there out, we end up bumping into holidays on the usual schedule. I think as it stands right now, I may try to throw together a Christmas Eve update and then have the final post/wrap come on the 31st. I'd feel kind of bad if I cut off the final update by one day. In related news, since John Sickels' Top 20 is out and BA's list won't be out until February, I'm going to give that some kind of analysis in the coming days so that you can snack on at least one more of those before I pack up.

Moving on to the actual baseball content, what little there is, there werea couple of NRI type signings this week, bringing back RHP Scott Patterson and C Guillermo Quiroz. Quiroz was most recently with the Padres organization but if you didn't know he was ever gone, you're probably in good company. Quiroz has now served three non-consecutive stints in the Mariners organization. Watchu got, Grover Cleveland? Tha's right. He hit .240/.296/.388 in Tucson last year, which is pretty startling although I'm now learning that it's not as much of a hitter's park as I anticipated. Patterson we all know and love already, and he's been with us for parts of the last three seasons. He put up some strikeout ratios last year that were kind of insane. In Tacoma, it was 8.83 Ks to 1 walk, and that was worse than what it had been in Jackson. Even if the stuff is just a tick or two above average, with that kind of command he could be useful.

We'll start with Australia and move around again. The big news there this week was that Denny Almonte walked away with a Player of the Week award for driving in twelve over the weekend, a new record, and followed it up with a selection to the World Team for the All-Star game, which is pretty awesome.  Edit: McOwen too.  Wheeeeee!  He also wasn't selected in the Rule 5 (yay) and added three doubles, four walks, and a home run this week which saw his slash line improve all around. Jones also did well for himself, not so much in the walks, but by adding another pair of doubles and a home run among eight hits overall. This is the point at which the nagging voice in my brain starts to talk about walks and power being an either/or thing. McOwen also blew up in the slugging department with three doubles and a triple. And Tanabe? He got in the action too, just a bit, as he added a double.

Moving over to the smaller, or not as well-represented Caribbean Leagues, Carroll has continued his tour and moved on now to the Dominican Republic where he's now teammates with Peguero and Castro. Arias is also a new addition, as the right-hander works to increase his stock. Those were the two major things to happen though. Pardes has started really striking dudes out, which I'll take as a positive. Castro improved his ERA a little but remains underwhelming. Peguero, bless his heart, hit another home run and ran a 8/2 K/BB over twenty-two at-bats, but otherwise his slide has continued. Triunfel isn't playing. Since Carroll jumped ship, I really only have Britton to talk about elsewhere, and in his case, as was the case in Australia, the slugging has increased at the expense of on-base percentage. I'm holding out hope that he manages to break with one of the full-season teams next year, which would be nice considering he's 24 now and didn't play all of last season.

If you've come to expect more disappointment at the number of active players in Venezuela, you're in for it again this week. We've added Quiroz, but Campos, Grube, and Jose Jimenez only pitched two innings this week, Chavez did not play (is he injured?), and Luis Rodriguez was inactive. Of those that remain, Medina went active again but took his seventh loss, and you have to think that the inning cap is approaching for him soon. Cesar Jimenez is losing his grasp on the 40-man spot, still, and Luis Antonio still is slugging and running his near even eye numbers, but basically has no place to play. Mike Wilson fans will be pleased to note that his overall numbers improves slightly as he had six hits in twenty-three at-bats, including a double and a couple of dingers, and he drew what looks like eleven walks.

