Winter Leagues Week in Review

Roy Merritt is getting stronger each week

In this edition of Winter Leagues Week in Review, take a look at the performances in a shortened week in Hawaii. Who is staying consistent on the mound in Arizona and who is having a strong start to their International Winter League season? Look for the answers to those questions and more…

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE:

Daniel Murphy: 1-for-5, RBI, R, 2B, SB

He went just 1-for-5 in his lone game this past week, but Murphy was sure active in it. He recorded a double for the fourth straight game, while simultaneously extending his hit streak to four games. Overall, Murphy is hitting .397 [25-for-63] in 15 games. It was his first stolen base of the AFL season. He committed his fourth error on Monday as he misplayed a groundball.

Josh Thole: 2-for-7, RBI, R, BB, SB

Thole saw action on back to back nights this past week, but he was active even on a night in which went 0-for-3. Despite going hitless on Wednesday, Thole earned that walked, stole a base and came around to score a run. In the AFL season, he is hitting .362 [21-for-58] and he too swiped his first bag of the season. He took the DH role on Tuesday.

Eddie Kunz: 2 G, 2 IP, ER, H, 3 K, 2 BB

Kunz took his second blown save of the AFL season after surrendering the tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning and then added a loss after giving up the go-ahead run in the 8th inning on Tuesday night. He returned to the mound on Saturday, but had a much better outing as he pitched a perfect top of the 9th before the Saguaros plated three runs in the bottom of the inning to win the game and give Kunz his second victory of the season. Kunz is now 2-2 but holds a 10.13 ERA in 13 1/3 innings pitched.

Bobby Parnell: 4 IP, ER, 3 H, 3 K

In his lone outing of the week, Parnell took the ball as the starter on Tuesday and held down the opposition for four strong innings. It was the second time he pitched four frames this season, and the first since October 22. Parnell is now 3-1 with a 2.81 ERA in 16 innings pitched with 17 strikeouts against eight walks.

Tobi Stoner: 2 IP, ER, 2 H, 2 K

Stoner pitched two innings of relief last Monday, giving up one earned run. It was the first time this AFL season that he gave up runs in consecutive outings after his long scoreless streak. . Overall, Stoner is 2-0 with a 2.81 ERA in 16 innings pitched with 12 strikeouts and six walks in nine games.

Jason Vargas: 2 IP, 5 ER, 4 H, 2 BB

After snapping his scoreless streak last week, Vargas took it on the chin on Monday. He allowed five earned runs over two innings, taking his first blown save of the season. It was his second straight outing without a strikeout and it raised his overall ERA to 2.61 in 20 2/3 innings pitched. He surrendered his first home run of the season. In his first five outings, Vargas allowed seven hits over 15 2/3 innings but has given up eight hits in his last five innings.

HAWAIIAN WINTER LEAGUE:

Jordan Abruzzo: 0-for-7, 2 BB

Abruzzo's hitless week ran his streak to ten consecutive at-bats without a hit. He struck out five times over the two games, running that total to 19 in 21 games. He has just one RBI over his past ten games while hitting .194 in that stretch. Overall, Abruzzo is hitting .200 [14-for-70] with just four RBI.

Ruben Tejada: 0-for-8, 2 R, 2 BB

In his two games of a shortened week, Tejada also had an oh-fer but turned two walks into runs on Tuesday night. Tejada has not driven in a run over his last ten games and is just 5-for-37 in that stretch. Overall, he is hitting .235 [19-for-81] in 23 games with just four extra-base hits.

Greg Veloz: 0-for-3

The second baseman got in just one game this week as his offense continues to stall despite good games the previous week. Overall, Veloz is hitting .207 [18-for-87] in Hawaii with seven RBI and two doubles—his only extra-base hits.

Junior Guerra: IP, 2 ER, 3 H, K

Guerra got in just one appearance last week, his first in eight days. He gave up two earned runs for the second straight appearance, running his ERA to 9.18 in 16 2/3 innings. The fact that Guerra's arsenal consists mostly of a fastball has bitten him in Hawaii, evident by his 10/13 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Roy Merritt: 2 IP, 2 K, BB

Merritt's hot hand continued last week as he dialed up two shutout innings and ran his scoreless streak to 6 2/3 innings pitched despite walking a batter for the fourth straight appearance. Overall, he is 1-2 with a 3.27 ERA in 22 innings pitched. Left-handers are hitting just .152 off Merritt as he has allowed just five hits to them.

Scott Shaw: 4 IP, 3 ER, 2 H, 2 K, 2 BB

Shaw endured his worst outing of the HWL season on Saturday night. He gave up a season-high three earned runs as he walked two batters for the second consecutive outing. Nonetheless, he still has given up more than two hits in an outing just once—back on October 24. Overall, Shaw is 2-2 with a 2.51 ERA in 32 1/3 innings pitched. The opposition is still hitting just .110 off Shaw while he boasts a 35/9 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Josh Stinson: IP, ER, 2 H

Stinson made his fifth consecutive relief appearance this past week and in nine appearances now holds a 2-2 record with a 4.50 ERA over 22 innings pitched. He has struck out 13 batters in that span against 13 walks.

INTERNATIONAL WINTER LEAGUE NOTABLES:

Dillon Gee: 6 IP, 5 H, 4 K

Gee picked up a no-decision on Saturday night, but was once again superb in his second outing of the Puerto Rican Winter League season. He has yet to give up a run or walk a batter in 11 total innings pitched with 11 strikeouts and seven hits allowed.

Eric Brown: 3 G, 9 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 10 K, 2 BB

Brown, who was unsure about a winter league assignment at the end of the regular season, is pitching out of the bullpen for the Gigantes de Carolina. He was sharp in his first outings of the week as he gave up two hits over 4 2/3 innings with eight strikeouts and two walks. He was the long-man in Saturday's game but gave up two earned on two hits in 4 2/3 innings pitched.

Michael Antonini: 4 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 2 BB

Antonini made his winter league debut for the Leones de Ponce on Tuesday night and took a no-decision follow a rather sub-par outing on Saturday night. He gave up the four earned runs over the first three innings, including a first inning solo home run.

Nick Evans: 2-for-13, 4 RBI, 3 R, 3B, 3 BB

Evans finally snapped a 0-for-17 streak to start the season but coming through with a big night on Saturday. He drove in his first four RBI on with a single and a triple.

Fernando Martinez: 8-for-17, 4 RBI, 2 R, 2B, 3B, SB

Fernando continues to rake the ball as he extended his hitting streak to seven games including three straight multi-hit games to end the week. Overall, he is hitting .379 with two home runs, 13 RBI and a .422 on-base percentage for the Leones del Escogido.

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