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PostSubject: 2010 Arizona Fall League   2010 Arizona Fall League Icon_minitimeTue Oct 19, 2010 12:30 am

Roster: Surprise Rafters

Managers & Coaches
# ___Name___ ___Pos___ Bat_ Thw__Ht__ _Wt_ ___DOB___ _Status_
Mike GuerreroManagerSR5' 11"15701-08-1968Active
Derrick MayBatting CoachLR6' 4"22507-14-1968Active
Brad HolmanPitching CoachRR6' 5"20002-09-1968Active
Ray BurrisCoachRR6' 5"20008-22-1950Active

Pitchers
_#_ ___Name___ _Pos_ _Bat_ _Thw_ __Ht__ _Wt_ ___DOB___ _Status_ MLB 40-man MLB Parent Club
31Brian BroderickPRR6' 6"20509-01-1986ActiveNoSTL
25Brooks BrownPLR6' 3"21006-20-1985ActiveNoDET
54Fabio CastilloPRR6' 1"23502-19-1989ActiveNoTEX
56Ramon DelgadoPRR6' 3"19509-03-1986ActiveNoSTL
19Danny DuffyPLL6' 3"19512-21-1988ActiveNoKC
61Michael FiersPRR6' 3"20506-15-1985ActiveNoMIL
24Adalberto FloresPRR6' 7"22511-04-1986ActiveNoTEX
30Danny GutierrezPRR6' 1"18003-08-1987ActiveNoTEX
33Matt HoffmanPLL6' 2"19511-18-1988ActiveNoDET
37Eric HurleyPRR6' 4"19509-17-1985ActiveNoTEX
27Jeremy JeffressPRR6' 0"19509-21-1987ActiveYesMIL
35Patrick KeatingPRR6' 2"21506-09-1987ActiveNoKC
40Blake KingPRR6' 1"19504-11-1987ActiveNoSTL
28Brandon KintzlerPRR6' 1"18508-01-1984ActiveYesMIL
38Lucas LuetgePLL6' 3"18003-24-1987ActiveNoMIL
51Mike McClendonPRR6' 5"21504-03-1985ActiveYesMIL
52Dan MerklingerPLL6' 1"19511-19-1985ActiveNoMIL
32Mike MontgomeryPLL6' 5"18007-01-1989ActiveNoKC
59Chance RuffinPRR6' 0"18509-08-1988ActiveNoDET
29Brandon SiskPLL6' 3"21007-13-1985ActiveNoKC
55Jordan SwagertyPSR6' 2"17507-14-1989ActiveNoSTL
46Brendan WisePLR6' 2"19001-09-1986ActiveNoDET
43Corey YoungPLL6' 2"18512-30-1986ActiveNo


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Catchers
_#_ ___Name___ _Pos_ _Bat_ _Thw_ __Ht__ _Wt_ ___DOB___ _Status_ MLB 40-man MLB Parent Club
21Tony CruzCRR5' 11"20508-18-1986ActiveNoSTL
13Jose FelixCRR5' 10"19806-28-1988ActiveNoTEX
17Salvador PerezCRR6' 3"17505-10-1990ActiveNoKC

Infielders
_#_ ___Name___ _Pos_ _Bat_ _Thw_ __Ht__ _Wt_ ___DOB___ _Status_ MLB 40-man MLB Parent Club
44Zack Cox3BLR6' 0"21505-09-1989ActiveYesSTL
1Eric Farris2BRR5' 10"17003-03-1986ActiveNoMIL
8Johnny Giavotella2BRR5' 8"18507-10-1987ActiveNoKC
22Eric Hosmer1BLL6' 4"21510-24-1989ActiveNoKC
12Cale IorgSSRR6' 2"18009-06-1985ActiveNoDET
26Peter KozmaSSRR6' 0"17004-11-1988ActiveNoSTL
49Francisco Martinez3BRR6' 1"18009-01-1990ActiveNoDET
62Hunter Morris1BLR6' 2"20010-07-1988ActiveNo
18Davis StoneburnerSSRR6' 0"17501-14-1985ActiveNoTEX

Outfielders
_#_ ___Name___ _Pos_ _Bat_ _Thw_ __Ht__ _Wt_ ___DOB___ _Status_ MLB 40-man MLB Parent Club
4Engel BeltreOFLL6' 2"18011-01-1989ActiveNoTEX
14Joey ButlerOFRR6' 2"21003-12-1986ActiveNoTEX
7Adron ChambersOFLL5' 10"18510-08-1986ActiveNoSTL
16Caleb GindlOFLL5' 9"18508-31-1988ActiveNoMIL
60Ben GuezOFRR5' 10"17001-24-1987ActiveNoDET
9Derrick RobinsonOFSL5' 11"18009-28-1987ActiveNoKC


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PostSubject: Re: 2010 Arizona Fall League   2010 Arizona Fall League Icon_minitimeTue Oct 19, 2010 12:47 am

Schedule: Surprise Rafters
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WINS: 17 , LOSES: 12, TIES: 3


October (all times local unless noted)
12 @ Peo Javelinas, W 8-6 (WP: B. Brown; SV: F. Castillo)Recap Box
13 vs. Peo Javelinas, L 4-7 (LP: M. Fiers)Recap Box
14 vs. Mesa, L 6-11 (LP: J. Swagerty)Recap Box
15 @ Mesa, L 7-8 / 11 innings (LP: C. Ruffin)Recap Box
16 vs. Phoenix, W 10-4 (WP: B. Broderick)Recap Box
17 OFF DAY

18 vs. Scottsdale, W 6-4 (WP: M. Montgomery; SV: C. Ruffin)Recap Box
19 @ Scottsdale, L 4-5 (LP: B. Brown)
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20 @ Peo Saguaros, W 9-2 (WP: M. Fiers)Recap Box
21 vs. Peo Saguaros, W 11-4 (WP: E. Hurley)Recap Box
22 @ Phoenix, W 7-6 (WP: B. Broderick; SV: C. Ruffin)Recap Box
23 @ Mesa, L 2-7 (LP: M. Montgomery)Recap Box
24 OFF DAY
25 vs. Peo Javelinas, T 9-9 / 11 INNINGS
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26 @ Phoenix, W 5-3 / 10 INNINGS (WP: C. Ruffin; SV: D. Duffy)
Recap Box
27 vs. Peo Saguaros, W 7-0 (WP: E. Hurley)Recap Box
28 @ Scottsdale, L 5-9 (LP: B. Wise)
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29 @ Peo Saguaros, W 12-5 (WP: M. Montgomery)Recap Box
30 vs. Peo Javelinas, W 8-7 (WP: P. Keating; SV: C. Ruffin)Recap Box

November (all times local unless noted)
1 vs. Phoenix, W 3-2 (WP: B. Kintzler; SV: F. Castillo)Recap Box
2 @ Phoenix, T 2-2 / 11 INNINGS
Recap Box
3 vs. Scottsdale, L 3-9 (LP: A. Flores)Recap Box
4 @ Scottsdale, L 5-9 (LP: D. Duffy)Recap Box
5 vs. Mesa, L 5-13 (LP: B. Brown)Recap Box
6 RISING STARS GAME WEST WINS 3-2 (WP: C. Ruffin) Recap | Box
7 OFF
8 vs. Peo Saguaros, W 6-5 (WP: P. Keating; SV: M. Hoffman)Recap Box
9 @ Mesa, L 5-7 (LP: F. Castillo)Recap Box
10 vs. Peo Javelinas, L 5-8 (LP: B. Broderick)Recap Box
11 vs. Mesa, W 6-5 (WP: B. King; SV: B. Kintzler)Recap Box
12 @ Peo Javelinas, L 3-10 (LP: B. Brown)Recap Box
13 vs. Scottsdale, W 4-3 (WP: M. Fiers; SV: C. Ruffin)Recap Box
14 OFF DAY
15 vs. Peo Javelinas, W 2-1 (WP: E. Hurley; SV: B. Kintzler)Recap Box
16 vs. Mesa, W 7-2 (WP: B. Broderick)Recap Box
17 @ Peo Saguaros, W 13-3 (WP: D. Duffy)Recap Box
18 vs. Phoenix, T 3-3 / 7 innings
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Oct 30, 2010

