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    Did Nate Roberts have his breakout season in the Arizona Fall League?It has been another interesting week for Twins prospects who are playing in the Winter Leagues. The Arizona Fall League came to an end on Saturday afternoon when the Peoria Javelinas (the team the Twins prospects played for) won the championship game. Some prospects tours on the winter leagues are coming to an end while a few others began playing this past week. Here’s how players from the Twins system did during the week from November 12-18.

    ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

    Player of the Year – Nate Roberts, OF
    Roberts went 3-4 with a walk in the AFL Championship game on Saturday. He led the league in batting average, on base percentage and slugging percentage. In his 19 games, he went 29-65. He hit .446/.565/.662 (1.226) with five doubles, three homers and 15 RBI. He walked 12 times while striking out just seven times. He was also 6-8 in stolen base attempts.

    • Evan Bigley – In 16 games, he went 15-62. He hit .242/.319/.371 (.690) with four doubles, two triples and nine RBI.
    • Dan Rohlfing – He played in five games after replacing Herrmann in Arizona. He went 6-18 and hit .333/.435/.333 (.768) with five RBI.
    • Logan Darnell – Darnell pitched in nine games, the last two were starts. He went 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA. In 18.1 innings, he gave up 18 hits, walked five and struckout 17. Hitters hit .257 off of him.
    • Kyle Gibson – He made six starts. He was 3-2 with a 5.40 ERA. In 23.1 innings, he gave up 31 hits, walked eight and struckout 21. Opponents hit .326 off of him.
    • Caleb Thielbar – He pitched in 11 games. In 13 innings, he gave up 21 hits, walked eight and struckout 12. Opponents hit .375 off of him. He was 1-0 with an 11.08 ERA.
    • Michael Tonkin – Tonkin pitched 10 games in relief. He was 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA. In 14.2 innings, he gave up just eight hits, walked two and struckout seven. Opponents hit just .163 off of him.
    • Chris Herrmann – he played in just three games before leaving Arizona due to inflammation in his left shoulder. In those three games, he went 5-10 with a double. He walked twice and struckout once.



    VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE


    Player of the Week – Deolis Guerra, RHP

    Guerra got off to such a fast start this season in New Britain and started out well when he was promoted to Rochester, but things quickly went downhill, and he ended the season on the Disabled List. He’s pitching late-inning relief in his home country and he had a good week this week. He pitched in three games. In three innings, he gave up no runs on three hits. He walked none and struckout three. He recorded a save as well.

    • Oswaldo Arcia – 6 Games, 4-21 (.190 – in one game, he was 2-5 with a walk, his fourth HR and five RBI.
    • Brian Dozier – 2 Games. One hit in six at bats over his first two games in Venezuela.
    • Eduardo Escobar – 4 Games, 3-12, two walks
    • Darin Mastroianni – 4 Games, 3-10, 1 BB, 1 SB
    • Edgar Ibarra – 1 Game, 2 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 1 strikeout.
    • Bruce Pugh – 3 Games, 3.1 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts.
    • Dakota Watts – 3 Games, 4.1 innings, 5 hits, 1 run, 4 walks, 2 strikeouts.



    MEXICAN WINTER LEAGUE


    Player of the Week – Chris Colabello, 1B

    Another week, another impressive performance by Chris Colabello. In six games this week, he went 10-20 with his ninth double and his ninth home run. He raised his average to .339 and his OPS to 1.065.

    • Anthony Slama – 4 Games, 3.1 innings, 6 hits, 4 earned run, 3 walks, 8 strikeouts. 1 save.
    • Gonzalo Sanudo – 2 Games, 2.2 innings, 0 hits, 0 earned run, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts.



    DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE


    Player of the Week – Deibinson Romero, 3B

    Romero made his 2012 Dominican debut with three games this week. He was 0-4 in the first game. The next day, he went 3-4 with a triple and four RBI. Those were the only three hits he had in the three games, but it was still the best performance of the week.

