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Winter Leagues Week in Review
Ike Davis: 4-for-17, HR, RBI, 3 R, BB
Davis had a rather quiet week before breaking out for two hits, including a solo home run, and two runs on Saturday night. He went 0-for-4 on Tuesday night which was only his second hitless game in 12 games this fall. Overall, he is hitting .340 with three home runs and 10 RBI. However, he has just two RBI over his last 10 games (41 at-bats).
Reese Havens: 3-for-12, RBI, 2B, BB
Havens had seen no action since his AFL debut on the 14th, but returned last week with a steady performance. He went 2-for-4 with two singles on Wednesday followed by a 0-for-4 night on Friday. He bounced back on Saturday with an RBI double and a walk. One negative for Havens is the amount of strikeouts in his limited time, having racked up six strikeouts in 15 at-bats.
Ruben Tejada: 3-for-9, RBI, BB, SB
Tejada appeared in just three games last week, but posted an effort that raised his overall AFL average to .316 (12-for-38). He went 2-for-3 with a walk and stolen base on Monday, followed by a 1-for-4 day on Wednesday. He closed the week by going 0-for-2 with a sacrifice fly on Friday.
Jenrry Mejia: 0-2, 4 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 8 H, 7 K, 3 BB
Mejia made two starts last week and looked to have settled in during his first outing. On Monday, Mejia gave up one earned run on four hits in three innings with three strikeouts and a walk. However, he was really roughed up on Saturday when he surrendered four earned runs on four hits in 1 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked two. Overall, Mejia is 0-3 with a 12.91 ERA in 7 2/3 innings with nine strikeouts and nine walks this fall season.
Scott Moviel: 2 IP, H, K
The tall right-hander made just one relief appearance this week. He gave up one hit and struck out one. It was his fourth appearance this fall season. Overall, he is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA with three strikeouts and three walks in seven innings.
Eric Niesen: Did Not Appear
Josh Stinson: Did Not Appear
DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE
Francisco Pena: 3-for-11, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2B
Pena appeared only twice in seven days to begin his DWL stint, but saw more action last week as he got three starts in four days. He first suited up on Wednesday and went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored. On Friday, he went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and came back on Saturday with a 2-for-5 effort with one RBI and a run scored. He has struck out once in each of his five games.
Jordany Valdespin: 1-for-5, 2 R, SB
Though he entered in five games last week, Valdespin received just one start which was last Sunday in a 1-for-4 showing. Otherwise, he has entered as a pinch runner and/or defensive replacement. In that role, he earned two runs scored and a stolen base.
Tobi Stoner: ND, 6 IP, 3 H, 2 K
Though he picked up a no-decision, Stoner continues to cruise through the Dominican Winter League after his best performance yet. He gave up just three singles in the outing, and so far in 17 total innings has allowed just eleven hits. Overall, he is 2-0 with a 1.06 ERA with nine strikeouts against three walks and a near 2-to-1 groundball to fly ball ratio.
VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE
Josh Thole: 6-for-16, 2 RBI, 3 R, 3 2B, 3 BB
Thole continues to fire on all cylinders as he racked up two more multi-hit games and doubles in three consecutive games. His 0-for-4 day on Tuesday was the only game in his last ten in which he did not record a hit. He has five multi-hit games in that same span. He has struck out five times in 60 at-bats this fall season with ten walks. He is 24-for-60 overall with one home run and nine RBI.
Adam Bostick: 2 G, 2 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 2 K, 2 BB
Deuces wild for Bostick who gave up one hit and struck out one in one inning on Thursday. He returned on Friday but gave up two earned runs on one hit and two walks with one strike out. He his ten appearances, Bostick is 1-3 with an 11.25 ERA in eight innings.
Angel Calero: 3 G, 1 1/3 IP, ER, 4 H, K, 2 BB
Calero continues to be used singularly in a specialist role as he made two appearances of 2/3 of an inning and entered the game on Saturday but gave up a hit to his only batter. On Tuesday, Calero gave up one earned run on two hits, including a home run, and a walk. He returned the next night and gave up a hit but recorded a strikeout.
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