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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.