AFL West
_____Club_____
_W_
_L_ _PCT_ _GB_ _*ELIM_#_ _Home_ _Away_ __L_10__ _Streak_
Surprise106.625--5-25-47-3W2
Peo Javelinas96.6000.5163-46-26-4L1
Peo Saguaros412.2506.0104-40-83-7L2


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-- Sparky Anderson


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Martinez, Guez power Rafters in opener
Tigers prospects combine for four hits, three RBIs in win
By Robert Emrich / Special to MLB.com | 10/12/10 7:20 PM ET

Francisco Martinez knocked in two runs and fellow Tigers prospect Ben Guez hit a solo homer Tuesday to power the Surprise Rafters to an 8-6 victory over the Peoria Javelinas in the AFL opener for both teams.

Martinez put the Rafters (1-0) on the board in the second inning, tripling home Tony Cruz (Cardinals) and Guez. He led off the seventh with a ground-rule double and was lifted for pinch-runner Davis Stoneburner (Rangers), who scored on a single by Jose Felix (Rangers).

Signed by the Tigers as a non-drafted free agent in 2007, Martinez spent the season with Class A Advanced Lakeland. The 20-year-old third baseman batted .271 with 21 extra-base hits, 29 RBIs and 12 stolen bases in 89 Florida State League games.

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Francisco Martinez ranked second on Class A Advanced Lakeland with 47 runs scored. (Scott Jontes/MiLB.com)

Guez, who had not homered since Aug. 21 with Triple-A Toledo, went deep in the eighth to extend the Rafters' lead to 8-5. The 23-year-old outfielder played at three levels this summer, slugging 10 homers in 105 games.

Brewers prospect Eric Farris was 2-for-5 with an RBI, a stolen base and a run scored for Surprise, while Engel Beltre (Rangers) scored twice.

Tigers farmhand Brooks Brown (1-0) was credited with the win after allowing a run on four hits over 2 1/3 innings. Brandon Sisk (Royals) followed with 1 2/3 hitless frames and Fabio Castillo (Rangers) pitched a perfect ninth for the save.

Former first-round pick Dustin Ackley (Mariners) -- beginning his second AFL stint -- opened the scoring with a solo blast in the first for the Javelinas (0-1). Mike McDade (Blue Jays) was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, while Texas League All-Star Jack Shuck (Astros) tripled in a run.

Indians prospect Scott Barnes (0-1) took the loss after surrendering five runs on five hits while fanning six over 2 2/3 innings.

Robert Emrich is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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-- Sparky Anderson
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PostSubject: Re: 2010 Arizona Fall League   2010 Arizona Fall League Icon_minitimeTue Oct 26, 2010 11:31 pm

Linares' three-hit day too much for Rafters
Red Sox outfield prospect carries Javelinas to 7-4 victory
By Josh Jackson / Special to MLB.com | 10/13/10 6:59 PM ET

Juan Carlos Linares is making up for lost time.

The Cuban defector, who played only 17 games after signing with the Red Sox in July, slapped three hits and scored twice Wednesday in the Peoria Javelinas' 7-4 win over the Surprise Rafters.

Linares, a 26-year-old outfielder, singled in the first, second and seventh innings. He batted .246 with a homer and five doubles during stints in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and Double-A Portland. The three-hit effort came a day after he doubled, singled and scored a run in the Javelinas' season opener.

Blue Jays prospect Eric Thames, who led the Eastern League with 104 RBIs, drove in two runs for the Javs. He drew a bases-loaded walk in the first, then singled up the middle to plate former first-round pick Dustin Ackley in the second.

Ackley, who homered Tuesday, also doubled in a run and scored twice before sitting in favor of fellow Mariners prospect Nate Tenbrink in the third inning. Jay Austin (Astros) also had two RBIs for Peoria.

Former Red Sox first-rounder Casey Kelly (1-0) allowed two unearned runs on three hits over four innings, striking out three without walking a batter. Astros farmhand Matt Nevarez tossed a perfect ninth to pick up his first AFL save.

Royals prospects Salvador Perez and Johnny Giavotella did their part for the Rafters. Perez had a pair of hits and a pair of RBIs, while Giavotella doubled, singled, knocked in a run and scored once. Peter Kozma (Cardinals) tripled and scored a run in a losing effort.

Brewers farmhand Michael Fiers (0-1) surrendered five runs on five hits and a walk in 1 2/3 innings. He struck out two batters, both with the bases loaded.

Josh Jackson is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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PostSubject: Re: 2010 Arizona Fall League   2010 Arizona Fall League Icon_minitimeTue Oct 26, 2010 11:36 pm

Sanchez, Solar Sox cruise past Rafters
Pirates catching prospect recovering from broken jaw in AFL
By John Parker / Special to MLB.com | 10/14/10 7:13 PM ET

Despite being sidelined for nearly four months, Pirates catching prospect Tony Sanchez is showing no signs of rust in the Arizona Fall League.

Sanchez singled three times and drove in a run Thursday afternoon as his Mesa Solar Sox cruised past the host Surprise Rafters, 11-6. Two of his hits came in Mesa's nine-run fourth inning as the Sox brought 14 men to the plate.

The fourth overall pick in the 2009 Draft, Sanchez began the 2010 season with Class A Advanced Bradenton. He was batting .314 with a .416 on-base percentage through 59 games when he was hit in the face by a pitch June 22. The Boston College product underwent surgery to repair a broken jaw two days later and missed the rest of the regular season. He resumed some baseball activities in late August, but did not face live competition until the AFL began Tuesday.

"It's been almost four months since I've played in a game with any meaning and let me tell you, four months feels like four years," Sanchez wrote in his blog. "Taking a 95 mph heater to the jaw is not very pleasing and having to spoon feed myself blended Chef Boyardee isn't something I'd wish on my worst enemy."

The 22-year-old has started off strong despite the layoff and is batting .444 in two games for the Solar Sox, who improved to 2-1 with the win.

Teammate and fellow Pirates prospect Jordy Mercer went 3-for-5 with a double and four RBIs while third baseman Josh Vitters added three hits and an RBI. Every batter in Mesa's starting lineup had at least one hit as the team collected 19 -- the most by any team in the AFL's first eight games -- and went 9-for-16 with runners in scoring position.

Mesa starter Josh Zeid (1-0), who went 8-4 with a 2.93 ERA for the South Atlantic League-champion Lakewood BlueClaws during the regular season, allowed one run on two hits over three innings. He struck out three and did not walk a batter.

Left-hander Dan Merklinger started for Surprise and struck out five hitters over just two frames. He gave up a run on three hits.

Jordan Swagerty (0-1) took the loss for the Rafters, allowing four runs -- two earned -- on four hits over 1 2/3 frames. Fellow reliever Lucas Luetge, a southpaw in the Brewers system, suffered the worst of the damage in Mesa's big fourth. He yielded five runs on six hits and a walk in one-third of an inning.