That does it, I think. Bring back George Sherrill? no comments

Written by Jay Yencich | 08 December 2011

The Mariners have had a history with the Rule 5 Draft in recent years. Going back from last year to 2001, we've picked RHP Jose Flores, RHP Kanekoa Texeira, IF Reegie Corona and LHP Jose Lugo (the double dip of '08), RHP R.A. Dickey, RHP Sean White, LHP Luis Gonzalez, and The Rule 5 Kid himself, IF Luis Ugueto. We keep coming back to it even though it's something that, broadly speaking, hasn't done us a great deal of good. Dickey was fun to have around because he was missing a ligament and made great faces while he was pitching, but he posted a -0.1 WAR that year and we ran him out for 112.1 innings. Sean White managed to redeem himself by being worth 0.6 WAR in 2009, but in two other years with the M's he was worth -0.2 in each. Ugueto was actually a positive contributor in his time here because he wasn't bad at fielding or baserunning (this seems as weird to you all as it does to me, but that's what the robot tells me is happening). Texeira, despite his use or misuse, was actually worth 0.2 WAR to us as well. And there you have it. Our most useful addition out of these past ten years of picks is either Texeira or Sean White. Remarkable, isn't it?

Nevertheless, there's something about the Rule 5 draft that always leads me to expect something different. Even with the rules changing to add an additional year before eligibility in both college players and prep/international signings, some level of talent seems to always be available and we're generally picking near the top anyway. Ivan Nova was eligible a few years back, and heck, he was fourth in Rookie of the Year voting this season because people like their wins wins. This year, I was hoping for something like Ryan Flaherty. Flaherty doesn't really have a place in the Cubs system because they, like us, have way too many third base prospects. But Flaherty is a guy who swings a pretty decent left-handed stick, walking fifty times in each of his full seasons of playing and boasting a .462 career slugging percentage. Even if he didn't hold down third for us, or better options presented themselves, he'd done some time as a utility man and could conceivably serve that role for us. We could use a left-handed, bat-first utility guy, I think. It was a pick that made a lot of sense. And Flaherty did get selected. One pick after we picked up LHP Lucas Luetge from the Brewers.

Prior to the Rule 5 draft this season, Baseball America posted a list of players that were upside picks, more long-term investments for teams, and a list of near-term players who might be able to contribute in 2012 but don't really have extraordinary potential three, four years down the road. Luetge wasn't featured on either list. To outline his capacities in brief, he has a fastball that runs in the mid-to-high-80s, a curveball that sometimes ranks better than average, and an okay change. He's posted decent K-rates in the recent past and has logged a good 113.0 innings at the double-A level, but he also walks his share of guys and is seen of probably as a left-on-left pitcher in what he brings to the table. If this skillset sounds pretty familiar to you, you might also be familiar with farmhand Brian Moran. Who also had a K/BB of roughly 3.00 in 60+ innings in the Southern League last year. The Mariners have added a player who in a lot of respects is like a player we already had, except a year-and-a-half older and formerly of the Brewers organization, which I suppose has to account for something with this front office. To be clear, I'm not saying that Luetge will be returned before spring training closes as have many other relievers before him. That's not really the point. Luetge could indeed be a decent bullpen arm for us next year and beyond. But the selection of a left-on-left reliever, a needed though slightly redundant part, is one of limited vision. I'm not excited by it. This may mean that I'm some variation on disappointed. Or bored.

But we also lost a guy too. In the minor league phase, the Rangers picked up OF Efrain Nunez, who spent last season in Pulaski batting .291/.367/.507. Nunez was interesting insofar as at the time he was signed, as a switch-hitting power bat out of the Dominican, he was regarded as a real acquisition for us in the international market. He hit .267/.387/.441 his first season in the DSL and was rewarded with a promotion to the AZL where he was pretty horrible. In response to this, the M's demoted him again to the DSL where he was a bit less horrible. After that, this season happened. I don't know that I'm excessively worried given that recent history has developed a trend in which players hit quite well in Pulaski and then don't hit very well in any of their subsequent tours of the minor leagues. Nunez himself might have the same happen to him. But he might also benefit from a change of scenery and use this as an opportunity to re-focus himself in a new organization. That's a whole lot of "ifs" to consider there, but on the whole, I think losing him makes me slightly more nervous than I am in any way comforted by the addition of Luetge. That doesn't seem to be right. no comments

