AFL Week 5 Recap

There are just four games remaining in the Arizona Fall League season and the Surprise Saguaros have a one game lead in the AFL West Division (they went 4-2 last week and have won three in a row). The AFL Championship is on Saturday afternoon at Scottsdale Stadium and it will be televised on MLB Network (3:08pm ET).

AFL logoIf the pitching rotation holds, KC Royals top prospect Josh Staumont would start that championship game (he is scheduled to start today). Staumont had a disastrous start last Tuesday (much like many of his starts in High-A Wilmington). He allowed eight runs (seven earned) on five hits (including a solo home run) and four walks over just 1.2 innings. He struck out two, but needed 59 pitches (32 strikes) to record those five outs.

First baseman Ryan O’Hearn hit his first AFL home run on Saturday (though he also struck out three times in that game). Overall last week, he went 3-for-17 with a double, four runs scored, and three RBIs.

When Mauricio Ramos plays third base (his natural position), he hits: 4-for-9 with two doubles, two runs scored, and an RBI in two games last week. As the DH on Monday, he went 0-for-3 with a walk, a strikeout, and he hit into a double play. At first base on Friday, he went 0-for-3 with a run scored and a strikeout.

Alfredo Escalera played in four games last week, twice in left field and twice in right field. At the plate, he went 4-for-16 with two runs scored and five strikeouts. He did steal a base.

Corey Toups played in three games last week. He went 2-for-12 with a walk and four strikeouts. He stole his second base on Saturday, but committed two errors last week to give him five in the AFL.

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Blue Rocks reliever Evan Beal during his debut on July 18, 2015 (Jen Nevius).

Right-hander Evan Beal had a dominant week. He pitched twice (Wednesday and Saturday), not allowing a run in either appearance. On Wednesday, Beal entered in the first inning and stranded a base runner (2.1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K). On Saturday, he struck out two in 1.2 innings (one hit allowed while inducing four ground outs). Beal threw a total of 53 pitches (35 for strikes).

Lefty Eric Stout made one appearance last week (Thursday) and he did not allow a run over two innings (one hit and two strikeouts). He threw 30 pitches, 19 for strikes.

Todd Eaton also only made one appearance last week. On Wednesday, he pitched two scoreless innings of relief with two strikeouts. Eaton threw just 22 pitches, 16 for strikes.

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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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