John Parker is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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PostSubject: Re: 2010 Arizona Fall League   2010 Arizona Fall League Icon_minitimeTue Oct 26, 2010 11:40 pm

Wood thriving in second AFL stint
Angels infielder delivers bases-loaded walk-off double
By John Parker / Special to MLB.com | 10/15/10 7:34 PM ET

Brandon Wood is back in the Arizona Fall League and he's back in a groove.

The Angels infielder delivered a three-run double with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning Friday to give the Mesa Solar Sox an 8-7 victory over the Surprise Rafters.

Coming off a difficult season in the Majors, Wood returned to the AFL, where he batted .307 with 14 homers and 32 RBIs in 29 games in 2005.

"I'm taking the attitude that I'm going to just play the game the way I can and not worry about things," he told MLB.com before heading to Arizona. "It was a difficult season in a lot of ways, but I'm going to try to learn from what happened and move forward with a positive attitude."

In three Fall League games, the Scottsdale native is 7-for-15 with a homer and six RBIs. He was hitless in his first three at-bats Friday before singling in a run in the eighth. After flying out in the 10th, Wood lined a 1-2 pitch from Tigers prospect Chance Ruffin (0-1) to center field to clear the bases and give the Solar Sox their third win in four games.

Mesa appeared headed to its second loss before scoring three times in the eighth against Brandon Kintzler (Brewers). Phillies farmhand Matt Rizzotti followed Wood's RBI single with a run-scoring base hit and Jordy Mercer (Pirates) forged a 5-5 tie with a forceout.

Mets Minor Leaguer Eric Niesen (1-0) got the win, despite allowing a pair of unearned runs on one hit in the 11th.

Royals prospect Johnny Giavotella, who ranked second in the Texas League with a .322 batting average, went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles and an RBI for Surprise (1-3).

Andrew Lambo (Pirates) staked Mesa to the lead with a two-run homer in the second, but the Rafters scored five times in the third. Engel Beltre (Rangers) tripled home Royals prospect Derrick Robinson, then scored the tying run on Giavotella's double. Francisco Martinez (Tigers) put Surprise in front with a double and Brewers farmhand Hunter Morris greeted reliever David Cales (Cubs) with a triple to make it 4-2. Joey Butler (Rangers) capped the rally with an RBI fielder's choice.

Giavotella, a 23-year-old Louisiana native, added a double in the fifth and singles in the seventh and 10th. He's 6-for-10 with three doubles in his first two AFL games.

The clubs combined to use 14 pitchers. Surprise starter Eric Hurley (Rangers) allowed two runs on one hit -- Lambo's homer -- in two frames. He struck out one and walked a pair.

Mesa's Ryan Brasier (Angels) was touched for four runs on six hits in 2 1/3 innings, fanning one without issuing a walk.

John Parker is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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PostSubject: Re: 2010 Arizona Fall League   2010 Arizona Fall League Icon_minitimeTue Oct 26, 2010 11:45 pm

Broderick sharp as Rafters top Dogs
Cardls prospect tosses three one-hit frames to help end slide
By John Parker / Special to MLB.com | 10/16/10 7:09 PM ET

Cardinals prospect Brian Broderick earned the win in each of his final eight regular-season starts for Double-A Springfield. He picked where he left off Saturday, allowing one hit over three scoreless frames as the Surprise Rafters snapped a three-game skid with a 10-4 win over the Phoenix Desert Dogs.

The 6-foot-6 right-hander, who was born in Phoenix, struck out two and walked two. Each of the other seven outs he recorded came on ground balls. The Desert Dogs' lone hit against him was Cory Harrilchak's two-out triple in the third, but Broderick fanned Oswaldo Martinez (Marlins) to end the threat.

Surprise handed Broderick (1-0) an early lead with a pair of runs in each of the first two innings. Hunter Morris doubled home fellow Brewers prospect Eric Farris and later scored on an error in the first and the Rafters tacked two on in the second on hits by Rangers farmhands Davis Stoneburner and Jose Felix and Farris.

The Rafters, who entered the game with a league-worst .261 team batting average, added three runs in the fourth and three in the seventh.

Stoneburner was 3-for-4 with a triple and three runs scored, while Felix doubled twice, singled and drove in a pair of runs.

Surprise got scoreless outings from Tigers prospect Matt Hoffman (two innings) and Rangers Minor Leaguer Corey Young (one inning). Ramon Delgado (Cardinals) gave up two runs on three hits in the sixth, Adalberto Flores (Rangers) surrendered a run on a hit and three walks while recording two outs in the eighth and Brewers right-hander Jeremy Jeffress yielded a run on one hit in the ninth.

Surprise victimized Phoenix starter Sean West (0-1) for four runs -- three earned -- on four hits over two frames. The left-hander, who made two starts for the Marlins this season, struck out two and walked two. Relievers Kris Harvey (Marlins) and Justin Miller (Dodgers) gave up three runs apiece.

Michael Taylor continued his hot start to the fall campaign, going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. The A's prospect is batting .471 with two homers and six RBIs in four games. Stephen Parker (A's) went 3-for-3 with an RBI.

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Gindl, Farris team up in Rafters victory
Brewers' prospects combine to score four runs for Surprise
By Robert Emrich / Special to MLB.com | 10/18/10 8:10 PM ET

It was all Brewers all the time in Surprise on Monday.

Caleb Gindl hit a two-run homer and fellow Milwaukee prospect Eric Farris continued his torrid start in the Arizona Fall League with three hits as Surprise defeated Scottsdale, 6-4, on Monday.

Gindl's blast came in the fifth inning, with the Rafters (3-3) holding a 3-1 lead. The 22-year-old right fielder, a fifth-round pick by the Brewers in 2007, was surprised his shot went over the center-field wall, 400 feet away.

"I told myself to stay within myself, put a good swing on it and don't try to do too much," he said. "Honestly, I thought I had a double, but the ball carries well out here so I guess it had enough to get out."

Gindl, who scored twice for the Rafters, faced Scorpions reliever Bryan Woodall (Diamondbacks) once before on Sept. 4. His three-run homer off Woodall keyed Double-A Huntsville's 10-7 win over Mobile.

"I can't believe it happened again, but it did," Gindl said.

The Florida native spent the 2010 season with the Stars, batting .272 with nine homers and 60 RBIs.

"I just think you see good arms day in and day out," Gindl said of Double-A pitching. "It's definitely a difference. In the lower levels, you can focus at-bat to at-bat. Once you get to that level, you have to focus pitch to pitch. When you get your pitch, you have to hit it, because when you miss those guys can make you pay."

Farris, drafted a round earlier than Gindl, is batting .500 after Monday's performance. The 24-year-old second baseman has scored seven runs and stolen three bases in four games.

"He's a great player and he's a great teammate also," Gindl said of Farris. "He always picks you up. The kid is unbelievable, he's doing really good out here right now."

Former Royals first-rounder Mike Montgomery (1-0) picked up the win, allowing a run on three hits and fanning three over 3 2/3 innings for the Rafters.

"He was nasty from what I saw," Gindl said of the left-hander. "I've never seen him and he impressed me, that's for sure."

Tigers' first-round pick Chance Ruffin, son of former Major Leaguer Bruce Ruffin, allowed a run on one hit in the ninth inning, but earned the save.

Charlie Culberson (Giants) collected three hits, including a solo homer, for the Scorpions (4-2). Orioles farmhand Ryan Adams drove in this eighth run of the fledgling season, tying him with Brandon Wood of Mesa for the league lead.

Giants prospect Ryan Verdugo (0-1) took the loss, surrendering three runs -- one earned -- on two hits over two innings. Bruce Billings (Rockies) fanned two over two perfect frames.

Robert Emrich is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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Blackmon provides pop in Scorpions win
Rockies prospect ends 0-for-11 skid with home run, single
By Robert Emrich / Special to MLB.com | 10/20/10 1:16 AM ET

Box score

Charlie Blackmon found the right time to break out of his slump.

