Fall Leagues Review
The Arizona Fall League Rising Stars game held at the beginning of the month featured three kids from our farm system. Austin Romine, David Adams and Mark Montgomery all made a showing during the AFL’s version of the futures game, and each chipped in in their own way. Adams only had one hit on the night but drove in two on a booming double to start a rally and take the lead in the fourth. He later came around to score in what resulted in a six run outburst by the East. Romine allowed speedster Billy Hamilton to steal second in the opening frame, although he threw a pea that may very well have beaten him to the bag. Hamilton also took third on a delayed steal during the throw back to the mound and would later score, but Romine would even that score by smoking a triple in his first AB and then coming home on a wild pitch.
Montgomery came in to pitch the eighth and showed everyone what all the fuss has been about. He did allow a better to reach, although it was on an error at first but aside from that he was perfect. Mark proceeded to strike out the side showing off the devastating slider that has been talked about for many weeks now. He also showed good command of his fastball which he throws to both sides to both lefties and righties. The slider he threw for strikes or buried it off the plate inducing weak contact or embarrassing hacks at thin air. I really can’t see him toiling away in the minors for too much longer looking like this.
Here’s some updates from around the various winter leagues from our more notable prospects:
Slade Heathcott – .333/.457/.526/.983 Slade took the player of the week honors after catching on fire and hitting three triples in two games. He then went 6-13 this past week and may possibly take a run at the season MVP. He also showed his tenacity when he went hard into the plate on Saturday for his second collision at home during the fall season.
Austin Romine – .236/.338/.309/.648 Austin is still shaking the rust off but has shown a bit of patience at the plate, working as many BB’s (9) as K’s.
David Adams – .261/.363/.507/.870 More than half of David’s hits have gone for extra bases thus far, hitting a triple, six doubles and three long balls this fall. He’s spent time playing both second and third.
Mark Montgomery – Has had a couple of fugly games but could be due to his playing time being a bit sporadic. He has a 2.61 ERA over 10.1 IP, has walked 5 and struck out 19, leaving him a WHIP of 0.97
Abe Almonte has gotten 15 AB’s but only hit .133/.188/.133/.321 that leaves no extra base hits and one walk. Fellow Almonte Zoilo has only had a single AB having been dogged by injury.
Melky Mesa – .261/.346/.565/.911 A pair of homers, a double and a 3:1 K/BB ratio
Juan Cedeno – Over 13 IP he’s pitched to a 2.08 giving up 4 BB’s while striking out 10.
Kelvin Perez – 5.1 IP 5.06 ERA 0 BB 2 K
Jose Ramirez – 4.50 ERA 8 IP 4 ER, 5 BB, 7 K
Ramon Flores – .200/.333/.200/.533 over 10 AB’s
Jose Pirela – .293/.377/.402/.780 over 92 AB’s with a HR, 3B, 5 2B
Vidal Nuno – 1.50 ERA 12 IP, 2 ER, 0 BB, 12 K 0.42 WHIP
Pedro Guerra – 7.50 ERA 6 IP, 5 ER, 6 BB, 3 K
Ronnier Mustelier – .273/.315/.424/.739 4 HR, 3 2B, 13 RBI’s
Jose Figueroa – .278/.350/.278/.628 over 18 AB’s, 2 BB, 5K
Luis Niebla – 2.35 ERA 15.1 IP, 4 ER, 5 BB, 10 K, 1.37 WHIP
Giovanny Gallegos – 6 ERA 3 IP, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1.67 WHIP
Cesar Vargas – 1 ERA 9 IP, 1 ER, 3 BB, 14 K, 1.22 WHIP