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Arizona Fall League in Full Swing

Friday, October 12th, 2018

The Arizona Fall League has begun. Most people have no affiliation with a AFL team, but they follow their favorite prospects. Below are the prospects that have made an impact after three games.

Glendale Desert Dogs

Ryan McKenna (Orioles) CF - He is hitting .500 with three walks for a .667 OBA. His three hits are a homer short of the cycle. With so many times on base he is second on the team in runs scored with four.

Luis Robert (White Sox) CF - The Cuban sensation is leading the team in runs scored with five. He has not shown any extra base power with all four of his hits falling for singles (.286 average).

Jordan Foley (Yankees) RHP - The Yankees are loaded with young pitching. The 6′4″ righthander was used mainly in relief in AA last year but got the start in his first AFL game, going 2.1 innings and striking out five. He did give up a run. At 26 years of age his time is now. The Yankees like him since they drafted him twice, once out of high school and again out of college (fourth round).

Mesa Solar Sox

Eli White (Athletics) SS - Eli was drafted in the 11th round of the 2016 draft. He doesn’t have any stand out tools and he has a couple shortstops in Franklin Barreto and Joreg Mateo ahead of him. What he does have is the ability to play multiple positions and he may do that in the AFL. In his first two games he hit .556. If his bat continues to shine (.306 in AA) the Athletics will find a spot for him.

Daz Cameron (Tigers) CF - The Tigers have had a black hole in centerfield for awhile. Daz can fill it with his defense. A bat would be a plus. In two games he is hitting .333 with as many hits (3) as whiffs.

Bobby Dalbec (Red Sox) 3B - The Red Sox like his power. His shaky defense could force a move to first. The strikeouts have been a concern and in nine at bats he has two walks and six whiffs. Only one ball has been put in play.

Darwinzon Hernandez (Red Sox) LHP - The Venezuelan blew away five of the seven hitters he faced, striking out all three lefthanders that tried to make contact against him. His big weakness has been his command, but in two innings of work he did not walk a batter.

Peoria Javelinas

Keston Hiura (Brewers) 2B - The Brewers first round 2017 pick has had two big games with seven RBIs on three hits. One of those hits was a grand slam. He has also walked twice for a .600 OBA with a .429 batting average.

Lucius Fox (Rays) SS - Originally signed by the Giants out of the Bahamas and traded to the Rays, Lucius is a defense first type of player. In the AFL he has two multiple hit games in the two games he has played for a .400 average. He also has stolen three bases. A little more bat to go with his speed and defense can make him a dynamic force in the major leagues.

Evan White (Mariners) 1B - The Mariners 2017 first round pick is more a gap hitter than an over the fence power source. His two doubles and .385 batting average in five games have driven in five runs. He has also walked twice and yet to strike out in 13 at bats. The Mariners hope for more leverage in his swing so his power can appear.

Salt River Rafters

Tyler Nevin (Rockies) 1B - The son of Phil is trying to make his mark in the major leagues. In his first two games he is hitting .444 with two walks for a .545 OBA.

Pavin Smith (Diamondbacks) 1B - The Diamondbacks 2017 first round pick is not noted for his power, a tool most look for in a first baseman. Last year he sacrificed his ability to hit for average (.255) to hit a few more homeruns (11) but it resulted in a .392 slugging. In the AFL he has four singles in two games for a .444 average.

Jordan Yamamoto (Marlins) RHP - Not overpowering but did pitch at three levels last year, finishing at AA and limiting the opposition to a .177 average. Jordan shows excellent command and his breaking pitch is an excellent swing and miss pitch. That proved true in his first AFL start with five whiffs in three innings of work where he did not allow a run.

Scottsdale Scorpions

Peter Alonso (Mets) 1B - Myworld has been impressed with the power shown in Alonso’s bat. He hit one of the longest homeruns we have witnessed at Nationals park at the Futures Game. In the AFL he has gone deep once but is also hitting .583 with a .643 OBA. He has also stolen two bases in his two games played. He and not Dominic Smith is the Mets first baseman of the future.

Shed Long (Reds) 2B - Shed shreds line drives for the Reds but whether they will have a position reserved for him in the major leagues is unknown. He is hitting .400 with a .571 OBA in his two AFL games.

