The biggest minor league news wasn’t in Arizona last week but off the field. Baseball America’s J.J. Cooper reported on MLB’s stunning proposal to reshape the minor leagues. It’s important to note that it’s part of an ongoing negotiation, so the changes described aren’t guaranteed to take place. However, even changes that aren’t quite that drastic would change hundreds of careers and dozens of communities.
2B Jonathan Aranda, Liga Mexicana del Pacífico
This week: 1 AB, 1 K
Offseason: 1 AB, .000/.000/.000
Aranda only batted twice for his offseason club last year, so he’s already halfway there.
2B Vidal Brujan, Arizona Fall League
This week: 9 AB, 1 R, 1 H, 4 BB, 4 K, 1/1 SB
Offseason: 72 AB, .278 BA/.384 OBP/.514 SLG
Brujan is in his first slump of the offseason, but he did walk four times in three games.
SS Wander Franco, Liga de Béisbol Profesional de la República Dominicana
This week: 22 AB, 2 R, 4 H, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 K
Offseason: 26 AB, .192/.192/.308
If Franco struggles this offseason, it shouldn’t be a surprise. This will be his longest season, and the competition he’s facing is probably the toughest he’s seen in his career. Still, he hit a home run, and he’s so good that he could easily adjust, settle in, and go on a tear.
C Ronaldo Hernandez, AFL
This week: 9 AB, 1 R, 2 H, 1 K
Offseason: 35 AB, .314 BA/.351 OBP/.486 SLG
OF Josh Lowe, AFL
This week: 5 AB, 1 BB, 3 K, 1/1 SB
Offseason: 52 AB, .327 BA/.379 OBP/.558 SLG
C Michael Perez, LIDOM
This week: 7 AB, 2 H, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 3 K
Offseason: 7 AB, .286/.286/.429
Perez didn’t get as many at-bats as expected with the Rays this season, but the opportunity could be there next year.
RHP Shane Baz, AFL
This week: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Offseason: 10 IP, 8.10 ERA, 1.90 WHIP
Baz started for the first time this offseason.
RHP Simon Rosenblum-Larson, AFL
This week: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
Offseason: 8 2⁄3 IP, 3.12 ERA, 1.85 WHIP
LHP Cristopher Sanchez, LIDOM
This week: one-third IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
Offseason: 1 2⁄3 IP, 16.20 ERA, 2.40 WHIP
Sanchez had a rough week, first not recording an out in an appearance and then allowing three runs in one-third of an inning.
RHP Luis Santos, LIDOM
This week: 1 1⁄3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K
Offseason: 1 1⁄3 IP, 0.00 ERA, 2.25 WHIP
Santos may soon depart in minor league free agency, but he’s still presently a member of the organization.
RHP Drew Strotman, AFL
This week: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Offseason: 17 IP, 7.41 ERA, 1.47 WHIP
After a couple rough outings, Strotman turned in a solid start last week.
RHP Alex Valverde, AFL
This week: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Offseason: 9 IP, 1.00 ERA, 0.78 WHIP
Valverde finally allowed his first run this offseason, but he’s still had a solid campaign so far.
All stats are through games of Oct. 19.