Tiger prospects Mike Hollimon and Dallas Trahern helped lead Team USA to the Gold Medal in the World Cup. Trahern's stellar tournament start was highlighted last week, while Hollimon's versatility in the field and his multi-threat offensive game provided another element to the US offense. The Cardinals' Colby Rasmus and the Dodgers' Andy LaRoche led the way for the US squad, as they halted Cuba's impressive winning streak in World Cup play.
Down in Arizona, while Peoria wasn't able to take home the AFL crown, several Tiger prospects made an impression in their own right. Infielder Scott Sizemore was a late addition to the team, coming aboard after Hollimon left for Team USA, but his presence was noticeable. Sizemore finished his season with a .356/.416/.578 line that should put him in the running for several postseason honors. Scott ranked fifth in the league in average, eighth in on-base percentage, seventh in slugging, sixth in runs (18), fourth in RBI (18), first in triples (4), and sixth in total bases (52). With such a strong performance, Sizemore may be positioning himself for a trip to Erie to start the '08 season.
Also helping Peoria on offense was first baseman Jeff Larish. His .264/.393/.379 season ending line doesn't look terribly inspiring, but he began to heat up as the season continued; and ended up tied for tenth in the league with 16 runs, and also tied for seventh with seven doubles. Burke Badenhop led the way on the hill amongst Tiger prospects, finishing the season with a 3.24 ERA in ten games; notching a 2-2 record with only three walks in 16-plus innings. First-year prospect Noah Krol saw action in seven games despite joining the team late in the year, and while he got off to a rough start, he allowed only one run in his final five outings, spanning seven innings.
A little further west, Jeramy Laster continued to slug as the North Shore Honu clinched their Division title and a birth in the playoffs. Laster's only hit on the week was a three-run homerun on Saturday that helped propel the Honu to another victory. Danny Worth seems to be coming around at the plate as well, managing a 9-for-16 performance on the week. Worth's week was highlighted by a 4-for-4 performance in the Honu's regular season finale, including two runs scored, two doubles, a triple, and two RBI. The Honu will battle the Waikiki Beach Boys in the HWBL Championship game tonight at 11:00 pm ET on MLB.TV.
In the Mexican Pacific League, Max Leon continues to see additional playing time, going 2-for-7 on the week with tow RBI. He is now hitting a solid .275/.310/.325 for Culiacan. Down in Venezuela, former Tiger farmhand Andres Torres is still managing to drive balls all around the park; notching a eyebrow raising .330/.385/.607 line for Caribes.
Wrapping things up in the Dominican Winter League, Jose Capellan is still rolling along, tossing an additional three solid innings in a starting role this week. Capellan allowed one run on five hits, and is now 2-1 on the young season with a 2.70 ERA and .202 batting average against. Shortstop Audy Ciriaco saw action in two games during the past week, going 1-for-5 with a run scored for Leones del Escogido.
Quick Hits: Outfielder Mike Hernandez and catcher Mike Rabelo have not seen any action over the last ten days……Former Major Leaguer, and former Tiger Jose Lima is dominating in his native league, managing a 2-1 record in five starts with a 1.86 ERA……A rough week that started 0-for-8 for Dusty Ryan finished on a high note with a solo homerun and a walk in his only two plate appearances on Saturday and another walk on Sunday in two plate appearances……Right-hander Jeff Gerbe had a rough fall, posting a 9.92 ERA for Peoria, but he did manage to strike out 13 in 14-1/3 innings.