J.B. Bukauskas (Astros) RHP - The Astros first round 2017 pick had a good opening day start striking out 5 in his 3.1 innings of work. He did give up an unearned run on three hits. At 6′0″ he is not tall for a right hander, but his fastball zips across the plate in the mid-90s and he has a quality slider. If the rotation does not work he could find a role as a closer.

Forrest Whitely (Astros) RHP - At 6′7″ the 2016 first round pick does not have the small right hander problem of J.B. Forrest has an excellent plane as his arm comes down to throw his mid-90s fastball. A 50 game drug suspension and minor injuries limited him to 26 innings last year. He is making up for those lost innings in the AFL. In his first start he struck out eight in just 3.1 innings of work, though he did give up two runs.

Surprise Saguaros

Vladimir Guerrero Jr (Blue Jays) 3B - He continues his superstar performance in the AFL with a .667 average and .700 OBA after two games. Four of his six hits were doubles. Vladimir was the minor league player of the year last year.

Meibrys Viloria (Royals) C - The Colombian hit .376 in 2016 in the Pioneer League. After five minor league seasons that batting average appears to be an anomaly. Meibrys saw some major league time last year and wants to show a good bat to match his solid defense. In two AFL games he is batting .500 with two doubles and two singles. His two walks put his OBA at .600.

Cole Tucker (Pirates) SS - Cole will be competing with two Kevins (Newman and Kramer) for the starting shortstop opening in Pittsburgh. Cole showed some speed in AA last year with 35 stolen bases and is 3 for 3 in his two games in the AFL. He has swatted four singles for a .444 average, with two walks bringing his OBA up to .500.

Top 20 AFL Players to Watch

Friday, September 14th, 2018

Below are the top 20 players who will be playing in the Arizona Fall League that myworld will try to get out to watch. Austin Hays, one of the players we initially had on the list will now not be playing because of ankle surgery.

1. Vladimir Guerrero Jr (Blue Jays/Surprise) 3B - The son of the Hall of Famer and the minor league player of the year in most organization readings. How could you not want to go out and watch him if you have not seen him play already? Flirted with .400 this year and showed impressive power. Some question his defense at third and think a move to first may be required.

2. Luis Robert (White Sox/Glendale) OF - He came hyped with lots of tools. Those tools, especially the power did not make an appearance in his second minor league season, though he was limited to 50 games because of injuries. There were no homeruns in his bat.

3. Forrest Whitley (Astros/Scottsdale) RHP - Most pitchers who appear in the AFL are there because they pitched little in the regular season because of injuries. Forrest was limited to 8 starts last year. At 6′7″ he has length and a blazing fastball that can hit triple digits. He needs to increase the 26 innings he pitched in the regular season and show the fastball is difficult to hit.

4. Domingo Acevedo (Yankees/Glendale) RHP - The same that was said of Forrest also applies to this 6′7″ righthander except he had a few more starts (12) and innings (69) to his season. The strikeout numbers (55) were not impressive, especially when you consider he can hit the high 90s with his heat.

5. Jon Duplantier (Diamondbacks/Salt Lake) RHP - Last year he had an unbelievable season with a 1.39 ERA. Only Justin Verlander has had a lower ERA in the minors. This year his season was delayed by injuries. He did squeeze in 16 starts and his numbers were excellent (2.55 ERA) but not when compared to last year. Myworld expects only four starts from him in the AFL before he is gone, so get there early if you want to see him.

6. Peter Alonso (Mets/Scottsdale) 1B - In the Futures game he hit one of the longest and highest homeruns myworld has ever seen at Nationals park. He has power. Right handed hitting firstbaseman are not given a lot of respect by major league analyzers, but his 36 homeruns last year could change some minds.

7. Taylor Trammell (Reds/Scottsdale) OF - He was voted the MVP of the Futures Game, almost hitting two homeruns in his two at bats. His first almost homerun he ran into a triple after it hit the top of the wall. He began his circle around the bases with a homerun trot, but then had to shift it in high gear after the ball did not travel over the fence. This year the toolsy outfielder hit only 8 homeruns in the Florida State League, but his resume shows the potential for power and speed.

