Carson Kelly and Tim Tebow (Mark J, Rebilas / USA TODAY Sports Images)

Tuesday’s St. Louis Cardinals prospect highlights from the Arizona Fall League and a look ahead to Wednesday’s action.

In the 2016 Arizona Fall League opener, five of seven St. Louis Cardinals prospects saw action for Glendale, paced by Carson Kelly’s three-run home run.

Results from the game played Tuesday, October 11th.


Scottsdale 9 at Glendale 6 (link to box score)

Glendale began its Arizona Fall League schedule with a 9-6 loss to Scottsdale.

The Scorpions struck immediately, scoring at least one run in each of the first four frames and led 7-5 after four.  The Desert Dogs’ 10-hit effort was led by Cardinals prospect Harrison Bader, who went 3-for-5 with a run scored out of the lead-off slot.  The right fielder led off, fanned twice and acquired his team’s only stolen base.

Bader may have led Glendale in total number of hits but the production king was catcher Carson Kelly.  Acting as Glendale’s clean-up hitter, Kelly was responsible for half of the squad’s tallies - and it all came with one swing of the bat.  The 22-year-old went deep with two aboard in the fourth, one of his two hits in three at bats.  He worked one free pass and hit into a double play.  (In the photo above, Kelly tags out Mets outfielder Tim Tebow on a third strike foul tip.)

Paul DeJong also saw a tad of action, entering as a defensive replacement at short in the seventh.  He fanned swinging in the ninth, his only at bat.

Meanwhile on the mound, right-hander Austin Voth (WSH) took the loss, yielding five runs on five hits and a walk in just 2 2/3.  There were mixed results for a pair of St. Louis hurlers.  Corey Littrell impressed in his debut, retiring all six faced, Scottsdale’s three through nine batters.  The southpaw struck out one and threw 16 of his 20 pitches for strikes.

Rowan Wick’s AFL initiation was a bit rockier.  Wick followed Littrell to the mound in the seventh and gave up a run on a ground-rule double, walk and sac fly.  The righty issued another free pass before escaping the frame.  Wick was much better the next inning, catching his first batter looking and retiring the next on a 5-3 ground out.  A throwing error by Glendale’s second baseman prevented a one-two-three frame but Wick recorded another 6-3 ground out to finish his stint.

Wednesday’s game:  Glendale (0-1) at Mesa (0-1), 12:35 pm MST, Austin Gomber (league debut)

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