Does anyone have a good estimate of the level of competition for all of these winter leagues? I’d be particularly interested in the Hawaiian League as I have thought that Arnoldi Cruz’s season was pretty impressive considering he was learning a difficult new position and was in a pitcher’s park in a pitcher’s league. Any info would be appreciated.
The AFL is by far the most competitive league, since it’s made up mostly of AA and AAA players, usually the team’s better prospects mixed in with some players who teams are making decisions on whether or not to keep on their forty man roster. It’s more like AAA talent wise, and it’s certainly a hitter’s league.
Hawaii Winter Baseball is more somewhere between A and AA and is for the prospect who needs some much needed at bats but isn’t quite ready for the AFL or the Latin American Leagues. Several first round picks are participating who signed late, and there are also Korean and Japanese league players developing involved. I’d say it’s more like high A. I have no idea about the kind of parks they play in.
The Latin American leagues are full of all sorts of players, from Miguel Tejeda to Chris Narveson to Matt LaPorta to Jose Martinez. It’s more of a AA+, if I could put it that way. It has your occasional major leaguer, to your AA star, to your AAAA journey man and a few C and B prospects smattered in.
Arizona Fall League
Tyler Greene with a nice game. Playing 2B, Greene went 2-4, HR, 3 RBI.
As the DH, Steve Hill went 1-4 with a double.
Shane Robinson went 0-4 with a walk and a run scored.
Brad Furnish was credited with a hold, throwing an inning of scoreless ball. He allowed a couple of hits and struck out one. Box
Hawaii Winter Baseball
Arnoldi Cruz strikes again, going 2-4 and playing 1B.
James Rapoport went 0-3 w/ a walk.
Tyler Herron allowed four runs on three hits and two walks, but wasn’t charged with an earned run. He struck out one. Box
Dominican Winter League
Venezuelan Winter League