Written by Jay Yencich | 04 December 2011

Arizona Fall League (FINAL):
RF Chih-Hsien Chiang: 20 G, 76 AB, 9 R, 20 H, 3 2B, 3B, HR, 6 RBI, SB, 15/9 K/BB, .263/.337/.368
RHP Steven Hensley: 1-1, 11 G, 11.30 ERA in 14.1 IP, 23 H (2 HR), 18 R, 15/16 K/BB, 2 HB
LHP Danny Hultzen: 1-0, 6 GS, 1.40 ERA in 19.1 IP, 16 H (HR), 3 R, 18/5 K/BB, 2 WP
SS Nick Franklin: 24 G, 89 AB, 15 R, 23 H, 4 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 14 RBI, SB, 25/11 K/BB, .258/.333/.393
C Adam Moore: 15 G, 54 AB, 9 R, 14 H, 3 2B, 8 RBI, CS, 15/6 K/BB, 2 HBP, .259/.355/.315
LHP Brian Moran: 1-0, 11 G, 1.32 ERA in 13.2 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 11/4 K/BB
RHP Forrest Snow: 1-1, 10 G (GS), 1.10 ERA in 16.1 IP, 10 H (HR), 8 R (2 ER), 16/3 K/BB, WP

Australian Baseball League:
OF Denny Almonte: 15 G, 57 AB, 13 R, 21 H, 4 2B, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 3 SB, CS, 16/6 K/BB, .368/.438/.649
OF James Jones: 15 G, 49 AB, 6 R, 12 H, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 3 SB, 2 CS, 8/9 K/BB, 3 HBP, .245/.393/.327
OF James McOwen: 11 G, 45 AB, 13 R, 14 H, 2 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, 7 SB, CS, 7/6 K/BB, .311/.392/.400
RHP Jandy Sena: 0-1, 2 GS, 11.25 ERA in 8.0 IP, 15 H, 10 R, 4/1 K/BB, 2 HB, WP
C Carlton Tanabe: 9 G, 29 AB, 3 R, 3 H, HR, 3 RBI, CS, 8/2 K/BB, HBP, .103/.182/.207

Dominican Winter League:
UT Leury Bonilla: 5 G, 2 AB, H, .500/.500/.500
LHP Fabio Castro: 0-1, 10 G (6 GS), 6.75 ERA in 22.2 IP, 28 H (4 HR), 17 R, 19/4 K/BB, HB, WP
3B Alex Liddi: 3 G, 7 AB, 2 R, 3/2 K/BB, .000/.222/.000
LHP Edward Paredes: 0-1, 11 G, SV, 2.84 ERA in 6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R (2 ER), 5/4 K/BB, 2 WP
RF Carlos Peguero: 33 G, 126 AB, 23 R, 36 H, 9 2B, 9 HR, 25 RBI, 3 SB, CS, 47/12 K/BB, 3 HBP, .286/.357/.571
SS Carlos Triunfel: 10 G, 24 AB, R, 5 H, 2B, 2 RBI, CS, 4/0 K/BB, .208/.208/.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: 24 G, 85 AB, 26 R, 29 H, 4 2B, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 5 SB, 17/19 K/BB, .341/~.462/.494

Puerto Rican Winter League:
OF Daniel Carroll: 18 G, 59 AB, 8 R, 13 H, 4 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 4 SB, CS, 21/6 K/BB, .220/.309/.339

