Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Personal Top 30 List - Guest List By Michael

[This list was sent to me by Michael, aka maniac29, aka maniac over at DRaysBay.com where he is conducting their Community Prospects List. Normally readers just post their own lists in the comments. But I felt that since Michael has been very active around here for a long time, and he clearly has put some thought and effort into this, that it was worthy of posting on the front page. It's quite a bit different from the lists posted by Kevin and I, so feel free to ask him about it in the Comments. And be nice... Doug]:

First of all, I would like to say thank you to Doug for allowing me to post this here. I am no scout. However, I have trained myself to be able to identify certain aspects of scouting well enough to produce a list. I watch as many games as I can and look into all the scouting reports. I would also like to say that I focus on potential a lot during my rankings. Without further ado, I present you with my 2011 Rays Top 30 prospects.

1. Jeremy Hellickson--Best prospect in baseball, nothing more to be said.

2. Matt Moore--His stuff blows me away, as do the results. Would not be surprised to see him as the best prospect in baseball next year.

3. Desmond Jennings--His ceiling is still the same for me (.310, .410,.470), but I am just more worried about the injuries.

4. Jake McGee--Originally, I had Torres above him, but then I switched it around. McGee has the dominant fastball which is really key. I would like for him to work on that slider so that he has four usable pitches. I won't discount him because the Rays have too many starters.

5. Alexander Torres--His results and stuff are both exciting. I believe he will be able to handle the number of innings. Should be in the rotation for the Rays in 2012, if not earlier.

6. Alex Colome--I know, you are probably wondering why Cobb isn't here yet. For me, I love big fastballs, which Colome has. His other pitches are raw, but again, I like their potential. I think he is underrated.

7. Jake Thompson--There is little not to like about him. He has a heavy fastball, good location, and durability. Upside might be the lowest yet, but he could turn into a 2nd starter. How quickly he reached A+ ball is also a testimony of the Rays belief in him.

8. Josh Sale--I wanted to fit him in before this, but Colome and Thompson both have experience. Could easily jump 7 or so spots with a good year next year. His bat was the best for a H.S. in the draft. His average defense shouldn't scare you as his bat can make up for it.

9. Nick Barnese--Although he doesn't have great velocity, his movement of his fastball is exceptional. The lower K rates don't both me. Pretty polished too, though the injuries are a concern.

10. Alex Cobb--Had to get him in the Top 10!

11. Tim Beckham--I am a believer. After a horrible first month, his bat wasn't bad at all. His defense is fine too from what I have seen.

12. Drew Vettleson--Love his bat and has an above average defensive ability. Just need to see him play....

13. Joe Cruz--He is very inconsistent with his stuff. I like his curve, but I am not too sure about anything else.

14. Luke Bailey--Aggressive? Definitely. But we will see next year, in his first year he should be fully healthy.

15. Justin O'Conner--I am not sure about him. Good defense and power, but can he hit for a high enough average?

16. Enny Romero--Stuff and results. Just need to see him at higher levels.

17. Wilking Rodriguez-- I just don't know about him. Most have him higher, but I am not too sure about his potential. I need to see more reports on him.

18. Scott Shuman--Who doesn't like a reliever with two plus pitches?

19. Jesse Hahn--If it wasn't for the injury, he would be number 5 for me. His stuff is dominant and he learned how to harness it this past year.

20. Ryan Brett--I believe in his bat, defense, and speed. I just can't seem to put him higher though.

21. Todd Glaesmann--I need to start seeing results. The Rays didn't put him in that advanced of a level and he didn't perform.

22. Hector Guevara--Wasn't overmatched, but wasn't good. I love the potential though.

23. Albert Saurez--I want to put him higher, but can't justify it. Next year should tell a lot about him. His stuff should be fully back.

24. Ty Morrison--Incredible Speed. I just need to see improvement in his bat. Power potential is there.

25. Stephen Vogt--Just can't ignore how well he hit.

26. Tyler Bortnick-- I personally feel the Rays are messing him up by promoting him so slowly. His bat is solid as is his defense.

27. Jeff Malm--Can anybody tell me what happened to this guy? I mean, the scouting reports were glowing after the draft. One said he can just flat out hit, and then he performs awfully. I have a hunch something else was wrong.

28. Matt Sweeney--Injuries are a major concern, since they have now dented his performance in AA. If he is healthy next year, he could jump twenty spots. There is no denial of his sweet swing, but he will need to prove he can hit. a move over to 1b should help him.

29. Kyle Lobstein--He really needs to add velocity. When he does, watch out.

30. Yoel Araujo-- Scouts had this to say about him, "Araujo has shown plus speed and good raw power in the Dominican Prospect League this spring. He may be more raw than the names above, but scouts like his upside." The only problem is that he was only 16 and has a long way to go. I look forward to seeing him progress.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Personal Top 30 List - Doug

As has been discussed in the comments to Kevin’s list, I try to balance performance and potential with a little more emphasis on performance than some others. However, as always, the Rays system is very pitcher-heavy, with most of the position player talent coming from the past 2 drafts with little in the way of on-the-field performance. I think what you will find with my list is pitchers are judged more by results and position players more by potential. It’s not my preference to use two standards, but if I stick to my preferred standard of weighting performance much more than potential, I might end up with a list with 24 pitchers and 6 batters.

Again, I’m not thrilled about it, but I want to be up front with everyone. I do think several of the recent high picks will pan out, but without a crystal ball it’s really a crapshoot, so they are ranked by mostly draft order and scouting reports from before and after the drafts. Also, I tried to avoid reading Kevin’s reasoning for his rankings in his list so that we wouldn’t fall into a ‘groupthink’ mentality. Any similarities or differences are simply an agreement or difference of opinion.

Here they are with some short comments, feel free to ask for greater detail on a particular player of interest (with date of birth and where I think they will begin 2011):

1. Jeremy Hellickson (4/8/87, Tampa Bay) – Easily #1, up from #2 last year (behind Wade Davis), BA’s MILB PotY, ready to join Tampa rotation at 24, 4 quality pitches (after adding a cutter this year), don’t think much explanation is needed

2. Matt Moore (6/18/89, Montgomery) – Incredible 2nd half, led all of MILB in strikeouts for 2nd consecutive year, only 21 to start AA in 2011, combines unlimited upside with great performance, only nitpick is I would like to see him do better to start a season, ie. put together a consistent season from beginning to end, only player without AA+ experience in the Top 5

3. Desmond Jennings (10/30/86, Tampa Bay) – Close, but I dropped him behind Moore due to Moore’s 2nd half and Jennings’ continued nagging injuries, ready to start 2011 in Tampa OF

4. Alex Cobb (10/7/87, Durham) – Let the fun begin, this is a clear performance over projection pick, he just continues to do well at every level, led the Southern League in K/9 and 4th in ERA despite lack of dominant pitches, with those numbers (and the playoff start for Durham) and his history of performing at every level I think he’s earned this ranking, only injury history is blisters

As an aside, for those who value performance over tools/potential, take a look at the minor league numbers of these two pitchers in 2010:
Pit   ERA  GS     IP  WHIP  H/9 HR/9  BB/9  SO/9  SO/BB
A    2.71  22  119.2 1.295  9.0  0.5   2.6   9.6   3.66
B    2.72  21  119.1 1.207  8.1  0.4   2.8   9.6   3.43
Pitcher A was 6 months younger and pitched at one level lower than Pitcher B. Pitcher A didn't make BA's Top 10, Pitcher B was BA's minor league player of the year. You obviously know who they are, and I'm not comparing Cobb's stuff or upside to Hellickson, but aren't those some amazing similar numbers? Back to the list...

