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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: 7 G, 25 AB, 5 R, 8 H, 2 2B, HR, 2 RBI, SB, CS, 7/4 K/BB, .320/.414/.520
OF James Jones: 7 G, 19 AB, 4 R, 4 H, 2B, RBI, SB, CS, 3/7 K/BB, HBP, .211/.464/.263
OF James McOwen: 7 G, 30 AB, 5 R, 9 H, 2 2B, RBI, 5 SB, CS, 4/3 K/BB, .300/.364/.367
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: 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, 7 G (6 GS), 7.58 ERA in 19.0 IP, 24 H (4 HR), 16 R, 15/4 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, 6 G, SV, 4.91 ERA in 3.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 3/4 K/BB, 2 WP
RF Carlos Peguero: 23 G, 88 AB, 18 R, 29 H, 8 2B, 8 HR, 18 RBI, 3 SB, CS, 31/7 K/BB, 3 HBP, .330/.394/.693
SS Carlos Triunfel: 8 G, 22 AB, R, 5 H, 2B, 2 RBI, CS, 3/0 K/BB, .227/.227/.273

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: 12 G, 35 AB, 9 R, 5 H, 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 3 SB, 11/13 K/BB, .143/~.375/.343

Puerto Rican Winter League:
OF Daniel Carroll: 11 G, 37 AB, 3 R, 7 H, 2 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 2 SB, CS, 13/5 K/BB, .189/.311/.324

Venezuelan Winter League:
RHP Jose Campos: 1-0, 9 G, 2.70 ERA in 16.2 IP, 10 H (2 HR), 5 R, 14/10 K/BB, WP
OF Johermyn Chavez: 10 G, 22 AB, 2 H, 8/1 K/BB, .091/.130/.091
RHP Jarrett Grube: 1-0, 5 GS, 3.05 ERA in 20.2 IP, 17 H (2 HR), 7 R, 19/5 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, 9 G, 3.27 ERA in 11.0 IP, 15 H, 7 R (4 ER), 6/1 K/BB, WP
LHP Jose Jimenez: 1-0, 14 G, 1.17 ERA in 7.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R (R), 9/4 K/BB
DH Luis Antonio Jimenez: 33 G, 118 AB, 21 R, 35 H, 6 2B, 7 HR, 17 RBI, SB, CS, 25/21 K/BB, .297/.403/.525
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: 8 G, 25 AB, 4 R, 8 H, 2B, 3B, RBI, 6/3 K/BB, .320/.379/.440
3B Francisco Martinez: 23 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, 4 G, 3.00 ERA in 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3/5 K/BB, WP
RHP Scott Patterson: 0-0, 8 G, 6 SV, 1.93 ERA in 9.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 11/4 K/BB
RHP Stephen Pryor: 1-1, 12 G, 3.52 ERA in 15.1 IP, 14 H, 7 R (6 R), 8/8 K/BB
RHP Angel Raga: 0-0, 5 G, 4.35 ERA in 10.1 IP, 9 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: 26 G, 78 AB, 22 R, 24 H, 5 2B, HR, 13 RBI, 7/24 K/BB, .308/.467/.410
OF Michael Saunders: 16 G, 54 AB, 7 R, 8 H, 3 2B, HR, 4 RBI, SB, 15/11 K/BB, .148/.292/.259
SS Roberto Velasquez: 7 G, 11 AB, H, 4/0 K/BB, .091/.091/.091
OF Mike Wilson: 28 G, 90 AB, 15 R, 20 H, 7 HR, 13 RBI, 25/16 K/BB, .222/.349/.456
C Jesus Sucre: 15 G, 44 AB, 3 R, 9 H, 2B, 7 RBI, CS, 6/4 K/BB, 3 HBP, .205/.314/.227
OF Mario Yepez: 18 G, 18 AB, R, 5 H, RBI, SB, CS, 4/3 K/BB, .278/.381/.278

Jose Yepez went to the Braves. Godspeed, backstop. May you someday get to the majors and then actually play in a game. We also have a couple of new players who are not in any way playing winter ball. One of them is 3B Eric Campbell, recently of the Reds. He was a second-round pick (first pick of that year) for the Braves in 2004 which is unusual in that he's from Indiana, which is neither Georgia nor especially close to Georgia, though closer than many other places. In high school, he was regarded as a solid power hitter with little else that drew rave reviews, and that was evident in his best year when he hit .313/.383/.634 in 2005 and was subsequently named the Appalachian League's MVP along with Max Ramirez, who is another player that people have mostly forgotten about. BA ranked him #9 in 2006 and #6 in 2007, but then his star began to fall a bit due to lingering injuries and some questions about his attitude. He went to the indy leagues and proved that he could still hit, then went to the Reds where he proved another time that hitting was a thing that he could do, though the numbers were inflated by Bakersfield. He's another name to add to the third base pile, a gamble amongst a few gambles, but you know, why not? The other player we added was LHP Sean Henn. Henn is interesting in that you can look at him and think, "oh, 27th round pick in 2000. That's odd." [Did you know we drafted John Axford that year? That's even weirder!] But in doing so you'd probably overlook the fact that he was a draft-and-follow pick, hit 97 mph on the radar gun a few times that year, and was promptly signed for $1.7 million. And then had Tommy John surgery the next year. Bummer. He's had an interesting major league career thus far, replacing Randy Johnson in his first start and then Kevin Brown in his second (he was sent down in between). Since then, he was picked up on waivers by the Padres, later outrighted, signed with the Twins, and then was traded in September of that year to the BOrioles for some reason. He was most recently with the Jays. If you're thinking too hard about any of that, then I'll add that he's not throwing 97 anymore and is more in the low-90s these days because the velocity never really came back. But he's a projected relief arm. In the bullpen pile! It's a great time to be alive!

