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Winter Leagues Week in Review
Ike Davis: 7-for-15, HR, RBI, 4 R, 4 2B, 2 BB
Davis showed off his extra base power with a complete week that included his second and third multi-hit efforts of the new AFL season. He began the week by going 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored, followed by a 3-for-4 night with two runs, one double and a walk. He capped the week by going 1-for-4 with a solo home run on Saturday. Overall, he is hitting .394 (13-for-33) in eight games with two home runs and nine RBI.
Ruben Tejada: 4-for-16, RBI, 2 2B
Tejada began the week with a 2-for-4 effort in which he smacked both of his doubles, but his highlight came on Thursday when he knocked in the game winning run in a 3-2 victory for the Rafters. His week ended with a 1-for-4 effort on Saturday. Overall, Tejada is hitting .310 (9-for-29) with four RBI, five runs and three doubles.
Jenrry Mejia: 1 G, 2 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, K, 3 BB
The right-hander's second start in Arizona was much like his first as he again gave up three earned runs. Mejia gave up four groundball outs against one fly ball out. In two starts, he has surrendered six hits in three innings with only two strikeouts against six walks.
Scott Moviel: 2 G, 3 IP, 2 H, 2 K
Moviel made two very sharp relief appearances last week. He tossed two perfect innings with one strikeout last Monday and followed it up with one inning on Friday when he gave up two hits over one inning. So far, Moviel has allowed two hits, struck out two and walked three in five innings of work.
Eric Niesen: 2 G, 2 1/3 IP, 5 ER, 5 H, 2 K, BB
The left-hander's rough fall season continued as he was beaten up pretty good in two relief appearances. It began on Tuesday when he gave up three earned runs on three hits in 1 2/3 innings of work. He returned on Saturday but gave up two earned runs in 2/3 of an inning. Left-handed batters are so far 6-for-11 off Niesen.
Josh Stinson: 2 G, 2 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 2 K, BB
Stinson too was knocked around in his first outing as he gave up two earned runs on three hits in 1 2/3 innings with one strikeout and a walk. He got another crack on Thursday when he allowed one hit in one inning with one strikeout. In three outings, Stinson has allowed four earned runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings.
Reese Havens and Lucas Duda (injury) did not play this week
DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE:
Francisco Pena: 0-for-5, BB
Pena made his winter league debut with Aguilas Cibaenas but went hitless in his two games. He struck out one time in each game.
Jordany Valdespin: 1-for-5
Valdespin appeared in four games but got at-bats in just two of them as he entered as a defensive replacement. The second baseman went 1-for-4 last Sunday and 0-for-1 on Friday. In six games, Valdespin is 4-for-10 with one home run and two RBI with zero walks and no strikeouts.
Tobi Stoner: 2-0, 11 IP, 2 ER, 8 H, 7 K, 3 BB
Stoner was very sharp in both of his starts for Leones del Escogido. The right-hander got things started last Sunday by giving up one run on three hits in five innings with five strikeouts and one walk. He came back on Saturday and gave up one run on five hits in six innings with two strikeouts and two walks. Given Stoner's level, he should be in line for a strong winter league season in the DWL.
VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE:
Josh Thole: 8-for-19, 2 RBI, 6 R, 2B, 2 BB
Thole simply continues to rake this winter. He had three multi-hit games and has so far recorded at least one hit in all 12 games in which he has recorded an at-bat. Entering Sunday, he boasts a .548 on-base percentage in large part due to the fact that he has just two strikeouts in 44 at-bats, and zero punch outs in his last 34. He is 6-for-16 against left-handed pitching and 12-for-28 against right-handed pitching. He is also 6-for-14 with runners in scoring position with six RBI overall.
Adam Bostick: 3 G, 2 1/3 IP, 5 ER, 6 H, 4 K
Bostick was roughed up in his first outing of the week, giving up four earned runs on three hits in 2/3 of an inning. He came back on Thursday and gave up one hit in a specialty appearance and did not record an out. He returned again on Friday and gave up a hit and a solo home run in 1 2/3 innings. So far, the left-hander has giving up eight earned runs on nine hits in six innings for a 1-3 record and 12.00 ERA.
Angel Calero: 2 G, 2 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 2 K, BB
Calero made a brief one out appearance on Monday before taking the hill again on Friday when he was roughed up for three earned runs on four hits in 2 1/3 innings. He struck out two and walked one. In six appearances, Calero is 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA in 6 2/3 innings (5 ER, 7 H, 5 K, 3 BB)
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