    • Miguel Sano – 1 Game, 0-1 with a walk.
    • Jhonathan Arias – 1 Game, 0-1.
    • Drew Butera – 5 Games, 1-10 (.100), RBI
    • Pedro Florimon – 4 Games, 1-12 (.083), 2 BB, 5 K
    • Luis Perdomo – 1 Game, 1 inning, no runs, 1 walk, two strikeouts.



    PUERTO RICO WINTER LEAGUE


    Player of the Week – Daniel Ortiz, OF

    Ortiz was the Twins 4th round pick in 2008 out of Puerto Rico. He began 2012 back in Beloit, but it wasn’t too long before he moved up to Ft. Myers. This past week, he played three games and went 6-10 (.600) with a home run.

    • Jorge Fernandez – 3 Games, 0-4, 3 K
    • Angel Morales – 6 Games, 3-20 (.150), 2B, 2nd home run, 1 BB, 8 K
    • Kennys Vargas – 3 Games, 1-14, 2B, 7 K
    • Nelvin Fuentes – 1 Game, 1 inning, 0 runs, 1 hit, 2 walks.
    • Josue Montanez – 2 Games, 5 IP, 5 hits, 4 earned runs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts.



    AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE


    Player of the Week – Sam Gibbons, RHP

    Gibbons spent the 2012 season with the GCL Twins. He made a start this past weekend and went five innings. He gave up two runs on five hits. He walked two and struckout three.

    • Logan Wade – 2 Games, 2-6 (.333), 1 strikeout, 1 stolen base
    • Josh Hendricks – 3 Games, 2-7 (.286), 2B, RBI, 2 walks, 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 – Deolis Guerra
    Mexico – Chris Colabello
    Dominican – Deibinson Romero
    Puerto Rico – Daniel Ortiz
    Australia – Sam Gibbons
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Week in the Winter Leagues (Nov. 12-18) started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. righty8383's Avatar
      righty8383 -
      Chris Colabello-

      I guess he'll play in Rochester next year. Not a prospect, but a pretty interesting player. If the Twins suffer an injury or 2 involving guys who can play 1st base, it would be pretty cool to see Chris get a shot.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by righty8383 View Post
      Chris Colabello-

      I guess he'll play in Rochester next year. Not a prospect, but a pretty interesting player. If the Twins suffer an injury or 2 involving guys who can play 1st base, it would be pretty cool to see Chris get a shot.
      I will always be a big supporter of guys from D2 or D3 or who came through the independent leagues. Make for great stories. And yes, with all the Twins left-handed bats, he could find a role on the team for a while if things worked out.
    1. mnfanforlife's Avatar
      mnfanforlife -
      I completely agree we shoud be rooting for Colabello to get a real shot to make the big club this spring. Colabelo could be a fill-in guy for any of these MLB trade pieces: Morneau, Willingham, Parmalee. Plus he is insurance for injury or insurance if we trade some corner IF prospects. He is only 29 or 30 so he has some big seasons left in his bat.
    1. mnfanforlife's Avatar
      mnfanforlife -
      How close is Roberts to the Show? If Span or others get traded form the MLB outfield...could Roberts step in to a role with the big club in 2013?
    1. 70charger's Avatar
      70charger -
      Quote Originally Posted by mnfanforlife View Post
      How close is Roberts to the Show? If Span or others get traded form the MLB outfield...could Roberts step in to a role with the big club in 2013?
      Not very, it seems. I think he's going into Ft. Meyers next year - maybe New Britain. He's never been above Low-A.
    1. ssmart's Avatar
      ssmart -
      Seth: Help me out. I might have missed something. Is James Beresford still with the Twins? Is he in Australia?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by ssmart View Post
      Seth: Help me out. I might have missed something. Is James Beresford still with the Twins? Is he in Australia?
      Yes on both counts. He did resign with the Twins last week, so he'll be back in 2013. He is in Australia, but he won't play in the ABL until after the holidays.
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