Wrapping up the AzFL

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The Arizona Fall League season ended yesterday, when the Peoria Javelinas beat the Phoenix Desert Dogs 5-4 in the Championship Game yesterday afternoon thanks to C.J. Retherford’s (White Sox) two-run homer in the bottom of the 8th inning. Phoenix had been the five-time defending champs. Dodgers prospect Russ Mitchell took home the Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award.

Here’s a roundup of how the Yanks’ prospects performed out in the desert:

Colin Curtis: 20 G, 31 for 78 (.397), 19 R, 7 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 18 RBI, 11 BB, 14 K, 3 SB, 2 CS – dude led the league with a 1.203 OPS, and not by a small margin either (44 pts)
Brandon Laird: 22 G, 30 for 90 (.333), 18 R, 9 2B, 6 HR, 24 RBI, 10 BB, 20 K, 1 CS – he finished seventh in the least with a 1.039 OPS
Austin Romine: 4 G, 6 for 15 (.400), 2 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K – left the league after suffering a minor finger injury … it’s nothing serious, he’ll be fine
Grant Duff: 10 G, 9.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 4 K – really? more BB than K?
Mike Dunn: 10 G, 10.1 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 10 BB, 20 K – love the K/9, but not the BB/9
Ian Kennedy: 7 G, 7 GS, 29.2 IP, 30 H, 16 R, 14 ER, 5 BB, 28 K – led the league in IP … 2.26 FIP is fantastic
Zach Kroenke: 11 G, 15.1 IP, 15 H, 10 R, 9 ER, 4 BB, 14 K

Here’s the rest of the winter ball wrap up:

Dominican Winter League
Abe Almonte: 10 G, 3 for 11 (.273), 6 R, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 SB
Juan Miranda: 8 G, 15 for 28 (.536), 7 R, 4 2B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 SB – I’m starting to warm up to the idea of him being the everyday (or at least the LHB portion of a platoon) DH in 2010
Eduardo Nunez: 2 G, 1 for 4 (.250), 1 R, 1 BB
Wilkins Arias: 15 G, 12 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 12 K
Ivan Nova: 5 G, 4 GS, 25.2 IP, 17 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 17 K – love it
Jon Ortiz: 6 G, 4 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Mexican Pacific League
Walt Ibarra: 22 G, 12 for 41 (.293), 8 R, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 13 K, 1 SB
Jorge Vazquez: 9 G, 9 for 31 (.290), 4 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 5 BB, 8 K

Venezuelan Winter League
Frankie Cervelli: 4 G, 3 for 9 (.333), 3 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 2 K – nice early showing
Reegie Corona: 21 G, 18 for 51 (.353), 14 R, 7 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 10 BB, 11 K, 2 SB – late push for that 40-man spot
Jesus Montero: 9 G, 3 for 26 (.115), 2 R, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 4 K – hasn’t played in a month
Luis Nunez: 12 G, 9 for 36 (.250), 1 R, 1 2B, 6 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K
Romulo Sanchez: 16 G, 19 IP, 15 H, 14 R, 11 ER, 8 BB, 9 K
Josh Schmidt: 9 G, 7 GS, 33.1 IP, 35 H, 23 R, 16 ER, 11 BB, 28 K – he’s also plunked five batters
Pat Venditte: 7 G, 9.1 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 7 K
Eric Wordekemper: 4 G, 1 GS, 5.1 IP, 11 H, 10 R, 9 ER, 4 BB, 1 K

Puerto Rican League
Amaury Sanit: 3 G, 2 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

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  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Wherefore art thou Jesús

    • chriskeo

      I think Mike wrote a couple weeks ago that its a really competitive league and if you don’t perform you don’t play. Its not like the AzFL where it exists for players to get work in.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        He wasn’t catching, so what’s the point of him playing? Everyone knows he can hit. He needs as much time behind the plate as possible.

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

        Oh, I know. I’m just poking fun =)

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          Venezuela hasn’t been converted yet…..but soon they will be.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Miranda got hurt earlier in the week. He was stretching across the bag on a throw from the pitcher, and Matt Carson, the runner, collided with his arm. It was kind of like when Brian Roberts had his elbow dislocated against the Yankees a couple of years ago. It looked like he hurt his wrist more than his elbow though. It didn’t look too serious at the time. I’ve been checking http://www.licey.com periodically, but they haven’t had any updates on his condition.

  • http://fmylife.com JobaJr

    Chances Cervelli is full time backup next year?

    • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops


  • Diony

    Chances Pena/Russo is the utility infielder next year coming out of ST?

    • Salty Buggah

      Not sure about Russo but Pena is a good bet unless the Yanks somehow resign Hairston

  • Diony

    Btw, Nova is not in the DWL anymore. The Yanks took him out. I assume is because of innings limits, be he was absolutely dominant.

  • Greg

    Can’t see Miranda being the dh

    • Camilo Gerardo – your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense

      Holiday, Miranda > Damon, Matsui. Confirm or deny

      • Aj

        deny, but slightly.

  • Christos

    Congrats to Russ, a real good guy and a real good ballplayer.

  • Accent Shallow

    What would Curtis have had to OPS to put him on the prospect map? 2.000?

  • Ken


    I would trade for him only to prevent the Red Sox from getting him, otherwise I would not trade our top prospects. Its a tough call Should we give Lackey a 4, 5 yr. deal?

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Why the hell should we take on another contract we don’t need just so that the Sox don’t get him, Yankee fans really need to stop with the kneejerk reactions every time the Sox do something, we don’t need Halladay or Lackey.

    • K.B.D.

      “I would trade for him only to prevent the Red Sox from getting him.”

      Well then I don’t respect your decision making process. In that case, we should trade for Adrian Gonzalez and anybody else the Red Sox might trade for. That’s not a way to run personnel decisions.

  • Jeb

    Is there any chance the Yanks add Curtis to the 40 man to protect him? I’d hate to lose him at this point because he might be a useful player down the road ala Garrett Jones.

  • larryf

    I would like to see Cervelli catch half our games next year. Russo’s defense at 2B is not strong. Not much of a place for him as an infield backup only. I think Pena is far more versatile albeit with less offense. Love to see Nova earn a spot out of spring training. Finally, I am thinking of AJ as a right handed version of Carl Crawford at this stage of his development. Will we be patient with him or take Carl instead in 2011???

  • Aj

    I don’t like the idea of Miranda being the full time DH. His line this year was .290, .369, .498 but in AAA ball. I think he could be a productive hitter, but I don’t think he’ll reach Matsui’s .274, .367, .509 in the majors for a full season.