Blackmon had two hits, including a two-run homer, to lead Scottsdale to a 5-4 win over Surprise on Tuesday.

The second-round pick by the Rockies in 2008 ended his 0-for-11 slump with a second-inning single. With one on and one out in the fourth, the 24-year-old outfielder took Brandon Sisk (Royals) deep to right field for his first AFL homer.

Blackmon made his Double-A debut this season, batting .297 with 11 homers and 55 RBIs for the Tulsa Drillers of the Texas League.

Nationals prospect Derek Norris gave the Scorpions (4-2) an early lead with an RBI triple in the first. Greg Miclat (Orioles) extended the lead with an RBI single the following inning. Michael Burgess (Nationals) scored twice.

Diamondbacks farmhand Josh Collmenter (2-0) was credited with the win, giving up a run on two hits and fanning two over three innings. Brad Peacock (Nationals) fanned three over two hitless frames, and Craig Kimbrel (Braves) allowed a hit over the final two innings for the save.

The Rafters (3-3) tried to rally in the sixth. Rangers prospect Davis Stoneburner smacked a two-RBI double and Ben Guez (Indians) tripled him in. Cale Iorg (Tigers) grounded back to pitcher Corey Young, who forced out Guez at home. After a single by Jose Felix (Rangers), Cardinals prospect Adron Chambers grounded out to end the threat.

Tigers prospect and Eastern League All-Star Brooks Brown (1-1) was tagged with the loss, surrendering three runs -- one earned -- on five hits over three innings. Jeremy Jeffress (Brewers) fanned two over 1 1/3 perfect frames. Sisk gave up two runs and only recorded two outs before leaving with a leg injury.

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Rafters' Guez falls a triple shy of cycle
Tigers prospect goes 4-for-5 with two RBIs, three runs scored
By Ashley Marshall / Special to MLB.com | 10/22/10 1:15 AM ET

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Even while he was struggling early in the Arizona Fall League season, the extra-base hits were coming for Ben Guez. On Thursday, the Tigers prospect fell a triple shy of the cycle to lead the Surprise Rafters to an 11-4 romp over the Peoria Saguaros.

The former 19th-round Draft pick was batting .188 through four games, but among his three hits were a homer and a double. Against the struggling Saguaros (1-7), he singled in the first and second innings, doubled home Eric Farris (Brewers) in the third and hit a 3-1 fastball over the center-field fence with two outs in the fifth.

Needing a triple for the cycle, Guez was called out on strikes to end the seventh.


The 23-year-old outfielder, who also went deep in the AFL season opener on Oct. 12, hit .249 with 10 homers and 43 RBIs in 105 games across three Minor League levels this year.

Farris remained red-hot, going 3-for-3 to raise his average to .500 (13-for-26). Cale Iorg (Tigers) also homered and tripled and plated three runs as the Rafters (5-4) climbed atop the Western Division.

Rangers Minor Leaguer Eric Hurley (1-0) got the win, despite allowing three runs on five hits and three walks over 2 2/3 innings. He is battling back from shoulder surgery that cost him all of the last two seasons.

Saguaros starter David Bromberg (0-1) was roughed up for five runs on nine hits and a walk in two innings. The Twins prospect had his ERA jump from 2.25 to 9.00.

Carolina League All-Star Eduardo Escobar (White Sox) went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored for the Sags, and Rays farmhand Henry Wrigley also had two hits, including an RBI double.

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PostSubject: Re: 2010 Arizona Fall League   2010 Arizona Fall League Icon_minitimeWed Oct 27, 2010 12:07 am

Giavotella continues hot start in Arizona
Royals prospect homers, grabs Fall League batting lead
By Danny Wild / MLB.com | 10/22/10 7:48 PM ET

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Johnny Giavotella said his biggest concern this fall is working on his defense. It's safe to say the other part of his game is in good shape.

"I've been pretty hot lately," the Royals prospect admitted Friday. "I'm just staying within myself and not doing to much. I'm hitting pitches where they're located, trying to hit things up the middle. And the hits are falling for me right now."

They've been falling every day.

Giavotella extended his RBI streak to five games and briefly took over the Arizona Fall League batting lead as the Surprise Rafters edged the Phoenix Desert Dogs, 7-6.

The 2008 second-round Draft pick went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a two-run homer in the fifth inning off Yankees right-hander Ryan Pope. He's hit safely in all five AFL games he's played and has driven in eight runs.

"To be honest, I'm not the only person who's hitting in this lineup. We're playing great team baseball," he said. "And we're winning a lot of games, we're hitting as a team right now."

The University of New Orleans product raised his batting average to .545 (12-for-22).

Giavotella led off the game with a double to center field and scored the Rafters' first run on Caleb Gindl's (Brewers) single up the middle. He homered with two outs in the fifth, doubled and scored again in the seventh and reached base a fourth time with a walk in the eighth.

"It was a 3-1 count, I was looking fastball dead red and he gave me one low and in," Giavotella said of his first AFL homer. "I put a good swing on it and and got it up."

The Louisiana native spent his first full Minor League season at Class A Advanced Wilmington in 2009 before the Royals promoted him to Double-A Northwest Arkansas this spring. He was named a Texas League All-Star ater hitting .322 with nine homers, 65 RBIs, 92 runs scored and 13 steals in 134 games.

"I feel like the pitchers are definitely a little better. But at the same time, you can't let them intimidate you," he said of the AFL. "You've got to have confidence in your abilities and good things will happen."

Giavotella saw most of his regular-season at-bats in the No. 2 spot in the Naturals' lineup. He made 13 errors at second base and is dedicated to improving his game in the field.

"My biggest thing [while in Arizona] is working defensively. I'm not what you'd call a defensive second baseman, so I wanted to work on that and fine-tune my skills around second and become an all-around good baseball player," he said.

That plan seems to be working, although Giavotella said he doesn't want to let any day-to-day success go to his head. He's also trying not to think about what 2011 holds for his career.

"I can't control that, I just go out and play my best, do the best I can and hustle every game," he said. "I'll let [the Royals] decide where I start off next year. That's not something I can control."

As for the AFL, it's been an enjoyable experience so far, beyond his on-field success.

"It's a fun league. All the players are laid back, so it's fun to hang out with the guys," Giavotella said. "You just come to the ballpark every day and have fun. That's what its all about."

Part of the new routine has been following along with the Major League Baseball postseason, especially with Surprise having several Rangers prospects on the roster.

"We've been watching all the games. We have the Texas guys on our team, so it's been fun to watch those games and see different players react differently," he said.

NOTES: Brewers 1B Hunter Morris went 2-for-4 with a walk and two RBIs. ...Eric Hosmer, a former Royals' first-round pick, had two hits and an RBI batting cleanup for Surprise. ...Yankees RHP Craig Heyer, born in nearby Scottsdale, started for Phoenix and allowed one run on two hits and a walk over three innings. ... Pope took the loss, while another Yankees prospect, George Kontos, was charged with three runs -- one earned -- on four hits in one frame. ... Brian Broderick (Cardinals), a Phoenix native, started for Surprise and picked up the victory, holding his hometown team to a pair of runs on four hits and a walk on 61 pitches over five innings. He's 2-0. ... Cards reliever Jordan Swagerty pitched a perfect sixth for the Rafters. He recently called his AFL experience "unbelievable," adding, "The league is everything I thought it would be and more."