8. Bo Bichette (Blue Jays/Surprise) SS - The son of Dante is not said to have the tools to play major league shortstop. Myworld was impressed with what we saw of him in the Futures game. He does have a potent bat that sprays the gaps with doubles (40 plus) and hits his fair share of balls over the fence (15 plus).

9. J.B. Bukauskas (Astros/Scottsdale) RHP - He does not carry a lot of height (6′0″) for a right handed pitcher but he was the Astros first round pick in 2017. Last year injuries restricted him to 14 starts but they were an impressive 14 starts (2.14 ERA and .199 opposition average). He throws in the mid 90s.

10. Sixto Sanchez (Phillies/Scottsdale) RHP - Another smallish pitcher (6′0″) who throws gas. Last year injuries limited him to 8 starts (2.51 ERA). A good AFL and strong spring will put him in AA, a stone’s throw from the major leagues.

11. Keston Hiura (Brewers/Peoria) 2B - Maybe one of the purest hitters in the Fall League. Batting titles are in his future. Elbow issues restricted most of his appearances to DH duties. When he does play defense it is at second base. He may get a lot of second base playing time in the AFL.

12. Keibert Ruiz (Dodgers/Glendale) C - One of the better catching prospects in the minor leagues. He can hit for pop (12 homeruns) and has a decent arm, though he was only able to gun down 26 percent of those who stole against him. Makes solid contact striking out just 33 times in over 400 at bats.

13. Carter Kieboom (Nationals/Salt Lake) SS - A first round pick of the Nationals in 2016. The reports on him is that his arm and range may be short to play shortstop in the major leagues. Since Turner has that spot locked up (whose scouting report was similar to Carter) second base may be his best position. Expect him to get some time there. He shows good pop with the bat with 16 homeruns last year.

14. Daulton Varsho (Diamondbacks/Salt River) C - The son of Gary, an ex-major leaguer, he was named after Darren Daulton. Another catcher with some pop who had a little more success nabbing base runners (40 percent). He showed some speed for a catcher with 19 stolen bases in 22 attempts. If he is half the player of Darren Daulton he will make it at least as a back up.

15. Estevan Florial (Yankees/Glendale) OF - The Haitian born prospect was all the talk of the Yankees prospect system last season after hitting .298 with 13 homeruns in 2017. Last year he had difficulty replicating those numbers, though his season was limited to 84 games because of injury.

16. Buddy Reed (Padres/Peoria) OF - The Padres have a wealth of minor league and young major league outfielders. Buddy shows some good tools to play center field, but will they be enough to beat out Manuel Margot. Last year he stole 51 bases to go with his 13 homeruns.

17. Pavin Smith (Diamondbacks/Salt Lake) 1B - The Diamondbacks drafted him in the first round of the 2017 draft. That is pretty high for a first baseman who may be a bit short in the power numbers. Last year he hit 11 homeruns but his batting average was only at .255, not indicative of his college numbers (.342). Pavin needs to hit for pop to justify his first round selection.

18. Bobby Dalbec (Red Sox/Mesa) 1B - Because there is someone we want to see play at Mesa. The power is there with 32 homeruns last year, but it comes at the expense of having a right handed bat. There is still a lot of swing and miss in his swing that he will have to learn to tame if he wants to see Fenway park.

19. Lucius Fox (Rays/Peoria) SS - All the tools and gracefulness to play short but his bat may hold him back. The Giants signed him out of the Bahamas but made him one of the players included in the Matt Moore trade.

20. Alfredo Rodriguez (Reds/Scottsdale) SS/2B - There was a lot of hype about him and his glove when he came out of Cuba. The glove has been good but the bat has been blah (.241/.294/298 slash line for average/OBA/slugging). Injuries limited him to 46 games last year. At 24 he should be knocking on the major league door rather than scuffling in the Florida State League.

Acuna Leads Peoria to AFL Championship

Sunday, November 19th, 2017

Ronald Acuna was the MVP of the Arizona Fall League. He was also the MVP of the championship match, driving in four of the eight runs in the Peoria Javelinas 8-2 whipping of the Mesa Solar Sox. Mesa scored two runs in the first inning to take an early 2-0 lead but it was all Peoria after that.

