Myworld will try to provide an update of the various winter leagues that are being played in multiple countries. This is the time when prospects can show whether they are ready for the major leagues or journeyman can find a new pitch or eliminate that hitch in their swing to become a different ballplayer. Our first look is the heavily laden prospect league, the Arizona Fall League.
Salt Lake Rafters (6-2)
Eddie Rosario is hitting .444 with four stolen bases in five attempts. He has only one extra base hit, a double to go with 11 singles and has yet to walk in 27 at bats. Peter O’Brien has a 1.028 OPS because of his three homeruns and his 9 to 6 walk to whiff ratio. His six RBIs lead the team. Despite a .182 batting average his 9 walks put his OPS at .438. Bryon Buxton was the top prospect in baseball last year but could not stay healthy. With the Rafters he has played in six of the eight games hitting .280 with only one extra base hit (.320 slugging).
Marc Appel has looked pretty good on the mound in his two starts. He has yet to allow a run in his seven innings of work, giving up just two hits and walking three with eight whiffs. His WHIP is 0.71. On the other end of the spectrum is Archie Bradley, who in two starts has a 7.20 ERA. He has given up nine hits in just five innings of work for an opposition average of .375. The team has four saves, one each shared by four players. Jake Reed has one save and was voted the first pitcher of the week as a result of his three appearances and five shutout innings. Jake is second on the team to Appel in strikeouts with seven.
Scottsdale Scorpions (5-4)
Greg Bird put together a two homerun day to give him three for the season. There is a lot of swing and miss with his bat (10) but he is hitting .394 with a 1.202 OPS. Six of his 13 hits have gone for extra bases. Roman Quinn has proven to be a terror on the bases with six stolen bases in seven attempts. A four hit day upped his average to .300. The Giants recent Cuban signing Danny Carbonell has gotten off to a slow start (.200) but he has gone deep once.
Tyler Glasnow has shown he is still a bit wild with four walks in his three plus innings in two starts. He has limited the opposition to just one run to keep his ERA respectable (2.45). Nefi Ogando is proving formidable in the bullpen with one save and two wins in four appearances. He has a 1.93 ERA and 0.86 WHIP.
Mesa Solar Sox (2-5)
Matt Olson has clobbered three homeruns but it has only resulted in four RBIs. Add a double to his ledger and all four of his hits have gone for extra bases for a .235 average. Dalton Pompey is a multi tooled athlete hitting .260 with four stolen bases in five attempts. Boog Powell has a name that makes you think of RBIs and he leads the Solar Sox with six, with two homeruns and a .353 average.
C.J. Edwards is making progress towards the starting rotation for the Cubs with his 1.80 ERA in two starts. His numbers are still pedestrian with four hits and four whiffs in five innings of work. A Cuban Cub signing Gerardo Concepcion has proven to be a disappointment since his debut in 2012. In two relief appearances his ERA sits at 15.00 with five runs given up in just three innings of work. He has walked four and given up four hits.
Surprise Saguaros (5-4)
Patrick Kivlehan is their homerun leader with three. He is batting .292 with a .414 OBA to put his OPS at a team leading 1.164. The first AFL player of the week is RBI leader (9) Jesse Winker. He is hitting .350 with one homerun. Rusney Castillo has scored eight runs with his .360 batting average but both numbers are second on the team to Kyle Waldrop who has crossed the plate nine times with a .429 average. Kyle has yet to walk but he has two doubles, a triple and a homerun to go with his 12 hits.
Taijuan Walker has struck out 11 in his nine innings of work in two starts. His ERA sits at 2.00. He will be competing for a rotation spot with the Mariners in spring training next year. Burch Smith got toasted for five runs in less than an inning to sky rocket his ERA to 20.25 after three appearances.
Glendale Desert Dogs (3-3-1)
Tim Anderson (.360) and Steven Moya (.308) each have three stolen bases in three attempts. Anderson is a shortstop who needs to improve on his 0/9 walk to whiff ratio. Moya could be starting in right field for the Tigers with the retirement of Torii Hunter. He leads the team with seven RBIs. Corey Seager has four doubles and a triple among his seven hits. He is hitting .259 with 10 whiffs in the seven games he has played.
Chris Bassitt has been limited to three relief appearances but he leads the team in strikeouts with 10. Chris has a 1.29 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP. Robbie Ray struggled in his major league debut in 2014 but in two AFL starts he has yet to give up a run. He has struck out seven in his five innings of work, allowing just two hits.
Peoria Javelinas (2-5-1)
Francisco Lindor has a shortstop opening if he can show he is ready to hit. In seven games he is hitting .290 with one homerun. Two slow starters are Hunter Dozier (.179) and Bubba Starling (.167). Each of the prospects has 10 strikeouts.
Sam Tuivailale can hit triple digits with his fastball but struggles with his command. In three relief appearances he has yet to walk a batter in his three innings of work. Kyle Zimmer leads all AFL pitchers in strikeouts with 14. In two starts he has a 3.12 ERA.