2016 Arizona Fall League notes for October 31st, 2016:
Greg Allen, OF, Cleveland Indians (Mesa Solar Sox): Keep close tabs on Cleveland Indians outfield prospect Greg Allen when spring training approaches in a few months. A sixth round pick in 2014 from San Diego State University, Allen hit .295/.416/.413 with 45 steals during the regular season between High-A and Double-A. He's remained hot in Arizona at .366/.435/.683 through 11 games, with five steals in six attempts. The 23-year-old switch-hitter has 60/65 speed and a patient hitting approach that maximizes his on-base ability. Although not generally a power hitter, he is tied for the ALF lead with three home runs. He could see Cleveland in 2017.
Ryan O'Hearn, 1B, Kansas City Royals (Surprise Saguaros): Leading the Arizona Fall League in hitting is Kansas City Royals first base prospect Ryan O'Hearn, hitting .381 in 42 at-bats. An eighth round pick in 2014 from Sam Houston State University, O'Hearn is a 6-3, 200 pound left-handed hitter, age 23, who hit .258/.339/.437 with 15 homers, 48 walks, and 131 strikeouts in 414 at-bats in Double-A this year. Funny how sample sizes work: O'Hearn has considerably more power than Allen, 55-grade power compared to Allen (who rates a 35 or a 40 if you want to be generous), but it's Allen showing power so far in Arizona while O'Hearn is the guy hitting for average despite weaker pure hitting skills.
Andrew Stevenson, OF, Washington Nationals (Glendale Desert Dogs): Washington Nationals outfield prospect Andrew Stevenson is another Allen-type speed/defense guy, hitting .324/.333/.541 through 37 at-bats with four steals in four attempts. A second-round pick out of Louisiana State in 2015, he hit .276/.332/.374 between High-A and Double-A this season with 10 triples and 39 steals. His glove is excellent and he has a knack for line drive hitting, but power development remains a question.
Wayne Cavadi updated us on Cincinnati Reds prospect Zach Vincej last Friday. Don't miss it.