I hope to provide a summary every couple of weeks of how Twins players are doing in the fall/winter leagues. This is a hope, not a promise. It's all small sample sizes, so I wouldn't recommend making too much of any of it.
Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. shows he's too good to be playing in the AFL. The Venezuelan League gets underway and Willians Astudillo celebrates by drawing a walk. The Mexican League also gets underway.
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE
Every game went longer than ten innings. I wonder if that's ever happened before.
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE
SURPRISE 11, SALT RIVER 9 IN SALT RIVER
Twins: Travis Blankenhorn was 0-for-4 with a walk. Jaylin Davis was 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Devin Smeltzer struck out two in two shutout innings, giving up three hits.
Surprise: Charles Leblanc was 4-for-5. Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. was 3-for-4 with two doubles and a walk, scoring twice. Nick Heath was 3-for-6 with three runs. Will Craig was 2-for-5 with a two-run homer, scoring twice. Yanio Perez was 2-for-5 with two runs and three RBIs. Lane Thomas was 2-for-5. Connor Jones pitched two shutout innings, giving up one hit and striking out one.
Salt River: Josh Fuentes was 2-for-4 with a double and a walk. Monte Harrison was 2-for-4 with two runs. Jazz Chisholm was 2-for-5.
PEORIA 7, GLENDALE 4 IN GLENDALE
Peoria: Cristian Pache was 3-for-5 with two runs. Buddy Reed was 3-for-5. Keston Hiura was 2-for-4 with a grand slam and a walk. Evan White was 2-for-5. Ray-Patrick Didder was 2-for-5. Miguel Diaz struck out three in three innings, giving up one run on three hits and a walk. Dalton Moats struck out two in two perfect innings.
Glendale: Steve Wilkerson was 3-for-5 with two doubles. Connor Marabell was 2-for-5. Jared Walker was 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk. Ben Holmes struck out four in three shutout innings, giving up three hits and a walk.
SCOTTSDALE 10, MESA 3 IN MESA
Scottsdale: Peter Alonso was 3-for-4 with a two-run homer, a double, and a walk, scoring three times. Ronnie Dawson was 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs. Andres Gimenez was 1-for-4 with a home run.
Mesa: Skye Bolt was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer. Eli White was 2-for-4 with a double.
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE
SALT RIVER 10, SURPRISE 8 IN SURPRISE
Twins: Luke Raley was 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
Salt River: Sam Hilliard was 3-for-5 with a triple and two runs. Pavin Smith was 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs. Drew Ellis was 2-for-4. Bryson Brigman was 2-for-4. Jesus Tinoco pitched two shutout innings, giving up one hit.
Surprise: Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. was 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs. Meibrys Viloria was 3-for-4 with a double. Cole Tucker was 2-for-4 with a walk and three runs.
PEORIA 8, GLENDALE 7 IN PEORIA
Glendale: Connor Marabell was 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. Laz Rivera was 3-for-3 with a double. Keibert Ruiz was 2-for-5.
Peoria: Evan White was 2-for-3 with two doubles, two walks, and two RBIs. Joe McCarthy was 2-for-4 with two runs. Lucius Fox was 2-for-5 with two runs. Trent Grisham was 2-for-5. Daniel Brown struck out four in 2.1 scoreless innings, giving up a walk.
MESA 4, SCOTTSDALE 3 IN SCOTTSDALE
Mesa: Daz Cameron was 2-for-4. Darwinzon Hernandez struck out five in two shutout innings, giving up one hit.
Scottsdale: Peter Alonso was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. C. J. Hinojosa was 2-for-5.
Well, game one was plenty entertaining. Can game two live up to it. Can the Twins one up it by actually coming away with the victory?
We shall see.
A listing of how our Twins lads fared in winter leagues. I'm listing batters with at least thirty at-bats and pitchers with at least ten innings. Batters are listed in order of OPS and pitchers are listed in order of ERA.
Kennys Vargas (Aguilas, Dominican and Mayaguez, Puerto RIcan): .245/.394/.480 in 102 at-bats.
Logan Wade (Brisbane, Australian): .282/.333/.523 in 149 at-bats.
Willians Astudillo (Anzoategui, Venezuelan): .329/.371/.477 in 222 at-bats.
Gregorio Petit (Caracas, Venezuelan): .299/.359/.449 in 107 at-bats.
Aaron Whitefield (Brisbane, Australian): .292/.364/.425 in 106 at-bats.
Brock Stassi (Jalisco, Mexican): .234/.387/.364 in 107 at-bats.
Leonardo Reginatto (Margarita, Venezuelan): .285/.326/.331 in 172 at-bats.
Jermaine Curtis (Hermosillo, Mexican): .161/.278/.226 in 31 at-bats.
Tyler Kinley (Licey, Dominican): 2-1, 0.47, 0.84 WHIP in 19 innings.
Adalberto Mejia (Gigantes, Dominican): 2-0, 3.43, 1.33 WHIP in 21 innings.
Anderson Munoz (Zulia, Venezuelan): 1-0, 3.45, 1.34 WHIP in 15.2 innings.
Anthony Marzi (Margarita, Venezuelan): 0-2, 4.32, 1.41 WHIP in 33.2 innings.
Omar Bencomo (Margarita, Venezuelan): 5-7, 4.42, 1.51 WHIP in 75.1 innings.
This concludes our winter league coverage for this year. Hope you enjoyed it. It looks like minor league seasons begin April 5. God willing, we'll be there to cover them.
Congratulations to Brisbane!
It goes down to the wire in the Australian League
The Australian League championship series begins.