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  • Twins Week in the Winter Leagues (Nov. 26 - Dec. 2)

    As the Winter Meetings in Nashville’s Opryland are now going full tilt, it’s time to take or weekly look at what is going on in the Winter Leagues. Dozens of Twins players are spending time getting extra at bats or innings pitched. Although there were a couple of players that had poor weeks, there were a few players who had tremendous weeks. At Twins Daily, we will take a look at all of them.

    Here’s how players from the Twins system did during the week from November 26 through December 2:

    VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE

    Player of the Week – Oswaldo Arcia, OF

    Deolis Guerra was the player of the week for Venezuela the last two weeks. This week, he threw 4.2 scoreless innings. However, he was removed from the Twins 40 man roster, and we are going with a hitter this week. Arcia played in four games. He went 8-18 (.444) with his sixth double, first triple, sixth home run and six RBI.

    • Deolis Guerra – 2 Games, 4.2 IP, 4 hits, 0 runs, 1 walks, 8 strikeouts
    • Eduardo Escobar – 5 Games, 5-20 (.250), 2 BB, 3 RBI
    • Darin Mastroianni – 5 Games, 4-15 (.267), 2B, 2 BB, RBI
    • Shairon Martis – 1 Game Started, 4.0 innings, 3 earned runs, 5 hits, 1 walks, 5 strikeouts.
    • Angel Mata – 1 Game, 0.2 innings, 0 runs, 0 hit, 1 walk, 0 strikeouts.
    • Bruce Pugh – 3 Games, 2.1 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout.
    • Dakota Watts – 2 Games, 3.2 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts.


    MEXICAN WINTER LEAGUE

    Player of the Week – Chris Colabello, 1B

    For the four straight week, my choice for player of the week in Mexico is Chris Colabello. On the week, he played in six games. He went 6-14 (.429) with a double and two home runs. Overall in Mexico, he has had 148 at bats in 41 games played. He is hitting .331/.400/.636 (1.036) with 11 doubles, 12 home runs and 30 RBI.

    • Anthony Slama – 4 Games, 4 innings, 4 hits, 1 earned run, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts.
    • Gonzalo Sanudo – 2 Games, 1.1 innings, 5 hits, 1 earned runs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts.


    DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE

    Player of the Week – Samuel Deduno, RHP

    Deduno made his second start of the Winter Leagues. He went five shutout innings. He gave up just one hit, walked two and struckout seven. Now that he’s off the 40 man roster, it will be interesting to see if, at 28, he can find a way to find some control.

    • Jhonathan Arias – 3 Games, 0-4, K
    • Pedro Florimon – 3 Games, 3-12 (.333), 2-2B
    • Wilkin Ramirez – 2 Games , 3-7 (.429), 2B, SB (had not played in almost a month, 3-4 in return game)
    • Miguel Sano – 3 Games, 1-5, BB, 2 RBI.
    • Luis Perdomo – 2 Games, 1.2 innings, 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 walk, 1 strikeout.


    PUERTO RICO WINTER LEAGUE

    Player of the Week – Eddie Rosario, OF

    Last week, there wasn’t a Twins player playing in Puerto Rico worthy of a player of the week recognition. This week, there are a couple of outfielders who definitely warrant consideration. However, I am giving the slight edge to Rosario over Daniel Ortiz. On the week, Rosario went 10-19 (.526) in five games. He hit three home runs.

    • Angel Morales – 3 Games, 0-8, BB, 7 K
    • Danny Ortiz – 6 Games, 9-22 (.409), 2 BB, 4-2B.
    • Kennys Vargas – 3 Games, 1-2, BB
    • Jorge Fernandez – 3 Games, 1-2, 2 RBI
    • Nelvin Fuentes – 4 Games, 3.1 IP, 5 hits, 3 earned runs, 2 BB, 0 K
    • Josue Montanez – 3 Games, 2.1 IP, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 BB, 3 K.


    AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

    Player of the Week – JD Williams, OF

    JD Williams had his best weekend in Australia. He played four games and went 5-14 (.357). He also doubled twice and drove in a run.

    • Logan Wade – 4 Games, 1-9 (.111), 1 walk, 1 strikeout
    • Josh Hendricks – 3 Games, 1-7 (.143), 0 walks, 5 strikeouts
    • Jacob Younis – 3 Games, 1-10 (.100), 0 walks, 3 strikeouts
    • Tim Atherton – 1 Game Started, 5.0 innings, 1 walks, 3 hits, 1 earned run, 2 strikeouts
    • Sam Gibbons – 1 Game Started, 6.0 innings, 4 hits, 1 walks, 3 earned runs, 0 strikeouts
    • Tyler Herr – 2 Games, 1.2 innings, 1 hit, 4 walks, 2 earned runs, 0 strikeouts (Named to the World Team for the ABL Team Australia vs The World game.)


    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:

    Venezuela – Oswaldo Arcia
    Mexico – Chris Colabello
    Dominican – Samuel Deduno
    Puerto Rico – Eddie Rosario
    Australia – JD Williams
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Week in the Winter Leagues (Nov. 26 - Dec. 2) started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 4 Comments
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      Thanks for the update. I don't mean to put too much into the winter leagues, but in a good amount of extended time, Colabello is really dominating. With the removal of Span from the roster and the assumption that Butera, Mastro, and some middle infielder are on the bench, it might be worth giving Colabello a serious look for the last bench spot as a RH bat.
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Seth
      A few questions:
      Any idea why Hendricks is not pitching? I thought I saw he was on Perth but he has not pitched at all.
      Why is Dozier and Hicks not playing? Injuries?
      Is there a chance for Rosario to get reps at 2B.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by clutterheart View Post
      Seth
      A few questions:
      Any idea why Hendricks is not pitching? I thought I saw he was on Perth but he has not pitched at all.
      Why is Dozier and Hicks not playing? Injuries?
      Is there a chance for Rosario to get reps at 2B.
      Hendriks - Terry Ryan told Twins media that Hendriks had his elbow scoped, so he won't be pitching in the WBC, and which explains why he's not playing for Australia.

      Dozier and Hicks were only going to Venezuela to get a couple of weeks worth of at bats. They both put in their time and are now back home.

      I would think that the Twins would want Rosario to begetting some reps at 2B. Not sure why he isn't.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Shane Wahl View Post
      Thanks for the update. I don't mean to put too much into the winter leagues, but in a good amount of extended time, Colabello is really dominating. With the removal of Span from the roster and the assumption that Butera, Mastro, and some middle infielder are on the bench, it might be worth giving Colabello a serious look for the last bench spot as a RH bat.
      Can certainly question the level of play in Mexico as opposed to the other leagues, but regardless, he is putting up remarkable and consistent numbers. Striking out a bit much, but dominating.

      I'm with you on him deserving a chance at a big league bench job, but I also wonder where he'll play in 2013. His only real position is 1B, and the Twins just brought in Jeff Clement to play 1B at Rochester. The two could also alternate at DH, I guess.
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