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Arizona Fall League:
RF Chih-Hsien Chiang: 18 G, 69 AB, 9 R, 19 H, 3 2B, 3B, HR, 6 RBI, SB, 12/9 K/BB, .275/.354/.391
RHP Steven Hensley: 0-0, 10 G, 11.57 ERA in 14.0 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: 22 G, 83 AB, 12 R, 19 H, 3 2B, 2 HR, 11 RBI, SB, 25/11 K/BB, .229/.316/.337
C Adam Moore: 13 G, 47 AB, 8 R, 11 H, 3 2B, 7 RBI, CS, 14/6 K/BB, 2 HBP, .234/.345/.298
LHP Brian Moran: 1-0, 10 G, 1.42 ERA in 12.2 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 10/4 K/BB
RHP Forrest Snow: 1-1, 9 G (GS), 1.26 ERA in 14.1 IP, 9 H (HR), 8 R (2 ER), 14/3 K/BB, WP

Australian Baseball League:
OF Denny Almonte: 6 G, 21 AB, 4 R, 6 H, 2 2B, SB, CS, 7/3 K/BB, .286/.375/.381
OF James Jones: 6 G, 15 AB, 4 R, 3 H, 2B, RBI, SB, CS, 2/7 K/BB, HBP, .200/.478/.267
OF James McOwen: 6 G, 25 AB, 3 R, 7 H, 2 2B, RBI, 2 SB, CS, 4/3 K/BB, .280/.357/.360
RHP Jandy Sena: 0-0, GS, 6.75 ERA in 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2/1 K/BB, HB, WP
C Carlton Tanabe: 3 G, 10 AB, R, 2 H, CS, 2/0 K/BB, HBP, .200/.273/.200

Dominican Winter League:
UT Leury Bonilla: 5 G, 2 AB, H, .500/.500/.500
LHP Fabio Castro: 0-1, 5 GS, 6.19 ERA in 16.0 IP, 17 H (2 HR), 11 R, 12/3 K/BB, HB, WP
3B Alex Liddi: 2 G, 4 AB, 2/1 K/BB, .000/.200/.000
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: 18 G, 68 AB, 16 R, 24 H, 7 2B, 7 HR, 15 RBI, 3 SB, CS, 22/6 K/BB, 2 HBP, .353/.416/.765
SS Carlos Triunfel: 7 G, 21 AB, R, 5 H, 2B, 2 RBI, CS, 3/0 K/BB, .238/.238/.286

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: 8 G, 20 AB, 8 R, 4 H, 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 3 SB, 4/13 K/BB, .200/~.515/.400

Puerto Rican Winter League:
OF Daniel Carroll: 7 G, 27 AB, R, 5 H, 2B, 2 RBI, 11/3 K/BB, .185/.290/.222

Venezuelan Winter League:
RHP Jose Campos: 0-0, 8 G, 4.22 ERA in 10.2 IP, 9 H (2 HR), 5 R, 9/9 K/BB, WP
OF Johermyn Chavez: 6 G, 13 AB, 5/0 K/BB, .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, 8 G, 3.60 ERA in 10.0 IP, 14 H, 7 R (4 ER), 6/1 K/BB
LHP Jose Jimenez: 1-0, 12 G, 1.42 ERA in 6.1 IP, 6 H, R, 7/4 K/BB
DH Luis Antonio Jimenez: 27 G, 99 AB, 19 R, 30 H, 6 2B, 6 HR, 15 RBI, SB, CS, 22/16 K/BB, .303/.400/.545
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: 19 G, 75 AB, 11 R, 22 H, 4 2B, 8 RBI, CS, 17/4 K/BB, .293/.321/.347
3B Mario Martinez: 9 G, 18 AB, H, 6/0 K/BB, HBP, .056/.105/.056
RHP Yoervis Medina: 0-4, 5 GS, 3.80 ERA in 23.2 IP, 24 H (2 HR), 13 R (10 ER), 24/11 K/BB, 3 HB, 5 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, 6 G, 4 SV, 2.45 ERA in 7.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 9/4 K/BB
RHP Stephen Pryor: 1-1, 11 G, 3.07 ERA in 14.2 IP, 12 H, 6 R (5 R), 7/8 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, 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: 20 G, 60 AB, 14 R, 17 H, 4 2B, 10 RBI, 6/19 K/BB, .283/.450/.350
OF Michael Saunders: 16 G, 54 AB, 7 R, 8 H, 3 2B, HR, 4 RBI, SB, 15/11 K/BB, .148/.292/.259
OF Mike Wilson: 22 G, 70 AB, 11 R, 14 H, 5 HR, 10 RBI, 18/13 K/BB, .200/.337/.414
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: 14 G, 35 AB, 2 R, 8 H, 4 2B, 3 RBI, 4/1 K/BB, .229/.270/.343
OF Mario Yepez: 15 G, 14 AB, R, 4 H, SB, 3/3 K/BB, .286/.412/.286