Acuna drove in his first run in the third inning with a single to tie the game. Alex Jackson delivered the big hit of the inning with a two run single to give the Javelinas a 4-2 lead.

The fourth inning saw Acuna punch a single to drive in two to increase the Javelina lead to 6-2. in the eighth he hit a sacrifice fly to end the scoring for Peoria.

Mesa strafed 10 hits off the Peoria pitching staff but three double plays by the middle infield combination of Lourdes Gurriel and Luis Urias short circuited three innings. Mesa entered the game as defending champions. Peoria won for the first time since 2012. It was their sixth AFL championship.

Robles Leads AFL East in Fall Stars Game

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Victor Robles scored two runs and drove in one to lead the AFL East to a 4-2 win over the AFL West. He walked in the first inning and later scored on a ground out by Ryan Mountcastle to account for the first run. In the eighth with the team trailing 2-1 he tied the game with an RBI single, scoring Luis Guillorme who had hit a one out double earlier. Robles later scored the go ahead run in the inning after a Sheldon Neuse single.

Luis Urias hit the lone homerun of the game. His solo shot in the fifth gave the West a 2-1 lead. Tanner Scott pitched two impressive innings for the East, giving up just one hit and striking out four.

AFL Update

Saturday, November 4th, 2017

The Arizona Fall League is playing their All Star game today, a bit late to put together our first update. These are the players doing well in the AFL.

Arizona Fall League East

Mesa Solar Sox (12-9)

David Bote went on an early homerun tear, hitting four in the first week. He’s been struggling since, hitting just .212 in his last 10 games to drop his average to .356 and keeping his homerun total at four. Sheldon Neuse leads the team in RBIs with 18 and runs scored with 14. He also has four homeruns and is hitting .286.

Pitching is tough in Arizona and two big name pitchers are struggling. Alec Mills (1-3, 4.26) and Logan Shore (1-0, 6.19) are getting knocked around a little more than they are used to.

Scottsdale Scorpions (11-9-1)

Billy McKinney leads the AFL in RBIs with 19 despite only one homerun. He has driven in at least one run in 10 of the 12 games he has played. Estevan Florial has scored 10 runs and has his average at .300. Kevin Kaczmanski has been a difficult out, hitting .375. Taylor Sparks leads the team in homeruns with 3 and carries an impressive .340 average.

Mickey Jannis has only given up one earned run in his four starts (0.53) and has limited the opposition to a .119 average. He has pitched three innings or more in all his starts and has allowed just one hit in three of them. Justus Sheffield has an impressive 2/21 walk to whiff ratio in his 19 innings of work, stitching together a 2.37 ERA.

Salt River Rafters (9-11-1)

Yonathan Daza has been dazzling with his legs, stealing 9 bases in 10 attempts. He has been getting on base with a .313 average. Ryan Mountcastle is the RBI leader for the Rafters with 13, but his 17 whiffs and .242 average tell the tale of his struggles. He and Monte Harrison share the team homerun lead with three.

Zach Jemiola has been their most effective starter with a 2.12 ERA. He did not give up a run in his first two starts covering eight innings but has allowed four in his last two.

Arizona Fall League West

Peoria Javelinas (12-9)

Ronald Acuna is showing why he is the best prospect in baseball, slugging five homeruns with 12 RBIs and a .344 average. He has scored a AFL leading 19 runs. His future teammate Austin Riley will be fighting for a third base job next year (.326, 4,14). Alex Jackson (.286, 5, 13) is another Brave flying balls over the fence. Lourdes Gurriel (.295, 3, 11) leads the team in doubles with six. He has yet to take a walk in 61 at bats.

Max Fried leads the team in pitching with a 1.96 ERA in five starts. He has an AFL leading 29 whiffs in 23 innings. T.J. Zeuch (0.64) has been tough to hit in his three stars and one relief appearance, limiting the opposition to a .149 average. Touki Toussaint has been wildly inconsistent (13.50) with three good outings and three poor outings.

