Arizona Fall League in Full Swing

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.

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