Arizona Fall League Update 10/29

Here are some early season stats for the Twins prospects who are currently playing in the Arizona Fall League. Some of these players are making some noise in the league, while some are still struggling to find their way. Take a look at who is performing during this Fall season.

Position Players:

Matt Tolbert, SS:
Tolbert has been one of the hottest hitters for the Mesa Solar Sox this season, and his .375 average is the highest amongst players with at least ten games played. In 12 games, Tolbert has six extra-base hits, including a home run. He has driven in six, has scored nine times, and has made two errors in the field.

Matthew Moses, 3B:
Moses is hitting better than he did during the regular season, as he has his batting average at .275. He has nine runs batted in during his 13 games, and has committed only one error in the field. Moses' fielding has come under some scrutiny lately, and it is a good sign that he has looked steady in the field.

David Winfree, 3B:
Winfree has the distinction of being the player on the team with the worst batting average. However, Winfree has come on lately, and is beginning to show signs of life. Still, after nine games his batting average is only .167, though he has driven in six runs. I expect Winfree to go on a hot streak in the coming weeks, because he is far too good a hitter to be batting under .200.

Douglas Deeds, OF/1B:
Deeds made his Arizona Fall League debut this past week, after being added to the Mesa roster on Monday. In his only game so far, Deeds went 2-4, and scored two runs. Deeds has been able to hit at every level he has played at, so it is no big surprise that he would begin his AFL season with a solid outing.


Errol Simonitsch, SP:
Simontisch has gotten a lot of use during this Arizona Fall League, making four starts already this season. He currently leads the team in innings pitched, tossing 11.1 innings already this season, and his four games started are a team-high as well. He has a respectable 4.76 earned run average, and he has struck out 11.

Kevin Slowey, SP:
Though he is a starting pitcher, Slowey has made only appearances from the bullpen. In his five games, Slowey has posted a 2.00 earned run average, and has struck out four batters in his nine innings of work. He was recently named the only Twins representative in the inaugural "Rising Stars Showcase". He has picked up a save, and he should make a start sometime next week.

Jay Sawatski, RP:
Sawatski is tied for the team high with seven games, but he has not performed well at all this Fall season. His 11.57 earned run average is the worst mark on the team, as he has allowed nine earned runs in his seven innings of work. He has struck out nearly a batter per inning, but his 2.14 WHIP has to come down.

Kevin Cameron, RP:
One of the better relievers in the Twins organization, Cameron has gotten a lot work so far during the Fall. He has posted a 4.50 earned run average during his first five appearances, and he has struck out nearly two batters per inning. He does have five walks this season in six innings of work, a number that needs to come down if he is going to push for a spot with the Twins this season.

Mesa is currently 8-8 on the young season, and are in last place in their division.

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