5. Jake McGee (8/6/86, Tampa Bay pen) – Higher than I expected when I started working on this, but great recovery from TJS, history of strong performance, and MLB-ready arm moved him up despite the move to the bullpen (which is of necessity with Rays SP depth), potential future closer even as a leftie

6. Alex Colome (12/31/88, Charlotte) – This is more projection than performance due to 2nd half struggles, great stuff/upside, I feel his tough 2nd half was more of a product of the increased innings in his first year of full-season ball than a lack of talent, still struck out 9.6/9 despite the fade

7. Alex Torres (12/8/87, Durham) – Great addition from the Kazmir trade, strikes out a ton (9.5/9) but continues to issue too many walks (4.4/9), like the live arm and age but he projects as a RP to me due to size (5’10”, 160) and walks, which knocks him below Colome, also worry about his workload so far, despite lack of injury history he’s pitched a lot for his age

8. Jake Thompson (8/8/89, Charlotte) – This is a hunch pick (and an attempt to keep the Alex/Jake streak alive), 2nd round pick out of college in June, after a great start at Hudson Valley (1.35 ERA) he pitched 11 scoreless innings for Charlotte, the Rays don’t fast-track many pitchers not named David Price, their confidence combined with the high pick and his performance lead to this aggressive ranking, fastball, slider, changeup, with fastball touching 97

9. Joseph Cruz (7/20/88, Montgomery) – Back to performance, put up great numbers at Charlotte (2.85 ERA, 8.3 K/9, 2.5 BB/9, 0.4 HR/9), like Cobb he just continues to improve as he moves up to face better hitters, personal favorite of mine for a while, he also shows we don’t always rely on where someone was drafted (30th, 2007), fastball reaches 95

10. Drew Vettleson (7/19/91, Princeton) – Here’s where I head way off the reservation, hard to put a really young (1st-supp out of high school) guy headed to Rookie ball in the Top 10, but I think reports of ‘purest prep bat’ in the 2010 draft will allow him to move up quicker than the power bats (Sale) and the catchers (O’Conner, Bailey), most project him to develop enough power for a corner OF too

11. Josh Sale (7/5/91, Princeton) – Another young guy based on projection, 2010 1st rounder was named the ‘top prep power hitter’ in the draft, which is saying something, another projected corner OF that the system is in need of, I just feel he’ll move a little slower than Vettleson

12. Nick Barnese (1/11/89, Montgomery) – Has lost some luster the past couple seasons due to missed time, still effective (3.02 ERA, 7.4 K/9, 1.9 BB/9 for Charlotte in 2010), needs to show he can handle 25 starts/140+ innings, still will be young for AA, used to be mentioned as equal to Moore, Moore has moved way ahead

13. Tyler Bortnick (7/3/87, Charlotte) – Performance pick, good MI defense, good baserunning, .295/.400/.445 line between Bowling Green and Charlotte, 68 walks to 77 strikeouts with 41 stolen bases, nothing not to like except age-to-level, hope to see mid-season promotion to Montgomery

14. Enny Romero (1/24/91, Hudson Valley) – Sparkling numbers for the leftie between Princeton and Hudson Valley, 1.94 ERA, 9.2 K/9, 2.3 BB/9, 6.3 H/9, .955 WHIP, love tall (6’3”) lefties with great numbers and good scouting reports, but this was his first dominant season, need to see a repeat to move up, and then how he handles the load of full-season ball, might be a bit too high, but hard not to like his mid-90’s fastball and his curve

15. Wilking Rodriguez (3/2/90, Charlotte) – Roughed up a bit in Bowling Green, 4.23 ERA, but struck out 7.9/9 and only walked 2.4/9 as a 20 year-old in full-season ball, I could see him lower but put him here due to age/level and stuff

16. Justin O'Conner (3/31/92, Princeton) – 2010 1st rounder signed quickly and saw action in the Gulf Coast League, struggled to a .211/.301/.348 line in 161 AB’s, scouts called him the top prep catcher in the draft excellent raw power and plus-plus arm strength, others rank him higher but to me he’s a long ways away, very young, and catchers tend to develop more slowly

17. Albert Suarez (10/8/89, Charlotte) – Entering the 2009 season he began getting mentions on prospects lists, unfortunately was injured in his 2nd start and missed the rest of the season following Tommy John surgery, in 2010 pitched for GCL and Bowling Green on a strict pitch count, had solid if not spectacular numbers, many have forgotten him but he’s a sleeper/breakout pick to me for next season when he should be fully recovered and allowed to pitch deeper in to games

18. Scott Shuman (3/28/88, Charlotte) – I tend to discount relievers more than most but Shuman deserves a spot, lower round pick (19th 2009) sports dazzling career numbers with 13.4 strikeouts per 9 and a 2.44 ERA, look for midseason promotion to Montgomery, fastball and slider, with fastball reaching 98

19. Luke Bailey (3/11/91, Princeton) – Another young catcher picked high in the draft (4th 2009), like O’Conner struggled at GCL to a .182/.298/.350 line in 137 AB’s, should be fully recovered from TJS in 2011

20. Tim Beckham (1/27/90, Montgomery) – What’s left to say about Beckham, if he wasn’t the 1st overall pick in the 2008 draft I think we would all be pleased with a 20 year-old shortstop putting up decent numbers in high-A ball, while I’m tired of defending a kid who isn’t even old enough to buy a beer against the ‘he’s a bust!!!’ mob, if he’s moved off SS it will be hard to see where his bat will play, had 5 more plate appearances in 2010 vs. 2009, but drew 28 more walks

21. Kyle Lobstein (8/12/89, Charlotte) – The 2nd round pick in the 2008 draft struggled some in his first year of full-season ball, but not terribly considering his age, expect better numbers next season as he’ll be a little older and ready for the workload, question is if he can generate enough velocity (upper 80’s fastball last season)

22. Stephen Vogt (11/1/84, Montgomery) – A 26 year-old who hasn’t reached AA on this list? Yes. First of all he’s a catcher, and I always give them some slack on age, and he missed almost all of 2009 with injury. Did I mention he can hit? Career .308/.375/.433 with 111 walks and only 129 strikeouts. Fair to criticize his age/level and question whether he can stick at catcher defensively, would like to see him in Durham at some point next year

23. Shane Dyer (3/9/88, Montgomery) – Bounced back from a terrible 2009 at Bowling Green where he lost his spot in the rotation to Chris Andujar, dominated at Bowling Green to start 2010, earning a promotion to Charlotte where he remained solid, career is back on track for the 2008 6th rounder as he’ll enter AA at 23