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PostSubject: Re: 2010 Arizona Fall League   2010 Arizona Fall League Icon_minitimeWed Oct 27, 2010 12:14 am

Ackley, Javelinas walk all over Rafters
Second overall '10 pick draws five passes in tie ballgame
By Robert Emrich / Special to MLB.com | 10/26/10 2:12 AM ET

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Dustin Ackley and the Javelinas got to walk, not run on Monday.

Ackley drove in two runs, including one on a bases-loaded walk in the seventh inning, as Peoria tied Surprise, 9-9, in 11 innings on Monday.

Ackley, the No. 2 overall pick by the Mariners in 2009, drew five walks for the Javelinas. After walking 75 times between Double-A West Tenn and Triple-A Tacoma in the regular season, the 22-year-old second baseman has walked nine more times in the Arizona Fall League -- tied for the league lead -- while batting .333.

The Javelinas used 13 walks and 11 hits against the Rafters. Jose Iglesias (Red Sox) was 2-for-6 with an RBI and a run scored, while fellow Boston farmhand Ryan Lavarnway drove in a run with a double. Eric Thames (Blue Jays) drove in his ninth run of the fall, tying Jason Kipnis (Indians) for the team lead.

Zack Cox (Cardinals) helped Surprise forge its tie, smacking a one-out double in the ninth. He was replaced by pinch-runner Adron Chambers (Cardinals), who came around to score on Tigers farmhand Francisco Martinez's two-out single.

Peoria's offense bailed out Red Sox prospect Casey Kelly, who gave up eight runs on eight hits over the first two innings. Seth Garrison (Boston) followed with two one-hit frames, fanning three, and Astros Minor Leaguer Pat Urckfitz tossed two perfect innings of relief.

Engel Beltre was the hitting star for the Rafters, finishing 4-for-5 with three RBIs and falling a triple shy of the cycle. The Rangers prospect also scored twice and stole a pair of bases. Eric Farris (Brewers) scored twice for Surprise and Cox finished with two RBIs.

Mike McClendon (Brewers) finished off the game by striking out three over the final two innings. Starter Brooks Brown (Tigers) gave up seven runs over 1 2/3 frames.

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Chambers, Rafters triumph in 10 innings
Morris homers, Tigers first-rounder Ruffin picks up victory
By Danny Wild / MLB.com | 10/26/10 7:40 PM ET

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Cardinals outfield prospect Adron Chambers knocked in three runs and Brewers fourth-rounder Hunter Morris went deep as the Surprise Rafters topped the Phoenix Desert Dogs, 5-3, in 10 innings Tuesday.

Chambers' bases-loaded single in the fifth inning plated two runs and he knocked in organization mate Peter Kozma with a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the 10th.

Rangers catcher Jose Felix (Rangers) added an insurance run by racing home on a throwing error by right fielder Michael Taylor (A's) on Chambers' out.

Morris, selected by Milwaukee out of Auburn in June, homered in the Rafters' three-run go-ahead fifth off Desert Dogs starter Jon Link (Dodgers). The first baseman has seven RBIs in seven Arizona Fall League games.

Brewers southpaw Dan Merklinger, a Seton Hall product, started for Surprise but didn't last long, allowing two runs on three hits and a pair of walks over 2 2/3 innings. He threw 60 pitches.

Chance Ruffin, Detroit's first-round pick in June, picked up the win after working around a hit and a walk in the ninth. Ruffin, who was a teammate of Morris with Team USA several years ago, came on after fellow Tigers reliever Matt Hoffman surrendered a run in the eighth.

Royals prospect Danny Duffy, a 2009 Futures Game All-Star and former third-rounder, earned his first save, striking out one in the 10th.

Link was charged with three runs on six hits and a walk over four innings. He struck out four and allowed one longball.

Northwestern alum George Kontos took his first loss, allowing two runs -- one earned -- in the final two frames after fellow Yankees reliever Ryan Pope held the Rafters scoreless for a pair of innings.

Brandon Laird (Yankees), Jose Pirela (Yankees) and Jerry Sands (White Sox) drove in Phoenix's runs.

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PostSubject: Re: 2010 Arizona Fall League   2010 Arizona Fall League Icon_minitimeThu Oct 28, 2010 10:31 pm

Hurley, Hosmer help Rafters past Sags
Former first-round picks deliver for Surprise in 7-0 shutout
By Danny Wild / MLB.com | 10/27/10 7:24 PM ET

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Eric Hurley may not be playing for the World Series with his Rangers teammates this week, but in a small ballpark in Surprise, Ariz., progress was made Wednesday.

Hurley, absent from the Texas rotation since injuries sidelined him in 2008, turned in his best start in over two years, allowing two hits over five innings as Surprise blanked the Peoria Saguaros, 7-0, in the Arizona Fall League.

The right-hander last started for Texas on July 27, 2008, but injuries and setbacks from surgeries sidelined him until his debut with Surprise on Oct. 15. Wednesday marked just his third appearance since pitching for the team battling for the World Series.

A hamstring strain, torn rotator cuff and frayed labrum ended Hurley's season in 2009 after noted specialist Dr. Lewis Yocum recommended surgery. He was expected to compete for a spot in the Rangers rotation in Spring Training, but missed all of 2010 after complications from surgery to repair a broken bone in his left wrist in March. Now in the Arizona Fall League, he's slowly battling back.

"[My arm] feels great right now," Hurley said after his win. "Everything went good."

Hurley struck on five and did not walk a batter in his third AFL outing. The righty was the Rangers' first-round pick in 2004 and debuted with Texas four years later.

Now in the AFL, he's determined to get healthy and prove he's ready.

"It's great, I couldn't ask for a better staff to come into out here," Hurley said. "I've made some adjustments from my last outing to this outing, and it paid off today. I'm definitely going to stick with it. It's nice to get back out there."

Hurley said the Rangers didn't give him any guidelines or goals to achieve during the fall season -- they'd just like him to stay off the disabled list.

"They just want me to come here, get out of this thing healthy and get as many innings as they'll allow me to get," he said. "Today, I got some innings under my belt. It's been a long time."

Hurley, who said finding a consistent arm angle was the key, threw 60 pitches -- 40 for strikes -- and left due to pitch count. He threw 4 2/3 innings over his first two outings coming into the game.

"I don't ever want to come out," he said. "I felt great, never fatigued, never felt like my body was shutting down. Everything felt strong."

Hurley, 24, split the 2008 season between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Oklahoma City before joining Texas in July, where he went 1-2 with a 5.47 ERA in five starts against Kansas City, Atlanta, Houston, Philadelphia and Oakland. He'll be watching some of his old teammates take on San Francisco tonight in Game 1 of the fall classic.

"It's unbelievable, every one of those guys is deserving. You couldn't ask to play with a better group of guys," he said. "I've been fortunate to get to know them. They're aggressive and they deserve it. I'll be watching and cheering them on."

Another former top pick, Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, led the way offensively with four RBIs for Surprise. Joey Butler (Rangers) knocked in two runs.

Twins starter David Bromberg, the Florida State League's top pitcher in 2009, was charged with five runs -- four earned -- on seven hits and two walks over 4 2/3 innings to suffer the loss for Peoria. Fellow Minnesota prospect Chris Parmelee was the only Saguaros batter to reach base twice, with a single and a walk as Peoria was held to just six hits.

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Norris plates career-high five runs
Nationals catching prospect slugs third longball in the AFL
By Ashley Marshall / Special to MLB.com | 10/29/10 12:15 AM ET

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Former fourth-round Draft pick Derek Norris has brought his solid 2010 form from the Carolina League to Arizona.

The slugging Nationals catching prospect homered and plated a career-high five runs as the Scottsdale Scorpions beat the Surprise Rafters, 9-5, on Thursday.

