Posted by: taylorjs | October 17, 2009

Weekly Roundup – Arizona Fall League

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.

The Good

Steven Singleton

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.

Mike McCardell

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.

Steven Hirschfeld

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.

The Bad

Rene Tosoni

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.

Alex Burnett

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.

The Ugly

Chris Parmelee

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.

Spencer Steedley

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.

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