AFL Update (First Week 2008 Season)
In four games everyone’s favorite catching prospect Matt Wieters (Baltimore Orioles) is hitting .538 with four walks against two strikeouts.
Drew Sutton(Houston Astros) is a prospect that flew under the radar for most of 2008. Here is his 2008 line:
Impresive across the board. A .317 average, 39 doubles, 20 HR and even 20 steals. He also posses advanced plate discipline with 76 walks vs 98 strikeouts. So far in the early AFL season he has walked four times in two games. He’s also chipped in two steals as well.
Cleveland Indians third baseman Wes Hodges has gotten off to a hot start with two home runs in three games. In AA he hit 18 HR with 97 RBI in 2008. He is one of two hot shot third base prospects in the Cleveland organization along with Beau Mills.
After stealing 58 bases between AA & AAA, St.Louis Cardinals prospect Shane Robinson is three for three in AFL steal attempts, leading the league.
Diamondbacks star rookie Max Scherzer went seven innings in his AFL debut start. I can’t ever recall a pitcher going that deep into a Arizona Fall League game. He allowed 0 runs, 4 hits, 0 BB and tallyed 4 K. In his second start he added 9 K in 5 IP.
New York Mets prospect Eddie Kunz was rushed to the show this season (born 04/08/86). After putting together a respectable AA season (2.79 ERA, 43 K vs 25 BB in 48.1 IP) he has pitched three scoreless innings so far.
Ranked #2 in the Cleveland Indians organization headed into 2008, Chuck Lofgren battled control issues in AA Akron. He allowed 52 free passes in 85.2 IP and was even relegated to the bullpen for a good portion of the season. The Tribe hoped the AFL would get Lofgren back on track but so far the results have been extremly disappointing. In two games pitched he has a 47.25 ERA. No typo, a 47.25 ERA. He’s only managed to last 1.1 IP but in that time he’s allowed 4 hits, 7 ER and issued 4 BB.
Next time around I will update a completely different set of players. If there is anyone you want to see leave a comment and I’ll include them in next weeks article.