24. Wilmer Almonte (8/19/89, Bowling Green) – After two years in the DSL and one in GCL he jumped over Princeton to Hudson Valley in 2010 and turned in a career year, 73 strikeouts and only 15 walks in 78 IP with a 2.77 ERA, depending on how he handles the adjustment to full-season ball he could be sleeper

25. Ryan Brett (10/9/91, Princeton) – 3rd rounder in 2010 had a nice start to his professional career with GCL, .303/.364/.404 in 89 AB’s, constantly referred to as a ‘sparkplug’ because of his size (5’9”), no concerns about his ability to stick at 2B defensively, takes walks, steals bases, lots to like about Brett

26. Aneury Rodriguez (12/13/87, Durham) – Seems to have dropped off the prospect radar despite putting up solid numbers at AAA as a 22 year-old (he’s 8 months younger than Hellickson), future is probably in the Rays pen, but he’ll be a valuable piece in the Durham rotation in 2011

27. Zach Quate (9/12/87, Montgomery) –After dominating the New York-Penn League in 2009 (0.35 ERA, 11.8 K/9, 1.4 BB/9) he skipped Bowling Green and dominated the Florida State League in 2010 (1.49 ERA, 11.2 K/9, 2.2 BB/9), probably has earned a higher rank but I discount relievers more than most (especially relievers who are in the pen early in their careers as opposed to guys like McGee and Rodriguez who make the move as they reach the big leagues) and want to see how he does at Montgomery first

28. Todd Glaesmann (10/24/90, Hudson Valley) – Struggled to a .233/.297/.398 line in 236 AB’s in Princeton, but has the potential to move way up this list because of his athleticism and tools, needs to cut the strikeout rate considerably to accomplish that

29. Ty Morrison (7/22/90, Charlotte) – Another toolsy outfielder with way too many strikeouts, led all Rays minor leaguers in stolen bases (58) and triples (13), but was 2nd in strikeouts (133, Matt Fields had 139), can stick defensively at CF

30. Derek Dietrich (7/18/89, Bowling Green) – Made it over Alex Diaz, Elliot Johnson and Marquis Fleming, Rays 2nd round pick in 2010, unlike other high picks from this year’s draft (except Brett) he had a nice start in Hudson Valley, .279/.340/.419 in 179 AB’s, played SS for the Renegades, unlikely to stick at short though, which hurts his long term value

Sunday Winter League Update

Venezuelan Winter League
Jose Lobaton was 1 for 4 with a run scored.

Dominican Winter League
Willy Aybar was 0 for 3.
Frank De Los Santos allowed a run on 2 hits in 1/3 of an inning.
Omar Luna was 1 for 5 with a run scored and a stolen base.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Ex-Rays: Catching Up With John Mollicone

Mini Baseball Stump @ 2JM
It's always nice when we hear from former members of the Rays organization, so it was great to talk recently with John Mollicone. The Fordham University graduate came to the Rays in the 27th round of the 2007 draft. He played for the Princeton Rays in 2007, the Hudson Valley Renegades in 2008, and the Bowling Green Hot Rods in 2009, where he was named the South Atlantic League Player of the Week for June 29-July 5. He was released after Spring Training in 2010.

John split time between first base and catcher, and even pitched a scoreless inning for the P-Rays. As a catcher he worked with several of the Rays top pitching prospects, including Chris Andujar, Nick Barnese, Joseph Cruz, Frank De Los Santos, Shane Dyer, Marquis Fleming, Matt Gorgen, Jeremy Hall, Tyree Hayes, Michael Jarman, Matt Moore, Josh Satow, and Neil Schenk.

Following his release he began a career in the financial services sector, but also launched an apparel company named 2JM Apparel. "At 2JM our goal is to instill the values of hard work, dedication and confidence," John explained. "We want to do this by creating shirts that illustrate who we are and at the same time portray a certain attitude."

"Show 'Em Who's Boss is the line that my Dad said to me before baseball games when I was younger," John said of the company tag line. "It always stuck with me, and I want to spread that to everyone through our apparel. Our first line or rookie line is titled 'Sport Stumps.' We have our adult line and then our Mini Sport Stumps for the younger fans."

Baseball Stump @ 2JM
Since we're now officially in the holiday shopping season, I encourage you to check out the offerings at John's 2JM website.

Whenever I talk to current or former players I really enjoy speaking to the catchers. They are basically coaches on the field, as evidenced by the number of former catchers who have become managers. John has worked with many of the Rays top pitching prospects, some of whom are now the best in all of baseball. In light of that I thought he would be a great person to interview. John not only graciously agreed to answer my questions, but also questions submitted by our readers. So please take this opportunity to post your questions in the comments or send them to me in an email.

Again, thanks to John for doing this and make sure to check out his website.

Winter League Stats Update (through 11/28)

Here are the current statistics for the Winter Leagues:

BATTERS             LG     AVG  AB  H 2B 3B HR RBI   OBP   SLG   OPS
Leslie Anderson AFL/PWL .255 106 27 4 0 3 17 .289 .377 .667
Willy Aybar DWL .321 28 9 1 0 0 2 .387 .393 .780
Tyler Bortnick COL .281 57 16 0 0 0 3 .425 .281 .706
Elliot Johnson LMP .233 129 30 6 3 2 5 .298 .372 .670
Jose Lobaton VWL .311 45 14 5 0 1 10 .467 .489 .956
Omar Luna DWL .178 45 8 1 0 0 1 .178 .200 .378
Dioner Navarro LWP .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Justin Ruggiano LMP .278 18 5 0 0 0 0 .350 .278 .628
Stephen Vogt COL .370 66 20 5 0 6 24 .448 .818 1.266
Henry Wrigley AFL .183 82 15 4 0 3 19 .209 .341 .551*

Brian Baker VWL 0 1 8.10 2 1 3 3.1 8 3 0 0 2.40 .471
Alex Cobb AFL 1 3 6.12 7 7 0 25.0 31 17 30 14 1.80 .304*
Alex Colome DWL 0 0 0.00 7 0 0 6.2 4 0 6 3 1.05 .174
Frank De Los Santos DWL 0 0 5.40 2 0 0 1.2 1 1 2 2 1.80 .200
Justin Dowdy LMP 1 0 0.00 12 0 0 9.1 6 0 11 7 1.39 .167
Sergio Espinosa AFL 0 1 7.71 11 0 0 11.2 19 10 6 5 2.06 .388*
Marquis Fleming COL 0 1 3.00 9 0 1 12.0 6 4 11 3 0.75 .142
Jeremy Hall AFL 0 0 7.71 2 0 0 2.1 5 2 1 3 3.43 .385*
Deivis Mavarez VWL 0 0 0.00 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.00 .000
Rayner Oliveros VWL 0 1 13.50 1 0 0 0.2 2 1 0 1 4.50 1.000
Ramon Ortiz DWL 0 3 6.75 5 5 0 20.0 36 15 14 3 1.95 .383
Aneury Rodriguez DWL 2 2 1.41 6 6 0 32.0 22 5 29 8 0.94 .190
Neil Schenk AFL 1 0 1.72 12 0 0 15.2 14 3 5 6 1.28 .246*
Alexander Torres VWL 4 1 1.91 7 7 0 28.1 22 6 30 8 1.06 .218


  • Leslie Anderson has moved over to the Puerto Rico League after the conclusion of the Arizona Fall League, he is now playing for the Senadores de San Juan.
  • Frank De Los Santos has joined the Dominican League, he is playing for Leones del Escogido where he joins fellow Rays pitcher Alex Colome.
  • Stephen Vogt continues to swing a hot bat in Colombia; hitting 3 doubles, 2 home runs and driving in 9 runs during the three games reported last week.

