• Twins Week in the Winter Leagues (Dec. 10-16)

    We are one week from Christmas Day and two weeks from New Year’s Day. Once past those holidays, many Twins players, including minor leaguers, start making their trek to Ft. Myers in preparation for the 2013 season. The Twins have now made announcements about the Twins Winter Caravan which leads up to the ever-popular Twins Fest. Following Twins Fest, we will be just three weeks from one of the greatest phrases known to man, “Pitchers and Catchers reporting.” Many of the US players have returned in preparation for their holidays, and to get a little bit of time away before it all gets started again. However, there are still quite a few from the Twins organization playing abroad.

    Here’s how they did during the week from December 10 through December 16:
    VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE

    Player of the Week – Bruce Pugh, RHP

    On the week, Pugh pitched twice and threw 2.2 scoreless innings. He gave up just one hit, walked one and struckout two. He has pitched 13 innings over the course of 15 games for Caribes de Anzoategui. He has given up just one run on eight hits. He’s walked seven and struckout nine. Pugh’s fastball sits in the mid-90s, but his overall Venezuelan numbers do express what we have seen in his career. Although he has generally struckout a batter an inning, he also walks about a batter every other inning.

    • Oswaldo Arcia – 4 Games, 2-15 (.133), HR (9), 3 RBI
    • Eduardo Escobar – 3 Games, 1-9 (.111), 2B, BB, RBI
    • Darin Mastroianni – 5 Games, 2-14 (.143), 2-2B
    • Josmil Pinto – 1 Game, 1-3 (.333)
    • Deolis Guerra – 1 Game, 0.2 IP, 1 strikeout
    • Dakota Watts – 2 Games, 3.1 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts.


    MEXICAN WINTER LEAGUE

    Player of the Week – Chris Colabello, 1B

    I think we’ll just name this one the Chris Colabello Award from this point forward. And, not just because he is now just one of two Twins farmhands playing in Mexico. For the week, he played in fix games. He went 6-19 (.316) with two doubles and a home run. Overall in Mexico, he has had 192 at bats in 54 games played. He is hitting .344/.414/.646 (1.0759) with 13 doubles, 15 home runs and 41 RBI.

    • Gonzalo Sanudo – 1 Game, 0.1 innings, 3 hits, 5 earned runs, 2 walks.


    DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE

    Player of the Week – Samuel Deduno, RHP



    Deduno made one start this week. The right-hander threw six shutout innings. He gave up just four hits, walked one and struckout nine. In 20.2 innings so far in the DWL, he has given up no runs on 13 hits. He’s walked nine, but he has struckout 26.

    • Jhonathan Arias – 3 Games, 1-7 (.143), RBI
    • Pedro Florimon – 3 Games, 0-2 (.000)
    • Wilkin Ramirez – 3 Games , 1-8 (.125)
    • Miguel Sano – 2 Games, 1-5 (.200), HR (4), 2 RBI
    • Jason Lane – 1 Game, 0.2 innings, 6 runs, 3 earned runs, 5 hits
    • Luis Perdomo – 2 Games, 3.0 innings, 0 earned runs, 2 hits, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts.


    PUERTO RICO WINTER LEAGUE

    Player of the Week – Eddie Rosario, OF

    For the third straight week, Eddie Rosario is the choice for hitter of the week. In three games, he went 9-23 (.391) with a double. Overall, in 23 games, he is hitting .369/.400/.536 with five doubles and three home runs.

    • Angel Morales – 4 Games, 2-10
    • Danny Ortiz – 6 Games, 5-18 (.278), 3 BB, 2B
    • Kennys Vargas – 4 Games, 2-15 (.133), BB
    • Nelvin Fuentes – 1 Game, 0.2 IP, 0 hits, 0 earned runs, 2 BB, 2 K
    • Josue Montanez – 2 Game, 3.1 IP, 0 hit, 0 runs, 2 BB, 1 K.


    AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

    Player of the Week – JD Williams, OF

    Williams hit .283 (3-11) with a walk, a double and three RBI. In 21 games Down Under, he is hitting .227/.318/.267 (.585) with three doubles on the season.

    • Logan Wade – 3 Games, 2-8 (.250), RBI
    • Josh Hendricks – 3 Games, 1-6 (.167)
    • Tim Atherton – 1 Game Started, 3.0 innings, 4 runs (3 earned), 4 hits, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts
    • Sam Gibbons – 1 Game Started, 3.1 innings, 6 hits, 6 BB, 4 earned runs, 2 K
    • Tyler Herr – 2 Games, 0.2 innings, 3 hits, 1 BB, 5 runs (3 earned runs)
    • Virgil Vasquez – 1 Game Started, 6.0 innings, 3 earned runs, 7 hits, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts


    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 – Bruce Pugh
    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 (Dec. 10-16) started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 19 Comments
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      Do we know anything about the level of competition in that Mexican league? Colabello's numbers are alarmingly good.
    1. johnnydakota's Avatar
      johnnydakota -
      AA level
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Great report. This suggests that Deduno may be getting better, which could be a very good thing.
    1. righty8383's Avatar
      righty8383 -
      Colabello-2013 ROY, 2014 AL MVP


      OK maybe not, but I wouldn't mind seeing get a shot at Target field.
    1. Laroosh1's Avatar
      Laroosh1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by righty8383 View Post
      Colabello-2013 ROY, 2014 AL MVP


