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O's in the Winter Leagues

duck has been linking to them in most of our daily open threads, but if you haven't been reading Dean Jones, Jr.'s daily AFL recaps, you're missing out on a lot of good information on the O's young prospects. I have it added to my google reader so I don't miss the updates.

The AFL has been going for about a week now and the Orioles hitters are putting together a very strong showing so far. Josh Bell has especially done well, going 8 for 15 with 3 doubles, a triple, and 3 walks. And while it's obviously a very small sample size, it's encouraging to see that he's hit well from both sides of the plate. Brandon Snyder has also gotten off to a good start with 9 hits in 22 at bats, including a double and a home run. Outfielder Matt Angle has added 5 hits in 17 at bats with 2 doubles, 3 walks, and 3 stolen bases. Only Brandon Waring has gotten off to a slow start, with 3 hits against 7 strike outs. 

The Orioles' young pitchers have pitched a total of 12.1 innings with mixed results. Brandon Erbe has been perfect in one 2 inning appearance in which he struck out two. Reliever Josh Perrault has also looked good, making three appearances for a total of 3.1 innings, giving up 4 hits and 1 run. Eddie Gamboa has pitched just one game, giving up 2 runs with a home run in 2.1 innings. Ryohei Tanaka has had the least success, as in 5 innings over 2 games he's allowed 3 runs on 7 hits, allowing two home runs. Encouraging for the pitchers is they have racked up 12 strikes outs to just 3 total walks.

In addition to the AFL, there are players from the O's organization playing in the Caribbean Winter Leagues, although really only two worth noting at this point. Dennis Sarfate, who is playing for the Naranjeros de Hermosillo in the Mexican Pacific League, has pitched in 4 games as the closer and hasn't allowed a run in 5.1 innings. He has 6 strike outs and 1 walk. The Dominican Winter League started yesterday, where Felix Pie is playing outfield for the Tigres del Licey (a team managed by Dave Jauss). It'll be fun to see how he does.