October 28 Arizona Fall League Report

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Game 1

Sep 23, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox shortstop Marcus Semien (5) hits a two run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

In Monday’s biggest slug-fest, the Surprise Saguaros came out on top of the Glendale Desert Dogs by a final score of 8-7. It was a real team effort for Surprise getting offense up and down the lineup and contributions from everyone. While Tyler Naquin was the only hitter without a hit, he did drive in a run. Joe Wendle, Henry Urrutia and Jonathan Schoop each had two hits and Texas prospect Ryan Rua hit the team’s only home run. On the pitching side, no one really stood out except for Noe Ramirez who threw two shutout innings (albeit in far from dominant fashion). Starter Eduardo Rodriguez gave up two runs on a pair of hits including a home run and struck out four.

For Glendale, White Sox prospect Marcus Semien went two for five with two home runs and four RBI while Yorman Rodriguez also went deep. None of the pitchers escaped damage except for Miami’s Nick Wittgren who continues his domination this year with another one and a third shutout innings. Alex Meyer got the start and gave up four runs (three earned) over his five innings but struck out six batters.

Glendale Desert Dogs

Hitting:

Byron Buxton (MIN) – 1/4, R, RBI, K, E
Marcus Semien (CWS) – 2/5, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, K, E
Colin Moran (MIA) – 0/4, BB, K
Yorman Rodriguez (CIN) – 1/4, R, HR, RBI, 3 K
Corey Seager (LAD) – 0/4, 3 K
Travis Mattair (CIN) – 0/4
Max Kepler (MIN) – 1/3, R, 2B, BB
Brian Cavazos-Galvez (LAD) – 1/4, R, K
Tucker Barnhart (CIN) – 1/3, R, BB

Pitching:

Alex Meyer (MIN) – 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR
Yimi Garcia (LAD) – L, 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Kevin Vance (CWS) – 2/3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Nick Wittgren (MIA) – 1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB

Surprise Saguaros

Hitting:

Tyler Naquin (CLE) – 0/3, RBI, K
Joe Wendle (CLE) – 2/5, RBI
Mitch Haniger (MIL) – 1/3, 2B, BB
Henry Urrutia (BAL) – 2/5, K
Travis Shaw (BOS) – 1/4, 2 R, BB, K
Jorge Alfaro (TEX) – 1/4, 2 R, 2 K
Jonathan Schoop (BAL) – 2/3, 2 R, RBI, BB, K
Ryan Rua (TEX) – 1/4, R, HR, 2 RBI, 2 K
Tony Wolters (CLE) – 1/2, R, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB

Pitching:

Eduardo Rodriguez (BAL) – 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 4 K, 1 HR
Branden Kline (BAL) – 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
Noe Ramirez (BOS) – W, 2 IP, 1 H, 1 K
Matt West (TEX) – 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K
Keith Couch (BOS) – 1 IP, 1 K
David Goforth (MIL) – S, 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 K, 1 HR

Game 2

Mar. 23, 2012; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; New York Mets outfielder Cory Vaughn in the dugout during the fifth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. Braves won 9-4. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

The Peoria Javelinas shut out the Scottsdale Scorpions 4-0 on Monday. Starter Matt Heidenreich led the group effort for the Javs, setting tone by throwing three innings with just one hit against and striking out two batters. Dennis O’Grady, Alex Sogard and Kyle Simon followed up with two innings each of scoreless ball. The offense was led by Seattle’s Chris Taylor who went two for four with two doubles, a stolen base and two RBI while Japhet Amador from the Houston Astros organization went two for four with a double, a run and an RBI.

The Scorpions only managed to get three hits against the strong Peoria pitching with a single from Mason Williams, a double from Tommy La Stella and a triple from Cory Vaughn. Starter Adalberto Mejia was charged with the first three runs, coming on three hits and three walks over two and a third innings. The rest of the bullpen was fairly strong, throwing another five and two-thirds scoreless innings before James Pazos gave up a run in the ninth.

