Minnesota Twins: Winter League Recap
Trey Vavra, Tanner Vavra, James Beresford, Michael Quesada, Aaron Whitefield, Lachlan Wells, Sam Gibbons, Logan Wade, Todd Van Steensel and Loek van Mil played down under in Australia.
The Vavra brothers fared well with Tanner posting a .828 OPS and Trey a .796 OPS. Wade was the best of the bunch with .854 OPS in the regular season and he helped the Brisbane Bandits win the Aussie championship. Whitefield was Wade’s teammate and slashed .314/.324/.457.
Thompson had a 2.50 ERA with 22 Ks over 18 innings. Van Mil struck out 19 over 15.1 innings with a a 2.93 ERA. Van Mil’s Adelaide squad lost to Brisbane in the finals and Loek pitched 3.1 innings allowing 2 earned. Wells started 5 games and finished with a 3.65 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.
Carlos Paulino, Danny Santana, Fernando Abad, Jorge Polanco, Eduardo Nunez, Buck Britton, Keury de la Cruz and Ryan O’Rourke played in the Dominican. Miguel Sano played 15 games and then dropped out to focus on conditioning.
Catcher Paulino posted a .733 OPS in the regular season and played for the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean Series (CS) where he had 4 hits and one walk in 7 ABs. Top short stop prospect Polanco hit a .630 OPS. Santana slashed .305/.320/.411 in 95 ABs.
Lefty bullpen hopeful Abad was lit up for 10 earned in 9 innings.
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