Twins Winter League Report

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Just a quick update today on the goings on throughout the Winter Leagues as the Australian Baseball League got started and tonight the Puerto Rico League gets going as well.

Arizona Fall League

We’ll start down in Arizona, where Mesa got a 8-7 win. Cole DeVries dropped his ERA to 2.70 with three no-hit innings. He walked two and struck out two. Brett Jacobson came in later and threw 1.2 no-hit, no-walk innings. The big hit for the Solar Sox came off the bat of Twins OF Aaron Hicks. He cleared the bases with his third triple of the Fall League to give the team a lead they would hold on to. He went 1-3 with a walk. Brian Dozier was 0-4 and played 2B.

Venezuela Winter League

Yangervis Solarte made his first appearance for Aragua this season. He batted second, played 2B and went 0-4. Joe Benson came in as a defensive replacement after starting the team’s ten previous games.

For Magallenes, Deolis Guerra got all five batters he faced out.

Australian Baseball League

Sydney topped Melbourne 3-2 on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 9th. For Sydney, 17-year-old Jacob Younis went 0-2 with a walk. He played 2B and batted ninth. For Melbourne, Josh Hendricks played RF and batted ninth. He went 0-3.

Canberra beat Brisbane 6-0. For Brisbane, Rory Rhodes batted clean up and went 1-2 with two walks and a double. He played Left Field.

Any thoughts?


6 Responses to “Twins Winter League Report”

  1. DH in Philly November 4, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    Seth –

    What are your thoughts on DeVries? He seems to be starting exclusively in the AFL where he’s been out of the pen most of his last two Milb seasons. He’s not young but can he be more than a middle of the bullpen guy? Thanks.

    • Seth November 4, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

      He was solid up to AA. Was pretty bad in 2010, but moved to the bullpen in 2011 and was very good. Came back to earth in Rochester.

      I don’t think he’d be more than a middle of the bullpen guy in the big leagues, but not long ago, I woudln’t have thought even that, so that’s something.

  2. Glanzer November 4, 2011 at 1:09 pm #

    What about Valencia and Butera in their international All-Star series? Haven’t been able to find any box scores from those games.

  3. mike wants wins November 4, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    I had mentioned this question here a few weeks ago, but not sure if it was answerd…but someone asked KLAW this yesterday….

    Ian (MPLS)
    Holdover question from last week. Which is harder: teaching Joe Benson to take a walk or teaching Aaron Hicks to hit a strike?

    Klaw (1:28 PM)
    Hicks has made some adjustments in that department in the last two weeks, so maybe that’s the answer.

    • Seth November 4, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

      Weird question, because Benson has always done a great job of taking walks throughout his minor league career. His career IsoD is 0.096. Last year in New Britain is was 0.103.

      • mike wants wins November 4, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

        Ya, I don’t think that’s the exact question I was going to ask, but thought it was interesting that someone asked it….

        My question was more about teaching Hicks to swing and hit (as opposed to walking), or getting Benson to hit what he swings at?….but now I can’t recall….but I’m tired, and at work, and am not sure right now…..

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