Peoria Javelinas

Hitting:

Delino DeShields (HOU) – 0/1, 2 R, 3 BB
Chris Taylor (SEA) – 2/4, R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, K, SB
Austin Hedges (SD) – 0/3, BB
Japhet Amador (HOU) – 2/4, R, 2B, RBI
Cheslor Cuthbert (KC) – 1/4
Jorge Bonifacio (KC) – 1/4, RBI
Stefen Romero (SEA) – 1/4, 2 K
Patrick Kivlehan (SEA) – 0/4, 2 K
Nolan Fontana (HOU) – 0/3, K

Pitching:

Matt Heidenreich (HOU) – W, 3 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Dennis O’Grady (SD) – 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K
Alex Sogard (HOU) – 2 IP, 1 H, 1 K
Kyle Simon (PHI) – S, 2 IP, 1 BB, 1 K

Scottsdale Scorpions

Hitting:

Mason Williams (NYY) – 1/4
Alen Hanson (PIT) – 0/4
Tommy La Stella (ATL) – 1/4, 2B, K
Andrew Susac (SF) – 0/4
Cory Vaughn (NYM) – 1/2, 3B, BB
Robby Hefflinger (ATL) – 0/3, 2 K
Angel Villalona (SF) – 0/3, 2 K
Aderlin Rodriguez (NYM) – 0/3
Cam Maron (NYM) – 0/2, BB, K

Pitching:

Adalberto Mejia (SF) – L, 2 1/3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 2 K
Matt Benedict (PIT) – 1 2/3 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Shae Simmons (ATL) – 1 IP, 1 BB
Zack Thornton (PIT) – 2 IP, 1 K
Chasen Bradford (NYM) – 1 IP, 1 K
James Pazos (NYY) – 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R

Game 3

February 18, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Oakland Athletics infielder Addison Russell (7) poses for a picture during photo day at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

In a tight, low-scoring game, the Salt River Rafters defeated the Mesa Solar Sox 3-2 despite two runs for the Solar Sox in the bottom of the eighth. A pair of Blue Jays prospects combined for five and a third shutout innings for the Rafters: Aaron Sanchez got the start and gave up just one hit and three walks while striking out four in four and a third and Marcus Stroman gave up just a hit and nothing else in his one inning of work. Arizona prospect Jake Lamb went three for four with a double while Toronto’s Andy Burns went two for four with an RBI, a run and a stolen base. Catcher Derrick Chung contributed with a base hit and threw out Brian Goodwin stealing second, the only runner trying to pilfer a base on his excellent arm.

For Mesa, Kris Bryant continues to show why he’s probably the best hitter from the 2013 draft with another home run, his fifth for the Arizona League. He drove in both of the Solar Sox’ runs in the process. Starter Tommy Collier was strong, going five scoreless innings giving up just three hits and walking one with one strikeout.

Salt River Rafters

Hitting:

Kenny Wilson (TOR) – 0/3, BB, K, CS
Ryan Brett (TB) – 0/3, BB, K
Jake Lamb (ARI) – 3/4, R, 2B
Stephen Piscotty (STL) – 1/4, RBI
Kyle Parker (COL) – 1/4, R, 2B
Tim Wheeler (COL) – 0/4
Andy Burns (TOR) – 2/4, R, RBI, K, SB
Cristhian Adames (COL) – 0/3, RBI, SF
Derrick Chung (TOR) – 1/3

Pitching:

Aaron Sanchez (TOR) – 4 1/3 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 4 K
Tyler Matzek (COL) – W, 1 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 K
Marcus Stroman (TOR) – 1 IP, 1 H
Lee Stoppelman (STL) – 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
Jake Barrett (ARI) – S, 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K

Mesa Solar Sox

Hitting:

Addison Russell (OAK) – 1/4, 2 K
Brian Goodwin (WAS) – 1/3, CS
Kris Bryant (CHC) – 1/3, R, HR, 2 RBI, BB, K
C.J. Cron (LAA) – 0/4
Jorge Soler (CHC) – 1/3, BB
Tyler Collins (DET) – 0/4, K
Devon Travis (DET) – 1/4, 2 K
Matt Skole (WAS) – 0/3, BB
David Freitas (OAK) – 0/2, R, BB, K

Pitching:

Tommy Collier (DET) – 5 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K
Jeff Urlaub (OAK) – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K
Kenny Faulk (DET) – L, 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R
Armando Rivero (CHC) – 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB
Ryan Dull (OAK) – 1 IP, 1 K