ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE:
Daniel Murphy: 7-for-15, 4 RBI, 6 R, 2 2B, 5 BB
Murphy is swinging the hottest bat of the AFL season as he has raced to a .440 overall average [11-for-25] in the first seven games. He began the week with a 4-for-4, thee-run effort that included two runs batted in. Aside from the season opener, Murphy has earned a walk each game, twice collecting two walks. That patience combined with his offensive surge has him boasting a 1.199 OPS so far. With eyes fixed on his defense at second base, it should be noted that he committed his first error on Friday night after misplaying a grounder.
Shawn Bowman: 4-for-18, 2 RBI, R
The third baseman’s bat has cooled since his red-hot start to the AFL season, but he continues to plug along at the plate. On Thursday night, he collected his fourth multi-hit game in eight starts. He now possesses a .345 overall average [10-for-29].
Josh Thole: 2-for-6, 2 RBI
The St. Lucie backstop continues to see sporadic time in the lineup, but knocked in a run in each of his two starts last week. On Wednesday night, he came up with a game-tying sacrifice fly in the seventh inning. On Thursday night, he was part of a big six-run second inning when he cracked an RBI single.
Jason Vargas: 3 2/3 IP, 3 K
Vargas was the second hurler to take the mound on Thursday night when he made the longest outing of the season. He tossed 3 2/3 perfect innings, striking out three for the second straight appearance. The right-hander co-leads the club with 7 2/3 total innings pitched and has given up just four hits in that span.
Tobi Stoner: 2 G, 3 IP, K
Stoner is the other hurler on the Saguaros staff who has thrown 7 2/3 total innings pitched. But uncharacteristically for the right-hander, he is coming out of the bullpen. His two appearances this week came just three days apart as he threw one perfect inning on Wednesday night followed by two perfect innings on Saturday night. Overall, the competition is now hitting just .179 against him.
Eddie Kunz: 2 G, 1 1/3 IP, SV, 8 ER, 8 H, BB
Kunz had a fine outing on Wednesday night when he notched his second save of the AFL season. But, when he returned to the mound on Friday night, his performance was much murkier. In a wild game that ultimately saw 28 combined runs scored, the former Binghamton closer was tagged for eight earned runs in the top of the ninth inning with the score tied 10-10 at the start of the frame. That outing inflated his ERA to 16.62 in 4 1/3 total innings pitched.
Bobby Parnell: Win, 1 1/3 IP, 2 ER, H, 2 K, 4 BB
Parnell picked up his first victory of the AFL season, but did so in an inauspicious manner as he allowed five baserunners and two earned runs in the matter of four outs. The runs were recorded in the first before he allowed two more walks in the second inning before giving way to Jason Vargas.
HAWAIIAN WINTER LEAGUE:
Ruben Tejada: 2-for-8, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2B, SB
Tejada appeared in three games this but got at-bats in just two, his best on Saturday night when he went 2-for-5 with an RBI in the ninth inning. He swiped his first bag of the season with a third inning steal. Tejada is now hitting .281 [9-for-32] in 12 HWL games.
Greg Veloz: 2-for-13, 2 R, 2 BB
The second baseman is hitting .280 overall in Hawaii [14-for-50], but has cooled drastically after his torrid start. After notching seven hits in his first two games, Veloz has just seven hits in his last ten with zero extra-base hits and zero steals.
Jordan Abruzzo: 2-for-5, BB
Abruzzo, twice slotted as the designated hitter this week, made just two starts this week and was twice removed in favor of a pinch runner. After eight games, Abruzzo is now hitting .231 [6-for-26] still with two RBI.
Scott Shaw Loss, 4 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 5 K
The rookie right-hander took the loss on Friday night after surrendering two runs in the first inning on Friday night. It was the first time Shaw gave up more than one earned run in an outing this fall. It was the third straight outing he has not given up a walk while striking out 16 along the way. His ERA now stands at 1.72 in 15 2/3 innings pitched.
Josh Stinson: Loss, 2 1/3 IP, 5 ER, 7 H, BB
Stinson, pitching for the first time in seven days, had his worst performance of the season so far. It was the first time the right-hander had given up five earned runs in an appearance since his days in Savannah prior to his August promotion to St. Lucie. Stinson is now 2-1 with a 4.26 ERA and a save in 12.2 HWL innings.
Roy Merritt: Win, 3 2/3 IP, H, 4 K, 3 BB
Merritt picked up his first victory of the HWL season by pitching a scoreless sixth inning in the Sharks 4-2 victory. He came back on Saturday night and tossed more than inning for the first time since October 4, striking out three but giving out two walks and a hit. In 12.1 innings pitched, Merritt holds a 1-1 record with a 2.19 ERA, 14/5 strikeout-to-walk ratio and .190 opponent’s batting average.
Junior Guerra: 2 2/3 IP, ER, 4 H
Guerra has made eight appearances so far for the Sharks which tie him with Roy Merritt for the club lead. Since giving up five earned runs in one inning on October 7, he has settled down by giving up just one earned run but more importantly zero walks in his last four outings.