      OK maybe not, but I wouldn't mind seeing get a shot at Target field.
      This kid is by far the best hitter in the Twins org and they have not even signed him. What a shame. He should be playing in the bigs. He has proven that he can hit.
    1. MWLFan's Avatar
      MWLFan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Laroosh1 View Post
      This kid is by far the best hitter in the Twins org and they have not even signed him. What a shame. He should be playing in the bigs. He has proven that he can hit.
      Maybe you might want to tone down the hyperbole just a touch. Good hitter, but I think at least one of Mauer, Sano, Rosario, Arcia, Willingham, Buxton for starters might just be a touch better as a "hitter". So maybe one of the best hitter in the high minors? I could get on board there.
    1. TopGunn#22's Avatar
      TopGunn#22 -
      Is Rosario only playing OF in the PWL? Is he playing any 2B?
    1. Laroosh1's Avatar
      Laroosh1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by MWLFan View Post
      Maybe you might want to tone down the hyperbole just a touch. Good hitter, but I think at least one of Mauer, Sano, Rosario, Arcia, Willingham, Buxton for starters might just be a touch better as a "hitter". So maybe one of the best hitter in the high minors? I could get on board there.

      This kid has proven he can hit anywhere. He has proven himself.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by TopGunn#22 View Post
      Is Rosario only playing OF in the PWL? Is he playing any 2B?
      I haven't looked at every box score, but the ones I have looked at, he was in the outfield. I haven't seen him at 2B. Not sure if the Twins have given up on the 2B thing or if the Puerto Rican team manager just doesn't care and will keep him in the OF.
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      Well if the AA comparison is true, then I believe we can say that Colabello has dominated that level and should move up to AAA. I do like his RH power bench bat potential for the Twins, though. Even a platoon role with Parmelee if the Twins do the right thing and trade Morneau at some point this season.
    1. jay's Avatar
      jay -
      Quote Originally Posted by Laroosh1 View Post
      This kid is by far the best hitter in the Twins org and they have not even signed him. What a shame. He should be playing in the bigs. He has proven that he can hit.
      I think that's a bit of a jump given the offensive stats that are required to make positive contributions at 1B in the bigs, but I would also like to see him get a shot. At least start the year in AAA and hopefully get a chance to contribute or be a bench bat later in the year if he keeps it up.
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      Colabello makes sense to be used in a reserve role for the Twins pretty soon because he is likely peaking now and isn't a "prospect" in the sense of climbing in skill level. I would prefer Colabello to Butera and Escobar on the roster, certainly.
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      And another potentially important thing is that Colabello has spent time at third base in the past. This was all in the Independent league he was in, but still. He appears to have been bad defensively there, but at least he would provide an emergency backup at the position.
    1. cmathewson's Avatar
      cmathewson -
      Quote Originally Posted by Laroosh1 View Post
      This kid is by far the best hitter in the Twins org and they have not even signed him. What a shame. He should be playing in the bigs. He has proven that he can hit.
      Hi Chris's mom. He's 28 years old. He's played one year in AA after a career in the independent leagues. The Twins are the only team to even offer him a contract to play in AA after 10 years of independent baseball. Any team could have signed him to a contract at any time pin those 10 years. Any team could have drafted him in the Rule 5 draft this offseason. There's a reason none of them did. I'm really glad he's done well at the AA level. But he's not even one of the Twins top 40 prospects, let alone "the best hitter in the Twins org."
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      I think I ready somewhere that the Mex lg has smaller parks and can be very hitter friendly. So let's not go overboard here.
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      Quote Originally Posted by cmathewson View Post
      Hi Chris's mom. He's 28 years old. He's played one year in AA after a career in the independent leagues. The Twins are the only team to even offer him a contract to play in AA after 10 years of independent baseball. Any team could have signed him to a contract at any time pin those 10 years. Any team could have drafted him in the Rule 5 draft this offseason. There's a reason none of them did. I'm really glad he's done well at the AA level. But he's not even one of the Twins top 40 prospects, let alone "the best hitter in the Twins org."
      Well I am sure that there are Indy league players who could make it to the majors if they were given the chance. And Colabello is certainly making the most of his chance right now. But, yeah, he is now in his prime. That's why I think the Twins might want to seriously consider him for the last bench spot this year.
    1. Linus's Avatar
      Linus -
      I'm curious why Rosario is playing the outfield. It seems like it would be very important that he play winter ball somewhere he could continue to play 2nd base. Surprised the Twins haven't addressed this.

      Colabello should definitely get a shot at Rochester. Could end up being a productive bench bat in MLB.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Shane Wahl View Post
      Well if the AA comparison is true, then I believe we can say that Colabello has dominated that level and should move up to AAA. I do like his RH power bench bat potential for the Twins, though. Even a platoon role with Parmelee if the Twins do the right thing and trade Morneau at some point this season.
      I think AA is a little aggressive... I like Gonzalo Sanudo , but so far, he's been 'pretty decent' in the GCL, and he's pitching pretty well in Mexico. In reality, Colabello is likely seeing some pitchers that are AA caliber, a couple AAA guys, and probably quite a few A ball guy.

      I like Colabello, and as I wrote over and over, he was the story of the year in the Twins system (in my opinion). I'd like to see, and I think he deserves the opportunity to go to AAA and play... however, the also brought in Jeff Clement and a couple of other minor league first baseman. I hope that he proves himself in AAA, and I would LOVE to see him get a shot with the Twins, even just a cup of coffee. That would be an incredible story!!
    1. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
      J-Dog Dungan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Laroosh1 View Post
      This kid is by far the best hitter in the Twins org and they have not even signed him. What a shame. He should be playing in the bigs. He has proven that he can hit.
      Yeah, but not above AA yet. If he doesn't break ST with the team, I would imagine that they will put him in AAA to get seasoning and possibly be the 1st base replacement for J-Mo if they trade him (unfortunately, that means that we would continue to have a subpar outfield defense with Willingham, ?, and Parmelee in the outfield.)
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