Stinson picked a win in the season opener
With the post-season winter leagues officially under way, here is a look at what those in Hawaii were able to accomplish in the first week of games. Seven players from the organization are current members of the Honolulu Sharks as they work to continue the positive gains from the regular season.
Jordan Abruzzo: 3 G, .300 [3-for-10], RBI, 2 R, 2 2B
The second-year catcher has a hit in all three games played with a double in each of his last two appearances. Though he spent the entire season either behind the plate catching or as a designated hitter, in the Sharks second game Abruzzo started at first base. Certainly a unique position for him, Abruzzo committed an error during the Sharks 11-10 loss in which the teams combined for eight errors.
Ruben Tejada: 4 G, .333 [6-for-18], 3 RBI, 4 R, 3B, BB
The 19-year-old shortstop started off very strong as he cracked a pivotal three-run triple in the opener that put the Sharks ahead for good. He followed up two hits in the opener with two more on the 30th as he went 2-for-6 in that 11-10 contest. He has notched a hit in each of his four games. Tejada committed an error in the opening game and was used as the designated hitter on October 1. He has hit lead off in every appearance.
Greg Veloz: 6 G, .400 [10-for-25], 5 RBI, 4 R, 2B, SB, 2 BB
So far, Veloz has been red hot with the ball but very faulty in the field. The second baseman has a hit in every game including three multi-hit games lead by his 3-for-5 effort on the 30th when he knocked in two runs. Veloz has struck out seven times so far this season. On October 1, he was slotted as the designated hitter. Defensively for Veloz, following 19 errors in 132 games, he has committed three errors so far—all fielding errors—including two miscues on October 1.
Junior Guerra: 3 G, 0-0, 4.50 ERA, 6 IP, ER, 6 K, 6 BB, .273 OBA
Guerra tossed two innings in the season opener in which he registered four strikeouts as he surrendered two earned runs on three hits. He came back on the 30th and threw 2 2/3 shutout innings in the 11-10 game and was the only pitcher that evening to give up zero runs, unearned or otherwise. On Saturday night, he threw 1 1/3 innings and gave up an earned run on one hit but walked three for the second straight outing.
Roy Merritt: 3 G, 0-1, 2.84 ERA, 6.1 IP, 2 ER, 8 K 2 BB, .250 OBA
The 23-year-old southpaw tossed two shutout innings in the opener in which he struck out four and walked two. He was touched up on the 30th when he threw 1 1/3 innings but gave up two earned runs on four hits, striking out two and walking none. His longest and best outing came on Saturday night against the Canefires in which he threw three shutout innings, gave up two hits, struck out two and walked none.
Scott Shaw: 1 GS, 0-0, 3 IP, 3 K, 2 BB, .000 OBA
The Brooklyn starter certainly had the most unique outing of the season. He started the October 1 contest, which ended in a 6-6 tie in seven innings, and threw three innings but allowed three unearned runs> on zero hits as runs scored on errors following his two walks allowed.
Josh Stinson: 2 G, 1 GS, 1-0, 1.42 ERA, 6.1 IP, 1 ER, 1 SV 3 K, 2BB, .136 OBA
Stinson picked up his victory in the season opener as he threw three scoreless innings and gave up two hits while striking out two. He returned to the mound on October 2 in relief and tossed 3 1/3 innings, surrendering a run on one hit, walking two and picking up the save.