The Kahului Sharks finished this year’s Winter League in disappointing fashion (20-30). The club finished 10 games below .500 which was good for 8th place (out of 10 teams) and almost dead last in all batting and pitching categories. The club dug their own grave by winning only 9 out of 28 games in December and then played some decent .500 baseball in January. However, team scouts saw some promise in some of the players participated in this year’s Winter Ball.
Who Played Well?
P Beau Swan – The 2017 second round pick by the Surf Dawgs and a former NAIA Golden Arm winner definitely shined in Winter Ball this year by posting a 2.62 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, and 2.66 FIP in 10 outings. Prior to playing in Winter Ball, Swan started two games after he was promoted during the season last year from Single A, where he recorded 2.89 ERA and only allowed 3 runs in those two outings. According to team scouts, Swan should continue his journey in Double A next season.
OF Ronnie Carroll – It’s still unknown where Carroll came from, but he clearly showed in Winter Ball that he belong to CBL. Carroll led the Sharks in home run (5) and runs batted in (30) with a slash line of .267/.350/.407. Scouts believe that Carroll will stay in Single A after he struggled in Fort Wayne in limited at-bats.
SP Jose Castillo – Another pitcher that caught scout’s attention is Jose Castillo. In 10 starts, Castillo put up 2.96 ERA, 10.45 K/9, 1.39 BB/9 and with 2.87 FIP. Scouts are convinced that the team will bring up Castillo to Double A next season after his limited outings in Fort Wayne and Winter League this year.
OF Nate Dailey – Argueably one of the best or the best college player of all time definitely disappoint in Winter League this year. After winning a number of weekly and monthly awards in NAIA and even winning NAIA’s Golden Bat award, Dailey showed scouts that he is not ready to advance in his young career in CBL. Daily only batted .255/.345/.392 with 2 home runs and 10 runs batted in. He will probably stay in Single A next season to work on his consistency as a hitter and hopefully up his power numbers as well.
3B Antonio Quinones – Team scout discovered Quinones in Venezuela in 2016 and he believe he’s worth the hype. Quinones show a glimpse of that in Rookie ball where he batted .280/.323/.363 with 44 hits in 53 games. On the flip side, Quinones strugged in Winter Ball, where he played 40 out of 50 in third base. He had a slash line of .121/.179/.149. The team already sent Quinones to Rookie Ball last night to work on his offense.
SP Bryce Montes De Oca – he definitely pitched well in the beginning of Winter Ball and even led the league once in strikeouts, but definitely came down to earth after 25 games. De Oca allowed too many hits of off him and he also allowed too many home runs. De Oca mostly like stay in Single A for another year before his next evaluation. Unfortunately, this is his last year of eligibility in Winter League. He will need to show the club what he’s made off in Single A this year to get promoted.