Before I get to anything else, you should know that the deadline to set the 40-man roster is this Friday and I did my preview over at USSM. It's a group that that overall was projected to be more interesting years ago than it actually ended up being, to be pessimistic about the whole matter. Still, guys will be added!

A lot of things have happened in the past week, and yet, I'm not sure what to say about a lot of them. Chalk it up to illness and exhaustion (and if I've slipped up on any of the stat line updates, that's my excuse). The minor league player development staff got shook up quite a bit leaving Lee May Jr. as hitting coordinator, John Stearns as catching coordinator (since Roger Hansen is now more involved in front office operations), Gary Wheelock as rehab pitching coordinator, Jesus Azuaje as Latin American field coordinator, and Jimmy Southard as minor league training coordinator. There was also the announcement of Jack Howell taking over the minor league field coordinator position after Andy Stankiewicz vacated it to take a college coaching position. Suffice to say, many things are now being coordinated that were not always previously coordinated. We know Wheelock a bit from his tenure as pitching coach for various short-season clubs and we know Azuaje because he managed the summer league teams and then came stateside for a while. The rest, I'm leaning more on the press releases than anything else. Remember how when a few weeks ago, when Chris Gwynn was brought in to be the farm director, I spent some time talking about how we're looking at mostly long-term impact from his position and his influence may be difficult to parse? These guys follow that taken to the next level, and considering that so many positions were changed or added at once, we can expect to have an even harder time getting at what all of this means. What seems to be happening is that a few more roles are being added so that each coordinator can focus more specifically on their thing, compartmentalization, if you will.

Also some players were added? BA's fancy new free agent tracker has us signing RHPs Matt Fox and Jeff Marquez, formerly of the Red Sox and Yankees organizations, respectively. So our two newest acquisitions were formerly representatives of one of the most heated rivalries in sports media. Sure, Fox was originally a Twins prospect and Marquez did a brief stint with the White Sox after being traded there in the Swisher deal, but I'm sure there's some animosity that they can channel into trying to one-up each other right? And if they fail, maybe the tension wasn't as high as we thought. Attempting to be serious for a moment, both players have done some brief time in the majors which gives them something of a leg up in the matter. The limited data that FanGraphs has available (seven and a third innings!) gives Fox a fastball around 90 mph and a slider as his main secondary offering, though it's listed at 85 mph which doesn't seem like much of a speed differential. Marquez hit 92 with the White Sox (one inning!) and 89 with the Yankees (four innings!) and had a slider also in the mid-80s working with that. Going to the individual numbers, both have been starters while coming up the ladder and Fox has been mostly around 3.5 BB/9 in the high minors with Ks around 7.7 per nine. Marquez, who has been around a little longer, has been more inclined to put balls in play with only 5.3 Ks per nine and 2.9 walks, but he's also had some shoulder issues in the past year. One of these guys could end up being slotted into some sort of David Pauley-like role for us next season, but projecting based off the first two signings is ludicrous, so for now, just add them to the list. As for the one remaining acquisition, Greg Johns mentioned in the mailbag that Jack Wilson going to the Braves netted us Luis Caballero. Caballero has been a playing shortstop and third in the DSL for the past two years and not hitting all that much. It would be hilarious if he changed his name, switched to first, and began slugging .500, but these things don't usually work out that way. As it stands, his main virtue is that he might enable me to type the word "Panamanian" more often than I would otherwise.

Also, this week brought the news that Kirby Arnold of the Everett Herald is retiring, and that this past season was the last we'll have seen of him. He'll still be active on Twitter, so he says, but the days of him in print are gone. I don't know that I would have to explain it to long-time followers of the blog, but for the sake of reiterating, Kirby has been one of the great resources for minor league baseball fans in the stretch of time I've been doing this. Every year, I would tell people that if they wanted any minor league info in spring training, they'd have to go to the Herald or the Tacoma News Tribune for it because that was where the writers really cared about this stuff. Now Kirby's gone and Divish has been moved to the UW beat. It's going to be rough for us. I don't know how easily the void is going to be filled, considering minor league coverage was limited overall even in stretches where there wasn't much else on the team worth paying attention to. Thanks Kirby, for all that you've done to help promote awareness of the minor league system.