* indicates season has completed

Saturday Winter League Update

Venezuelan Winter League
Jose Lobaton was 1 for 2 with an RBI and a run scored in the doubleheader.

Mexican Pacific League
Justin Dowdy pitched a scoreless 1/3 inning.

Dominican Winter League
Alex Colome pitched 1/3 innings, allowing no runs on 1 hit with a strikeout.

Colombian Winter League
Stephen Vogt was 2 for 5 with 2 doubles and an RBI

Liga Paralela Rays
Juniel Querecuto was 2 for 4 with a double and a walk.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Friday Winter League Update

Mexican Pacific League
Justin Dowdy pitched to 2 batters in the 8th inning, walking 1 and not recording an out.

Dominican Winter League
Alex Colome earned a hold, pitched 1/3 of an inning and allowed no runs on 2 hits with a strikeout.
Ramon Ortiz allowed 3 earned runs in 4 innings worked with 3 strikeouts and 3 walks.

Colombian Winter League
Tyler Bortnick was 0 for 4.
Stephen Vogt was 1 for 4 with a home run, 2 runs scored and a walk.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Wednesday Winter League Update

Venezuelan Winter League
Jose Lobaton was 1 for 2 with a run scored and 3 walks.

Mexican Pacific League
Justin Dowdy pitched a scoreless inning with a hit, 3 strikeouts and a walk.

Dominican Winter League
Willy Aybar was 2 for 5 with a run scored.
Omar Luna was 0 for 3 with a strikeout.

Colombian Winter League
Tyler Bortnick was 1 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored in game one. Bortnick was 0 for 3 with an RBI in game two.
Marquis Fleming allowed 4 runs on 5 hits with a walk in an inning pitched during game two.
Stephen Vogt was 2 for 2 with a double, home run, 3 RBI’s, 2 runs scored and a walk in game one of the doubleheader. Vogt was 0 for 3 with a walk and run scored in game two.

Liga Paralela Rays
Alejandro Torres was 3 for 5 with 2 RBI’s and a run scored.
Jhonatan Quinonez was 2 for 4 with a double, home run, 3 RBI’s and 3 runs scored.
Felix Gonzalez was 2 for 5 with a double, 2 RBI’s and a run scored.
Roan Salas had a triple and drew 2 walks.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Minor Moves: Canzler

According to Matt Eddy at BA the Rays have signed Russ Canzler, formerly of the Cubs organization. The 24 year-old plays the corner infield and outfield positions and spent all of 2010 at AA. He was originally drafted by Chicago in the 30th round of the 2004 draft. Here are his career stats (all in the Cubs organization):
Year   Age Lev   AB   R   H  2B 3B HR RBI SB CS  BB  SO   BA  OBP  SLG  OPS
2004    18  Rk  105  12  26   2  3  1  13  0  1   9  35 .248 .310 .352 .663
2005    19  Rk  157  22  47  11  3  1  20  1  5  24  41 .299 .387 .427 .814
2006    20  A-  280  49  74  22  4 16  61  7  4  22  70 .264 .319 .543 .862
2007    21   A  460  60 124  24  2  7  54 12  8  35  88 .270 .321 .376 .697
2008    22  A+  326  47  89  22  2 12  59  7  4  27  70 .273 .327 .463 .790
2009    23  A+  100  14  27   8  1  2  14  2  0   7  24 .270 .315 .430 .745
2009    23  AA  233  27  60  15  0  6  35  2  5  31  41 .258 .346 .399 .745
2010    24  AA  355  68 102  28  4 21  66  5  4  46  95 .287 .372 .566 .938
7 Seasons      2016 299 549 132 19 66 322 36 31 201 464 .272 .339 .455 .793
Hmm, 24 years old, plays CIF/COF, was at AA last season, who does he remind me of?

[Update per Homein2's comment]: From the StandardSpeaker in Hazleton:
Free agent Russ Canzler agreed to a deal with the team on Friday, one that includes an invite to the Rays' spring training camp in Port Charlotte, Fla., an opportunity to earn a full-time job with, at the very least, their Triple A affiliate - the Durham Bulls - and his next step toward fulfilling his life-long dream of becoming a major leaguer. Should that happen, the former Hazleton Area High School and area American Legion standout who once regularly hit balls over the fence at Joe Maddon Field would play for the same manager who has made Hazleton a frequent conversation piece during the Rays' recent successful run: Hazleton native Joe Maddon.
"It was a very exciting, tense two weeks of negotiating and hearing offers from other teams," he added. "In the end... the Rays were looking for a strong, right-handed corner infielder or outfielder with power who could help at the Triple A level right away... someone prepared to help them at the major league level sooner rather than later."

Henry Wrigley Discussion

Yesterday morning Kevin posted his Top 30 Rays Prospects list and the world nearly came to an end. No, not the Korean conflict. You see Kevin omitted Henry Wrigley. The Obama administration quickly issued a tersely worded statement condemning the omission and other nations joined in expressing their outrage. In order to restore peace this holiday weekend, lets move the discussion of Wrigley here. This will allow the comments in that thread to focus on important things like how using cuss words in a comment makes you look smarter, questioning Kevin's sexuality, and reminding us how stupid we are.

The Rays drafted Wrigley 14th round of the 2005 draft out of San Mateo JC. The 24 year-old (August 9, 1986) split last season between the Charlotte Stone Crabs in the Florida State League and the Montgomery Biscuits in the Southern League. Here are his career offensive stats:
Year   Age    Teams   AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB  SO   BA  OBP  SLG  OPS GDP
2006    19     Prin  188  22  47  9  1  5  26  5  2  7  39 .250 .273 .388 .661   9
2007    20       HV  243  28  57 10  3  3  33 10  3 20  37 .235 .301 .337 .639   4
2008    21    Colum  404  45 101 13 10  7  60  7  3 24  62 .250 .292 .384 .676  14
2009    22  2 Teams  437  46 103 31  3 10  60  8  5 14  74 .236 .258 .389 .647   8
2009    22       BG  177  20  39 16  1  4  17  3  4  5  30 .220 .245 .390 .634   4
2009    22     Char  260  26  64 15  2  6  43  5  1  9  44 .246 .267 .388 .656   4
2010    23  2 Teams  514  66 139 25  4 21  83  6  3 31  91 .270 .312 .457 .769  19
2010    23     Char  260  35  76 13  3 12  46  5  2 19  37 .292 .343 .504 .847  10
2010    23     Mont  254  31  63 12  1  9  37  1  1 12  54 .248 .280 .409 .690   9
5 Seasons           1786 207 447 88 21 46 262 36 16 96 303 .250 .289 .400 .689  54
The average age of batters in the Florida State League in 2010 was 22.7, and the overall league BA/OBP/SLG/OPS was .255/.324/.364/.688. The average age of batters in the Southern League in 2010 was 24.4 and the league numbers were .263/.337/.390/.727.