But ah, things other than transactions also happen, do they not? For example, MLB.com threw together a top 25 AFL prospects list and our man Danny Hultzen comes in at #2 with the slightly less amazing Nick Franklin ranking #14. Hultzen! Over Mike Trout! TAKE THAT ANGELS. Larry Stone did his own winter league check-in which notes that Liddi was released again (rest up, kid, you've earned it), Ramirez has hit his desired inning cap (good), and contains some more nice things said about Littlewood's transition to catcher as perceived by front office people. You know what I'm going to love? When all the good things I've been hearing about Littlewood over the past year and a half start to materialize into some kind of performance. I don't mean to be overly negative about him, but from the scouting community, he's had a heck of a hype job.

The AFL is over. Long live the AFL. I'll now aim to analyze a little. I suppose one of the major points people will be drawn to is that, flaws in the metric acknowledged, Snow, Moran, and Hultzen rank 1-2-3 on the Peoria staff in ERA. And Snow and Hultzen managed to qualify as 1 and 3 in the league. I know, flaws and such, but each of them also managed to keep the hits reasonably low as well as the walks, so while one might expect that the ERA should be higher, it doesn't change the fact that each were among the best pitchers on the team. I was halfway to making an argument that it's been a while since we saw ERAs this low, but Lueke had a 0.79 in 11.1 innings last year (Fields was second-best at 3.09), and Fields himself had a 1.64 ERA in 11.0 innings in 2009 (next best, Varvaro at 4.05). So I guess we have seen ERAs this low, but we haven't seen ERAs this low in bulk for a while, I guess. All the runs seem to have transferred to Hensley.

So, hitting? I know I find myself week-to-week talking about the subtle variations in statlines, and while I think that it is possible to glean something from such a practice, the infrequency of play can often muck matters up. Nick Franklin, who has been a starter for the Peoria squad, went 3-for-3 on Wednesday with a triple. His average went up twenty-five points. His OPS went up sixty-five points. And .727 has a way of looking a lot better than .662. Franklin finished strong. Moore finished strong as well, going 3-for-7 in the final two games he played and ended up with an eight-game hitting streak closing the season (spread from October 26th to November 17th). Chiang did not finish the season hitting well, but since he was added to the 40-man anyway, and was generally expected to be added, there's only so much that can be said about it.

Our usual "round the world" tour that follows the AFL isn't yielding much this week. The Aussies played baseball on the Sunday I wrote the last wrap, but they won't play again until the late part of this coming week. Paredes and Triunfel both saw little playing time. Castro has been faltering, which would seem to make him less of a target for teams this offseason. Peguero struck out nine times in twenty at-bats and hit a home run and a double, so business as usual there. The Ks actually seem to be getting worse, which makes me think that it might be a matter of time before things start to really crater for him. In Nicaragua, Britton has already hit that point, striking out seven times in fifteen at-bats and not walking at all. There was a home run involved, but I'm starting to suspect that his perceived patience was him just not swinging for a while and the pitchers subsequently figured that out.

The news out of Venezuela this week was that Erasmo hit his inning cap and is now sitting around until spring training. There are other players worth paying attention to now though, like Campos for example. Campos pitched six innings this week and allowed one hit while running a 5/1 K/BB. Who saw that coming at this level? That's crazy. Grube is also back in the league and made a couple of starts that were decent but not especially spectacular or anything. The pitching Jimenezes also continued to improve and Medina continued to lose as he got another two starts in and lost both of them. In those two starts, 9.0 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 4/3 K/BB.

Hitting had some new developments in that Velasquez and Limonta got added to the mix. More names to keep track of. The hitting Jimenez had one of the better weeks, walking as often as he recorded a hit, and Luis Rodriguez added a home run to his usual display of plate discipline. Wilson and Yepez both improved their stock this week, though Yepez, since he's been mostly a defensive replacement, did so in more limited time. If we're going to be a little loose with positive definitions, Chavez also had his first two hits this week. The only other player that was really active in the group was Francisco Martinez, who got his 40-man spot (obviously) but remains in a bit of a slide. He'll probably bounce back at some point here.