And speaking of which, we should probably get to some of that now. The AFL is usually our first stop on the tour, and Hultzen our first player talked about. He went two and two-thirds innings this week with three hits allowed and a 6/1 K/BB. Nutty. We don't have any gun readings because it was one of the lame parks this week, but we do have 36 of 56 pitches for strikes, which is solid. Moving on through the pitchers, Moran had five hits allowed and only one hit in two and a third innings this week, but somehow avoided giving up any runs. Snow was less fortunate, with seven hits including a dinger in two and two-thirds innings. And Hensley? Well, ultimately it will come down to process more than results, which is not something that we can so easily gauge from a distance, but the numbers are suggesting that he might be pitching his way out of contention for a 40-man spot. The hitters saw some incremental improvement with Moore collecting three hits, including a double, in eight at-bats. Franklin's OBP remained static, but thanks to a double and a home run among five hits in eighteen at-bats this week, his slugging and average rose. Chiang, who got written up on the main site this week, had a 0-for-5 showing yesterday (3 Ks!) mar the fact that he was 3-for-8 with a double, a home run, and a walk in the other two games this week. So it goes on the small sample scale.

For intermission, we'll head to the other smaller leagues around the world. Australia has added McOwen and Tanabe to the ranks. McOwen is one of the guys with a shot at a 40-man spot, though I'm less than confident that he'll get it. The same goes for Almonte, who improved somewhat but is still at 33% Ks in his at-bats. I suppose the most interesting thing this week for me is that Jones drew six walks and struck out only once. I'm trying to keep myself from getting too excited about that, but it is exciting. In Nicaragua, Britton's average crashed thanks to a 1-for-12 week, but then he drew five more walks so that's something. Carroll is doing some more work to establish himself in Puerto Rico, but the early goings have him striking out at an uncomfortable rate and not hitting too well. Over in the Dominican, we now have Liddi playing, though without hits in his first two games. Peguero's numbers slipped a little, but we're talking a difference between a .793 slugging percentage and a .765 one. Because he still hit a home run you know. Triunfel is also getting some more playing time and I'd expect that trend to continue. He's not doing a lot with it just yet, but I don't think that will dissuade the M's from adding him to the 40-man this week. Also, I just checked Colombia's site and it looks like they're going to start up their season on the 25th. There won't likely be too many representatives, but for the sake of baseball down there, it's better than nothing.

Which brings us to the large pile of players that is Venezuela. There were three guys that improved their stock this week from the hitting side of things, those being Jimenez and Rodriguez, who are technically free agents, and Wilson, who may or may not hold on to his 40-man spot through the offseason. Jimenez had another three doubles and a home run while walking six times. I think Carp is probably regarded as next year's DH (or something), so I don't know that Jimenez would have much reason to re-sign with us, or if we should expect that he would actually compete for the job in spring training. I think the team has a better shot at pursuing Rodriguez, who would have his opening as back-up shortstop and infielder. He drew another five walks this week. The power from 2010 probably won't be coming back, but the ability to draw a walk is surely a plus in his ledger. Wilson, who either has singles or home runs, had two dingers this week and walked six times. His overall average is still rather low, but those are some lovely peripherals. On the negative side of things, Francisco Martinez had a bit of a down week, his slash line dropped all around, Chavez remains hitless, and Saunders only saw three at-bats this week, which could mean either injury or a return home, temporary or permanent, or some other as of yet unidentified reason. At any rate, it probably isn't good.

Pitching? Well, Erasmo is still doing pretty darned well and had four hits and three KS in 4.2 innings this week. Patterson, who also may not even be around next year, continues to help out for Lara's bullpen. Medina turned in another start and didn't lose this one (hooray!), going four innings and allowing a couple of unearned runs on three hits, two walks, and six Ks. His command was only really awful the first two starts and he's been more consistent since then (edit: and then today happened... 4/3 K/BB in 6.0 innings). Those are all good things. The less good? Pryor got some more innings in and gave up a run, and the command remains below what we hoped it would be. Campos had a few more appearances, and his command was bad as well, though it's more forgivable in his case. And Grube didn't start again this week. I don't know what that means.

Tune in later this week when some players will be added to the 40-man roster and others will not.