Oakland A's MLN: HWB Wraps Up

The Hawaiian Winter Baseball league became the first winter league to finish its season over the weekend. We give you the final numbers for the A's prospects in the HWB and other winter news and notes inside...

Hawaiian League Comes To An End

The Hawaiian Winter Baseball league season has come to an end. Corey Brown and Chris Carter had quiet seasons for the North Shore Honu after posting big numbers during the regular season. Brown, who hit .266 with 30 homers during the regular season, hit only .216 with four homers and 33 strike-outs in 28 games for the Honu. He did homer in two of his last three games.

After hitting .259 with 39 homers during the regular season, Carter hit only .228 with two homers in 22 games for North Shore. He did finish on a strong note, stringing together a six-game hitting streak to end the season. Carter walked 17 times and finished with a .392 OBP. Brown and Carter may have been battling fatigue, as both appeared in more than 130 regular season games and an additional 12 games in the playoffs.

Right-hander Brett Hunter struck-out 18 batters in 9.2 innings of work with a save for Honu. He struck-out an incredible 10 batters in his final 4.2 innings of work. The A's 2008 seventh-round pick replaced Sam Demel in the Hawaiian Winter Baseball league after Demel was shut-down with a tired arm.

News And Notes

-- Infielder Jeff Baisley was let go by the Tibournes de la Guaira after struggling in 12 games for the Venezuelan team. He drove-in seven runs, but he managed only a .167 average and was 0-for-his-last-12.

-- Right-hander Santiago Casilla is set to debut with Escogido of the Dominican Winter League next week after working out in the A's Dominican facility in preparation for the winter season.

-- A's super scout in Venezuela Julio Franco has been named as one of the scouts for the Venezuelan national team. He will be covering the Puerto Rico region in preparation for the World Baseball Classic.

-- Right-hander Andrew Carignan is working on a seven-inning scoreless streak for the first-place Phoenix Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League. He has 13 strike-outs over that stretch and 16 in 11 innings for the season. Carignan leads the Desert Dogs with six saves.

-- Right-hander Andrew Bailey has the lowest ERA of any pitcher on the Desert Dogs' staff with an 0.75 mark in 12 innings. He has collected 15 strike-outs and has issued only one walk.

-- Infielder Jesus Guzman leads the Venezuelan Winter League with 36 RBIs. He is batting .386 on the season for Caracas.

-- After not pitching for nearly two weeks, Arnold Leon appeared in two games for the Tomateros de Culiacan this week. The right-hander allowed one run in two innings. He walked three in the first outing, but he recovered to work a scoreless inning with two strike-outs in his second outing.

-- Catcher Anthony Recker's season with Escogido of the Dominican Winter League came to an end this week, as his contract expired on November 15. He hit .194 with a .366 OBP and a 785 OPS in 14 games.

-- Former A's infielder Donnie Murphy has signed a contract with the Baltimore Orioles for the 2009 season. Murphy spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons in the A's organization, splitting his time between Oakland and Triple-A Sacramento.

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