Winter Leagues Update #2: Sweeney’s Running, Seager Streaks, De Leon Rolling

The Arizona Fall League finished up play, and Dodgers hitters acquitted themselves well in the league for 2014. Meanwhile, the Australian Baseball League and the Puerto Rico Baseball League both started up play, and prospects Brandon Dixon and Jose De Leon were in the midst.

Stats Through 11/14


Arizona Fall League

Darnell Sweeney – 2B – .316/.386/.468/.855, 25/79, 6 2B, 2 HR, 8 BB, 19 K, 3 SB, 4 CS

Sweeney has doubled his plate appearance total in the league and has seen his OPS plummet 100 points, though that was always sort of expected after his red-hot start.

Sweeney also recently addressed his problems with stealing bases.

That’s about picking better times to run. I’m still learning that part of the game, really. When I get with the right people, I know that will really help me learn to pick better counts, pick the times and people to do it off of. Growing up, there really wasn’t ever any strategy to it for me. It was just, once I was on base, I knew I was going to be going on the first couple of pitches.

Once I got a little older and I’m playing with better people, against better pitchers and catchers who know a little bit about how [to control the running game], I knew I still had some things to learn. But next year’s going to different. I already know I can do much better.

Even if he does improve, it’s hard to see him improving so drastically that it becomes a weapon.

Scott Schebler – OF – .310/.352/.524/.875, 26/84, 3 2B, 5 HR, 5 BB, 20 K

Schebler pounded out three more homers since the last update, and all he does is continue to hit wherever he is.

Corey Seager – SS – .281/.354/.472/.825, 25/89, 10 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 9 BB, 23 K

Seager upped his OPS by about 70 points in about his last 40 plate appearances, including going yard off lefty Daniel Stumpf. Seager ended the AFL season on a 14-game hitting streak.

Daniel Coulombe – LHP – 0.00 ERA, 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K

Didn’t pitch after Oct. 21.

Mike Thomas – LHP – 4.85 ERA, 13 IP, 12 H, 9 R, 7 ER, 6 BB, 13 K

Scoreless through his first seven innings in the AFL, Thomas then had a stretch where he gave up nine runs (seven earned) in four innings. He has since gone two scoreless innings after that, but the disaster outing in which he gave up six runs (four earned) is responsible for the vastly different line now.

Dominican Winter League

Joc Pederson – OF – .278/.358/.389/.747, 20/72, 3 2B, 3B, HR, 8 BB, 29 K, 2 SB

It’s been a long season for him and this doesn’t really matter, but if he went to the DWL to work on cutting down the swing-and-miss, suffice to say it hasn’t worked.

Mexican Pacific League

Tim Federowicz – C – .500/.750/2.000/2.750, 1/2, HR, 2 BB, K

FedEx has showed up and started playing just on Nov. 13.

Juan Ramon Noriega – RHP – 0.61 ERA, 14.2 IP, 14 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K

Guessing we’ll probably see him in AAA this year, but he’s still a long shot to ever make it to the MLB.

Lenix Osuna – RHP – 3.86 ERA, 7 IP, 4 H, 6 R (3 ER), 4 BB, 2 K, 2 HR

Hasn’t pitched since Oct. 25.

Venezuelan Winter League

Miguel Rojas – SS – .256/.341/.308/.649, 10/39, 2 2B, 5 BB, 8 K, 1 SB

Arrived just after the last update ran and has hit like one would expect Miguel Rojas to hit.

Australian Baseball League

Brandon Dixon – 2B – .222/.250/.333/.583, 6/27, 3 2B, 6 K, 2 SB

Put up a .695 OPS in A+ in 2014 as a 22-year-old, which is not the best of signs from the 2013 third-rounder. That’s especially true after struggling in 2013 as well, and though a strong showing here wouldn’t absolve that, it would certainly be nice to see him hit somewhere.

Kyle Hooper – RHP – 8.10 ERA, 3.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 2 HR

Hooper was a 25th-round draft pick in 2013 and put up about a 12 K/9 in A-ball. He’s about to be 24, so it’ll be interesting to see if they move him to AA next year.

The home-run ball isn’t normally a problem for him, but the fact that he has yet to walk a guy is positive.

Puerto Rico Baseball League

Jon Garcia – OF – .321/.367/.679/1.045, 9/28, 2B, 3 HR, 2 BB, 8 K, CS

Once a potential top prospect, his inability to succeed against advanced pitching has left his career stalled. But so far in the PRBL, he has pounded the ball.

Noel Cuevas – OF – .192/.276/.269/.545, 5/26, 2 2B, 3 BB, 6 K, 3 CS

Still think the tools are there for Cuevas, but it’s hard not to knock him down a peg after he struggled mightily in AA over a whole year. Would be nice to see him get unhitched here, but it’s not happening thus far.

Jose De Leon – RHP – 1.64 ERA, 11 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 10 K

De Leon had a ridiculous year in 2014, but he only got to pitch 77 professional innings. So to see him continue to dominate raises hopes even more for 2015 and certainly doesn’t hurt his prospect status.

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