The Arizona Fall League season kicked off last Tuesday and after the first week, the Surprise Saguaros are 2-2-1 (yes there are ties in the AFL).
The tie came on Wednesday, as Surprise and Peoria finished after 11 innings, tied at 7-7.
Surprise won their first game on Tuesday, 11-2 over Mesa. In that game, Josh Staumont got the start and the victory, as he allowed two hits and a walk over three innings. He struck out three (one in each inning), threw a wild pitch, and allowed a stolen base. I would expect Staumont to get his second start this afternoon against Salt River.
In Wednesday’s tie, second baseman Corey Toups made his first AFL start, doubling and homering in his first two at-bats (3-for-5 with two RBIs, a walk, and a stolen base). Toups started again on Friday, going 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI. He also struck out for the first time.
Ryan O’Hearn seems to be back at first base (at least in the AFL). He has started three games there, batting third in all three. O’Hearn went 3-for-12 with four runs scored, two walks, an RBI, and four strikeouts. He was also picked off in the Saguaros first game.
Outfielder Alfredo Escalera also started three games for the Saguaros in the first week. He was in left field twice and the DH once. Escalera went 2-for-11 with three runs scored, two RBIs, and six strikeouts.
Mauricio Ramos started two games for Surprise last week: once as the DH and once as the first baseman. He went 2-for-8 with a double, two runs scored, a walk, and two strikeouts.
It was a rough first week for right-handed reliever Evan Beal. In two outings (totaling 2.1 innings), he allowed four runs on three hits and two walks. He struck out one and threw two wild pitches. Beal allowed a run in the Saguaros first game, but he threw just seven pitches.
Fellow right-hander Jake Newberry pitched twice last week, a scoreless inning in each outing (the last inning of both games he pitched in). He allowed two hits, walked none, and struck out four.
Lefty Eric Stout pitched once last week (Wednesday). He struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth (11 pitches, ten strikes).
*Former Wilmington Blue Rock Dexter Kjerstad, who was released back in 2015, is now with the Miami Marlins (he spent the 2016 season with High-A Jupiter). The Marlins sent him to the AFL and he is playing for Mesa. Kjerstad went 1-for-4 with two runs scored, an RBI, and two strikeouts on Friday against Surprise.