Defensively he's played both corner infield and corner outfield positions. Here are his fielding stats:
Year      Age         Team/POS   G   Ch   PO   A  E  DP  Fld% RF/G
2006       19     Princeton 1B  40  354  330  22  2  32  .994 8.80
2007       20 Hudson Valley 3B   6   13    3   8  2   0  .846 1.83
2007       20 Hudson Valley 1B  62  557  512  35 10  37  .982 8.82
2008       21      Columbus 1B 110 1054  974  71  9  88  .991 9.50
2009       22 Bowling Green RF  17   29   27   1  1   0  .966 1.65
2009       22 Bowling Green LF  15   19   17   0  2   0  .895 1.13
2009       22 Bowling Green 3B   6   22    5  14  3   1  .864 3.17
2009       22 Bowling Green 1B   6   52   47   3  2   5  .962 8.33
2009       22     Charlotte LF   7   21   20   0  1   0  .952 2.86
2009       22     Charlotte 3B   6   16    2  12  2   1  .875 2.33
2009       22     Charlotte 1B  56  465  423  39  3  45  .994 8.25
2010       23     Charlotte RF   4    9    8   1  0   0 1.000 2.25
2010       23     Charlotte LF  19   22   21   1  0   0 1.000 1.16
2010       23     Charlotte 3B  22   54    8  42  4   3  .926 2.27
2010       23     Charlotte 1B  10   87   79   7  1  10  .989 8.60
2010       23    Montgomery RF   1    0    0   0  0         0 0.00
2010       23    Montgomery LF   3    1    1   0  0   0 1.000 0.33
2010       23    Montgomery 3B  40  111   32  75  4   6  .964 2.68
2010       23    Montgomery 1B  17  163  149  13  1  13  .994 9.53
5 Seasons                      447 3049 2658 344 47 241  .985 6.72
1B (5 seasons)              1B 301 2732 2514 190 28 230  .990 8.98
3B (3 seasons)              3B  80  216   50 151 15  11  .931 2.51
LF (2 seasons)              LF  44   63   59   1  3   0  .952 1.36
RF (2 seasons)              RF  22   38   35   2  1   0  .974 1.68
Statcorner lists Wrigley as the 3rd most valuable hitter on the Stone Crabs by batting runs above average (behind Vogt and Fronk):
Player             PA   wOBA   bRAA
Anderson, Leslie   89  0.342    1.4 
Baldelli, Rocco    47  0.312   -0.5 
Beckham, Tim      533  0.336    5.5 
Bortnick, Tyler    38  0.349    0.8 
Fields, Matt       18  0.290   -0.5 
Fronk, Reid       450  0.367   16.5 
Hall, Matthew     301  0.242  -20.6 
Hawpe, Brad         6  0.397    0.4 
Jefferies, Jake   402  0.275  -16.9 
Joyce, Matt        40  0.519    6.6 
Kang, Kyeong      300  0.297   -6.9 
Kapler, Gabe       14  0.181   -1.7 
Luna, Omar         26  0.114   -4.6 
Murrill, Chris    175  0.266   -8.6 
O'Malley, Shawn    34  0.435    3.1 
Pena, Carlos        3  0.612    0.8 
Royster, Ryan      37  0.271   -1.7 
Scelfo, Anthony   295  0.311   -3.4 
Sexton, Greg      391  0.326    0.8 
Sheridan, Michael 452  0.313   -4.3 
Spring, Matt      111  0.316   -0.8 
Sweeney, Matthew  137  0.360    4.3 
Thomas, Mark        5  0.327    0.0 
Velasquez, Isaias 501  0.327    1.1 
Vogt, Stephen     407  0.417   32.4 
Williams, Shawn    19  0.360    0.6 
Wrigley, Henry    281  0.380   13.4
Statcorner has him with negative value in Montgomery by bRAA, but the team as a whole was pretty weak:
Player             PA   wOBA   bRAA 
Albernaz, Craig   181  0.310   -4.0 
Anderson, Drew M. 419  0.336   -0.2 
Anderson, Leslie  204  0.361    4.2 
Ashley, Nevin     391  0.333   -1.2 
Cipriano, Cody    273  0.351    3.5 
De La Cruz, Chris 367  0.322   -4.5 
Eldridge, Rashad  381  0.333   -1.1 
Fields, Matt      347  0.295  -12.3 
Folli, Mike        80  0.241   -6.5 
Furmaniak, J.J.    45  0.339    0.1 
Lobaton, Jose      28  0.339    0.1 
Luna, Omar          8  0.224   -0.8 
Matulia, John     524  0.321   -6.7 
Nowak, Chris      266  0.342    1.2 
O'Malley, Shawn   169  0.264  -10.4 
Paxton, Ian         8  0.340    0.0 
Royster, Ryan      42  0.217   -4.3 
Ruiz, Jose        106  0.340    0.3 
Salem, Emeel      586  0.322   -7.0 
Sexton, Gregory   134  0.339    0.4 
Spring, Matt       74  0.286   -3.2 
Strait, Cody      150  0.258   -9.9 
Sweeney, Matthew  179  0.253  -13.0 
Wrigley, Henry    271  0.326   -2.4
One last thing, his career batting average on balls in play (babip), with one standing out:
2006      Princeton    .286
2007  Hudson Valley    .263
2008       Columbus    .276
2009  Bowling Green    .243
2009      Charlotte    .271
2010      Charlotte    .300
2010     Montgomery    .277
There are the numbers. Feel free to add any others you feel are important to consider. While he had a great first half in Charlotte last season, he's a career .250/.289/.400 hitter. To me those are not Top 30 prospect numbers for a corner IF/OFer.

He won't be on my list, which will be posted at some point this weekend. But feel free to try to change my mind! And have a nice holiday weekend.

Monday Winter League Update

Venezuelan Winter League
Jose Lobaton was 1 for 1.

