Hawaii Winter League
Matt Wieters: Wieters has been everything he was advertised as in his professional debut. He’s hit over .300 in his first 65 at bats, with power and more walks (10) than strikeouts (6). He had a problem with some passed balls in his first few games back but that can likely be chalked up to rust, as the scouting reports have been positive about his receiving skills.
Brandon Snyder: Seeing time at third base for the first time as a professional, Snyder has hit an impressive .373/.400/.576 in 59 at bats. It’s probably only a matter of time before he switches corners with Billy Rowell, but his approach could still use some fine tuning, as evidenced by his 17 strikeouts and 4 walks.
Miguel Abreu: Abreu has been his usual self in the HWL, hitting .258 with some pop but a noticeable lack of walks. The O’s are still fans of his potential, but his approach at the plate needs a ton of work. But, hey, that’s what these leagues are for.
Brett Bordes: Bordes’ command took a step backwards this year and he certainly hasn’t turned that around in 6.2 innings in the HWL. He has managed to whiff 8 batters and has always kept the ball on the ground. He still profiles as a LOOGY at the highest level.
Chad Thall: Thall has utilized excellent fastball command to post solid numbers as a professional thus far. HWL hitters haven’t slowed him down; through 17.2 innings, he has 15 strikeouts and a 3.57 ERA.
Ryan Ouellette: Yet another middle relief prospect, Ouellette probably has the most modest ceiling of the three O’s farmhands in Hawaii. He’s managed to miss bats thus far, but 24 hits allowed in 15.1 innings have resulted in an ugly 8.22 ERA. Ouellette is the most likely of this trio to have trouble replicating his previous success in the upper minors.
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