Norris, MiLB.com's Class A Hitter of the Year in 2009, gave the Scorpions the lead in the second inning with a two-RBI double, and he snapped a 5-5 tie with a three-run blast to left field in the bottom of the eighth.

"There are always guys on base for me," Norris said, "so I'm bound to get a couple hits. In the second inning, I knew [Brian Broderick] was going to try and get ahead with a fastball because his breaking stuff wasn't working, so I just tried to keep my hands in."

Similarly, Norris knew what to expect when he came to the plate with two men on in the eighth.

"Some of my teammates have faced Rex [Brothers] before and they said he had a hard sinker, so I knew not to look inside because it would run in on me," he said. "He threw his sinker away and it started to run back across the plate. It was a perfect pitch to hit."

The catcher hit 12 homers and drove in 49 runs for the Class A Advanced Potomac Nationals in 94 games this season.

Norris' third longball ties him for the AFL home run lead, while his 12 RBIs through the first nine games leaves him two off leader Marc Krauss' pace.

The 21-year-old right-hander has hit safely in six of his appearances, and while he is hitting .231, he has drawn nine walks while striking out seven times. Six of Norris' seven hits have gone for extra bases.

Since being drafted in 2007, Norris has played at a different level each year. He started in the Gulf Coast League in '07 and then played in the short-season New York-Penn League in '08.

The backstop was a South Atlantic League Midseason and Postseason All-Star with the Hagerstown Suns and he was voted as the league's Most Outstanding Major League Prospect in 2009.

While his offense has remained steady, Norris said he hopes to work more on the defensive side of his game this winter.

"I have always had doubts about my defense so I want to impress the scouts and whoever else is watching me play," he said.

"I throw fairly well and my blocking is good, but I want to work on receiving the ball better. I have a tendency to drop a few balls I should catch, but as long as I keep progressing and working, I'll get to where I want to be."

Conor Gillaspie (Giants) homered twice and Charles Blackmon (Rockies) also went yard for the Scorpions on Thursday. Rex Brothers (Rockies) picked up his first victory, tossing one scoreless inning.

Rafters starter Brian Broderick (Cardinals) gave up five runs on nine hits over four innings, but Tigers prospect Brendan Wise (0-1) took the loss after surrendering four runs -- three earned -- in the eighth.

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Texas duo turning it around for Rafters
Rangers' prospects Beltre and Stoneburner combine for six hits
By Ashley Marshall / Special to MLB.com | 10/30/10 1:28 AM ET

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It's a storyline more akin to a Tale of Two Cities than Field of Dreams.

Texas prospects teammates Davis Stoneburner and Engel Beltre have been relatively quiet, struggling for form this fall; Milwaukee duo Caleb Gindl and Eric Farris have been on a tear, hitting the ball to all fields at will.

While the Brew Crew representatives stayed hot on Friday, the Rangers' pair -- teammates with the Bakersfield Blaze -- came alive to lead the Surprise Rafters past the Peoria Saguaros, 12-5.

Shortstop Stoneburner slugged his first homer of the AFL and plated four runs and 20-year-old center fielder Beltre went 3-for-4 to keep the Rafters just one game out of first place in the AFL West.

Stoneburner gave Surprise a 4-0 lead with his third-inning RBI single and padded the lead to 10 in the following frame when he pulled southpaw Philippe Valiquette's (Reds) pitch into the seats in left field. The former ninth-round pick came into the game hitting just .227 (5-for-22) with three RBIs and one walk compared with nine strikeouts.

Similarly, Beltre entered the contest batting .150 (6-for-40) over his last nine games, but with Friday's three-hit effort and a 4-for-6 performance against Peoria on Monday, there are signs that the left-hander, a .300 hitter during the regular season, is starting to see the ball much better.

If the Texas duo has struggled, two hitters who seem right at home swinging the bat for the Rafters are Huntsville Stars outfielder Gindl and Nashville Sounds second baseman Farris.

Gindl extended his hitting streak to a team-best nine games and he raised his average to .361 with a pair of doubles, his fifth and sixth extra-base hit of the Fall League. He shares that hitting streak with none other than Farris, who was 2-for-6 with two RBIs to bump his average to .429. The streaks are the highest for any pair of teammates in the AFL, while individually they rank third in the AFL behind Mesa's Jeremy Moore (Angels), who saw his 11-game streak snapped in Scottsdale on Friday.

Staked to an early lead, Rafters' starter Mike Montgomery (Royals) had little problem shutting down the Saguaros. After being scorched for five runs on seven hits over 1 2/3 innings against the Mesa Solar Sox last time out, the former first-rounder surrendered one run on three hits over five strong frames. The lone run came off the bat of Eduardo Escobar (White Sox), who hit his third longball of the AFL.

While six Rafters had multi-hit games to pace the team's 14-hit attack, only Escobar and first baseman Jose Ruiz (Rays) reached base more than once. The biggest of the Saguaros' nine hits came out of the No. 9 spot when Kris Negron (Cubs) hit a three-run homer off Royals' farmhand Danny Duffy in the seventh inning.

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PostSubject: Re: 2010 Arizona Fall League   2010 Arizona Fall League Icon_minitimeMon Nov 08, 2010 11:04 pm

Brewers' Fiers bounces back for Surprise
Rafters right-hander throws four hitless innings in AFL win
By Danny Wild / MLB.com | 11/01/10 7:38 PM ET

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Michael Fiers held the Desert Dogs hitless for four innings thanks to a new pitch and a relaxed approach in Surprise's 3-2 Arizona Fall League win Monday.

Fiers, who pitched at two levels this summer for the Brewers and added a cut fastball this fall, struck out four and allowed one run on a walk over four frames.

"I'm just working on throwing strikes and working on a cutter. I kinda started throwing better and keeping the ball down," he said. "I was attacking them and throwing strikes."

Fiers, who saw time at Class A Advanced Brevard County and Double-A Huntsville in 2010, struggled in his first two outings this fall, allowing seven runs over 4 1/3 frames. On Monday, he found a comfort zone on the hill.

"My first couple starts I couldn't get into a groove. I was on a pitch count and trying to make too many things happen at once," said Fiers, who threw 34 of his 55 pitches for strikes Monday. "I guess I settled down and just took it one pitch at a time."

Fiers, Milwaukee's 22nd-round pick in 2009, made 27 starts this summer in the Minors, finishing a combined 5-9 with a 3.53 ERA. He struck out 130 and walked only 32 over 125 innings.

"I'm always trying to throw strikes," he said. "Get them to swing early and get a ground ball."

Fiers cruised through two innings before walking A's slugger Michael Taylor to begin the third. He struck out Cory Harrilchak (Braves), but Ryan Curry (Marlins) reached second on a fielding error by left fielder Derrick Robinson (Royals). That allowed Taylor to advance to third and Ivan De Jesus Jr. (Dodgers) followed with groundout to first to plate Taylor.

"I felt great. I felt like I was attacking them, kept the hitters off balance," said Fiers, who used a fastball, change and curveball along with his cutter.

Fiers, who grew up in Florida and pitched there for half the year, said he's enjoying his chance to pitch in Arizona.

"It's a great feeling to play with pretty much the best guys in the Minors and a couple guys who've played in the big leagues," he said.

NOTES: Adron Chambers (Cardinals), Robinson and Davis Stoneburner (Rangers) had RBIs for Surprise. ... Jerry Sands (White Sox), batting .325, went 1-for-4 and drove in the other run for Phoenix. ... Brewers 2B Eric Farris doesn't play every day, but he's gotten a hit in all 10 starts for Surprise. He's batting .413. ...Harrilchak and Peoria Javelinas LHP Marc Rzepczynski (Blue Jays) were named the AFL's players of the week earlier in the day.

