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Arizona Fall League: The first week

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Yoan Lopez
Yoan Lopez
Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The 2015 Arizona Fall League has been running for a week now, still a tiny sample of course but there are at least more tidbits of news to track.

***Jim Callis at MLB.com has notes on Diamondbacks right-hander Yoan Lopez, Brewers right-hander Adrian Houser, and Cardinals right-hander Luke Weaver. Callis notes Lopez's mediocre performance in his second outing, observing a fastball up to 94 MPH but with pedestrian secondary offerings including a so-so slider and a below-average change-up. Houser and Weaver were more impressive. As with everything else Jim Callis writes, the article is worth your time.

***Big boppers in the early going include Chicago Cubs prospect Jeimer Candelario (10-for-15 with three homers), Oakland Athletics third base prospect Renato Nunez (6-for-21 but with three homers), and Cleveland Indians outfield prospect Clint Frazier (6-for-16 with two homers). Kansas City Royals prospect Bubba Starling is putting his tools to good use thus far with an 8-for-20 line, two homers, two walks, and just three strikeouts to this point.

***New York Yankees pitching prospect Ian Clarkin missed the entire regular season with an elbow injury but looked healthy, if a little rusty, in his first AFL start. He had originally been slated to attend instructional league but made enough progress over the summer to land an assignment in Arizona instead.

Arizona Fall League hitting leaders

Arizona Fall League pitching leaders

Arizona Fall League standings