Just 10 games remain in the AFL season, so the chance for players to impress Twins brass is dwindling. Here, then, is the antepenultimate edition of the Arizona Fall League Weekly Roundup.
Steve Singleton – 2B/3B
Singleton got a chance to play some third base this week in addition to manning second as he has been for most of the AFL season. Maybe he should stick to the middle infield, because his shot at third was accompanied by an 0-3 day at the plate, albeit with an RBI mixed in. For the week, Singleton went 4-11 with a double, 3 runs scored, 2 RBI, and 2 K’s. The man has been a run production machine, scoring or driving in a run in ten of his twelve AFL games. He’s now hitting .300/742 on the season.
Alex Burnett – RP
Burnett had a quiet week last week, pitching two scoreless innings. He backed it up this week with a similar performance, going 2 more scoreless innings with 2 BB’s and 2 K’s. He’s dropped his season ERA to 4.05 and now has a WHIP of 1.65 in 6.2 innings of work. His 6-7 K-BB ratio is not what you’d normally be looking for, but 4 straight scoreless innings of work is still very nice.
Steven Hirschfeld – P
Hirschfeld actually got a three inning start this week, and made the most of it by giving up just one hit and striking out two. His season numbers are still awful – 11.17 ERA/1.97 WHIP in 9.2 innings — but his 11-3 K-BB ratio is encouraging, as is this week’s outstanding performance. It would be great if he could finish up the AFL season on a high note.
Rene Tosoni – OF
Tosoni went 4-18 this week while striking out 4 times. That’s not a terrible line, but it does fall on the “bad” side of the “good”/”bad” divide. Two RBI and 2 runs scored provided some run production for Mesa. He now has a .245/728 for the season.
Spencer Steedley – RP
This was a tough on for me. Steedley’s first outing of the week was bad, as he gave up a run in an inning of work off of 2 hits and 2 walks. His second outing was quite good — 2 scoreless innings, 2 hits, and 2 K’s. I thought about emphasizing the more recent positive outing and putting him in the “Good” category, but for the week he still had a 2.00 WHIP in 3 innings of work, and that was enough to push me into classifying his week here. His season numbers improved a bit, but a 5.00 ERA/2.56 WHIP/6-12 K-BB in 9 innings of work is not a line that he, or the Twins, will be happy with.
Chris Parmelee – 1B
After a few very nice weeks in a row, Parmelee cooled off a bit this week and turned in a 2-12 performance with 4 K’s. He did both score and drive in a run, and walked a couple of times (and he tripled!), but that’s not enough to bump this sub-Mendoza line week into a better category. For the season, he’s hitting .245/910.
Mike McCardell – SP
Not sure if there’s a story behind it or not, but McCardell didn’t pitch this week, and in fact hasn’t appeared in a game since his disastrous start on October 26. It’s possible that he’s been shut down for the remainder of the AFL season; teams are usually pretty careful with young arms at this time of the year. Whatever the cause, not playing gets you an automatic “Ugly.” Yep, I make the rules. Yep, they’re arbitrary.