Arizona Fall League
Kai Gronauer: 2-for-6, RBI, 2B
Gronauer appeared in two games this week, recording an RBI putout on Tuesday before returning with a 2-for-3 effort with a double on Thursday. Overall, Gronauer is hitting .222 (10-for-45) with 8 RBI and three doubles in 13 games. He has struck out just five times in 45 at-bats with four walks.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 1-for9, R, 3 BB, SB
After a good start to his AFL season, Nieuwenhuis has cooled considerably. He is just 7 for his last 33 with two extra base hits. His AFL average has dipped to .256 and he has struck out 25 times in 90 at-bats Could Nieuwenhuis just be in need of a break or is it a sign of his play against this competition?
Josh Satin: 1-for-5, BB
Satin was moved up from the taxi squad but appeared in just two games last week. Nevertheless, Satin is hitting .400 over his last 10 games with a 1.018 OPS. Scouts may not be enamored with his tools, but Satin simply continues to produce.
Jordany Valdespin: DNP
Valdespin’s AFL season is over following a forearm injury.
Nick Carr: 1.2 IP, 0 ER, 2 R, 3 H, K, BB
Carr just one outing last week, allowing two unearned runs on three hits. Carr’s AFL appearances have been up and down. He has allowed 13 runs (9 earned) in 16 innings, but he has allowed zero earned runs in half of his outings. It all amounts to a 5.06 ERA and .265 opponent’s average. His 10/12 K/BB ratio is a tough stat, however.
Brad Holt: DNP
Holt’s last outing came on November 8.
Robert Carson: Loss, 4 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 3 K, 2 BB
Carson’s sixth start of the AFL season was not too kind either. He was tagged for three runs on four hits, marking the third time he’s given up multiple runs in an outing. His strikeout total is still fairly strong at 14 in 18.2 total innings. He has also issued five walks. However, 27 hits allowed is a lot of contact. Missing bats will be a point of emphasis next season.
Eric Niesen: 1.1 IP, K
Niesen recorded four perfect outs with a strikeout. Niesen’s 5.40 ERA in 10 outings is a bit misleading. Niesen has recorded seven scoreless outings including five of his last six and has four perfect outings in four of last five appearances.
Dominican Winter League
Daniel Murphy: 7-for-21, HR, 7 RBI, 2 R, 2B, 4 BB
Murphy’s strong winter league season continued last week. He has at least one hit in 9 of his last 10 games. He smacked his third home run in 26 games and ran his RBI total to 19, driving in a run five of his six games last week. He has struck out just 10 times in 95 at-bats and boasts a .386 OBP and .954 OPS. He is 12-for-27 against left-handed pitching, and just .250 (17-for-68) versus right-handers.
Francisco Pena: 3-for-10, R, 2B
Pena recorded hits on back-to-back nights for the first time in nearly two weeks. He went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored on Tuesday followed by a 1-for-3 night on Saturday. Overall, he is hitting .182 (8-for-44) in 17 games with one RBI and two doubles.
Jeurys Familia: DNP
Familia pitched one inning of relief on October 26 and has not returned to the mound since.
Armando Rodriguez: 0.2 IP, ER, 0 H, K, BB
Rodriguez took the ball on Saturday for the first time in nine days, walked one batter and allowed the runner to score. The right-hander, recently added to the organization’s 40-man roster, has allowed two earned runs on four hits with a 7/2 K/BB ratio.
Elvin Ramirez: 2 G, 3 IP, ER, 4 H, 6 K
Ramirez tossed a perfect inning on Thursday, striking out two. He came back on Saturday and gave up one earned run on four hits with one strikeout. The right-hander, who has battled shoulder problems the last few years, has allowed five runs (four earned) on 10 hits in 11.2 IP with a 13/3 K/BB ratio in nine outings.
Puerto Rico Winter League
Jose De La Torre: 3 G, 4 IP, 2 H, 4 K
De La Torre’s strong winter ball performance continued last week with four shutout innings. He has allowed three earned runs in his last 12.1 innings with 11 strikeouts. The opposition is hitting .190 off the right-hander and has to take him deep. De La Torre has surrendered eight hits.
Venezuelan Winter League
Eric Campbell: DNP.
After struggling for much of the first part of the month and no reports of injury that I’ve seen, it appears Campbell’s winter league season is over. If so, he finishes with a .210 average, five RBI and 17 walks in 25 games.
Wilmer Flores: 1-for-4
Conversely, Flores returned to his VWL club after just over a month of rest and rehab for a calf strain. He singled in his first game back.
Manuel Alvarez: 1.1 IP, K, BB
Alvarez continued his strong winter ball performance by tossing 1.1 shutout innings. In 10 outings this winter, Alvarez has allowed four earned runs in 14.2 innings with a 10/5 K/BB ratio.