Hey there folks! Welcome back to another edition of the Minor League Ball Gameday thread. The AFL/Playoff Gamedays are a bit of a different animal compared to the regular season. No spreadsheets and no injury list. What we will do though, is make sure you know everything you need to when it comes to rookies and prospects.
Use this thread for discussion of various topics - Game 1 of the ALCS, Arizona Fall League action, bat flips (always welcomed), rumors, whatever you like as long as it is baseball related.
And now for what John likes to call, the link dump -
Arizona Fall League Hitting Leaders
Arizona Fall League Pitching Leaders
Addison Russell is out for the NLCS with a hamstring injury
ESPN's Jayson Stark highlights Russell's move to SS and the emergence of Kyle Schwarber as two keys to transforming the Cubs
Pirates C Elias Diaz won Baseball America's Captain's Catcher Award as the best defensive catcher in the minor leagues
Jesse Sanchez gave an update on the Eddy Julio Martinez saga between the Giants and Cubs
Box Scores from October 15th
Standout Hitting Performances
1B Rowdy Tellez (Salt River) - 2/5, 2 run HR (1), 4 RBI (8), R
2B Chris Bostick (Salt River) - 3/4, 2 2 run HR (2), 4 RBI (4), 3 R
SS Gavin Cecchini (Salt River) - 2/3, SB (1), CS (1), 2 BB, R
SS Tyler Smith (Peoria) - 3/4, 3B (1), BB, 2 R
CF Phillip Ervin (Peoria) - 1/4, 2B (1), RBI (1), 2 SB (2), HBP, R
RF Tyler O'Neill (Peoria) - 2/5, solo HR (1), RBI (1), R, E (1 - Fielding), OF assist
C Kyle Farmer (Glendale) - 2/4, 2 2B (2), RBI (5), R
RF Derek Fisher (Glendale) - 1/3, 2B (1), RBI (1), BB, K
DH JaCoby Jones (Scottsdale) - 4/4, 2 R, Picked Off
RF Mike Gerber (Scottsdale) - 2/3, 3B (1), 3 RBI (4)
C Mitch Garver (Scottsdale) - 2/3, 2B (1), 3 run HR (1), 3 RBI, BB, R
SS Christian Arroyo (Scottsdale) - 1/5, 2 run HR (1), 2 RBI (3), R, E (1 - Fielding)
RF Bubba Starling (Surprise) - 3/4, RBI (1), K, OF assist
Standout Pitching Performances
RHP Jason Garcia (Peoria) - 2 IP, 1 H, 90 R, 1 BB, 5 K
RHP Montreal Robertson (Scottsdale) - 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
RHP Alex Reyes (Surprise) - 3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K
RHP Domingo Acevedo (Surprise) - 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
LHP Jake Esch (Mesa) - 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K
Mesa LHP Jake Esch topped out at 96 mph in his outing while mixing in a slider and change up from the same 85-87 mph velocity band, and a high 70's curveball.
Surprise RHP Alex Reyes ran it up to 99 mph while flashing his trademark 12-6 hook from 78-82 mph. He also worked in a change up in the 87-91 mph range. Fellow Saguaro Domingo Acevedo sat 98-99 with his heater while mixing a mid 80's cutter/slider, and a mid 80's change up.