Here’s a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams’ prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Tuesday:
Blue Jays (Surprise)
MLB Pipeline’s No. 1 overall prospect, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., snapped his 0-for-12 skid with a run-scoring single as part of a 1-for-5 performance that lowered his AFL average to .379. After a 1-for-17 start in the Fall League, Cavan Biggio, Toronto’s No. 9 prospect, is hitting .371 over his last 10 games after finishing 3-for-4 with an RBI and a walk. Santiago Espinal (No. 22) went 1-for-4 with an RBI out of the leadoff spot, while Jackson McClelland struck out a pair of hitters while tossing a scoreless ninth. More »
Ryan McKenna, the Orioles’ No. 12 prospect, went 1-for-3 with a double and scored the Desert Dogs’ lone run. The double was his sixth in the AFL, where he sports a .370 average through 14 games. Steve Wilkerson was held hitless in four plate appearances. On the mound, Tyler Erwin was tagged for three earned runs and five hits and recorded just one out. Jay Flaa fared better, notching a strikeout during a scoreless inning.
Rays No. 9 prospect Lucius Fox singled, scored a run and plated another with a bases-loaded walk, one of two free passes he drew Tuesday. Catcher Ronaldo Hernandez (No. 7) went 0-for-3 with a run scored and two walks.
Red Sox (Mesa)
Esteban Quiroz went 1-for-4 and scored a run.
No. 45 overall prospect Estevan Florial (Yankees’ No. 2) went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Thairo Estrada (No. 16) recorded a single in his first at-bat before finishing 1-for-4. Steve Sensley went 0-for-3. Kyle Zurak tossed a scoreless inning, allowing one hit, out of the bullpen.
Outfielder Connor Marabell doubled as part of a 2-for-4 performance as he accounted for a third of the Desert Dogs’ six hits. Catcher Li-Jen Chu went 0-for-3 with a strikeout, though he did throw out an attempted basestealer. Starting pitcher Justin Garza suffered his first AFL loss after allowing five earned runs on six hits and three walks in 3 1/3 innings, while Jared Robinson was charged with one earned run on two hits in one inning out of the bullpen.
Royals No. 26 prospect Scott Blewett allowed a first-inning run but settled in and completed four innings of four-hit ball as he improved to 4-0 with a 2.21 ERA in the AFL. He struck out one batter and induced eight ground-ball outs in the performance, throwing 34 of 51 pitches for strikes. Khalil Lee (No. 2) went 0-for-3 but reached twice via walks and scored a run from the bottom of the lineup.
Daniel Woodrow, hitting atop the Solar Sox lineup, reached base four times. The 23-year-old went 3-for-4, drew a walk, scored a run and also collected an RBI.
Twins (Salt River)
Twins No. 18 prospect Travis Blankenhorn went 0-for-3 and is hitting .214.
White Sox (Glendale)
White Sox No. 4 prospect Luis Robert (No. 44 overall) went 2-for-4 for Glendale to increase his AFL hitting streak to 12 games and his batting average to .367. Laz Rivera went 0-for-3 as the Desert Dogs’ nine-hole hitter. Reliever Danny Dopico issued three walks and allowed a run while handling the ninth inning in the loss.
Athletics’ No. 18 prospect Eli White picked up an RBI as part of his 1-for-4 effort and is now hitting .351 in the AFL. Luis Barrera, who drove in a pair of runs, also finished 1-for-4. Angel Duno took the mound in relief and spun a scoreless inning. After getting hit hard earlier in the Fall, Duno has put together back-to-back scoreless appearances.
Jahmai Jones, the Angels’ No. 4 prospect, was hitless (0-for-2), but did draw a pair of walks and score a run. Roberto Baldoquin and David MacKinnon hit back-to-back in the Solar Sox order, with each picking up a hit. Combined, they finished 2-for-7. Daniel Procopio, Brett Hanewich and Ryan Clark threw the final three frames, but only Clark fared well. Procopio and Hanewich each gave up two earned runs, while Clark fired 1 1/3 scoreless frames.
Ronnie Dawson went 1-for-4 and is hitting .297 in the AFL. Trent Thornton, the Astros’ No. 24 prospect, gave up one run on one hit in 1 1/3 innings. Erasmo Pinales was stuck with the loss as he gave up one run on one hit in the ninth.
Third baseman Chris Mariscal clubbed a two-run single in the seventh inning and also drew a walk.
Joe Barlow posted a strikeout and walk while tossing a scoreless inning in relief.
