Another week of winter league action has concluded down under, with continued encouraging signs from some players and some not so great ones from others.
Alex Balog had his worst outing of his Australian season, throwing five innings in which he allowed four runs on five hits. He walked three and struck out five while taking the loss. He is now 4-2 on the year in seven starts, with a 1.67 earned run average.
Correlle Prime had a rough week, going 1-for-11. Through 28 games, he is hitting .252/.297/.388 with nine runs batted in. He is in the final fan vote in for the ABL All-Star Game. The All-Star game will take place Wednesday, December 16. The teams in the game, in a similar style to the MLB Futures Game, will be divided into Team Australia and Team World. Michael Benjamin went 1-for-14 this week, and as a result his average dipped below .200 for the first time. He is now hitting .194/.264/.296 through 28 games.
For Canberra, Robbie Perkins only appeared in two games and was hitless in both. He continues to struggle, hitting .188/.333/.203 in 24 games. Canberra is currently atop the league at 19-9, four games ahead of Brisbane. Perth sits third, with Balog's Sydney fifth behind Adelaide. Sydney is 12-15 and six and a half games back of Canberra.
Antonio Senzatela had a strong start, going five innings, allowing one hit and one run while striking out three. He has made four starts without recording a decision. He has a 3.63 earned run average in 17⅓ innings.
Rudy Owens had a solid outing for Toros del Este, despite taking the loss. He pitched 4⅔ innings, giving up five hits and four runs; however, only one of them was earned. Owens also struck out five. He has a 2-3 record in nine games so far with a 2.25 earned run average, walking 15 and striking out 33.
Helmis Rodriguez pitched another inning and two thirds. This outing, however, was not nearly as smooth as his last. He walked one and allowed a run. He has pitched only two and two-thirds of an inning, so take his 3.38 ERA with a grain of salt.
Finally, a note about Raimel Tapia, who wrapped up his Arizona Fall League season just a few weeks ago. On Tuesday, he was named to the AFL All Prospects team. Other notable names included Adam Engel, who won the AFL batting title and league MVP after hitting .403, Jurickson Profar, formerly the number one prospect in baseball, and Clint Frasier of the Indians, the No. 10 outfield prospect in baseball according to MLBPipeline. Tapia is in good company.