Venezuelan Winter League:
RHP Jose Campos: 3-0, 10 G, 2.86 ERA in 22.0 IP, 18 H (2 HR), 7 R, 21/15 K/BB, 2 WP
OF Johermyn Chavez: 12 G, 26 AB, 2 R, 5 H, SB, CS, 8/1 K/BB, .192/.222/.192
RHP Jarrett Grube: 1-0, 6 GS, 3.97 ERA in 22.2 IP, 25 H (2 HR), 11 R (10 R), 20/6 K/BB
CF Brandon Haveman: 10 G, 20 AB, 2 R, H, 6/3 K/BB, .050/.174/.050
RHP Moises Hernandez: 0-2, 5 G, 19.89 ERA in 6.1 IP, 18 (2 HR), 14 R, 3/5 K/BB, HB
LHP Cesar Jimenez: 1-2, 13 G, 5.87 ERA in 15.1 IP, 20 H, 13 R (10 ER), 8/6 K/BB, 2 WP
LHP Jose Jimenez: 1-0, 18 G, 3.18 ERA in 11.1 IP, 12 H, 5 R (4 R), 12/5 K/BB, HB
DH Luis Antonio Jimenez: 43 G, 152 AB, 31 R, 48 H, 8 2B, 9 HR, 25 RBI, SB, CS, 33/31 K/BB, .316/.435/.546
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
LF/1B Johan Limonta: 18 G, 63 AB, 9 R, 18 H, 2 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 12/8 K/BB, .286/.361/.476
3B Francisco Martinez: 24 G, 84 AB, 12 R, 23 H, 4 2B, 8 RBI, 2 CS, 21/6 K/BB, .274/.315/.321
3B Mario Martinez: 9 G, 18 AB, H, 6/0 K/BB, HBP, .056/.105/.056
RHP Yoervis Medina: 0-6, 7 GS, 4.41 ERA in 32.2 IP, 35 H (2 HR), 19 R (16 ER), 28/14 K/BB, 4 HB, 5 WP
RHP Jessie Nava: 0-0, 5 G, 5.14 ERA in 7.0 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3/5 K/BB, WP
RHP Scott Patterson: 0-1, 12 G, 8 SV, 1.93 ERA in 14.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 15/4 K/BB
RHP Stephen Pryor: 1-1, 13 G, 3.38 ERA in 16.0 IP, 15 H, 7 R (6 R), 9/9 K/BB
RHP Angel Raga: 0-0, 6 G, 4.22 ERA in 10.2 IP, 10 H (2 HR), 5 R, 6/5 K/BB
RHP Erasmo Ramirez: 2-1, 6 GS, 1.48 ERA in 30.1 IP, 24 H (HR), 6 R (5 ER), 20/1 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: 35 G, 106 AB, 23 R, 32 H, 7 2B, HR, 17 RBI, 11/31 K/BB, HBP, .302/.457/.396
OF Michael Saunders: 16 G, 54 AB, 7 R, 8 H, 3 2B, HR, 4 RBI, SB, 15/11 K/BB, .148/.292/.259
C Jesus Sucre: 15 G, 44 AB, 3 R, 9 H, 2B, 7 RBI, 6/4 K/BB, CS, .205/.314/.227
SS Roberto Velasquez: 7 G, 11 AB, H, 4/0 K/BB, .091/.091/.091
OF Mike Wilson: 36 G, 116 AB, 17 R, 24 H, 2B, 7 HR, 17 RBI, SB, CS, 36/23 K/BB, .207/.350/.397
OF Mario Yepez: 26 G, 28 AB, R, 9 H, 2B, RBI, SB, CS, 5/4 K/BB, .321/.406/.357

There are some leftover Greg Halman articles from this past week, as you might be able to imagine. Shannon Drayer posted one from the perspective of one of the Kinheim club members and it is the saddest thing I've yet read on the event. He was buried in his uniform. There was another one about Halman's friendship with Johan Limonta, which is about as much about Limonta's own background as it is Halman, but it's a good read. The video that accompanies it, less so.

If you're looking for a particularly insightful take on the Lueke/Jaso swap, I don't really have one. I wrote about half an article the day of and then subsequently threw it out. I think that Lueke has the stuff to become an elite reliever if everything is going well for him, but even high-end relievers only have so much value. Only ten relievers last year had a WAR above 1.7, which is close to what you'd get splitting the difference on Jaso's two seasons (1.6, in his case). The BABIP and injury excuses for dropping his offensive production may be valid in his case, so I'm willing to give it a shot. I'm pretty neutral on the whole thing, while still understanding the value of having Jaso around to possibly bridge the gap to those catchers drafted this season, should they amount to anything.

