Winter Leagues Week in Review
Daniel Murphy was the big swinger this week
Daniel Murphy was the big swinger this week
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Posted Nov 9, 2008


In this latest edition of Winter Leagues Week in Review, find out just how hot Daniel Murphy is since his return. Did Josh Thole maintain his strong momentum? Who made a big start in Hawaii and who were other standouts from across the winter ball spectrum? Look inside for answers to those questions and more.

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE:

Shawn Bowman: DNP

Bowman has not returned to the field after leaving for personal reasons on October 22, and it is looking less likely that he will return during the Arizona Fall League season.

Daniel Murphy: 8-for-18, HR, 6 RBI, 9 R, 3 2B, 5 BB

Following a forearm injury, Murphy returned to action last Monday and could not have been any hotter. In his first game back, Murphy scored two runs despite going hitless thanks to two walks. He recorded multi-hit and multi-run games with a double and at least one RBI in each of his next three games. Frankly put, he has been an on-base machine and ranks second in the AFL with a .507 OBP. He is hitting .364 with one home run and 12 RBI. Defensively, he committed two errors last week—one throwing, one fielding—on Monday and Tuesday respectively.

Josh Thole: 4-for-13, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 4 R, BB

Thole’s power surge continues as he smacked his first two home runs of the AFL season and raised his average to .373. His big night came on Saturday night when he went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run and a two-run single. Thole has struck out just four times in 51 at-bats.

Eddie Kunz: 2 G, 1-0, 2 IP, 5 ER, 7 H, 2 K

The big right-hander suffered a very difficult week, first blowing a save on Tuesday night when he gave up the game-tying home run in the eighth inning. He went on to pitch a scoreless ninth inning, picking up the victory as the Saguaros plated a run in the bottom of the ninth to win a wild 13-12 game. He returned to the mound on Friday evening with his team ahead 13-0, but gave up four earned runs in 2/3 of an inning on five hits. Kunz now has an 11.12 ERA while the opposition is hitting .377 off him.

Bobby Parnell: Loss, 2 2/3 IP, ER, 4 H, 3 K, BB

Parnell got the start on Wednesday night but took the loss after giving up the first runs in an eventual 7-3 loss. So far, Parnell is now 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA in five AFL starts with 14 strikeouts and eight walks over 12 innings pitched. The opposition is hitting just .167 with runners in scoring position off Parnell.

Tobi Stoner: 1 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 3 H, 2 K, BB

Stoner took the ball from Parnell, but had his worst outing to date in the AFL. His three earned runs allowed snapped a 10 2/3 shutout streak and he had given up three hits over his previous eight innings prior to Wednesday. The outing raised his fall league ERA to 2.57 but he maintains a 2-0 record and .212 opponent batting average.

Jason Vargas: 3 IP, ER, 4 H, BB

Vargas was first out of the bullpen on Tuesday and pitched three innings, but he allowed his first run of the AFL season snapping a streak of 16 2/3 scoreless innings. He issued just his second walk of the season while raising his ERA to 0.48. The four hits allowed were a season-high, but he still given up just 11 hits in 18 2/3 innings.

HAWAIIAN WINTER LEAGUE:

Ruben Tejada: 2-for-14, R, BB

Tejada’s bat remains ice cold as he has not registered an extra-base hit since October 18, the same day he knocked in his last run. Over his last ten games, Tejada is hitting .222 with six strikeouts and two walks. Overall, Tejada owns a .260 batting average with ten RBI and 12 runs in 21 games.

Greg Veloz: 3-for-10, 2 RBI, BB

In an effort to get his offense going again, Veloz drove in his first runs in nearly three weeks along with his first multi-hit game in that same span. Defensively, he recorded two more errors—his 10th and 11th—of the season on a throwing and fielding error. In 24 games, Veloz is hitting .214 with seven RBI, and .118 over his last ten.

Jordan Abruzzo: 3-for-12, 2 R, 3 BB

After a difficult start to his Hawaiian season, Abruzzo’s production is increasing incrementally, but following his .290 regular season batting average and 14 home runs, his .226 HWL average and just four RBI are disappointing. In an effort to keep him just working on his offense, Abruzzo once again was slotted as the designated hitter for the week’s games.

Scott Shaw: Win, 5 IP, H, 6 K, 2 BB

For the second straight start, Shaw gave up just one hit and struck out six batters over five innings en route to claiming his second HWL victory. Though his record stands at 2-2, he lowered his winter ERA to 1.91 [sixth in the HWL] while striking out 33 against seven walks in 28 1/3 innings. The opposition is hitting a paltry .105 off Shaw which ranks atop the league.

Josh Stinson: 1 1/3 IP, K

The right-hander made a brief relief appearance on Friday night in a tight 2-0 Sharks loss. After making five consecutive starts to begin the season, Stinson has entered out of the bullpen in his last three games. To date, Stinson is 2-2 with a 4.29 ERA with 13 strikeouts and 13 walks in 21 innings pitched.

Junior Guerra: 1 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, BB

Guerra entered the game in the fifth inning was tagged for two runs in an eventual 13-5 Sharks loss. It was the second time in four outings that he allowed more than one run and the fourth consecutive in which he walked a batter. For the season, Guerra has a 1-1 record with a 8.62 ERA with 13 walks in 15 2/3 innings pitched.

Roy Merritt: 2 G, 4 IP, 3 H, 2 BB

In his outings this past week, Merritt did a good job evading trouble as he allowed multiple baserunners on both occasions. For the season, the southpaw has done an excellent job keeping the opposition at bay. Aside from a two-inning stretch over two games in which he allowed five earned runs, Merritt has thrown 11 1/3 scoreless innings—good for a 3.38 ERA.

NOTABLES FROM OTHER LEAGUES:

Nick Evans: 2 G, 0-8, 5 K

Evans certainly has not got off to the winter league start he hoped for, striking out five times in two games. For the season, Evans figures to play left field and some first base for the Indios de Mayaguez of the Puerto Rican Winter League.

Francisco Pena: 4 G, 0-8

In his first four games with the Aguilas Cibaenas of the Dominican Winter League, the 19-year-old catcher has gone hitless, including an 0-for-5 night last Sunday.

Fernando Martinez: 5-for-14, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 4 R, 3B, BB, SB

It was another strong week for Fernando as he swatted his first two home runs of the season with Leones del Escogido of the Dominican Winter League. In 13 games with the club, he is hitting .341 [14-for-41] with the aforementioned two home runs, nine RBI, seven runs with a .404 on-base percentage and .610 slugging percentage.

Dillon Gee: Win, 5 IP, 2 H, 7 K

In his first start for Leones de Ponce of the Puerto Rican League on Saturday night, Gee blanked Evans’ Indios for five innings. In a continuation of what he demonstrated during the regular season, Gee commanded the strike zone without issuing a walk.



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