Brant Rustich: 6 G, 3-0 6.48 ERA, 8.1 IP, 8 K, 4 BB, .353 OBA
The power right-hander has really struggled to find consistency this winter to date. Despite the good looking record, he has mostly been used early in games which have spared him for accumulating losses. He has surrendered runs in every other outing, and it appears he is most effective when limited to inning or less. After allowing three earned runs in 2/3 of an inning in his second outing, in his next outings of two innings he gave up three earned runs. While he is still racking up strikeouts at his regular season pace, his walk total has spiked. He walked just two batters in 23 regular season innings. The high opponent’s batting average and walk total are probably attributed to tiring arm for the second round draft pick.
Sean McCraw: 8 G, .130, 4 RBI, 4 runs, 7 BB
The St. Lucie catcher’s focus in Hawaii has been his defense which has tighten up since his start of the season, after he committed two passed balls in his first game, but he has not seen improvement in throwing out base stealers—his primary objective. So far he is just 1-for-9 at throwing out baserunners. His struggles have carried over to the plate, where, in the usually favorable pitcher’s league, McCraw has just three hits in 23 at-bats with zero extra base hits. Additionally, he has struck out seven times, a rate nearly twice as frequent as the regular season.
Hector Pellot: 13 G, .231, HR, 7 RBI, 3 runs, 2B, 4 BB, SB
After a hot start, the second baseman has cooled considerably in the last games. He has played nearly everyday, but is just 7-for-38 in his last ten games, including a 0-for-19 streak. He popped his first home run on October 16 against West Oahu, one of just two extra base hits this season. He has struck out 12 times so far this season and the lack of extra base hits may be showing signs of fatigue over a long season for Pellot. He has three errors on the season and has appeared at third base twice.
Daniel Murphy: 14 G, .239, HR, 10 RBI, 6 runs, 4 2B, 8 BB
Murphy too has cooled since his start in winter ball. He is 4-for-21 in his last six games, but has a home run, a three-RBI game, and a double in that stretch. He is 3-for-11 against left-handers this season and just 8-for-35 against right-handers. Like Pellot, his strikeout frequency has really risen in Hawaii, whiffing 12 times in 46 at-bats. After playing in 25 games in 2006, and then 135 games during this regular season, Murphy may be the victim of fatigue as well. His defense has come around so far in Hawaii. After committing 36 errors during the regular season, he has just one error so far.
Emmanuel Garcia: 13 G, .375, RBI, 11 runs, 5 2B, 2 3B, 8 SB
The 21-year-old infielder has seen all his time in the field at shortstop with the BeachBoys after spending the year at second base. He has performed as well as anyone on the team so far, leading the squad in batting average, hits (18), runs, doubles, and stolen bases. Garcia is 17-for-37 in his last ten games with six two-hit games and a four-hit game. He is hitting just .227 with runners on-base or in scoring position, but has been a weapon at the top of the order thanks to his ability to get on base and utilize his speed. Like Murphy, he had 36 regular season errors, but his defense has shaped up to this point as he has committed only one error so far.
Lucas Duda: 2 G, .250, run, 2B
The Brooklyn first baseman headed to Hawaii after Nick Evans was deactivated from the roster due to hand injury. He closed the NY-Penn League season on a hot streak, finishing with a .299 average and a .398 on-base percentage. Now he hopes to have that success carry over to Hawaii where his swing and defense will take priority. He committed two errors in his first game.
Nick Carr: 1 G, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 IP, 3 K, 3 BB, .125 OBA
Carr headed to Hawaii to replace Jose De La Torre on the roster. The Brooklyn starter came to Hawaii after a sharp year in which he struck out 74 batters in 66.1 IP while hitters hit just .224 off him. The 20-year-old's repertoire came around in a big way in 2007, and it will be important to see how he can continue that success during the winter season. So far, he had one shaky appearance, registering three shutout innings despite walking three batters.