Rays Weekly Winter League Wrap-Up

Minor League Correspondent
Posted Nov 7, 2011


A day later than usual, here is a weekly recap of how Rays' players are doing in the various winter leagues. This week saw several debuts by Rays prospects in the Australian Winter League and Tyler Bortnick and Mikie Mahtook being named to the Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game. More inside.

Arizona Fall League


Mikie Mahtook: Mahtook continues his development in the Fall League, and although he only appeared in two games last week, the Rays first round pick went 5 for 9 with four runs scored, and two doubles. He continues to swing a hot bat, and with each passing game seems to be settling in more and more at the plate. He was chosen to participate in the Rising Stars game, but was replaced on the West Division roster on Friday due to hamstring tightness. Mahtook is not expected to miss an extended period of time, but was not in the Saguaros lineup on Monday.

Tim Beckham: Beckman appeared in four games last week, going 4 for 14 with three runs batted in. Beckham continues to show good patience at the plate walking four times. Although his average is sitting at .265, Beckham has shown the ability to get on base in other ways while displaying flashes of power. His on base percentage is currently .405, and he also has four home runs and 14 runs batted in and an OPS of .993. Beckham continues hitting well against left-handed pitchers, posting a .353 batting average, while only hitting .235 against righties.

Tyler Bortnick: The 24 year old Bortnick appeared in only two games this week for the Surprise Saguaros, but played in the prestigious Rising Stars game as the lone Rays representative due to Mahtook's removal from the roster. During the week Bortnick went 4 for 8, raising his average to .272, and also had three runs batted in, and two stolen bases. At the Rising Stars game, Bortnick had one plate appearance but failed to reach base.

Shane Dyer: After a slow start to the season, things are also starting to pick up for Dyer. The right-hander started on Wednesday, going five innings while allowing four hits and two runs. He struck out two and did not allow a walk. His ERA this fall is now 4.38 in 24.2 innings pitched, and he has struck out ten hitters.

Marquis Fleming: Fleming had one appearance last week, pitching two innings on Tuesday. He gave up three hits and two runs, but only one was earned.. He walked one batter, while striking out none, and his overall ERA now stands at 4.76.

Adam Liberatore: Liberatore appeared twice last week, once on Monday for two innings and again on Friday for one. Liberatore didn’t allow a run in either appearance, while striking out four. He also picked up his first decision of the Fall League, winning the game for the Saguaros on Monday. His overall ERA stands at 3.86 in 11.2 innings pitched.

Kirby Yates: Yates also had only one appearance this week, and it was a rough one for the Hawaiian born right-hander. He gave up two runs on three hits in an inning of work. He struck out two while walking one, raising his ERA to 7.50.



Dominican Winter League


Mayo Acosta: Just like last week, Acosto did not record an at bat.

Nevin Ashley: It was a rough week for Ashley who went 1-13 in four games. He did have a good game on Saturday hitting a double, and walking once while scoring two runs.

Elliot Johnson: Johnson went 3 for 12 in three appearances this week, while walking once and striking out twice. He drove in two runs, and stole a base as well.

Omar Luna: Luna did not have an at bat this week, but is hitting .167 in six at bats.

Cole Figueroa: The young Floridian who was acquired in the Jason Bartlett deal last Spring, continues to struggle in the Dominican Republic. Figueroa had no hits in four at bats this week, lowering his season batting average to .111.



Venezuelan Winter League


Daniel Mayora: During the week Mayora was granted minor league free agency, which allows him to find a better opportunity with another club. Unfortunately, Mayora broke his wrist on Saturday which could lessen his chances of signing with another club quickly. Mayora has been one of the league's best hitters so far carrying a .383 on base percentage and plating 17 runners in 70 at bats. Mayora is expected to miss about a month with the injury.

Jose Lobaton: Lobaton continues to raise his average which now sits at .216. On the season he has one home run, and eight runs batted in. Last week he went 5 for 16 in 6 games, and he also walked seven times, while only striking out only once, which is a very good sign going forward.

Stephen Vogt: The Rays 2011 Minor League Player of the Year has yet to play in a game for Leones del Caracas.

Jose Bellorin: Bellorin, who played for the VSL Rays in 2011, has not appeared in a game for Navegantes del Magallanes.

Robinson Chirinos: A wrist injury has kept Chirinos out of the lineup. He is reportedly on track for a mid-December return.

Alejandro Torres: The 23 year old catcher who split time between Bowling Green and Charlotte in 2011, has yet to appear in a game for Navegantes del Magallanes.

Omar Bencomo, Reinaldo Lopez, Deivis Martinez, Eduar Quinonez, Wilking Rodriguez: All five minor league pitchers are on the roster of Navegantes del Magallanes, but have not seen action.

Albert Suarez: Suarez made his second start for Navegantes del Magallanes, lasting only 1.2 innings while giving up four runs on five hits and walking two. This poor outing raises his ERA to 13.50.

Franklin Paz: The outfielder who was second in the Venezuela Summer League in home runs with 9, has yet to see action for Aguilas del Zulia.

Alex Torres: Torres who should be fighting for an Opening Day spot on the Rays roster, has not pitched yet in the VWL, but is on the roster of Aguilas del Zulia.

Luis Guzman: Guzman, who had a 4.85 ERA for the VSL Rays in 2011, has yet to see any action.

Ryan Reid: Reid made two appearances for Aguilas del Zulia this week, combining for 2.1 innings, while giving up only one hit and no runs. He struck out one batter and walked none.

Ray Olmedo: Olmedo was also granted minor league free agency last week, and is no longer a member of the Rays organization.

Ricky Orta: Orta is listed on the roster for Cardenales de Lara, but has not appeared in a game and is still coming back from Tommy John surgery.



Australian Winter League


Darryl George: During the first week of the Australian Winter League, George made three appearances for the Melbourne Aces, going 4 for 10, with two runs batted in. George had a big night on Friday when he went 3 for 5 and recorded both of his RBI's.

Todd Glaesmann: The 21 year old Glaesmann made four appearances for the Canberra Cavalry, going 4 for 12, with one run batted in and two stolen bases.

Kevin Kiermaier and Mark Thomas: Their status on Canberry Cavalry’s roster is currently “Reassigned”. There is no information on where, and if, they might be playing.

Ty Morrison: Morrison has also made four appearances for the Cavalry, recording only two hits in 16 at bats. He had three runs batted in on Friday when he had a base clearing double.



Puerto Rican Winter League


Sergio Espinosa: Espinosa made one appearance for Leones de Ponce on Saturday, lasting a third of an inning while giving up a run on no hits and one walk.



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