D-backs Prospects Among Best AFL Hitters

Two weeks into the Arizona Fall League, the three Arizona Diamondbacks position player participants are performing extremely well for the 9-2 Salt River Rafters.

All of the teams in the Arizona Fall League have played either ten or eleven games at this point.  Among players who have appeared in seven or more of those games, Arizona Diamondbacks prospects Adam Eaton (5th, .382), Ryan Wheeler (7th, .371), and David Nick (8th, .357) each rank among the league's top ten hitters.

Eaton also ranks eighth among such players with a .462 on-base percentage.  His 11 runs scored are second in the league while his four stolen bases tie him for third.  The outfielder is the only D-back to have homered so far in the AFL, as he cranked a solo shot off Cleveland Indians prospect Tyler Sturdevant on Saturday.  Sturdevant is three years older than Eaton.

Wheeler leads the AFL with five doubles so far.  The powerful third baseman has only fanned in four of his 35 at-bats.  Wheeler's 13 hits tie him with Eaton for tops among Salt River players.  He is only 1-for-12 since beginning the fall on a five-game hitting streak that was highlighted by a four-hit performance on October 8.

Unlike Wheeler and Eaton, David Nick has never played above A-ball.  Nevertheless, the 21-year-old second baseman is handling AFL pitching just fine, having hit safely in six of his seven starts to date.  That consistency is made possible by Nick's great contact rate - he's only struck out three times in 28 at-bats after having amassed 80 whiffs during the regular season.  He had scored a run in all seven of his games before failing to do so Saturday. 

Neither Eaton, Wheeler, nor Nick has committed a fielding error so far this fall.

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