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  • Twins Week in the Winter Leagues (Nov. 5-11)

    Each week here at Twins Daily, we will be taking a look at how players in the Twins organization are faring in the Winter Leagues. The Twins have players in the Arizona Fall League, in Venezuela, in the Dominican Republic, in Mexico, in Puerto Rico and in Australia. A week of numbers is fairly small sample, but it does give a look at who is playing well of late. So, let’s walk through each of the leagues and name a Twins player of the week followed by a look at the rest of the Twins players.


    Player of the Week – Nate Roberts, OF

    Roberts has been the story of the Fall League for the Twins, and it was another great week for him. He played in four games and went 7-14 with four walks to go with just one strikeout. He got one base at least twice in all four games he played and scored seven runs. He also hit his first home run of the season. In 16 games in the Fall League, he is 25-53 with 10 walks and just five strikeouts. He’s hitting .472/.592/.623 (1.214) with five doubles, a home run and ten RBI.

    • Evan Bigley – 5 Games – 5-16 (.313) with a double, a triple and 2 walks.
    • Dan Rohlfing – 2 Games – 4-8 (.500) with two walks.
    • Logan Darnell – 1 Game, 4 IP, 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 walks, 5 strikeouts.
    • Kyle Gibson – 1 Game Started, 5 IP, 4 earned runs, 5 hits, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts.
    • Caleb Thielbar – 2 Games, 2.2 innings, 4 earned runs, 6 hits, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts.
    • Michael Tonkin – 2 Games, 4.2 innings, 1 earned run, 2 hits, 1 walk, 1 strikeout. (First run he’s allowed in regular season games)


    Player of the Week – Dakota Watts, RHP

    Watts missed time early in the season due to some tendonitis, so he is getting some extra innings in Venezuela. This past week, he pitched 6.1 innings in four games. He gave up no runs on one hit. He walked none and struckout eight and recorded two saves. After giving up four runs in his first 3 games (2.1 innings), he has not allowed a run in his past seven games.

    • Oswaldo Arcia – 6 Games, 7-25 (.280), 3 BB, 5 K, 3rd home run – in one game, he was 4-5 with a walk and HR.
    • Eduardo Escobar – 4 Games, 1-12 (.083), 1 BB
    • Deolis Guerra – 3 Games, 3 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 walks, 5 strikeouts. 1-0 with 1 save.
    • Edgar Ibarra – 1 Game Started, 3.1 innings, 4 hits, 4 earned runs, 3 walks, 1 strikeout.
    • Angel Mata – 1 Game, 1.1 innings, 2 hits, 1 earned run, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts.
    • Bruce Pugh – 2 Games, 0.1 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk.

    Over the past week, Aaron Hicks and David Bromberg have returned to the United States.


    Player of the Week – Chris Colabello, 1B

    Colabello had a huge week last week, but this week was even bigger. In six games, he went 8-24 (.333) with two walks and seven strikeouts. The week started out very hot, with six home runs in five games. Overall on the season, Colabello is now hitting .304/.356/.652 (1.009) with eight doubles and eight home runs.

    • Anthony Slama – 4 Games, 4.2 innings, 6 hits, 1 earned run, 2 walks, 8 strikeouts. 3 saves.
    • Gonzalo Sanudo – 2 Games, 3.1 innings, 2 hits, 1 earned run, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts.


    Player of the Week – Miguel Sano, 3B

    After a terrific season at Beloit, Sano went to the Twins Florida Instructional League. Although he was the top pick in the DWL draft, he eased his way back into the schedule. After playing in just three games coming into this week, he played in five games this past week. In those games, he went 4-15 (.267) with two home runs and four RBI. He walked three times and struckout three times.

    • Jhonathan Arias – 4 Games, 2-8 (.250) with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts
    • Pedro Florimon – 3 Games, 3-9 (.333) with a double, a walk and a strikeout
    • Luis Perdomo – 2 Games, 4.2 innings, 5 hits, 1 earned run, 1 walk and 5 strikeouts.


    The Puerto Rican league got started over the weekend and there are several Twins players from the island to follow.

    Player of the Week – Eddie Rosario, OF

    Rosario was the #3 hitter on the Beloit roster that included Miguel Sano and Kennys Vargas. In Puerto Rico, his roster includes Vargas and outfielder Danny Ortiz. After spending most of the season playing second base, he played centerfield for the Snappers throughout the season. Through four games, he has played only right field. The Royals’ Irving Falu has been playing second base. Either way, Rosario is a hitting machine who got off to a nice start. He went 6-15 (.400) with a double and three RBI.

