Winter Leagues Update #4: Brief End Of Winter Recap

This will be the last update of the off-season, simply because all the leagues finished up their regular seasons by January except for the Australian Baseball League, which just ended the other day.

Stats Through 1/25

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But first … FIGHT!

Probably the most relevant thing to happen in the ABL.

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Australian Baseball League

Brandon Dixon – 2B – .289/.324/.525/.849, 59/204, 17 2B, 2 3B, 9 HR, 5 BB, 54 K, 21 SB, 2 CS

Dixon finished with a flurry, collecting 26 hits in his final 70 at-bats, along with six doubles, a triple, six homers, and 10 steals. His OPS also got a boost from .687 to .849.

Does this affect what I think of him as a prospect in any way? No, of course not, but it’s better to see he can actually hit … um … anything, rather than ending winter ball on a sour note.

Kyle Hooper – RHP – 4.74 ERA, 24.2 IP, 26 H, 14 R (13 ER), 2 HR, 14 BB, 25 K

The ERA doesn’t bother me, but he walked seven in his last eight innings of work, and generally looked average in the ABL.

This level of competition is actually pretty meaningful for Hooper because he hasn’t been above A-ball yet and will be 24 in May. He has solid stuff, but 25 innings as a reliever is basically a half-season sample, and he didn’t impress.

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“Is that IT for the winter?”

Um … yeah. Pretty boring, right? And there’s not much meaningful to draw on even if the Dodgers did send a ton of top guys.

Can’t wait for the season to start.

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