Dominican Winter League
Willy Aybar was 2 for 4 with a double, run scored and 2 walks.
Omar Luna was 1 for 3 with a run scored and a stolen base.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Personal Top 30 List - Kevin

Well, it's time to kick off our prospect coverage. What we're going to do is give you our personal top 30 lists in separate posts, and then do one combining our lists at the end. We'll start off with my list, and then Jake and Doug will have theirs posted soon. Next week we'll also begin posting profiles on our top 15 hitters, and then the top 15 pitchers after that's taken care of. Here's my list, with explanation for rankings at the bottom:

1. RHP Jeremy Hellickson
2. LHP Matt Moore
3. OF Desmond Jennings
4. LHP Alex Torres
5. RHP Alex Cobb
6. RHP Alex Colome
7. LHP Jake McGee
8. OF Josh Sale
9. RHP Joe Cruz
10. RHP Nick Barnese

11. RHP Jake Thompson
12. RHP Wilking Rodriguez
13. C Justin O'Conner
14. C Luke Bailey
15. OF Drew Vettleson
16. IF Tim Beckham
17. OF Ty Morrison
18. IF Derek Dietrich
19. LHP Enny Romero
20. IF Ryan Brett

21. RHP Scott Shuman
22. IF Hector Guevara
23. OF Todd Glaesmann
24. IF Tyler Bortnick
25. RHP Albert Suarez
26. RHP Jesse Hahn
27. LHP Kyle Lobstein
28. RHP Zach Quate
29. IF Cesar Perez
30. LHP Braulio Lara

The Top Three: I talked about these guys a little bit in an earlier post, but Jeremy Hellickson, Matt Moore, and Desmond Jennings are essentially a cut above everyone else. Hellickson gets the easy nod for #1 simply because of his long track record of success in the minors plus how good he looked in the majors in 2010. Moore places second for me simply because of his ceiling. I feel he can truly become a superstar pitcher if his second-half control improvements are for real. His K/9 hasn't wavered from the upper-12's, and if you include his playoff appearances, it was over 13. Jennings is obviously an exciting major league-ready talent, but I think 2010 put a damper on what his ultimate ceiling is. Injuries have been a real problem for him, and while it's not entirely alarming, it's noteworthy.

Four Through Seven: I had said earlier that I didn't have Jake McGee on the same level as Alex troika of Torres, Cobb, and Colome, but I've changed my mind. While I still ranked McGee at #7, it's a lot closer than I thought it would be, and I thought about moving him up several times. Torres comes in at #4 for me because his stuff is a tick above the others'. Control is still a weakness at times for him, but his 4.4 BB/9 in 2010 was an improvement over 2009's 4.9 number. He's also excelled in the Venezuelan Winter League, striking out 30 and walking 6 in 27.2 innings as of this post.

Cobb has been hit-or-miss in the Arizona Fall League, finishing with a 6.12 ERA despite striking out 30 in 25.0 innings and inducing more than three groundouts for every flyout. His high walk total of 14 was skewed by one bad outing where he walked 6 in 3.2 innings. He has less spectacular stuff than Torres, Colome, and McGee, but he's seen a rise in his K/9 the past two seasons as he's climbed the organizational ladder. Colome is a guy whose stuff didn't exactly match his stats in 2010. A 3.95 ERA, more than a strikeout per inning, and 45 walks in 118 innings isn't necessarily bad, but I couldn't help but expect more given his age (21) and his quality stuff. I still believe in the arm, and expect an improvement stats-wise as he moves up to the Florida State League.

McGee may have been the toughest pitcher to rank. He features either the best or second-best fastball on the list, and dominated the highest level of the minors out of the bullpen. Despite solid numbers as a starter in Montgomery, it seems like the Rays plan to use him as a reliever going forward, which limits how high I can rank him. Late-inning relievers certainly have value, and McGee could be a special one, but I'm still only luke-warm on his off-speed stuff.

Eight Through Ten: I think Josh Sale's bat is truly something special, and I thought the Astros made a mistake passing on him at #8 overall. So even without the benefit of pro experience, I'm fine with putting him in my top 10. Joseph Cruz has, in my opinion, passed 2010 rotation-mate Nick Barnese as a prospect. They both do the same sorts of things well, but Cruz at his best has a better fastball, and has posted better strikeout numbers the past two seasons. Barnese still makes the top 10, though, bolstered by his excellent 1.9 BB/9 in 2010. He's yet to make a full season's worth of starts, though.

Ten Through Fourteen: Jake Thompson was the fourth Rays draft pick in 2010, but I have him ranked above all but Sale here. Heading into the draft he was an arm strength guy who hadn't quite lived up to his billing, but he made real strides in pro ball. He made some mechanical adjustments and was dominant at times, including 11 innings in the Florida State League where he allowed only two hits. Wilking Rodriguez was another guy who I thought might have a better season statistically. It wasn't disappointing, per say, and he showed glimpses of greatness, but too often allowed a little trouble turn into a lot of trouble.

Justin O'Conner and Luke Bailey is a virtual tie. Both have similar profiles: Plus power with the tools to be plus defensively. Coming back from Tommy John surgery, Both showed more swing-and-miss than I expected, Bailey striking out 47 times in 42 games and O'Conner 46 times in 48 games with the GCL Rays. Despite the iffy debuts, I love each of their potential as catchers who can hit while providing solid defense. Neither is in imminent danger of being moved off the position.

Fifteen Through Twenty: The next three, Drew Vettleson, Tim Beckham, and Ty Morrison were tough to rank. Vettleson could be the best pure hitter of the group, and his ceiling is going to come down to how much power he can hit for. And then there's Beckham. I could write a lot about Beckham (and I will in the RaysProspect digitial guide, coming February 2011!), but for now I'll just say that he's not a bust but I absolutely expected more from him. The stride he made in plate discipline is mitigated by a still-high strikeout total, a lack of power, and mediocre reports about his tools.

Ty Morrison is a major sleeper for me. He runs very well, plays a mean center field, and showed improvement over the course of the 2010 season. He does strike out a lot, and like Beckham, it would've been nice to see improvements in the BB% department come with a drop in K%. He should develop some power, but is a top-of-the-lineup type hitter, so he'll need to continue improving his walk total, which he did each month last season.

Derek Dietrich probably won't stick at shortstop, but his left-handed bat and above-average hitting ability will allow him to carve out a spot somewhere, even if it's as a super-utility guy. Enny Romero took the Appalachian League by storm after a so-so showing in the GCL in 2009. His stuff inarguably blossomed, but I'd like to see him put up 2010-type numbers again. If he can, likely with Bowling Green, he'll be a strong top-10 contender next off-season.

It was refreshing to finally see a Rays high school draftee put up strong numbers in his debut as Ryan Brett did. He was able to produce nice power out of his 5-9/180 frame in high school, but it remains to be seen how much he can generate with wood bats. In fact, his game may flourish if he adopts a more contact/on-base approach, but it's worth seeing if he can still produce some pop.

Twenty Through Thirty: Ah, the home stretch. Scott Shuman ranks highest out of all the players who were exclusively relievers in 2010. Shuman terrorized the Midwest League with a mid-to-upper 90s fastball and slider than flashed plus. He struck out 111 in 71.2 innings, and will help ensure the Charlotte bullpen doesn't fall too far in 2011... if he's not promoted to Montgomery.

Hector Guevara and Todd Glaesmann rank above Tyler Bortnick for me despite the obviously worse stats. Glaesmann has potential for five plus tools, but his plate approach (13 walks, 70 strikeouts in 62 games) needs work. Guevara held his own as one of the youngest players in the Appy League, though his .251 batting average was somewhat empty. He showed an aptitude for making contact, striking out only 31 times in 64 games, and given how he raked in the VSL in 2009, he's a real breakout candidate.