Glendale Desert Dogs (9-12)

Francisco Mejia (.396) is leading the AFL in hitting. Will Smith (.378,1,11) is the only player on the team with double digits in RBIs. Will is seeing most of the time behind the plate while Francisco gives third base a shot. Bobby Bradley has sent two balls over the fence but his 25 whiffs keep his average at .241. He has yet to walk in 54 at bats.

Mitch Keller (2-0, 1.72) is looking sharp, limiting the opposition to a .151 average. Look for him in the Pirate starting rotation in 2018.

Surprise Saguaros (9-12)

The big bats are Nicky Lopez (.386) and Andrew Knizner (.353). Knizner leads the team in homeruns with three while Michael O’Neil (.314, 2, 12) leads the team in RBIs.

Keller Dominates in AFL

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Myworld could not get excited for any of the performances of the AFL players on Sunday. Paul Clemons pitched four innings of no hit ball, but he is a journeyman that has been released by a couple teams already. On Monday, Mitch Keller is the winter league player of the day, though it was a very limited schedule for the Caribbean Leagues.

Mitch pitched five innings of one hit shutout ball in the Glendale Desert Dogs 3-2 win over the Scottsdale Scorpions. For Keller it was his fourth start in the AFL and his second shutout performance. His ERA sits at 1.72 and the opposition has struggled to make solid contact off him, batting .151. That performance has earned him an appearance in the AFL Fall Star game.

Last year Keller reached AA, pitching at three different levels. He compiled a 3.03 ERA while limiting the opposition to a .202 average. The second round 2014 pick sits in the mid 90s with his fastball with an above average curveball. He sprung into prospect status after whiffing 9.5 hitters per nine innings in Low A in 2016. His strikeout rate in the AFL (10 in 15.2 innings) is not as great, but he is still able to limit contact. If he continues to have success next year expect him to see some time in the Pirates rotation in 2018.

Acuna and No Hit Outings Dominant Winter League Action

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

Myworld has identified three players for winter league player of the day for October 27.

Ronald Acuna

He will probably be considered the best prospect in baseball when the prospect rankings for 2018 come out. He has all five tools, ability to hit for power, speed, an arm to play right and the defense to play center and the ability to hit for average. His pop showed up on Friday with two solo shots in the Peoria Javelinas 9-8 win over the Salt River Rafters. Acuna also contributed a double and scored three runs in the victory.

The three hits raised his AFL average to .378 with three homeruns. Last year at three different levels, finishing at AAA he hit .325 with 21 homeruns and 82 RBIs. At 19 years of age, the Braves saw no reason to promote him to the major leagues. Next year will be a different story.

Mike Mayers

Mayers threw five innings of no hit shutout ball, striking out 9 in a losing cause with the Toros winning 2-1 over Escogido. The bullpen came on in the seventh and coughed up two runs on RBI singles.

Mayers was a third round pick of the Cardinals in 2013. After next year he can become a six year minor league free agent if not placed on the 40-man roster. In 2016 he struggled in a September callup, finishing with a 27.00 ERA Last year he had an 11.57 ERA in three September appearances.

In two appearances in the Dominican League Mayers has only given up one run in 11 innings, striking out 14. He has only given up three hits, one of those a solo shot that accounts for the only run he has given up. His fastball has some velocity, hitting the mid-90s, but his secondary pitches have held him back. The Cardinals may try to use him in the bullpen where his lack of a breaking pitch will have less of a negative impact.

Daniel Rodriguez

In the Mexican League Daniel Rodriguez had a perfect game no hitter until giving up a leadoff single in the ninth inning. The Culiacan Tomateros were able to hold on to defeat the Navojoa Mayos 1-0. After a sacrifice bunt Chad Guadin came on to get the last two outs of the inning to earn his fourth save.

Rodriguez has pitched in the Mexican Summer League for the last three years. At 32 years of age it would be difficult to find a team in the major leagues. In three appearances in the Winter League he has been sharp, giving up only two runs in three appearances. He has only given up 9 hits in 20 plus innings with a 0.89 ERA.

Brentz and Riley Winter League Mashers of the Day

Friday, October 27th, 2017

Myworld is going to try to recognize at least one player who performs well each day in the winter leagues. Today we have two. Austin Riley a prospect for the Braves and Bryce Brentz, a used to be prospect for the Red Sox. They both had tremendous hitting days in their teams rout of their opponents, Riley in the Arizona Fall League and Brentz in the Mexican League.

