On Saturday, the Arizona Fall League season came to an end, as Scottsdale beat Surprise in the Championship Game.
The KC Royals ended up sending nine minor leaguers to the AFL, up from the seven that they started with. Of the nine, all but one played at some point with High-A Wilmington.
Bryan Brickhouse, working his way back from injury, pitched just once for Surprise, and that came in the first week. In his one inning of work, he allowed a hit and walked two, while striking out one.
Right-hander Brooks Pounders was one of the more dominant pitchers in the AFL before leaving to join Team USA for the Premier 12 Tournament (in which he won a silver medal).
Pounders was named Pitcher of the Week once and did not allow a run over 12 innings. He allowed five hits, did not walk a batter, and struck out 14.
Catcher Zane Evans left the Saguaros to get married. Before leaving, he played in ten games, going just 5-for-36 (.139). He scored three runs and drove in five. Evans did walk four times compared to eight strikeouts.
Outfielder Bubba Starling saw a lot of time in right field with the Saguaros. He also played in just about every game (22 of the 32). While he got off to a hot start, Starling cooled down to hit .274 (23-for-84) with just six extra base hits (two doubles and four home runs).
Starling scored ten runs and drove in ten. He walked just six times compared to 25 strikeouts. He did steal five bases and was not caught. He also showed off excellent defense and had six outfield assists.
Infielder Ramon Torres mostly played second base in the AFL. In 17 games, he went 17-for-65 (.262) with four doubles, a triple, and a home run. He scored nine runs and drove in six. Torres walked three times, but struck out nine times.
It was a rocky start to the AFL season for reliever Kevin McCarthy, but he bounced back to have a solid showing. He was lit up in two games, but was sparkling in his other eight (did not allow a run over his final five games).
Overall, McCarthy pitched in ten games with a 9.31 ERA. He went 1-1. Over 9.2 innings, he allowed ten runs on 11 hits (two homers), three hit batters, and two walks. He struck out seven.
Fellow reliever Andrew Edwards also had a good showing in the AFL. In nine games (1-0), he had a 2.25 ERA. Over 12 innings, he allowed four runs (three earned) on 16 hits (two homers) and a walk. He struck out eight. Edwards did however give up his share of inherited runners (five) and blew three saves.
Catcher Cam Gallagher joined Surprise on November 10th, playing in three games. He went 2-for-11 with a run scored and two RBIs. He struck out once.
Reliever Matt Alvarez, a non-drafted free agent in 2013, also joined Surprise on November 10th. He pitched in three games and did not allow a run. Over 3.1 innings, Alvarez allowed four hits, walked one, and struck out one.
Of the above group, only Starling and Torres were added to the Royals 40-man roster. I think that Pounders could be selected in the upcoming Rule 5 Draft, especially with how he pitched in the second half, the AFL, and with Team USA. Pounders has proven he is healthy.