November 19, 2012 at 9:00 AM
The Surprise Saguaros finished third in the Arizona Fall League with a 17-14-1 record as the Red Sox contingent appeared in their final games this week. Other winter leagues continued to ramp up, while two Red Sox players participated in the World Baseball Classic Qualifier.
Arizona Fall League
Michael Almanzar appeared in three games this week, going 2 for 11 with two doubles. Almanzar struggled mightily this fall, posting a .185/.272/.235 line in 81 at-bats. Each team is only allowed to enter one position player in the AFL who played below the Double-A level in the previous season, and since Almanzar was that player this year, his struggles are not surprising.
Bryce Brentz also appeared in three games this week, with similar results. After a 2 for 5 performance on Tuesday, Brentz went 0 for 7 over his final two games, bringing his final line to .297/.366/.438. The numbers were very close to what he produced during the regular season in 2012, but the lack of power was disappointing considering the offensive environment.
Continuing his push for a 40-man roster spot, Brock Huntzinger (pictured) pitched well in his only appearance this week, striking out two in a scoreless inning. Huntzinger allowed only three earned runs in 14 innings this fall, walking six and striking out 12.
Ryan Pressly's 18-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio was the best on the team, but he was also very hittable, allowing 18 hits and three home runs over 14 innings.
Pete Ruiz finished his nightmarish fall season with an 8.25 ERA after allowing two runs in his one inning of work this week.
World Baseball Classic Qualifier
Yeiper Castillo was shelled for four runs in 2 2/3 innings this week, raising his ERA to 4.41.
Ronald Bermudez saw limited action, going 0 for 2, but did score a run as a pinch runner.
Mexican Pacific League
Marco Duarte allowed six runs on seven hits over four innings in his only start this week.
Australian Baseball League
Daniel McGrath tossed two perfect innings, striking out two in his second appearance for the Melbourne Aces. Moanaroa will likely join this league after New Zealand was eliminated on Sunday from the WBC Qualifier.
Christian Vazquez, who started the fall in the AFL, appeared in his second game in Puerto Rico, going 1 for 3 with a walk.
Much like last year, the Red Sox are fielding nearly an entire team in the Liga Venezuela Beisbol Profesional's minor league, the Liga Paralela. The players are all in the lower levels of the minor league system, with many of them still in rookie ball. Alixon Suarez, Oscar Perez, Heiker Meneses, Dreily Guerrero, and Keivin Heras are some of the more notable names on the team.
The team struggled to a 1-4 record this week, and are now 7-17-1 on the season. Andres Garcia, Leonel Escobar, and Heiker Meneses have been the top performers at the plate as each have an on-base percentage around .400. Victor Ramirez has been the top pitcher, with a 2.84 ERA over 19 innings.
Photo Credit: Brock Huntzinger by SoxProspects, LLC and Pedro Ciriaco by William Parmeter