    • Jorge Fernandez – The Twins 7th round pick, a catcher, has pinch run in one game and scored a run.
    • Angel Morales – 2 Games, 2-7 (.286), BB, 2B, HR. The two games epitomize the last couple of seasons for Morales. In the first game, he went 2-3 with a walk, a double and a home run. In the second game, he went 0-4 with three strikeouts.
    • Daniel Ortiz – 4 Games, 1-9 (.111), 3 walks and one strikeout.
    • Kennys Vargas – 4 Games, 2-14 (.143), home run, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts.
    • Nelvin Fuentes – 1 Game, 0.2 innings, 3 hits, 3 earned runs, 1 walk, one strikeout.
    • Josue Montanez – 1 Game, 2 innings, 1 hit, 1 run, 0 earned run, 1 walk.


    Player of the Week – Jacob Younis, 2B

    Younis played in two of three games and went 4-8 with a walk and two RBI. He has spent the past two seasons with the GCL Twins. Unfortunately, he played very little in 2012 due to injury.

    • JD Williams – 3 Games, 2-10 (.200), 2 walks, 4 strikeouts
    • Logan Wade – 2 Games, 2-6 (.333), 1 walk, 1 strikeout
    • Sam Gibbons – 1 Game, 3 innings, two hits, 1 earned run, no walks, 1 strikeout.
    • Tyler Herr – 1 Game, 2.1 innings, 2 hits, no runs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout.

    Feel free to discuss or ask any questions that you like. Also, feel free to pick a player of the week. Here were the nominees:

    Arizona – Nate Roberts
    Venezuela – Dakota Watts
    Mexico – Chris Colabello
    Dominican – Miguel Sano
    Puerto Rico – Eddie Rosario
    Australia – Jacob Younis
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Week in the Winter Leagues (Dec. 5-11) started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 12 Comments
    1. mnfanforlife's Avatar
      mnfanforlife -
      Colabello is making Morneau even more realistic as trade bait.
    1. mnfanforlife's Avatar
      mnfanforlife -
      Very comprehensive update here Seth, thank you for the news!
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      I think that Colabello is actually making Chris Parmelee trade bait more than Morneau (Colabello would be the bridge to Sano at 1st).
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      So Collabello has more power potential than either Morneau or Parmelee correct? Anyone know how his glove his?
    1. mnfanforlife's Avatar
      mnfanforlife -
      I wouldnt say Colabello has more power potential than those two LHH's. BUt he is showing he can produce at the higher levels of the minor leagues which makes it easier to deal on e or both of the LH 1st basemen. And I am not so sure Sano wont break into Mnnesota at 3rd base rather than 1st. His defense is only going to get better and was improving after last summer.
    1. John Bonnes's Avatar
      John Bonnes -
      Forgive me, but can someone pot som background on Collabelo? Age, level, etc?
    1. mnfanforlife's Avatar
      mnfanforlife -
      Quote Originally Posted by Shane Wahl View Post
      I think that Colabello is actually making Chris Parmelee trade bait more than Morneau (Colabello would be the bridge to Sano at 1st).
      How so? All the reports I have heard is that the organization wants to make room for Parm in 2013. And I think Plouffe is the bridge to Sano at 3B. I think Sano has a better shot at OF or DH than 1B for the Twins
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by John Bonnes View Post
      Forgive me, but can someone pot som background on Collabelo? Age, level, etc?
      There's been a ton written about him at Twins Daily... http://www.twinsdaily.com/showthread...hris-Colabello

      He's 29... 2012 was his first season in affiliated ball after being the independent league player of the year in 2011, his 7th or 8th year with that team, in the town he went to college in. Just a great story.

      Due to the age, the word 'potential' may not be appropriate. However, I think he can be a solid enough RH bench bat with a little power who can pinch hit and play some 1B.
    1. Laroosh1's Avatar
      Laroosh1 -
      Colabello is the real deal and has proved to the Twins that he can hit the ball. He had great power in New Britain. He is very good defensive 1st baseball. He also can play 3rd base. This kid can hit and everyone is finally seeing this. The twins need to trade Parmalee andMorneau. Give Chris Colabello a chance in the big leagues. He will be a fan favorite as he was in New Britain.
    1. gil4's Avatar
      gil4 -
      It's a great story, but 29-yr-olds who tear up AA are not long-term MLB solutions and are rarely even everyday MLB players. If he is plan A for 2013 (and I'd recommmend against), plan B had better be a whole lot better than rushing the superprospect who showed inconsistent flashes in low-A last year.

      Colabello might be a good platoon option for either Parmalee or Morneau, but counting on more than that is crazy.
    1. Jim H's Avatar
      Jim H -
      Colabello is a nice story, just like Seth's buddy Chris Coste was. Colabello was brought in to fill a hole in the Twins minor league system. Maybe he will earn a look in the majors but he isn't really in the Twins plans as much more than minor league depth. As said above, a bench role in the majors is likely his ceiling. That doesn't mean he isn't a guy to root for. Occasionally late bloomers stick around the majors for a few years, much like Coste did.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      well put, Jim H, and that would be awesome if he can be a great story like that. He definitely was the good story of the year in the Twins farm system.
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