Pena debuts in winter ball

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The Arizona Fall League regular season came to end on Thursday, and Bryce Harper’s Scottsdale Scorpions topped the Peoria Javelinas to win the league title yesterday. The Phoenix Desert Dogs finished the season at 11-17, the second worst record in the circuit. For shame.

AzFL Phoenix (5-5 tie with Mesa on Monday)
Brandon Laird, LF: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K – the homer left the stadium
Jose Pirela, 2B: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 2 K

AzFL Phoenix (2-1 win over Scottsdale in seven innings on Tuesday)
Brandon Laird, LF: 0 for 3 – threw a runner out at the plate
Austin Romine, C: 0 for 2
Manny Banuelos: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 9-3 GB/FB – 44 of his 75 pitches were strikes (58.7%) … allowed just three runs in his final three starts (12 IP)
George Kontos: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1-2 GB/FB – just six of his 14 pitches were strikes (42.9%)
Ryan Pope: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0-1 GB/FB – nine of 14 pitches were strikes (64.3%)

AzFL Phoenix (10-4 win over Peoria on Wednesday)
Brandon Laird, LF: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI

AzFL Phoenix (3-3 tie with Surprise in seven innings on Thursday) what a crappy way to end the season
Brandon Laird, LF: 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 K – finished at just .236/.282/.436 with 26 strikeouts and six walks in 116 plate appearances
Austin Romine, C: 1 for 3, 1 K – .279/.313/.328 with 13 strikeouts and three walks in 64 plate appearances
Jose Pirela, 2B: 0 for 3, 1 K – just .180/.237/.247 with 20 strikeouts and six walks in 95 plate appearances

ESPN’s Jason Grey blurbed about Banuelos being on the top pitching prospects in the AzFL (Insider req’d), saying that he was “touching up to 95 mph in shorter stints, and sitting at 91-93 mph in his starts” with a “plus changeup that was a true strikeout pitch.” Just some more praise for a kid that’s been getting plenty of it this year.

So that’s it for the AzFL, but we still have the various winter leagues around the globe to check up on…

Australian Baseball League
Nathan Aron: 4 G, 4 for 12, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 4 K, 1 HBP (.333/.357/.417)
Kyle Perkins: 2 G, 0 for 2, 2 K – made a mistake last week, he’s not 0-for-6 with six strikeouts

Dominican Winter League
Francisco Santana: 6 G, 2 for 8, 2 R, 2 K (.250/.250/.250)
Wilkins Arias: 9 G, 6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K (2.70 ERA, 1.20 WHIP)

Mexican Pacific League
Walt Ibarra: 29 G, 27 for 91, 20 R, 4 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 6 BB, 21 K, 3 SB, 1 CS, 1 HBP (.297/.343/.374)
Ramiro Pena: 3 G, 3 for 10, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 1 K (.300/.462/.400) – watch out, Derek!
Jorge Vazquez: 14 G, 17 for 51, 8 R, 4 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 6 BB, 15 K, 1 CS (.333/.404/.588)
Francisco Gil: 4 G, 6 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 WP (10.50 ERA, 2.17 WHIP) – didn’t pitch this week
Eric Wordekemper: 16 G, 15.2 IP, 18 H, 10 R, 9 ER, 5 BB, 15 K, 1 WP (5.17 ERA, 1.47 WHIP)

Venezuelan Winter League
Luis Nunez: 8 G, 3 for 13, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP (.231/.286/.231)
Romulo Sanchez: 5 IP, 4.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 2 K (8.31 ERA, 2.31 WHIP)
Josh Schmidt: 7 G, 6 GS, 33.2 IP, 18 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 14 BB, 36 K (1.60 ERA, 0.95 WHIP)

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  • DQ

    Perhaps this is a dumb question – and for the record let me say I have no idea what protocol is in this case – but is it ethical/legal/whatever etc – to take something that’s subscription only and blurb it on another site? Just wondering? Thanks

    • YankeesJunkie

      Since they are just small quotes I think it is fine, but if you were trying to pull paragraphs there is probably something unlawful about that.

    • J

      Plus there is the fact that both Manny and Mike Montgomery’s blurb are before the jump to suscriber only. So you can see it on ESPN anyway

    • Kiersten
    • MikeD

      It would be most likely covered under fair use, as noted in Kiersten’s link. Also, the universe of bloggers is more a positive than a negative, driving traffic and creating interest in pay sites. Certainly ESPN (or other pay sites) could turn around and threaten legal action if they think a blogger is going too far. Even if the blogger, such as RAB, thinks they’re in the right, they most likely won’t want to take on a entity such as ESPN with unlimited legal resources. Yet, as mentioned, I’m sure they recognize the publicity/links as a positive, not a negative.

  • YankeesJunkie

    It was nice to see Banuelos get in some extra innings in the AzFL and continue to show good stuff and good command. He could easily fly though AA at the start of the next year, but the most important thing will be getting his innings up to 140-150.

  • Wrath Hannd of Prokchop

    Msnny Banelos will nver be a good pitcher. he does not have the mntal makeup forz it. my little hand hqs sproken??

    • Dax

      Good insight….

    • JerseyDutch

      Please go away, Mr. Papelbon.

  • Accent Shallow

    I would be completely ok with DFAing Pena. Surely there’s someone else in the org who can play SS and not hit.

    • Mike R. – Retire 21

      Why would you want to DFA someone making league minimum and have him replaced with someone with the exact same skill set at the same cost?

    • JerseyDutch

      I could not hit for 400k a year.

    • Mattchu12

      Pena plays all the infield positions, the outfield and behind the plate in a pinch, has a great glove at those infield positions, and provides a bit of speed off the bench.

      The backup infielder spot is one of the least attractive jobs in the majors. Whoever it is will barely play because Cano, A-Rod, and Jeter will be in the lineup as much as possible. Only A-Rod is going to see less than 150-155 games during 2011, who wants that job?

      Pena is cheap and does everything you could want, but hit. On this team, he’s fine.

  • Will

    Casey Close finds the focus on Pena baffling.

  • Brett

    I watched my first live game of baseball on Friday. Canberra vs Melbourne (i live in Australia). Nathan Aron hit a line drive to left-centre field for a double, would score. It was fun to watch.

    • Accent Shallow


      I feel that baseball is much better live than on TV, in stark contrast to some other sports (such as American football, for example)

    • YankeesJunkie

      Do you have any info on the ABL that we here in the States might not know.

  • dennis

    good experience at the AFL for manny. he got to face advanced hitters and raised his innings. he should have a great year in AA next year.

  • seimiya

    Not gonna lie, I am extremely pleased by Ramiro Pena beating the shit out of Winter League baseball. I don’t care if he only gets 40 PA’s a year and gets two hits.