AFL Week 4 Recap

Week 4 in the Arizona Fall League was a shorter week, with just five games being played. The Surprise Saguaros went 2-3 last week and were no-hit by Mesa on Tuesday. The Saguaros are now 11-10-1 overall and one game back in the AFL West.

AFL logoThe reasoning for the shortened week was Saturday night’s Fall Stars Game presented by Bowman (it was held at Surprise Stadium). The West won 12-4.

First baseman Ryan O’Hearn was the only KC Royals representative. He was the starting DH (he was pinch-hit for in the seventh by Chicago White Sox outfielder Courtney Hawkins, who struck out). O’Hearn went 1-for-1 with two walks and three runs scored. His single to left in his last at-bat beat the shift.

During the week, O’Hearn played in four of the five games played by Surprise. Regularly batting third, he went 3-for-12 with two doubles, four walks, and five strikeouts. O’Hearn scored once and drove in two runs.

Second baseman Corey Toups played three times last week. He went 3-for-12 with four strikeouts. He did hit a solo home run on Friday in an extra inning loss. Toups committed two errors this week, his third total coming on Thursday.

Outfielder Alfredo Escalera played in three games last week, playing both left and right field (twice). He went 1-for-12 with a strikeout. Escalera was thrown out trying to steal on Wednesday (the only time he reached base).

Mauricio Ramos played twice last week, once at third base and once at first base. He went 1-for-6 with a walk and a strikeout at the plate.

Josh Staumont

Blue Rocks right-hander Josh Staumont on May 4, 2016 (Jen Nevius).

Josh Staumont made one start last week (Wednesday), earning his third AFL win. He allowed a hit and walked two over four scoreless innings. Staumont struck out four, throwing 35 of his 59 pitches for strikes.

Lefty Eric Stout made two appearances out of the Surprise bullpen last week. Over three total innings, he allowed one hit, walked three, and struck out two. Stout threw a total of 49 pitches (29 for strikes).

Right-hander Evan Beal also made two appearances out of the Saguaros bullpen last week. On Tuesday, he threw just 11 pitches in a scoreless 8th inning. However on Friday, Beal allowed two runs on two hits and three walks in his one inning of work (the fifth).

Todd Eaton pitched once last week (Wednesday). He allowed a hit over one inning of work (the seventh).

 

There are just two more weeks (ten more games) left in the AFL season. Surprise could be playing in the Championship Game on November 19th.

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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