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Rangers' Hurley on AFL scoreless run
After two poor starts, righty throws 10 shutout frames
By Josh Jackson / Special to MLB.com | 11/02/10 7:50 PM ET

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Rangers right-hander Eric Hurley is officially back on track.

After spending most of the past three seasons recovering from three separate injuries, the former first-round Draft pick gave up five runs over 4 2/3 innings in his first two Arizona Fall League starts with the Surprise Rafters. His next time out, he struck out five over five shutout frames, and he nearly matched that performance Tuesday as Surprise battled the Phoenix Desert Dogs to a 2-2 tie in 11 innings.

Hurley (2-0), who was plagued by a hamstring strain, a torn rotator cuff and a frayed labrum, allowed three hits and two walks while whiffing three over five shutout frames.

All of the hits Hurley allowed were singles, and none of them were given up in the same inning. After two-out, back-to-back walks in the fourth, he got Michael Taylor (Athletics) to bounce a 1-2 pitch to third baseman Francisco Martinez (Tigers).

Peter Kozma (Cardinals) doubled to lead off the same frame for the Rafters, and Martinez then drove him in with his own two-bagger. Martinez moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by St. Louis prospect Adron Chambers and scored on a groundout by Johnny Giavotella (Royals).

The Phoenix bullpen combined for eight scoreless innings. Yankees right-hander Craig Heyer (0-2) scattered three hits and fanned two over three innings.

The Desert Dogs scored their first run in the seventh when Taylor walked and crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly by Jose Pirela (Yankees). The next inning, Ivan De Jesus (Dodgers) singled to right, moved to third on a throwing error by pitcher Mike McClendon and raced home on a grounder to third by Yankees prospect Brandon Laird.

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PostSubject: Re: 2010 Arizona Fall League   2010 Arizona Fall League Icon_minitimeMon Nov 08, 2010 11:11 pm

Joseph's clutch hit paces Scorpions rally
Orioles catching prospect enjoying solid fall after rocky 2010
By Robert Emrich / Special to MLB.com | 11/03/10 8:06 PM ET

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Caleb Joseph picked a clutch time to deliver his first Arizona Fall League extra-base hit Wednesday.

Joseph, a seventh-round pick by the Orioles in 2008, broke a 2-2 tie with his bases-clearing double in the sixth inning in the first-place Scorpions' 9-3 victory over Surprise. Joseph later scored on Diamondbacks prospect Ed Easley's RBI single before finishing 3-for-3 with a walk.

After batting .235 with a .669 OPS in 106 games for Double-A Bowie, the 24-year-old catcher is batting .455 with eight runs scored in seven games for Scottsdale (12-8). Joseph has drawn as many walks as strikeouts (three) after fanning twice as much as he walked during the regular season (66 whiffs).

First overall pick Bryce Harper (Nationals) reached base three times and crossed the plate twice for the Scorpions. Fellow Orioles prospect Ryan Adams opened the scoring with a run-scoring single in the fourth. After falling behind 2-1, Easley evened the score with an RBI groundout in the fifth. Conor Gillaspie (Giants) was 2-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs, while Nationals prospect Steve Lombardozzi tripled and scored twice.

Rockies Minor Leaguer Bruce Billings (1-1) was credited with the win in relief, fanning two hits and allowing two hits over two shutout innings. Starter Sammy Solis (Nationals) made his best start in the desert, giving up two runs on five hits over four frames.

Cardinals farmhand Tony Cruz slugged a two-run homer, his third of the fall. Logan Schafer (Brewers) was 3-for-5 with an RBI for the Rafters (11-7).

Rangers farmhand Adalberto Flores (0-1) took the loss after surrendering four runs in two-thirds of an inning.

Robert Emrich is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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PostSubject: Re: 2010 Arizona Fall League   2010 Arizona Fall League Icon_minitimeMon Nov 08, 2010 11:14 pm

Culberson keeps hitting in Scorpions' win
Giants' 2007 sandwich pick batting .424, plates three in AFL
By Danny Wild / MLB.com | 11/04/10 7:41 PM ET

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It's been an memorable year for Charlie Culberson, a Giants infield prospect who was just excited to get an invitation to the Arizona Fall League.

Fast forward a few months and Culberson has even more to comprehend. He's led the league in batting, was named to the Rising Stars Game and just watched his organization claim the World Series.

"I watched every game, and I was like, 'That's my team out there,'" he said. "They busted their butts, they wanted it. That's what they teach us in the whole organization. We're winners, we want to be there. That's what I'm trying to be. I'm trying to get there and help the team win again."

Culberson, 21, came to the AFL out of Class A Advanced San Jose, which repeated as California League champions this season. A first-round sandwich pick by the Giants in 2007, he blossomed into a well-rounded second baseman in '10, hitting .290 with 16 homers, 71 RBIs and 25 steals. He's continued to rake for Scottsdale, hitting .424 after going 3-for-4 in Thursday's 9-5 win over Surprise.

"It's been pretty awesome," he said. "It's been a good experience, that's sure."

Culberson doubled and scored in the first inning, hit a three-run double in the second and singled and scored again in the sixth, bumping his average up 21 points. At times he's been the league leader; he's currently one point behind Padres second baseman Andy Parrino, who is batting .425 for the Peoria Saguaros.

He comes across as humble about his success in a Georgia accent.

"I've just been feeling good, really relaxed when I go up to hit up there," he said. "I'm hitting the ball on the barrel, maybe sometimes not great, but I'm finding some holes. All in all, I'm feeling pretty good ... real relaxed."

Culberson may feel a little more pressure this weekend with his family in town to watch him compete in the AFL's version of an All-Star Game, the annual Rising Stars Showcase. It means a lot for the Calhoun, Ga., native, who walked into his clubhouse the first day and found himself surrounded by Triple-A and Double-A players.

"I guess playing deep into November, not many guys do that," he said. "It's definitely an honor to be out here in the Fall League. It's a lot of fun."

Culberson felt "awesome" when he was told of his selection to the showcase.

"It's definitely an honor. My family came out today and they'll be able to watch the game. So it's pretty sweet for sure, having them here watching, I couldn't ask for anything more."

Culberson doubled twice of Danny Duffy, a Royals prospect and former Futures Game All-Star he admitted he didn't know much about.

"I'd never faced him before, but I heard he's a good pitcher," Culberson said. "He threw me a fastball away and then a fastball in [his first at-bat]. I hit a line drive to left-center for a stand-up double."

Culberson then came up with the bases loaded an inning later.

"It got to 1-2, he threw a nice changeup, I kind of got out in front of it. Then a decent curve, but he got it up. I was able to to square it up, hit it off the wall in center, just got good wood on it. So that was pretty nice, always nice to clear the bases, it's a good feeling."

A better feeling? Seeing the Giants celebrate on the mound in Texas.

"I wish I was there," he said. "We won the Cal League championship, and that was awesome. So I couldn't imagine being up [in San Francisco]. You can't get any better than that, that's where I want to be. I just get chills talking about it."

In Thursday's victory, Culberson was supported by Thomas Field (Rockies), who smacked a two-run homer and fellow San Francisco prospect 23-year-old southpaw Ryan Verdugo, who allowed two runs on six hits and five walks to earn his third win of the fall.

The Rafters were led by Florida State League All-Star Tony Cruz (Cardinals), who went 3-for-4 with a walk and an RBI, and Davis Stoneburner (Rangers), who added a double, two singles, two runs and an RBI.

