The AFL season started on Tuesday, with 7 Twins prospects participating as members of the Mesa Solar Sox. Through four games, there have been a few nice performances as well as a few rough starts.
Singleton has started two games at 2B for Mesa, and has been a big part of the offense, going 2-5 with a double and 2 runs scored on opening day and 1-4 with a walk and a run scored on Thursday. That’s a solid .333/889/3R start for the New Britain infielder.
McCardell started the second game of the season for Mesa, going 2 innings and allowing just a hit and a walk while striking out 4. A nice, solid start for the promising New Britain righty.
His 4.50 ERA is a bit gaudier than would normally fit in the “Good” category, but Hirschfeld has a 0.50 WHIP and a 5-0 K-BB ratio in two games. The one run he allowed was also the only hit he allowed — a solo homerun on opening day. In other words, aside from one bad pitch, Hirschfeld has been great.
On the plus side, in three games played Tosoni has a homer, 2 RBI’s, and a 750 OPS thanks to 3 walks. Unfortunately, he’s 2-12 (a .167 BA) and has 4 K’s. I’m not a slave to batting average, and I accept that there is a case to be made that he doesn’t deserve to slide into the “bad category” — but I also can’t quite find my way to being generous enough to slide him up to “good.” If there were a purgatory in my ratings system, he’d be there. Instead, he gets slotted down to “bad.” Sorry, Rene.
He has a 0.00 ERA in his one performance, so how can I justify sliding him into this category? Well, Burnett walked 3 guys in his one inning of work on the 14th. He struck out a guy as well, but walking the bases loaded — even if you pitch yourself out of it — doesn’t justify anything other than a “bad” rating.
This is the guy I most wanted to see do well in the AFL this season, and unfortunately it hasn’t happened yet. So far, Parmelee is 0-10 with 3 walks and 2 runs scored in 3 games as the Mesa first baseman. The walks are nice, but Parmelee needs hits. It’s hard to spin an 0-10 start as anything other than ugly. At least it’s still early.
This classification is largely based on Steeley’s opening day performance, when he was pretty dreadful. In just 1/3 of an inning, Steedley gave up 2 earned runs off of 2 hits and 4 walks. That’s an ERA of 54.00, in case you’re curious and can’t quickly calculate ERA’s in your head. He redeemed himself quite a bit in his second performance yesterday, when he tossed 1.2 scoreless innings to drop his ERA to 9.00, although the 2 hits and 2 walks he gave up (even counteracted by 2 K’s) were a bit high. Overall, though, Steedley had an ugly week.