Winter Leagues Recap: Two Homers For Welch

In Australian Baseball League action from today, Stefan Welch belted two home runs, leading Adelaide to a 4-3 victory during the last week of the ABL regular season. Welch homered to lead off the bottom of the second inning, giving Adelaide an early 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the eighth inning, he came up with the score tied 2-2 and Quincy Latimore on first base. Welch hit the second pitch for a two-run homer, giving his team a lead the would hold on to in the ninth for the win. For Welch, he is now third in the league in both homers with seven and in RBI’s with thirty. Adelaide has three games left in their season.

 Welch leads Adelaide in homers and RBI's
Welch leads Adelaide in homers and RBI’s

Zac Fuesser isn’t on the weekend roster this week, ending his ABL season. It was a successful campaign for the lefty, who spent the 2012 season with the West Virginia Power. Fuesser made 11 starts, going 4-4, 3.61 in 57.1 innings, with 57 strikeouts. Along with Welch, he represented the Pirates in the ABL all-star game played last month.

Sam Kennelly rejoined the active roster of the Perth Heat for this weekend’s series after hitting .538 in the U18 National Youth Championship. Besides Welch, he is the only Pirates farmhand on the active ABL roster this weekend. Kennelly did not play today in his team’s victory.

If you missed it from yesterday, Starling Marte was named MVP of the Dominican finals. It was also announced that he won’t participate in the Caribbean World Series next month.

The Colombian League Championship series is tied up at one win apiece after the Tigres 9-2 victory last night. Harold Ramirez pinch-ran in the second game with the score already out of hand and scored a run. Neither Ramirez, nor Tito Polo played in the first game for Tigres. The series continues with game three on Friday night.

  • Stefan’s solo shot was over the right fence with the second – in a 2 out situation against the reliever – cleared centre.

  • This is just a random thought on my part, but one that goes well(albeit late) with the Winter League thread. I was often asked about the level of competition in the Dominican, when Marte was hitting well and Kris Johnson was pitching amazing all season. An example that just crossed my mind is the playing time received by Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson
    Hanson spent the whole season with his DWL team, including the playoffs. He batted just seven times in three months and was used as a pinch-runner more than as a starter
    Polanco was the backup to Marte in center field and when Marte left the team in December, Polanco got one start. He never saw the field in the playoffs.
    Those are two of the best low-A players this year, for the most part Hanson was used during blowouts or for his speed, eight games total. Polanco got 35 AB’s and really struggled over that same time.
    If low-A all-stars get very limited playing time and struggle when they do, that should tell people that the league is better than some people think.
    End random thought.