Some Arizona Fall League notes for November 1st, 2016.
Chris Stratton, RHP, San Francisco Giants (Scottsdale Scorpions):San Francisco Giants prospect Chris Stratton allowed one run in four innings of work for Scottsdale yesterday, fanning five. This gives him a 3.94 ERA in 16 innings; he's allowed 23 hits thanks to a difficult outing on October 26th, but has also posted a sharp 16/1 K/BB ratio overall. A first round pick in 2012 out of Mississippi State, Stratton has an 88-94 MPH fastball along with a curve, slider, and change-up. Control is his best attribute and he has a chance as a fifth starter. He has a year and a half of Triple-A under his belt but it remains to be seen how he fits onto the Giants roster.
Luiz Gohara, LHP, Seattle Mariners (Peoria Javelinas): Mariners prospect Luiz Gohara picked up a scoreless inning of relief work yesterday, giving him a 4.66 ERA in 9.2 innings but with a pleasant 16/2 K/BB. The 20-year-old from Brazil can hit 95 but is still refining his slider and change-up. He posted an excellent 1.81 ERA in 70 innings between the Northwest and Midwest Leagues in the regular season, making great strides with his control after improving his physical conditioning. He could be a number three starter, perhaps more, down the line.
Drew Steckenrider, RHP, Miami Marlins (Mesa Solar Sox): Miami Marlins prospect Drew Steckenrider has thrown seven innings of shutout relief work in Arizona, fanning 10 with one walk. An eighth round pick in 2012 from the University of Tennessee, he posted a 2.08 ERA during the regular season in 52 innings between High-A, Double-A, and Triple-A, allowing a minuscule 25 hits. He features a heavy low-90s fastball and a good slider, giving him a shot at a middle relief job.
John Fasola, RHP, Texas Rangers (Surprise Saguaros): Another bullpen arm to watch is John Fasola, who has seven shutout innings in Arizona, three saves, and a 5/0 K/BB. Drafted in the 31st round in 2014 out of Kent State, he posted a 58/12 K/BB in 51 innings between High-A, Double-A, and Triple-A in 2016. He can hit the mid-90s and could contribute in the bullpen soon.