It's been a while, but there's still a bunch of guys toiling away in winter baseball. First off, major league baseball is finally giving us fans who really want to keep up with our team's players in the winter leagues a great tool -- per organizational statistics. Check out the stats here. We'll take a glance through these stats and break them down into four categories.
Tommy Hanson, P (AFL) - He did give up a run on Thursday, but that just means his ERA is 0.48. In 5 games and 18.2 innings pitched he has 30 strikeouts, only 4 walks and 6 hits allowed. If we trade this kind of talent, there will be calls for Frank Wren's head by some fans.
Tyler Flowers, C (AFL) - Hitting .352 with 7 HR, a 1.324 OPS. He still needs to watch the strikeouts, 18 SO in 15 games.
Diory Hernandez, SS (DWL) - Yes, Diory Hernandez. He's reminding me of the breakout that Gregor Blanco had last winter. A .340 average, 5 HR, a 1.138 OPS in 16 games.
Matt Young, OF (AFL) - He's enjoying another stint in the AFL by hitting .346 with a .973 OPS. He plate discipline is also encouraging with 13 walks in 7 strikeouts in 22 games.
Johnny Venters, P (HWB) - He could be emerging as a pitching prospect on a clear path to Atlanta. He has a 3.12 ERA in 26 innings pitched, and 8 BB verses 22 SO.
Stephen Marek, P (AFL) - No earned runs allowed in 9 one-inning outings. Only 5 SO keeps him from the great category.
Kris Medlen, P (AFL) - A 3.00 ERA in 15 IP, and 17 SO verses 1 BB and 12 hits -- still showing the same stuff he flashed during the regular season.
Van Pope, 3B (AFL) - Still showing nothing and no signs of turning it around. A .250 BA and a .639 OPS with no real power. Disappointing.
Jordan Schafer, CF (MWL) - It's tough to list him here, and even though the .281 BA is okay, he's not showing any power and he's striking out way too much (23 SO in 24 G). He is showing good speed with 7 SB in 8 attempts.
Jose Ortegano, P (VWL) - Coming back from injuries during the regular season, he's struggling against tough competition. 6.57 ERA in 12.1 IP, only 6 SO.
Kala Ka'aihue, 1B (HWB) - He's only hitting .257, and he does have 4 HR, but 34 strikeouts in 22 games!
Michael Broadway, P (HWB) - A 10.39 ERA and a .370 BAA. The big indicator here is 16 BB verses 8 SO in 13 IP, not to mention 20 hits.