Josh Thole's average is a VWL best
In this edition of Winter Leagues Week in Review, find out where Josh Thole sits among Venezuelan Winter League leaders. Did Tobi Stoner continue his strong pitching? Did those in the Arizona Fall League continue their pace? Find out the answer to those questions and more...
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE
Ike Davis: 2-for-8
After starting virtually every day, Davis got a bit of a respite last week. He appeared in just two games and recorded a single in each. In 14 games, Davis is hitting .328 with a .355 on-base percentage, and is 4-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
Nick Evans: 4-for-20, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2B, BB
Evans arrived in Arizona to replace the injured Lucas Duda, and has struggled a bit to this point with eight strikeouts in 20 at-bats. He went 0-for-4 in his debut last Monday but rebounded over the next two nights with one home run and two RBI. He closed the week with a 2-for-4 effort on Friday.
Reese Havens: 3-for-9, RBI, R, 2B
Havens continues to get his two starts per week as a member of the taxi squad and remained a contributor last week. On Wednesday he went 1-for-5 with an RBI single and a run scored. He backed that up on Friday with a 2-for-4 night and his second double of the fall season. However, the most important development for Havens in the AFL is a move to second base—a transition that has been in the cards for sometime but is now coming to fruition.
Ruben Tejada: 0-for-7, 2 RBI
Tejada, like Davis, got some additional rest built into his schedule and made two starts last week. On Monday, he went 0-for-3 but was still productive behind two RBI putouts. He committed his third error of the season in that game (throw). He returned on Wednesday and went 0-for-4.
Jenrry Mejia: DNP. Mejia was bumped from his start on Thursday to give him a breather after four rough outings to begin the season.
Scott Moviel: 2 G, 3 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 4 R, 6 H, 4 K, 4 BB
The right-hander ran into his first trouble of the AFL season after starting his stint with seven consecutive shutout innings. Walks were his nemesis on Tuesday as he issued three and gave up three hits in 1 2/3 innings. He came back on Friday and allowed one earned run on three hits and a walk over two innings, but was hit for two unearned runs after errors behind him. Overall, Moviel is 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 10 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts and seven walks.
Josh Stinson: 2 G, 2 1/3 IP, 2 H, 3 K
Stinson was next out of the bullpen after Moviel on Tuesday and gave up one hit, but it allowed two inherited runners to score. He recorded two of his four outs via strikeout. He came back on Friday and had a steady outing, giving up one hit and striking out in one inning of work. Overall, Stinson has recorded no decisions in five outings with four earned runs allowed in seven innings. He has six strikeouts and three walks.
Eric Niesen: DNP. Niesen has not appeared since October 24.
DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE
Francisco Pena: 2-for-17, 2B
Pena’s struggles at the plate continued last week. He went 1-for-4 with a double last Sunday but recorded only a single in his final 13 at-bats of the week. In ten games so far, Pena is 5-for-33 with two RBI, two runs scored, two doubles and eight strikeouts against just one walk.
Jordany Valdespin: 1-for-3, R
Valdespin continues to receive limited time at the plate, being used mostly as a pinch-runner or defensive replacement. He recorded a single on Tuesday and scored a run on Friday when he entered as a pinch runner. Overall, the second baseman is 6-for-18 with one home run, two RBI and four runs scored in 15 games.
Tobi Stoner: Loss, 7 IP, ER, 2 R, 5 H, 6 K, 2 BB
Stoner was saddled with his first loss of the DWL season on Wednesday after giving up runs in the third and fourth inning (one earned). Despite the loss, the right-hander’s strong winter league effort continues. The seven innings were the deepest he has gone in four starts and the six strikeouts were also a season high. Overall, Stoner is 2-1 with a 1.13 ERA with 15 strikeouts, five walks and 16 hits allowed in 24 innings.
VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE
Josh Thole: 5-for-10, 2 RBI, 3 R, 2 2B, 7 BB
Thole continues to post a VWL best batting average, raising his mark to .414 overall (29-for-70) in 22 games. He went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI on Sunday and followed it up with a 2-for-2 night with a double and a run scored on Tuesday. He recorded two walks in each of his final three games of the week. His 17 walks ranks second in the VWL (behind former Met Richard Hidalgo). Thole has not struck out in his last 28 plate appearances and has fanned just five times so far this season. His .539 on-base percentage leads the VWL by 57 points.
Angel Calero: Win, 1/3 IP, SO
Calero struck out the only hitter he faced last week and picked up the victory as his club (Navegantes del Magallanes) rallied for three runs in the bottom of the inning.
Adam Bostick: DNP. Bostick has not appeared since October 29