The Braves’ No. 19 prospect, left-hander Thomas Burrows, pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief, holding Mesa to one hit and striking out two batters. Second baseman Ray-Patrick Didder went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. Center fielder Cristian Pache (Braves No. 6) added a single and an outfield assist.
Marlins (Salt River)
Marlins No. 12 prospect Brian Miller drew a walk and went 0-for-2.
Darick Hall’s lone hit was a double as he finished 1-for-3. Tyler Viza got the start and gave up one run on three hits in 4 2/3 innings. He walked two and also struck out four. Seth McGarry pitched two-thirds of an inning in relief, walking one and striking out another.
Nationals (Salt River)
Nationals No. 2 prospect Carter Kieboom and Daniel Johnson (No. 7) were each held hitless (0-for-3). Taylor Guilbeau came in after Duplantier and struck out one in 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Jordan Mills also threw well out of the bullpen, spinning a scoreless frame of his own.
Mets No. 2 prospect Peter Alonso went 0-for-3 with a trio of strikeouts. Ali Sanchez (No. 25) was 0-for-4 offensively.
First baseman Weston Wilson had a pair of extra-base hits for Peoria, hitting his first triple of the fall and slugging a solo homer in the eighth inning. Milwaukee’s No. 19 prospect, left fielder Trent Grisham, went 0-for-3 but drew two walks and a run scored. Right-hander Jon Olczak pitched a perfect seventh inning with one strikeout, and southpaw Daniel Brown gave up two runs on three hits and a walk in the sixth. Aaron Wilkerson, pitching for Mesa, walked one, struck out one and gave up a hit in one scoreless inning.
Andy Young boosted his AFL average to .309 with a 2-for-4 day at the plate. The 24-year-old, who doubled in the contest, also drove in and scored a pair of runs.
Erick Leal continues to carve up Fall League hitters. The right-hander struck out five as he cruised through four innings of one-hit ball and has yet to allow a run through five AFL starts. Cubs No. 16 prospect D.J. Wilson went 1-for-3 and scored a pair of runs, while Jhonny Pereda went 1-for-4. More »
Pirates No. 5 prospect Cole Tucker, Bryan Reynolds (No. 8) and Will Craig (No. 16) all recorded at least one hit and run scored. Tucker went 2-for-3 and scored twice, while Reynolds collected a trio of hits (3-for-5) and scored a run. Craig finished 1-for-4 and scored twice. On the mound, Matt Eckelman, Blake Weiman and Geoff Hartlieb each threw a scoreless inning in relief.
Reds No. 2 prospect Taylor Trammell scorched a pair of doubles in his first two at-bats on his way to a 2-for-4 night at the plate. Shed Long (No. 8) came through with a two-out, two-run single in the fourth, that had an exit velocity of 106.8 mph, according to Statcast™.Long later picked up another hit and finished 2-for-3. Alfredo Rodriguez (No. 23) went 0-for-2 with a walk.
D-backs (Salt River)
D-backs No. 1 prospect Jon Duplantier bounced back from a pair of rough outings with a strong start for the Rafters. The right-hander yielded two runs and struck out nine over 4 2/3 innings. Daulton Varsho (No. 5) and Drew Ellis (No. 9) combined to go 0-for-5 at the plate. Varsho, however, did draw a pair of walks. Martinez, playing for Surprise, went 1-for-5, but that one hit was a three-run homer in the fifth inning.
Nolan Long spun a clean frame, retiring the side in order in his lone inning on the mound.
Giants No. 10 prospect Heath Quinn drew a walk and finished 1-for-3 with a run scored. C.J. Hinojosa (No. 28) went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts. Chase Johnson walked one, but gave up nothing else in his one-third of an inning.
Right-hander Miguel Diaz started for Peoria and was tagged for five runs on six hits and three walks in 3 1/3 innings. He struck out five Mesa batters. Padres No. 13 prospect Buddy Reed and No. 24 prospect Austin Allen each went 1-for-4 with a walk. Left-hander Travis Radke struck out a batter in a perfect eighth inning.
Rockies (Salt River)
Rockies No. 9 prospect Sam Hilliard hit his second homer of the Fall League, a 414-foot blast that had a 114.8 mph exit velocity, according to Statcast™. Tyler Nevin (No. 11) went 1-for-4, but hit all four balls with exit velocities over 100 mph. Josh Fuentes boosted his AFL batting average to .299 as he went 2-for-4, including a double, and scored a pair of runs. Mitch Horacek and Justin Lawrence (No. 17) picked up the win and the save as the duo pitched the eighth and the ninth innings for the Rafters.