One of the things that happened this week is that the Mariners announced their minor league players of the year. In past years, I've spent a bit of time dissecting this and trying to make sense of it because there's usually one or two picks, not even necessarily at the lowest levels, that seemed quite difficult to justify. That didn't happen this year. Every pick makes sense, or seems rooted in a rational basis. The only arguments you can really make are that, perhaps, a hitter or pitcher in the summer leagues who really came on in their third or fourth year is probably not as deserving as a younger player with slightly inferior numbers. But even in that case, you'd be assuming certain things about ability, and there have been a few guys that did well for themselves in the U.S. following a third or fourth year in the summer leagues. I also found out that the Clinton Lumberkings are going to have a new broadcaster next year as Dave Lezotte is taking a position with the Gwinnett Braves in the International League. I'm sure he deserves it though because the amount of work he put in keeping us up-to-date on our intermediate-A affiliate was incredible, and it's not often that we get that from a broadcaster. Whoever comes on next will have a hard act to follow up. Speaking of broadcasters, Mike Curto was one of three minor league broadcasters asked to reflect on their time broadcasting in the majors this year. Sticking with the note of either continuity or not continuity, Larry Stone tweeted the managers for the minor leagues and the changes are that Pedro Grifol is replacing Jose Moreno in High Desert, Rob Mummau is moving to Everett, replacing Scott Steinmann, Jose Moreno is taking Mummau's spot in Pulaski, and Mike Kinkade is managing the AZL team since Jesus Azuaje is now in a more administrative role. Kinkade played for Tacoma in 2008. But you knew that, right? Stone later tweeted that Claudio Almonte is taking over the DSL, which means it won't be managed by a former Mariners player but instead a former Twins player. Mind = blown. The full press release has other important details like Brent Johnson and Cibney Bello being back as coaches in the AZL. Be excited!

If we're shifting gears to the winter leagues, I have a lot less to talk about. In Australia, the big thing is that Almonte, thanks to going 9-for-16 this week, is recently in the top 5 for slash lines in the league. Good for him. Jones also played, but it looks like that walk outburst he had earlier was just that, an outburst, while Tanabe is still about where he was at before. There's a chance Almonte gets named to the ABL All-Star Game on the 21st, which would be neat. In the Dominican, Peguero continued his slugging slide, though to be somewhat fair to him, he only struck out seven times in nineteen at-bats this week. That might be progress. Paredes' ERA improves while his command still looks bad, and Castro maintains good command and a bad ERA, but only pitched two innings this week. In Nicaragua, Britton played seven games and went 18-for-33 which is kind of nuts. The walks weren't especially present, but he slugged a bit and is now one of the league's more productive hitters again. The same can't really be said for Carroll in Puerto Rico, who still isn't walking at all. If there's one silver lining in that, it makes the risk of him getting selected in the Rule 5 far lower. Although Almonte's stock may be going up.

Things have very much slowed down in the LVBP. In addition to those established already as no longer playing, Medina, Nava, Pryor, Raga, Sucre, and Velasquez were all inactive this week and Francisco Martinez was all but inactive, making what I suppose is a defensive appearance in one game. Of those that remain, Limonta really turned it on this week, going 7-for-18 with a triple, two home runs, and four walks. Luis Jimenez is also still hitting, although he's a doubtful return. Rodriguez played three games and his walk pace slowed a bit, dropping his OBP for the first time in a hwile. Campos and Grube both only pitched two innings with mixed results. Chavez only had two at-bats, but one hit resulted from them. Patterson saved two games and lost a third without his ERA rising one point. Mike Wilson isn't really capitalizing on the few opportunities given to impress and hold on to his roster spot, but Yepez is doing pretty well now that he's been given more of a shot. I guess that's something, even if we can only reasonably expect Clinton from him, High Desert if he's really started doing something interesting. As the holidays start coming on, there's going to be less and less to talk about. It's just the nature of these things. no comments