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Winter Leagues Week in Review
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE:
Ike Davis: 6-for-18, HR, 8 RBI, 2 R, 2 2B
Davis got his fall season off with a big bang by going 4-for-6 with a home run and six RBI in the AFL opener, including a grand slam. He went 1-for-3 with two RBI the next day but has since gone 1-for-9 with five strikeouts entering Sunday.
Lucas Duda: 2-for-5, 2 RBI, R, BB
Duda was also sharp in his AFL debut, posting the above stats while holding down a spot in left field—where he spent much of his time this summer in Binghamton after Ike Davis' promotion. He was removed in his second game—before taking an at-bat—for an undisclosed reason.
Reese Havens: 0-for-3, BB
Havens, a member of the Surprise taxi squad (meaning he will play Wednesdays and Saturdays), struck out three times in his debut. All three came against right-handed pitchers.
Ruben Tejada: 5-for-13, 3 RBI, 5 R, 2 SB, BB
Tejada has continued his hitting ways in the AFL, recording hits and one RBI in each of his first three games. He is also 2-for-2 in stolen base attempts.
Josh Stinson: 1 G, 2 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, K, 2 BB.
Stinson, one of the organization's A-ball exemptions on the roster, was rather unimpressive in his debut as he surrendered a two-run home run and found more trouble behind two walks.
Scott Moviel: Win, 2 IP, 3 BB
Moviel picked up the victory, behind Mejia's start, as Surprise came from behind after trailing early. Moviel tossed the fourth and fifth innings and worked around three walks but avoided further damage.
Eric Niesen: 2 G, 1 1/3 IP, 5 ER, 3 H, 2 BB
Niesen tossed on scoreless inning in his debut last on Wednesday, but was lit up in his return to the mound on Saturday. He gave up a two run home run and was tagged for three additional earned runs after his inherited runners came around to score.
Jenrry Mejia: 1 G, IP, 3 ER, 1 H, K, 3 BB
Mejia too was knocked around in his debut. Mejia was on a fairly strict pitch count and/or innings limit to begin with, but he did not survive beyond the first inning. There are good reports of his velocity and sharpness of his pitches, but it was clearly a disappointing debut for one of the organization's top pitching prospects.
DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE:
Jordany Valdespin: 2 G, 3-for-5, HR, 3 RBI, R, SB
Valdespin had a strong showing in his debut as he went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI with a stolen base. He entered the game late as a pinch hitter on Saturday and singled in his only at-bat.
VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE
Josh Thole: 10-for-25, HR, 5 RBI, 4 R, 2B, 5 BB
Thole, playing every day, is off to a .400 start and continuing to demonstrate his strong contact ability as a member of Leones del Caracas. He has reached base in every game, including a 7-game hit streak to start the season before earning a walk in a pinch hit at-bat on Saturday. His best two-day stretch came on Thursday and Friday when he recorded multi-hit and two RBIs in each game.
Adam Bostick: 1-1, 5 G, 3 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 3 H, 5 K, 5 BB
Bostick has been used more or less in a specialist role aside from his five-out appearance in his debut. The left-hander, who is a member of the Tiburones de La Guaira, allowed three earned runs and three walks in 1/3 of an inning on Friday, but has otherwise kept runs off the board.
Angel Calero: 1-0, 4 G, 4 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 3 K, 2 BB
Calero has come out of the bullpen as well and allowed two earned runs in 1 2/3 innings in his debut. Since then, he has been used sparingly and has issued just one walk over his last 2 1/3 innings.
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