Posted by: taylorjs | October 24, 2009

Weekly Roundup – Arizona Fall League

Here’s a look at the last week of AFL action.  Categorization is based on weekly performance, but I will note how each player is doing overall when I comment on weekly performance.

The Good

Chris Parmelee

Now this is what I was hoping to see from Parmelee in the AFL this year!  After starting his season on an 0-10 run that got him an Ugly rating for week 1, Parmelee powered himself into the Good category this week with a 6-15 performance that included 2 doubles, a triple, and 2 homers.  He also scored 3 runs while driving in 8.  In addition, Parmelee continued to show solid plate discipline, striking out just once while also picking up a walk.  The result was a batting average increase from .000 to .240 and an OPS that is now sitting at 995.  It would be hard to have 2 weeks more different than Parmelee’s first and second in the AFL.  Let’s hope he keeps it up.

Rene Tosoni

Tosoni didn’t have as flashy a week as Parmelee, but he did go 5-13 with 2 triples, 3 runs scored, and 2 RBI.  So long as he’s hitting, his 3 K’s aren’t too much cause for concern.  His season average is now .280 with a 939 OPS.  Nice work for a guy who hasn’t received a lot of respect from fans over the last couple of years.

The Bad

Steven Singleton

I should really just change this category to “The OK” and reserve the last category for bad performances, but that’s not as much fun.  Steven Singleton had a mediocre week this week, and as with Rene Tosoni in week 1 I can’t justify sliding him up to “good,” so he lands here.  The week started off promising enough, with Singleton going 2-5 with a homer and 3 RBI’s.  Unfortunately, in the two games he played later in the week he went 1-8 with 2 K’s.  A 3-13 week (even with a homer and 3 RBI game) pushes Singleton out of the “good” category and into a “Bad-Plus”.  For the season, he’s now hitting .273 with a 773 OPS.

Mike McCardell

In his second start of the season, McCardell went 3 innings and allowed 2 runs, both earned, on 3 hits, 3 walks and 3 K’s.  I strongly considered bumping him into the “Ugly” category, but there were a couple of much worse performances that seemed more deserving of that fate.  McCardell still has a 3.60 ERA and a 7-4 K-BB ratio in 5 innings this season, which isn’t bad — but he needs to improve his 1.60 WHIP.  That’s far too many men on base.

Spencer Steedley

Steedley’s weekly line this week didn’t look that bad — 2 G, 2 IP, 2 H, ER, 3 BB.  Things could have been much worse, however.  All three of those walks came on October 20 in 1 inning of work.  How he escaped allowing just a run, I have no idea.  For the season, Steedley now has a 6.75 ERA and a truly atrocious 3.75 WHIP in 4 innings of work.  His 2-9 K-BB ratio goes a long way to explaining why his WHIP is so high.  Steedley had a combined K-BB of 62-28 with Ft. Myers and New Britain during the regular season, so I’m not sure where his winter league wildness is coming from.

The Ugly

Alex Burnett

Burnett made it into just one game this week, and his performance didn’t inspire confidence.  He last just 0.2 innings on the 21st, giving up 3 runs on 2 hits and a walk while picking up a strikeout.  He has a 10.12 ERA and 2.63 WHIP in 2.2 innings so far.  Yikes.

Steven Hirschfeld

The only Solar Sox pitcher with worse numbers than Burnett this season is, unfortunately, Steven Hirschfeld.  Like Burnett, Hirschfeld made it into just one game this year week.  Also like Burnett, Hirschfeld got absolutely rocked.  In just a third of an anning, he allowed 6 runs, all earned, on 5 hits and a walk.  That brings his season ERA to 27.00 and his WHIP to 3.00 in 2.1 innings.  On the bright side, he has a 5-1 K-BB ratio.  I don’t think that’s going to make him forget the bad, unfortunately.  Last week, he made just one bad pitch.  This week, it seems he made just one good one.


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