Austin Riley hit for the cycle in the Peoria Javelinas 19-4 win over the Mesa Solar Sox. The day started very innocently with a ground ball single up the middle in the second inning. It was the only hit of the inning and it ended with Mesa leading 2-0. With the score 4-0 going into the bottom of the third Peoria rallied for five runs to take the lead. Riley blasted a two run homer to give Peoria the lead.

In the fifth inning Riley strikes out. The game is still close 5-4. The sixth inning gives Riley a fourth at bat and he doubles to center to drive in his fourth run. Peoria erupts for seven runs and Riley is a triple short of the cycle. He gets another bat in the seventh inning and triples in two runs to complete the cycle and drive in five of the 19 Peoria runs. His final at bat is in the eighth inning when he reaches on a fielding error.

At 6′3″ Riley is a highly touted prospect in a very deep Braves minor league system. He hit 20 homeruns between High A and AA with a .275 batting average and 74 RBIs. His 124 whiffs in 129 games tells he has a propensity for the swing and miss. He is currently hitting .346 in the AFL with two homeruns in six games. A former pitcher, he has the arm to stick at third but his height combined with a heavy frame may force a shift to first.

Bryce Brentz used to be a top prospect with the Boston Red Sox. The rightfielder was noted for his strong right field arm and his power bat. That power bat was on display yesterday with his three homeruns in the Herosillo Naranjeros 17-4 win over the Culiacan Tomateros. So if my Spanish does not fail me the Oranges beat the Tomatoes.

Bryce began his power display in the first inning with a three run homer to fuel a five run opening frame. His solo shot in the third made it 6-0. He then led off the fifth with a homerun to give him three homeruns in three at bats. With plenty of at bats left in an early game a four to five homerun display was in the making.

In the sixth inning he had to settle for a single, but it drove in a run to give him his sixth RBI of the game. He flew out to left in the seventh inning in his last at bat to leave his homerun total at three.

Bryce is currently hitting .233 with four homeruns in the Mexican League. That follows his blueprint as a prospect, a low average hitter with lots of strikeouts to go along with his pop. He’ll turn 29 in December and he has six years playing for Pawtucket. Perhaps it is time the first round pick of the Red Sox in the 2010 draft find another team in need of an outfielder. He did hit a career high 31 homeruns last year at Pawtucket. Injuries have restricted him to less than 100 games from 2013 to 2016. In his two September callups to the major leagues (2014 and 2016) he has one homerun in close to 100 at bats. He has 127 homeruns in his eight year minor league career, 72 of those with Pawtucket.

Bryce was removed from the Red Sox 40 man roster just after spring training in 2017. This would make him a six year minor league free agent free to sign with any club.

Brave Pitchers Shine in AFL Opener

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

A number of the best prospects continue their baseball careers in the Arizona Fall League. The Atlanta Braves had many of those prospects on the mound for the Peoria Javelinas in their 3-0 win over the Glendale Desert Dogs. Max Fried struck out seven in three innings of shutout ball and Touki Toussaint followed with two innings of shutout ball, striking out four. Touki was given credit for the victory.

Josh Graham, another Braves pitcher worked an inning and struck out two. Corbin Clousse got in two innings of work and struck out four. That gives Braves pitching prospects a total of 16 whiffs on the day. The only non-Brave to pitch was Blue Jays Andrew Case. He did not strike out any hitters in his one inning of work, but pitched the last inning to pick up the save.

Red Sox prospect Michael Chavis drove in two runs with a double and Lourdes Gurriel drove in one run with a single.

Justus Sheffield threw five innings of one hit shutout ball in the Scottsdale Scorpions 7-4 win over the Mesa Solar Sox. Sheffield struck out six in his outing. He was supported by a Billy McKinney three run homer in the third and a solo shot from Tomas Nido in the eighth.

2016 Post Season Arizona Fall League All Stars

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Myworld has selected our Arizona Fall League All Stars based on current production plus future production. So if a talented prospect did not put up good numbers he will be absent from this All Star team. If a Tim Tebow type had put up good numbers he would not be considered because we don’t consider him a viable prospect. Below is the AFL All Star team by position.