Danny Wild is an editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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PostSubject: Re: 2010 Arizona Fall League   2010 Arizona Fall League Icon_minitimeMon Nov 08, 2010 11:19 pm

Satin, Solar Sox swamp Rafters
Mets infield prospect collects three hits, five RBIs in rout
By John Parker / Special to MLB.com | 11/05/10 7:27 PM ET

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The Mesa Solar Sox scored five times in the opening inning and never looked back Friday afternoon, cruising to a 13-5 rout of the Surprise Rafters.

Josh Satin went 3-for-5 with a homer and five RBIs to help Mesa hand the Rafters their third straight loss. The Mets prospect's three-run shot in the ninth was his first in five Arizona Fall League games.

Pirates Minor Leaguer Josh Harrison doubled, singled twice, walked and scored twice in the rout. It was his sixth multi-hit effort in his last eight games.

Angels infielder Brandon Wood also continued to scorch the ball for the Solar Sox, going 3-for-5 with an RBI double. He's 8-for-14 in his last three games and has 17 RBIs, one behind teammate Andrew Lambo (Pirates) for the league lead.

Jordany Valdespin (Mets) led off the game with a double, moved to third on Harrison's single and scored on a sacrifice fly by Angels farmhand Jeremy Moore. The Solar Sox took advantage of three more hits, a walk and an error to give Tyson Brummett (Phillies) a 5-0 cushion before he even took the mound.

After Surprise got a run back in the bottom of the first, Mesa tacked on two in the second and two more in the fifth before Satin's blast highlighted a four-run ninth.

Another Mets prospect, outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis, doubled twice and drove in two runs for the Solar Sox (12-10).

Brummett (1-0) picked up his first fall win after allowing a run on two hits over two frames. Mesa used six relievers to close out the win, with left-hander Eric Niesen (Mets), tossing 1 1/3 perfect innings.

Tigers farmhand Cale Iorg was one of two Rafters with multiple hits. He tripled, singled and drove in a run for his second straight two-hit game after going 0-for-16 in his previous four outings. Brewers prospect Eric Farris also tripled and singled.

Former first-round pick Brooks Brown (Tigers) fell to 1-2 bore the brunt of Mesa's outburst, allowing seven runs -- six earned -- on nine hits in three innings. He walked one and struck out one.

The loss dropped the Rafters (11-9) two games behind the first-place Peoria Javelinas in the West Division.

John Parker is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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PostSubject: Re: 2010 Arizona Fall League   2010 Arizona Fall League Icon_minitimeMon Nov 08, 2010 11:25 pm

Anderson's homer wins Rising Stars Game
By Evan Drellich / MLB.com | 11/07/10 1:05 AM ET

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After a frenetic first three innings gave way to a nail-biter, Leslie Anderson ended the 2010 Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game with a walk-off solo homer in the ninth Saturday night in Surprise, Ariz.

The tie-breaking homer was the first run scored since the third inning in the West Division's 3-2 win over the East Division.

A 28-year-old outfielder in the Rays system, Anderson barely cleared the right-field wall on a 1-0 offspeed pitch from Rockies right-hander Bruce Billings. The Cuban defector hit .302 in three combined Minor League stops this season, and went 2-for-4 as the only player with multiple hits.

As he neared home plate, an exuberant Anderson tossed off his helmet and briefly backpedaled before embracing his teammates.

The East threatened in the top of the ninth when it loaded the bases with two outs. Detroit right-hander Chance Ruffin escaped the jam by striking out the only batter he faced, the Yankees' Brandon Laird, to earn the win.

An All-Star Game featuring some of baseball's best prospects, the Rising Stars Game of 2009 featured 28 players who were in the Majors this past season, including the likes of Buster Posey, Ike Davis and Mike Leake. Some of the big names this year were Eric Hosmer (0-for-4), Dustin Ackley (1-for-2) and Mike Montgomery (1 2/3 IP, 1 ER).

The East went up 1-0 in the top of the first, a strenuous 34-pitch inning for Royals left-hander Mike Montgomery. Dodgers center fielder Trayvon Robinson drew a leadoff walk, took second on a wild pitch, and stole third with one out. That led to a run on a groundout.

Montgomery took a liner off his left foot to start the second, but stayed in the game for two more batters.

The Yankees' Manuel Banuelos ran into trouble when he allowed three consecutive singles with one out in the second. Krauss, a second-round pick in 2009, saved a run on the last of the hits, gunning down Boston's Ryan Lavarnway at the plate.

The lead was preserved briefly. Three pitches later, a fielding error by Orioles third baseman Ryan Adams led to an unearned run for the West.

Most everything but hits contributed to a run for both teams in the third. Consecutive two-out walks issued by Seattle's Josh Fields led to a 2-1 lead for the East in the top half, while the West's two-out rally in the bottom half was helped by a close call, another Adams error and a passed ball.

Three innings after Lavarnway saved a potential run for the East, Minnesota center fielder Ben Revere returned the favor for the West. Revere ran down a fly off the bat of the Giants' Brandon Belt just in front of the wall in left-center with a runner on.

Belt, a candidate to break camp with the defending World Series champs, is hitting .362 in the AFL and had great at-bats all night, drawing three walks. The last came in the ninth, loading the bases for the East before Ruffin was called on.

Both teams had late chances, but both were handcuffed at the plate with runners on base. The East finished 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position, the West 1-for-11.

Brewers reliever Jeremy Jeffress created his own jam for the West with a leadoff walk in the seventh, but worked out of it with a pair of strikeouts to end the inning. Displaying perhaps the most impressive heat of the night, he struck out Laird on three consecutive fastballs after falling behind 2-0. Laird didn't offer at one of them, and the last was clocked at 101 mph.

The East had a runner on third with two out in the eighth when Robinson, who had already shown off his speed, mimicked Revere and tracked down a deep fly, this one to straight-away center.

Evan Drellich is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @EvanDrellich. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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PostSubject: Re: 2010 Arizona Fall League   2010 Arizona Fall League Icon_minitimeThu Nov 11, 2010 8:42 pm

Perez drives in four to lead Rafters
Royals catching prospect homers, doubles in AFL
By Josh Jackson / Special to MLB.com | 11/08/10 5:47 PM ET

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Salvador Perez came into the new week of Arizona Fall League action with just one hit in his last five games, but he emphatically put that skid behind him Monday.

The 20-year-old Royals catching prospect homered and doubled to collect four RBIs in the Surprise Rafters' 6-5 win over the visiting Peoria Saguaros. The victory snapped a three-game slide for the Rafters.

Perez, who hit .290 with 29 extra-base hits over 99 games in the Class A Advanced Carolina League this year, extended his AFL struggles to 4-for-29 with a second-inning groundout before knocking a three-run homer in his next at-bat.

With two on and one out in the fourth inning, Perez swung at an 0-2 fastball from White Sox righty Johnnie Lowe (0-3) and delivered it over the wall in left to put the Rafters on the board.

After the Saguaros battled back to tie the game at five apiece, Perez drove in fellow Royals prospect Derrick Robinson with a one-out double in the eighth.

Robinson was 3-for-4 with two runs scored, and two other Royals prospects -- Eric Hosmer and Johnny Giavotella -- each had an RBI.

Yet another Kansas City youngster earned the win. Right-hander Patrick Keating improved to 2-0 by pitching a 1-2-3 eighth and picking up a strikeout.

Tigers prospect Matt Hoffman entered the game with a runner on and two outs in the ninth and punched out Henry Wrigley (Rays) in four pitches to earn his first AFL save.

Reds prospects Kris Negron and Devin Mesoraco swung hot bats for the Saguaros. Negron doubled and homered to knock in a pair of runs and score twice, and Mesoraco tripled in two runs in the sixth inning.

Southpaw Sergio Espinosa (Rays) took the loss for Peoria, which amounts to his first decision in his eighth AFL appearance.

Josh Jackson is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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