Rays Weekly Winter League Wrap-Up

Every Monday we take a tour of the winter leagues to see how Rays players are performing. This week saw the Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League wrap up the West Division title giving some Rays the opportunity to play in the AFL Championship game this Saturday. Also Alexander Colome continues to dominate in the Dominican Republic, and a couple of Rays are shining Down Under.

Arizona Fall League

Mikie Mahtook: After missing a week with hamstring tightness, Mahtook returned to the lineup on Friday and hit a 3-run home run. For the season he is hitting .344 with 2 home runs and 12 runs batted in. The 21 year old also sports a .397 on base percentage and has stolen 5 bags.

Tim Beckham: The 2008 first overall pick had a rough week as he continues to try and establish himself as one of the top prospects in the game. Beckham had 14 at bats over a span of four games, collecting only two hits, while waking once and striking out twice. His batting average has now dropped to .244, but his .886 OPS remains high due to the pop and patience at the plate he has shown this Fall.

Tyler Bortnick: Bortnick only appeared in one game last week, getting one plate appearance on Wednesday before being removed with an undisclosed injury. He has a .353 on base percentage in 13 games for the Saguaros.

Shane Dyer: Dyer has been removed from the Saguaros roster and his 2012 AFL season is over. Combined with his work for AA Montgomery, Dyer threw 181.2 innings, and he was likely removed due to an innings limit. Dyer finished the AFL season with 6 games started and a 2-1 record. His earned run average was 4.38 and he struck out 10 hitters in 24.2 innings pitched, while allowing 2 home runs and 9 walks.

Marquis Fleming: Fleming made one appearance last week, pitching 1.2 innings on Thursday while giving up one hit and walking three. He did not give up a run though, which lowered his ERA to 4.15. Fleming has struggled mightily with his command giving up a total of 11 walks in 13 innings of work.

Adam Liberatore: Just like Fleming, Liberatore made his only appearance on Thursday night. The southpaw pitched one inning, collecting one strikeout while not giving up a hit or run. His earned run average is now 3.55. He has shown the ability to miss bats in the AFL, striking out 12 hitters in 12.2 innings pitched.

Kirby Yates: Yates also made one appearance last week, but unlike the other Rays pitching representatives, he continues to struggle. The Hawaiian pitched 1.2 innings, giving up one run on four hits, while striking out two. His earned run average now stands at 7.04.


Dominican Winter League

Mayo Acosta: Acosta still has not recorded an at bat for Toros del Este.

Nevin Ashley: The Durham Bull struggled to start the season, but it looks like he may be starting to pick it up a little bit. Ashley went 2 for 9 on the week, and hit his first home run of the season on Sunday, a three-run shot. His batting average is now up to .191 and he has 8 runs batted in 47 at bats.

Elliot Johnson: Johnson continues to scuffle a little for Gigantes del Cibao. He appeared in all six games last week, and went 5 for 21 with one homerun and two runs batted in. His average is now down to .232, but he has stolen 6 bases and scored 8 runs in 22 games.

Omar Luna: Luna made his first appearance since October 28 on Saturday, going 0-3 with one strikeout. His season batting average is .111 with no counting stats in 9 at bats spanning 4 games.

Cole Figueroa: Figueroa didn't get to see much action last week, appearing in only three games. He pinch ran on Wednesday scoring a run, and went 1 for 3 combined on Friday and Sunday. For the season he is hitting .133 in 30 at bats with 3 runs batted in.

Alexander Colome: Colome has had a very good season for Leones del Escogido thus far. In 10 appearances he has an earned run average of 0.87, and has struck out 14 batters in 10.1 innings. He has struggled with his command however, allowing 8 walks total and issuing a free pass in 6 straight appearances. When he finds the zone though, he is recording outs and he has only allowed a lone run on the season.

Frank De Los Santos: The Biscuits southpaw made his first appearance of the season last week. He pitched two thirds of an inning, allowing two hits.


Venezuelan Winter League

Jose Lobaton: Lobaton appeared in four games last week, going 3 for 13. He walked three times while only striking out twice, but did not record any other major stat. He has a .344 on base percentage for the season and has also driven in 8 runs in 50 at bats.

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, is playing for the Parallel Navegantes squad. He has a .379 on base percentage and 7 hits in 25 at bats. He also has two doubles and three runs batted in.

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, is also playing in the Parallel League. He is hitting .324 in 14 games for Magallanes with 8 runs scored and 4 runs batted in. He also boasts a .435 on base percentage and has three doubles.

Omar Bencomo: For the Magallanes Parallel squad Bencomo is 2-1 with a 2.84 earned run average in four starts and five total appearances. He has thrown 19 innings striking out 9 and allowing 18 hits, and opponents are hitting .247 off him.

Reinaldo Lopez:Lopez has been pitching for the Tampa Bay team in the Parallel League. He has had a fine season thus far, posting a 1.29 earned run average in three games. Opponents are only hitting .222 off Lopez, and he has struck out five batters in 7 innings pitched.

Deivis Martinez: Martinez has four appearances for the Magallanes Parallel team and has yet to allow an earned run in 5.1 innings pitched.

Eduar Quinonez: As far as we know, Quinonez has yet to appear for any team yet. He is listed on the Navegantes del Magallanes roster though, and does not appear to have pitched for a Parallel team either.

Wilking Rodriguez: As far as we know, Rodriguez has yet to appear for any team yet either. He is listed on the Navegantes del Magallanes roster as well, and like Quinonez does not appear to have pitched for a Parallel team either.

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.

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 is throwing for the Tampa Bay Parallel club and has struggled in 7 appearances. He has made 5 starts and has a 1-2 record and an earned run average of 7.04. He has not helped himself by walking 9 hitters in 15.1 innings. Opponents are hitting .281 off him and he has allowed 16 hits.

Ryan Reid: Reid had another two appearance week, pitching two innings, while giving up one run on two hits. The 26 year old recorded two strikeouts while walking one, and now has a 4.50 ERA.

Albert Suarez: Suarez who is currently on the Rays 40 man roster, is also pitching for the Tampa Bay Parallel team. He has started three contests and has not allowed a run in 8 innings of work. This is a very encouraging sign going forward, even if it is against low level competition. He has walked three, struck out four, and allowed four hits.

Franklin Paz: Paz has had a fantastic season thus far for the Tampa Bay Parallel squad. He is hitting .400 in 40 at bats and has 8 extra base hits and 9 runs batted in. The young outfielder who was second in home runs in the Venezuelan Summer League, has a .700 slugging percentage and a .467 on base percentage, and is a prospect to keep an eye on in 2012.


Australian Winter League

Darryl George: The 17 year old George struggled this week, going 0 for 7 in two games, and is hitting .235 for the season in 17 at bats.

Todd Glaesmann: Glaesmann had a good week for the Canberra Cavalry, going 5 for 16 with one homerun and four runs batted in. He also recorded two stolen bases, and the outfielder now has a .424 on base percentage in 8 games. He has scored 8 runs as well, and is really playing well and is another bright spot among the Rays Winter League representatives.

Ty Morrison: Morrison also appeared in four games and had a spectacular week himself for the Cavalry. The 21 year old went 7 for 17, while hitting four doubles and stealing three bases. For the season he has 5 doubles in 33 at bats, and is hitting .273.

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.


Puerto Rican Winter League

Sergio Espinosa: Espinosa had two appearances for Leones de Ponce this week, pitching 0.2 innings, with no earned runs. The lefty gave up two hits and struck out one, to lower his ERA to 9.00.

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