C - Carson Kelly (Cardinals) - There were some good catching prospects in the AFL. The 2016 number one pick by the White Sox Zach Collins just did not get enough at bats. Carson was tied for second in the AFL in RBIs and hit a solid .286 with a slugging average of .455. With Yadier Molina aging and becoming injury prone Carson is ripe to take the catching job away from Yadier, first handling the back up responsibilities before taking over the starting role in 2018.

1B - Cody Bellinger (Dodgers) - You have to pick a player who provides some power. The three homeruns hit by Cody were just two away from the league leader and his 17 RBIs were just one down from Carson. Cody also showed he could hit for average with a .314 average to go along with his .557 slugging. Greg Bird could have the most future potential but his .216 average showed a bit of a struggle as he tried to return from his injury.

2B - Travis Demeritte (Braves) - He still strikes out too much, but he has shown potential to be a high octane offensive performer at second base. The former shortstop had a .855 OPS, which will make most managers forgive his swing and miss transgressions. He did hit four doubles, four triples and four homeruns with 14 RBIs. Brandon Dixon had a higher average (.333) than Travis but we feel Travis has the higher upside.

3B - Brian Anderson (Marlins) - We would have liked to have given it to Miguel Andujar because myworld feels he will make more of a future impact, but Miguel did not bring his A game to Arizona, which is power. He hit nary a ball over the fence while Brian parked 5 over the fence to lead the AFL in homeruns. Anderson hit .273 while Andujar was up to .284. Anderson won the RBI race 12 to 5. Myworld is still not sure of the impact Anderson will make in the future.

SS - Gleyber Torres (Yankees) - There were a lot of good shortstops in the league. Three of the top four hitters for batting average played shortstop. But Gleyber easily won this award with his AFL leading .408 average. He also showed pop with three homeruns and a .645 slugging. Tagging along with the pop was incredible patience at the plate with a 14/8 walk to whiff ratio resulting in a .513 OBA. Dee Gordon put up some good numbers with a .346 average, but his numbers pale in comparison to Torres. He also does not have as much upside.

LF - Tyler O’Neil (Mariners) - This Canadian will hit for 20 plus homers a year once he reaches the major leagues. In the AFL he mashed three with 14 RBIs, hitting a respectable .292. The Mariners would like to see him cut down on his whiffs, but he has shown the patience to take walks (12). Christin Stewart could be an impact player for the Tigers, but his power bat was absent in the AFL with just one dinger.

CF - Andrew Stevenson (Nationals) - A nice breakout AFL for this first round pick. He was second in the AFL in batting with a .353 average and he showed some pop with his two homeruns and .518 slugging percentage. He also showed blazing speed with nine steals in just 11 attempts. Only three other players had more stolen bases. The most intriguing of the three is Greg Allen, who hit one more homer than Andrew, but his batting average was at .269

RF - Bradley Zimmer (Indians) - It was a toss up between Anthony Alford, who has more physical tools, but they have yet to be displayed in on the field production. Zimmer hit .257 to the .253 for Alford with Zimmer clocked in one more RBI (16 to 15) than Alford. The big separator was in OPS where Zimmer won out .935 to .789. Most of Zimmer’s power resulted in gap doubles, his seven being just one behind the AFL leader. Zimmer was also 8 for 9 in stolen bases. Alford equaled him in stolen bases, but was caught three more times.

DH - Anthony Alford (Blue Jays) - This is where we would like to put someone like Eric Wood here to reward him for his AFL leading 20 RBIs, but we are not convinced he will be an impact player. Alford just decided to focus on baseball after trying to establish a football career. The more he plays the better he gets, with five tool potential starting to gestate. See Bradley Zimmer for his numbers comparisons.

Starting pitcher - Francis Martes (Astros) - Francis throws hard with his 25 whiffs in 22.1 innings a testament to that. Some believe his three digit heat and lack of command to be ideal for the bullpen. In the AFL he had a 3.22 ERA, not allowing a runner to score in two of his last three starts. Michael Kopech also throws six digit heat. His ERA (2.01) was better than Martes but character flaws may prevent him from achieving his potential.