Winter League Sunday Round-up
October 19, 2008
The Surprise Rafters are currently 4-7 and in last place (3 teams) of the AFL National Division - 2 games behind the first place Peoria Javelinas.
Player Updates (10/15 - 10/18): -
LHP Chuck Lofgren - Lofgren continues to really struggle in the AFL. Since the last update Lofgren has made two appearances; he worked 0.2 innings on 10/15 allowing 4 runs and he worked 0.1 innings on 10/18 allowing another 4 runs (2 earned). For the season, Lofgren now has a 50.14ERA having worked 2.1 innings allowing 15 runs (13 earned) off 8 hits and 7 walks.
RHP Erik Stiller - Like Stiller said himself on Tony's radio show this week; he had a tough outing in his only appearance since the last update allowing 7 runs (5 earned) in just 0.1IP on 10/16. Stiller now holds a 21.60ERA for the year (3.1IP, 8H, 10R, 8ER, 2BB, 4K).
RHP Josh Tomlin - Tomlin has not appeared since Wednesdays update. He still holds an impressive 1.29ERA over 2 starts (7IP).
RHP Neil Wagner - Wagner worked 1.1 scoreless innings on 10/17 to take his overall ERA down to 3.60 for the season (5IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 5BB, 2K).
3B Wes Hodges - Hodges continues to impress so far this fall having recorded a hit in each game since the last update. Hodges was 2-for-5 on 10/15, 1-for-4 on 10/16 and 2-for-4 on 10/18. For the year Hodges holds a .367(11-for-30)/.387/.633/1.020 line with 2 2B, 2HR and 9RBI in 7 games.
1B Beau Mills - Mills continues to see limited playing time against advanced competition; he made on appearance on 10/17 going 2-for-5 with a 2B. Mills has an impressive .357(5-for-14)/.526/.429/.955 line in his limited playing time.
INF Josh Rodriguez - Rodriguez went a combined 0-for-7 between 10/16 & 10/17 to put his overall line at a less than impressive .100(2-for-20)/.250/.100/.350
OF Stephen Head - Head, being on the Taxi squad, does not have an AB since the last update as a result his average still sits at .400 (2-for-5).
RHP Neil Wagner continues to have a blog for MLB.com; this week an entry from guest blogger, Wes Hodges.
Hawaii Winter League
The North Shore Honu have compiled a 1-2 record since the last update and their overall record now sits at 6-11 for the season.
Player Updates (10/15 - 10/18): -
LHP Matt Meyer - Meyer allowed 2 earned runs in 0.1IP on 10/17 to take his overall ERA to 12.00 (6IP, 11H, 11R, 8ER, 5BB, 7K).
LHP Shawn Nottingham - Nottingham allowed 1ER in 1IP in his only appearance since the last update (10/17). His numbers for the season now sit at a 4.50ERA (10IP, 9H, 8R, 5ER, 6BB, 13K).
LHP Heath Taylor - Taylor made a start for the Honu on 10/17 working 4.2 innings allowing 1ER on 6 hits. Taylor now holds a 2.19ERA for the young season (12.1IP, 14H, 4R, 3ER, 4BB, 9K).
C Adam Davis - Davis has made just one appearance since the last update going 0-for-3 to drop his overall average to .125 (3-for-24) in 9 games.
3B Dustin Realini - Still not played since 10/3. 0-for-13 for the season.
INF Ron Rivas - Went 1-for-4 in his only appearance on 10/17 to raise his overall average to .188 (3-for-16) in 6 games played.
OF Matt McBride - McBride was 2-for-5 on 10/16, 0-for-2 with 2BB on 10/17 and 2-for-5 on 10/18 to raise his overall average to .283 (17-for-60) with 6 2B, HR, 14RBI in 16 games.
Elsewhere in Hawaii, Indians 2008 18th round pick LHP Kaimi Mead continues to pitch for the Honolulu Sharks and has worked a scoreless inning since the last update to run his overall record to a 2.70ERA (10IP, 9H, 7R, 3ER, 5BB, 8K).
As Tony mentioned yesterday, there is a subscriber only article on BaseballAmerica.com discussing Matt McBrides seemingly temporary transition from behind the plate to the outfield.
Caribbean Winter Leagues
As Indians Major and Minor leaguers are playing for a range of teams throughout the Caribbean we will be focusing solely on individual performances and not overall team records for the season.
Player Updates: -
VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE
RHP Randy Newsom - 1G, 0.2IP, 3H, 3R/ER, 1BB, 0K, 40.50ERA
OF Matt LaPorta - 4G, .278(5-for-18)/.278/.389/.667, 2 2B, 4RBI
INF Asdrubal Cabrera - Has not yet played
OF Franklin Gutierrez - Has not yet played
RHP Edward Mujica - Has not yet played
INF Nuiman Romero - Has not yet played
INF Karexon Sanchez - Has not yet played
There appears to be a new addition to the Venezuelan rosters as RHP Hector Rondon is listed on the roster for Caracas, but has yet to make an appearance.
DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE
1B Jordan Brown - 2G, .500(2-for-4)/.500/.750/1.250, 2B, 2RBI
C Chris Gimenez - 2G, .125(1-for-8)/.125/.125/.250
RHP Adam Miller - 1G, 4IP, 3H, 2R/ER, 0BB, 2K, 4.50ERA
LHP Scott Lewis - Has not yet played
LHP Tony Sipp - Has not yet played
RHP Fausto Carmona - Has not yet played
3B Andy Marte - Has not yet played
LHP Rafael Perez - Has not yet played
C Carlos Santana - Has not yet played
OF Jose Constanza - Has not yet played
OF Lucas Montero - 2G, .333(2-for-6)/.429/.500/.929, 2B, RBI
C Alex Castillo - 1G, no official plate appearance.
RHP Joaniel Montero - Has not yet played
MEXICAN WINTER LEAGUE
OF Roman Pena - 7G, .368(7-for-19)/.429/.684/1.113, 3 2B, HR, 3RBI
I'll be back on Wednesday with the next Winter League Round-up.