As we approach the end of the year, little is happening in the organization other than several players playing in the various winter leagues.
Thursday Seth Stohs and I started the balloting process for this year's Twinkie Town Top 50. This will be an ongoing process that will continue until late January. There will be a vote for one slot in the Top 50 beginning shortly after 3pm, every day. I would encourage you all to stop by Twinkie Town and vote each day. I would also encourage everyone to vote only once for each slot, if in fact some have found a way to vote more frequently.
When reviewing the boxscore of an Aragua game earlier this week I noticed that Jason Pridie made his first appearance for the Tigres. He and Dustin Martin are now playing together in the Tigre outfield. This is exciting for us as these two are likely under consideration for a Twins fifth outfield spot next spring...."so let the competition begin."
Pridie is off to a tremendous start, hitting .500/.500/.654 in his first 26 at bats. Martin, who has been with the Tigres since the start of their season, is hitting .306/.405/.490 in 147 at bats with 6 home runs and 25 RBI. Meanwhile, Wilson Ramos continues to be one of the top hitters in the VWL. Ramos has the third best average in the league at .361/.421/.585 in 147 at bats. The league leader is Josh Thole who hit .321 in 53 at bats with the Mets last summer. Ramos is fourth in the league with 7 home runs and his 35 RBI are second best.
Alexi Casilla is hitting .238/.314/.317 in 63 at bats for Gigante in the DWL. Since the arrival of Casilla and major league middle infielders Wilson Valdez and Ramon Santiago, Estarlin De Los Santos has seen almost no playing time.
Ryan Mullins is a lefty who very likely will move up to Rochester this spring. He has started three games for Mayaguez in the Puerto Rico Winter League, where he has a 0-1 record, 5.11 ERA and 3K/3BB in 12.1 innings. Young lefty Nelvin Fuentes who had an excellent 1.29 ERA for the GCL Twins last summer, has a 1-0 record and 3.00 ERA in 5 games (3.0 innings). Jose Morales is also on the Mayaguez roster, although has not yet reported. Seth reported earlier this week that Danny Valencia told him that he will be reporting to Mayaguez next Thursday.
Philip Humber is also pitching in the DWL, currently with a 2-1 record and 4.57 ERA in 21.2 innings with 24K/8BB.