So, for that matter, is Bortnick. Not only did he maintain his production in his full-season debut, he improved in some areas, most notably plate discipline. He walked 63 times (and only struck out 67) in 113 MWL games, while also swiping 41 bases total on the year. If he continues to produce with Charlotte in 2011, people will take notice for sure.

Albert Suarez and Jesse Hahn are both recent Tommy John surgery victims, though Suarez is expected to be ready to go on opening day while Hahn won't debut at least until the summer. When totally healthy, Hahn has the better stuff, but Suarez already showed he was "back" last year, working into the 93-94 mph range with his fastball.

Like Ryan Reid and Matt Gorgen before him, Zach Quate is going to have to prove he has enough to get hitters at the upper levels of the minors out after posting great FSL numbers. Quate's fastball is worse than Gorgen's, though his slider his better, and his delivery allows him to deceive hitters well.

Cesar Perez was a Venezuelan bonus baby who fizzled in the GCL in 2010, but he was only 17 years old. He'll still be at rookie ball in 2011, either Princeton or back in the GCL, but I expect much better results.

Braulio Lara round out the list. Despite praise for his stuff from BaseballAmerica, I'm hesitant to rank him higher because he was 21 years old in the Appy League, and his 58-25 K-BB in 66.0 innings doesn't jump off the page.

Whew. What do you guys think? Someone too high? Too low? Someone not on here that you think should've been?

Monday Winter League Update

Liga Paralela Rays
Alejandro Segovia was 2 for 4 with 2 home runs, 4 RBI’s and 3 runs scored.
Cesar Perez was 2 for 4 with a run scored.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sunday Winter League Update

Venezuelan Winter League
Jose Lobaton was 0 for 2 with a walk and a strikeout.

Mexican Pacific League
Justin Dowdy picked up the win by throwing 2 no-hit innings with 2 strikeouts.
Elliot Johnson was 1 for 3 with a double, run scored and a walk.

Dominican Winter League
P Aneury Rodriguez (Toros del Este)

Colombian Winter League (from 11/20)
Tyler Bortnick was 1 for 5 with 4 strikeouts.
Marquis Fleming pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings.
Stephen Vogt was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI’s.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Saturday Winter League Update

Venezuelan Winter League
Jose Lobaton was 1 for 3 with a double and 2 strikeouts.

Mexican Pacific League
Justin Dowdy pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings allowing just 1 hit.
Elliot Johnson was 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts.

Dominican Winter League
Alex Colome pitched 2 shut-out innings with a hit, strikeout and 2 walks.
Omar Luna was 0 for 2.
Ramon Ortiz suffered the loss, allowing 2 earned runs on 6 hits with 7 strikeouts and a walk in 5 innings pitched.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Friday Winter League Update

Venezuelan Winter League
Jose Lobaton was 2 for 5 with an RBI.
Alex Torres earned the win and allowed 2 runs on 7 hits with 3 strikeouts and 2 walks.

Mexican Pacific League
Justin Dowdy pitched a no-hit 1/3 inning.
Elliot Johnson was 1 for 5 with a run scored.

Dominican Winter League
Omar Luna was 1 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Aneury Rodriguez allowed an earned run on 5 hits with a strikeout and a walk to take the loss.

Liga Paralela Rays
Reinaldo Lopez fell to 0-3 by allowing 3 runs on 5 hits in 3 innings.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Indy Ball Shakeup: 3 Leagues Merge To Form North American League

This isn't directly related to the Rays, but it affects many former Rays players (and probably a few future ones). Here is the full press release:

(San Ramon, CA. November 18, 2010) The Golden Baseball League, Northern League, and the United League announced today that they have joined forces in the creation of a new professional independent league that will be known as the North American League. The league will have 16 - 20 teams in multiple countries and cover many of the major markets in the U.S. and Canada in 2011 with expansion already set for 2012. Except for Major League Baseball, it will be the largest professional league in terms of number of teams and geographies and amongst the top minor leagues in terms of attendance. The existing leagues will keep their names and their baseball operations structure while consolidating and enhancing a number of business activities and will adhere to a single and consistent set of league operating by-laws.

"This is an exciting opportunity for the teams of these three leagues", said Kevin Outcalt, Chief Executive of Diamond Sports & Entertainment, the company that owns and operates the Golden League and will administer the North American League. "This will provide more value to our marketing and business partners, more exposure for our players to advance their careers, and increased excitement and fun for the fans of all of our ballclubs. In addition, the business advantages of league-wide advertising and sponsor revenue, collective/volume purchasing to lower costs, and shared best practices amongst the teams in the league should drive additional profitability for the North American League member clubs."

The structure of the NAL will be set up with the three original leagues covering their respective regions where the teams will play approximately 75% of their games within their region and 25% outside their region/division. This will be followed by playoffs that will conclude with a North American Championship Series. It is anticipated that the league will play a 92 - 100 game regular season schedule that will be determined at the inaugural NAL meetings that will be held in northern California at the end of this month. All of the existing Golden League, Northern League, and United League teams will be part of the circuit, and it is expected that additional teams will be announced in the coming weeks as well. The full slate of 2011 NAL teams and the makeup of each region will be announced following the league meeting. Baseball related playing rules will also be finalized including player classification/eligibility and playing rules (National League or American League).

"This is an excellent move for the Northern League," said Northern League Commissioner Clark Griffith. "By becoming part of this new league, we will enjoy benefits that can't be found anywhere else in minor league baseball and some exciting opportunities that were never available in the Northern League in the past."

Although these three leagues totaled 35% of the professional independent minor league baseball teams in North America in 2010, they were responsible for placing half of the players on the Baseball America Indy Top Prospects list and six of the fourteen players named to the all Independent Leagues First Team by Baseball America. In addition, the three leagues have sold 35 player contracts to major league organizations so far in 2010 and are all recognized as an important source of baseball talent including players, umpires, coaches/managers, and front office/business personnel by big league clubs.

Byron Pierce, United League president, stated, "The United League is pleased to announce it is becoming part of North American League Baseball. By doing so the United League will be able to bring a national presence and the rich tradition of three leagues to each of our United League cities, while maintaining our regional rivalries and identity."

About the North American League:

The North American League (NAL) is the largest, in number of teams and geography, professional independent baseball league worldwide. With operations in Western Canada, Mexico, and much of the United States the league brings affordable family entertainment to over 2M fans a season. Formed in the fall of 2010, through a combination of three leagues with over 30 seasons of playing experience between them, the NAL is able to offer opportunities to players and marketing partners that cannot be found in any other league. League play level is considered AA to AAA, the alumni of the three founding leagues (Golden, Northern, United) have seen over 40 of their group reach the major leagues over the years and another 35 players had their contracts purchased by MLB organizations in 2010. A division structure with teams playing a 92 -100 game schedule is planned for 2011.

