Puckett’s Pond recaps Minnesota Twins players’ time in Winter League this year.
The Australian Baseball League championship and the Caribbean Series finale are in the books. The Winter Leagues of this offseason are officially over. We’ll run you through how Minnesota Twins’ prospects and players fared in their winter stints. The Twins had a total of 38 players in its system who played in Winter Leagues this offseason.
As we said in our Winter League Update piece a month ago, “Players are sent (or choose to go) to offseason ball to gain experience, for instructional purposes or simply to get additional reps in. There are 6 main offseason ball leagues: the Arizona Fall League (AFL), Venezuelan Winter League (LVPB), Australian Baseball League (ABL), Dominican Winter League (LIDOM), Mexican Pacific League (LMP), and the Puerto Rican League (PWL).” We’ll run down all the Winter Leagues here (so all except AFL, it was already recapped in fall).
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Eduardo Escobar, Luis Arraez, Levi Michael, Engelb Vielma, D.J Baxendale, Omar Bencomo, Jorge Parra, Logan Darnell, David Hurlbut, Yorman Landa, Marcus Walden, Wilfredo Tovar and Brett Lee played in Venezuela.
Omar Bencomo had a 2.58 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP over 13 starts for the Bravos de Margarita. He made one start for Venezuela in the Caribbean Series which didn’t go very well. Hurlbut made four starts and had a 0.43 ERA. Boshers threw 40.1 innings and posted a 1.79 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP. Walden started 7 games with 2.36 ERA for the Tigres de Aragua and started one game for Venezuela in the Caribbean Series where he allowed one earned in 5.1 innings.
Michael had the best showing of a position player in Venezuela for the Twins with a .277/.404/.340 slash. Tovar and Engelb struggled offensively with .310 OPS and .519 OPS respectively.
Next: Australia and the Dominican Republic