Good afternoon fellow baseball fans and welcome to the Minor League Ball Gameday discussion thread for Monday, October 16th, 2017.
Saturday was Day Five of the 2017 Arizona Fall League (there are no games on Sunday). Some highlights:
****San Diego Padres prospect Josh Naylor went 2-for-3 with a home run and three runs scored in Peoria’s 12-1 drubbing of Salt River. His teammates Alex Jackson of the Atlanta Braves system and Lourdes Guerriel of the Toronto Blue Jays organization also hit home runs, while Blue Jays right-hander T.J. Zeuch fired three shutout innings with four strikeouts as the winning pitcher.
****Chicago Cubs infield prospect David Bote hit a home run for Mesa in a 4-3 loss to Glendale, notably the third home run he’s hit in the AFL in his first four games. He hit .272/.353/.438 with 14 homers during the regular season with Double-A Tennessee. Pittsburgh Pirates farmhand Logan Hill led the Glendale attack against Mesa, going 2-for-4 with two homers.
****Texas Rangers outfield prospect Michael O’Neill went 3-for-6 with a run scored in an 11-1 Surprise stomping of Scottsdale. Kansas City Royals right-hander Zach Lovvorn threw four shutout innings with three strikeouts for the win.
ARTICLES IN THE PIPELINE
****We will begin the Top 20 Prospects for 2018 per organization process later today with the Minnesota Twins.
****I’m working on a Prospect Smackdown for Franklin Barreto vs. Willy Adames.