Thursday's Winter League Update

Arizona Fall League
Leslie Anderson was 0 for 1 with 2 walks.
Jose Ruiz was 0 for 3.
Neil Schenk pitched a scoreless inning with a strikeout and 2 walks.

Venezuelan Winter League
Brian Baker suffered the loss, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits with 2 1/3 innings.

Mexican Pacific League
Elliot Johnson was 0 for 2.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Wednesday Winter League Update

Arizona Fall League
Leslie Anderson was 0 for 4.
Alex Cobb fell to 1-3 by allowing 4 earned runs on 7 hits with 8 strikeouts and 2 walks in 4 1/3 innings.
Sergio Espinosa allowed 6 runs on 7 hits with a walk in an inning on the mound.
Jose Ruiz was 2 for 4.
Henry Wrigley was 1 for with a run scored.

Mexican Pacific League
Justin Dowdy gave up two walks without recording an out.
Elliot Johnson was 1 for 4 with a triple.
Justin Ruggiano was 0 for 2 with a strikeout.

Dominican Winter League
Alex Colome pitched a scoreless inning with 2 strikeouts.
Omar Luna was 2 for 4 with a run scored.

Liga Paralela Rays
Felix Gonzalez was 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored.
Franklin Acala was 2 for 4 with a double.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tuesday Winter League Update

Arizona Fall League
Jose Ruiz was 2 for 3 with an RBI.
Henry Wrigley was 0 for 3 with a strikeout.

Mexican Pacific League
Elliot Johnson was 1 for 4 with a walk and 2 runs scored.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Monday Winter League Update

Arizona Fall League
Leslie Anderson was 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI’s.
Jose Ruiz was 0 for 4 with 4 strikeouts.
Neil Schenk pitched a no-hit inning of relief, has not allowed a run in his last 5 appearances.

Colombian Winter League (from 11/14)
Tyler Bortnick was 1 for 2 with 4 walks.
Marquis Fleming pitched 2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits with 2 strikeouts and a walk.
Stephen Vogt was 0 for 4 with 2 walks and a run scored.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Sunday Winter League Update

Venezuelan Winter League
Brian Baker pitched a shut-out inning with 2 hits in his VWL debut.
Alex Torres pitched 5 innings and recorded the win, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits with 2 strikeouts and a walk. The earned runs were the first given up by Torres this winter in 5 starts.

Mexican Pacific League
Elliot Johnson was 4 for 5 with a double, triple, RBI and 3 runs scored.

Dominican Winter League
Willy Aybar was 1 for 4.
Omar Luna was 0 for 1.
Ramon Ortiz pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed 2 unearned runs on 9 hits.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Winter League Stats Update (through 11/14)

Here are the current statistics for the Winter Leagues:

BATTERS           LG   AVG  AB  H 2B 3B HR RBI   OBP   SLG   OPS
Leslie Anderson AFL .259 85 22 3 0 2 13 .286 .365 .650
Willy Aybar DWL .222 9 2 1 0 0 1 .222 .333 .556
Tyler Bortnick COL .368 19 7 0 0 0 2 .458 .368 .826*
Elliot Johnson LMP .216 102 22 4 1 2 4 .279 .333 .613
Jose Lobaton VWL .267 30 8 4 0 1 8 .410 .500 .910
Omar Luna DWL .091 22 2 1 0 0 0 .091 .136 .227
Dioner Navarro LWP .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Justin Ruggiano LMP .278 18 5 0 0 0 0 .350 .278 .628
Jose Ruiz AFL .329 82 27 3 1 0 10 .368 .390 .758
Stephen Vogt COL .407 27 11 0 0 3 7 .414 .741 1.155*
Henry Wrigley AFL .187 75 14 4 0 3 19 .215 .360 .575

Brian Baker VWL 0 0 0.00 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.00 .000
Alex Cobb AFL 1 2 5.66 6 6 0 20.2 24 13 22 12 1.74 .293
Alex Colome DWL 0 0 0.00 3 0 0 3.0 0 0 1 1 0.33 .000
Justin Dowdy LMP 0 0 0.00 5 0 0 4.1 4 0 4 5 1.85 .222
Sergio Espinosa AFL 0 1 3.38 10 0 0 10.2 12 4 6 4 1.50 .308
Marquis Fleming COL 0 0 2.25 4 0 1 4.0 2 1 5 1 0.75 .154*
Jeremy Hall AFL 0 0 7.71 2 0 0 2.1 5 2 1 3 3.43 .385
Deivis Mavarez VWL 0 0 0.00 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.00 .000
Rayner Oliveros VWL 0 1 13.50 1 0 0 0.2 2 1 0 1 4.50 1.000
Ramon Ortiz DWL 0 1 14.21 2 2 0 6.1 16 10 4 0 2.53 .471
Aneury Rodriguez DWL 2 0 1.54 4 4 0 23.1 11 4 25 5 0.69 .141
Neil Schenk AFL 1 0 1.98 10 0 0 13.2 14 3 4 4 1.32 .275
Alexander Torres VWL 2 0 0.00 4 4 0 17.2 7 0 25 3 0.57 .119


  • Stephen Vogt continues to tear the cover off the ball in Colombia, he was 5 for 7 with a double, 2 home runs and 5 RBI's in the two games in which stats have been reported.
  • Aneury Rodriguez struck out 10 hitters in 7 innings while leading the Toros to victory on Sunday.
  • Alex Torres pitched 5 shut-out innings with 11 strikeouts in Tuesday's game.

* Updated stats for the Colombian League have not been released. The stats listed above are from the last period. There are still several games in the league that were played last week and the official box scores and stats have not been released or added to the yearly totals. *

Saturday Winter League Update

Arizona Fall League
Leslie Anderson was 0 for 3.
Jose Ruiz was 0 for 3 with a strikeout.
Neil Schenk pitched a no-hit inning, striking out 2 of the 3 hitters faced.
Henry Wrigley was 0 for 2 with a strikeout.

Mexican Pacific League
Justin Dowdy pitched 1/3 of an inning allowing no runs on 1 hit and a walk.
Elliot Johnson was 1 for 3 with a strikeout.

Dominican Winter League
Aneury Rodriguez pitched 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits with 2 strikeouts and a walk.

Liga Paralela Rays
Roan Salas was 2 for 3 with a double.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Friday Winter League Update

Arizona Fall League
Leslie Anderson was 2 for 4.
Sergio Espinosa pitched a shut-out inning allowing just 1 hit.
Jose Ruiz was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI’s.

Venezuelan Winter League
Jose Lobaton was 0 for 3 with a walk and 2 strikeouts.

Mexican Pacific League
Elliot Johnson was 1 for 4.

Colombian Winter League (from 11/10)
Tyler Bortnick was 1 for 4 with a walk.
Marquis Fleming pitched 2 2/3 no-hit innings with 4 strikeouts.
Stephen Vogt was 1 for 3 with a double, RBI and a walk.

Liga Paralela Rays
Alejandro Segovia was 2 for 3.
Oscar Hernandez was 2 for 3.
Omar Bencomo earned the save with 1 1/3 shut-out innings.