As we did last year, my world will do a one week review of all the winter leages, a who is hot and who is not brief. The AFL is the only current winter league going on and since their day off is Sunday a Sunday time frame will be the best time for their review. Once we get back from Panama.
Salt River Rafters (5-1)
Ryan Wheeler has been the big stick with five doubles and a .522 average. Tim Wheeler though leads the team in RBIs (8) despite a rather lackluster .261 average. Kody Hinze has two homeruns in the three games he has played and his .455 average is third on the team. Alex Castellanos also has two homeruns and four of his five hits have gone for extra bases, resulting in a slugging of .609 despite a .217 average.
Kevin Munson has not given up a run yet in his two appearances, but most impressive is that all of his recorded outs have been strikeouts in his two innings of work. He has given up three hits.
Scottsdale Scorpions (2-2)
The biggest news for this team is that Bryce Harper did not have a hit in his first 13 at bats. He broke through with one hit in tonight’s games, but it hasn’t been the best of starts for Bryce. Will Middlebrooks has the best average (.500) and one of the two Scorpion homeruns. Darin Ruf has the other homerun, his only hit so far in the early season, resulting in a .125 average.
Daryl Maday threw four innings of shutout ball, striking out six to lead this pitching staff. Tyler Cloud also had a shutout start, but he worked only two innings.
Mesa Solar Sox (0-5)
A winless team will not get you very many progressive bats but Brian Dozier is hitting .462 with one homerun and three RBIs. Josh Vitters has clubbed two homeruns and leads the team in RBIs. Xavier Avery and Aaron Hicks are two of the top prospects for the Orioles and Twins, but both have been hitless in 13 at bats.
Steve Johnson and Trey McNutt have each tossed three shutout innings, Steve giving up the only hit.
Surprise Saguaros (4-1)
Christian Bethancourt from Panama is leading the charge with his .571 average. Mike Olt has already belted 4 home runs and he has driven in eight. He also has an impressive .400 record to start the tournament. Tim Beckham and Wil Myers has each clubbed two homeruns.
Nothing really stands out to report on the pitching staff.
Phoenix Desert Dogs (3-3)
Michael Choice has been the big slugger for the Desert Dogs, though his three big blasts have only driven in four runs. He is hitting .471. Jesus Aguilar is their big RBI man with six. Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria still has not produced a hit in 14 at bats.
Brad Boxberger has made two appearances and struck out all the hitters he has retired. He has also given up one hit and two walks.
Peoria Javelinas (2-4)
Jedd Gyorko is hitting a blistering .556. Scooter Gennett has been the big power source with his two homeruns and six RBIs.
Forrest Snow has not given up a hit in his five innings of work, one of them as a starter.