• Twins Week in the Winter Leagues (Dec. 3-9)

    As we get a little bit closer to the holidays, more of the American players will be leaving their winter baseball homes. At the same time, more and more veterans will start warming up for spring training by playing in a winter league. That means many of the younger players will be playing in the Parallel League or sitting on the bench more. That said, there continue to be a lot of players from the Minnesota Twins farm system getting at bats and getting innings.

    Here’s how players from the Twins system did during the week from December 3 through December 9:



    VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE

    Player of the Week – Oswaldo Arcia, OF

    For the second straight week, Arcia grabs the top spot in Venezuela. Although he hit just .263 (5-19) in five games, he hit two doubles, two homers and drove in nine runs. In 43 games, he is hitting .260/.319/.493 with eight doubles and eight home runs.

    • Eduardo Escobar – 4 Games, 3-11 (.273), 2B, 2 BB, 3 RBI
    • Darin Mastroianni – 3 Games, 2-7 (.286), BB, 3 R, RBI
    • Josmil Pinto – 3 Games, 2-6 (.333), BB, HR, RBI
    • Deolis Guerra – 2 Games, 0-1, 3.1 IP, 3 hits, 2 earned runs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts
    • Shairon Martis – 2 Games Started, 9.2 innings, 4 earned runs, 11 hits, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts.
    • Angel Mata – 2 Games, 0.2 innings, 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 walk, 1 strikeout.
    • Bruce Pugh – 3 Games, 1-0, 3.1 innings, 2 hits, 1 earned run, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts.
    • Dakota Watts – 4 Games, 3.2 innings, 3 hits, 0 runs, 5 walks, 1 strikeout.


    MEXICAN WINTER LEAGUE

    Player of the Week – Chris Colabello, 1B

    For the fifth straight week, my choice for player of the week in Mexico is Chris Colabello. On the week, he played in six games. He went 9-19 (.474) with five walks, two home runs and 7 RBI. Overall in Mexico, he has had 173 at bats in 49 games played. He is hitting .347/.422/.653 (1.075) with 11 doubles, 14 home runs and 37 RBI. According to Top Prospect Alert, Colabello’s .347 batting average leads the league. Marlon Byrd is second at .339, while Karim Garcia is third.

    • Gonzalo Sanudo – 3 Games, 3.1 innings, 4 hits, 3 earned runs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout.
    • Anthony Slama returned to the States.


    DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE

    Player of the Week – Miguel Sano, 3B

    Sano actually played in four games, although he didn’t get an at bat in two of them. In the two games he started, he went 5-7 with three doubles, a homer and five RBI. In 16 sporadic games, he is 12-36. He is hitting .333/.467/.667 with three doubles and three home runs.

    • Jhonathan Arias – 3 Games, 0-6, 3 K
    • Pedro Florimon – 5 Games, 5-17 (.294), 2B, RBI and 5 K.
    • Wilkin Ramirez – 3 Games , 0-2 (.000),
    • Sam Deduno – 1 Game Started, 5.0 innings, 4 hits, 0 runs, 4 walks, 4 strikeouts.
    • Luis Perdomo – 2 Games, 2.0 innings, 2 earned runs, 3 hits, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts.


    PUERTO RICO WINTER LEAGUE

    Player of the Week – Eddie Rosario, OF

    For the second straight week, Eddie Rosario is the choice for hitter of the week. In three games, he went 4-12 (.333) with two walks and two doubles. In 18 games, he is hitting .345/.391/.552 with three doubles and three home runs.

    • Jorge Fernandez – 1 Game, 0-0
    • Angel Morales – 1 Game, 0-2, K
    • Danny Ortiz – 3 Games, 4=12 (.333), 2 K.
    • Kennys Vargas – 3 Games, 1-2, 2-BB, HR
    • Nelvin Fuentes – 1 Game, 1 IP, 4 hits, 4 earned runs, 0 BB, 2 K
    • Josue Montanez – 1 Game, 1 Save, 1 IP, 0 hit, 0 runs, 0 BB, 0 K.


    AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

    Player of the Week – Tim Atherton, RHP

    Atherton came back to the Twins in 2010 as a pitcher after previously having been an infielder in the organization. Since his return, the hard-thrower has been effective, primarily out of the bullpen. In the ABL, he has been starting. He pitched one game this week and threw 5.2 scoreless innings. He gave up four hits, walked one and struckout four.

    • Logan Wade – 2 Games, 0-7 (.000), RBI, 4 K
    • Josh Hendricks – 4 Games, 2-12 (.167), 1 BB
    • Jacob Younis – 3 Games, 1-11 (.091), 5 K
    • JD Williams – 4 Games, 3-11 (.283), 2 BB, 7 K
    • Sam Gibbons – 1 Game Started, 4.1 innings, 10 hits, 2 BB, 9 earned runs, 4 K
    • Tyler Herr – 1 Game, 1 inning, 1 hit, 0 BB, 0 earned runs, 2 K


    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 – Miguel Sano
    Puerto Rico – Eddie Rosario
    Australia – Tim Atherton
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Week in the Winter Leagues (Dec. 3-9) started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 13 Comments
    1. righty8383's Avatar
      righty8383 -
      Have they been letting Colabello hit off a tee?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Actually yes... and from 2nd base instead of home plate.
    1. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
      J-Dog Dungan -
      How did other teams miss Colabello?
    1. Laroosh1's Avatar
      Laroosh1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by J-Dog Dungan View Post
      How did other teams miss Colabello?
      Every team missed out on this kid. He can hit a ball out in any park from homeplate. He is legit. I'm surprised no one picked him up at winter meetings. He could play first for any of the MLB teams and be at least the same as who is there or even better.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      there are a lot of very talented players in the independent leagues. Sometimes they come from small schools. Some just need a chance. Organizations put time and effort into the players that they draft or sign internationally. That's a lot of players, so there may only be a couple of org needs for each team each year. It's easy to get lost in the shuffle.
    1. bdoom5's Avatar
      bdoom5 -
      Colabello raked all year in the minors too. lots of doubles, bombs, and RBI
    1. B Richard's Avatar
      B Richard -
      Any word on how well Sano's glove is playing?
    1. Clyde123's Avatar
      Clyde123 -
      Rosario has been playing RF for his winter league team. If he could play 2nd base that would mean alot more for the Twins.
    1. Otwins's Avatar
      Otwins -
      These recaps are very much appreciated. Thanks for keeping them coming.
      Where does Colabello fit in? He keeps hitting they have to give him a chance at some point don't they?
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      I am glad to see Deduno getting some innings.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Otwins View Post
      These recaps are very much appreciated. Thanks for keeping them coming.
      Where does Colabello fit in? He keeps hitting they have to give him a chance at some point don't they?
      He's been incredible in the Mexican Winter League and had a very solid first year in affiliated ball last year at AA. I'd think his ceiling is a nice, right-handed bench bat. That said, with the Twins acquisition of Jeff Clement, I'm not certain where Colabello will start the season.
    1. Dantes929's Avatar
      Dantes929 -
      "I'd think his ceiling is a nice, right-handed bench bat." So you don't agree with Laroosh who apparently thinks there is no ceiling?
    1. Paul Pleiss's Avatar
      Paul Pleiss -
      Hard to argue against Chris Colabello for player of the week, so I won't. He's doing work down in Mexico.
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