Gary Brown wearing down?
After a nice game last Saturday, in which he went 2-for-5 for the Scorpions, exciting outfielder Gary Brown has not played at all this week. Keith Law of ESPN reported that Brown may be tiring from the wear-and-tear of a long season with high-A San Jose and now the AFL. However, Gary has also been battling a cold, so perhaps what Law was seeing was just the after effects of the illness.
Brandon Crawford on a roll
Brandon Crawford had another nice game for the Scorps on Friday. While batting third in the lineup and playing his usual shortstop, Crawford went 2-for-6 with a run scored, an RBI and a strikeout. The slick-fielding infielder also made a throwing error, however, his third of the AFL season.
The multi-hit game extended Crawford's hitting streak to nine games, dating back to October 6. The only AFL game in which Crawford did not record a hit was opening day, October 5. During the prolonged hitting streak, the 24-year-old is hitting .375 (15-for-40) -- which puts his overall numbers at .341 (15-for-44) with one double, two triples, a home run and five RBI. The one slightly concerning issue would be his K/BB ratio: Brandon has struck out 10 times while only drawing two walks.
Joe Panik getting better, older
Hitting eighth and playing second base for the Scorps on Friday was Joe Panik, going 1-for-4 with a double, a walk, a run scored and an RBI.
After getting off to a very slow start, Joe has come on strong this week. The top pick for the Giants in the 2011 draft has hit safely in seven of his last eight games, hitting an even .300 (9-for-30) over that span. He also hit his first AFL home run on Monday. Joe is now hitting .229 (11-for-48) overall, with a double, the one home run and 5 RBI. So far he's drawn seven walks and struck out only three times.
Panik is also approaching another big number: the St. John's product turns 21 on Sunday. Happy birthday, Joe. Go big.
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Seth Rosin pitched two shutout innings on Friday to earn his second hold for the Scorps. Rosin struck out two batters while not allowing a hit.
Seth has been lights out for the Scorpions coming out of the 'pen. The tall right-hander has appeared in five games, pitching six innings and allowing only one run for a tidy ERA of 1.50. Seth has allowed only four hits, while striking out five batters and walking only two.
Austin Fleet appeared in two games this week for the Scorps, throwing a scoreless inning of relief on both occasions. The Edmond, OK native has been about as good as it gets for Scottsdale, pitching nine innings over six appearances and allowing just one run on seven hits while striking out eight and walking only one. Austin's record is 2-0 and his 1.00 ERA is fifth best in the AFL.
Stephen Harrold picked up his third win in relief on Thursday and is now 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA in seven appearances for the Scorps. The right-hander has pitched 9.1 innings, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out 10 and walking four.
Unfortunately it appears Daryl Maday has been removed from the Scorpions active roster. We're trying to find out why. The 26-year-old right-hander started three games for the Scorps, going 1-2 with a 4.91 ERA.
Smooth sailing in the Dominican
Going 1-for-4 with a strikeout for the Leones de Escongido on Friday was Brandon Belt. Brandon has had a very nice week, hitting safely in six of his last seven games and eight of his last ten. Overall the Baby Giraffe is hitting .297 (11-for-37) with three doubles, a home run and three RBI in 11 games. Brandon's strikeout total of nine is still high, but he has also drawn eight free passes.
Francisco Peguero had another great game for the Gigantes de Cibao on Friday, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen bag while hitting ninth and playing center field.
Peguero had a rough stretch early in the week while hitting leadoff for the Gigantes. But since being dropped down in the order he has responded nicely, with five hits in his last two games. Overall the 23-year-old outfielder is hitting .261 (12-for-46) with two doubles, a home run, three RBI and two stolen bases.
More of the same in Mexico
Tyler Graham had a nice week overall for the Tomateros de Culican, despite going 0-for-4 with a strikeout on Friday. Tyler had six hits combined in the two games prior, and is now hitting .242 (16-for-66) overall, with two doubles, a triple and two RBI. The speedy outfielder has stolen three bags in five attempts, but has an alarming K/BB ratio of 13-2.
Bad times in Venezuela
Hector Sanchez got off to an outstanding start for the Tiburones de La Guaira, but has had just three plate appearances since last Friday. We have speculated all week that he may be dealing with an injury, but there is still no definitive word.
Ehire Adrianza has not played since going 0-for-3 with a strikeout for the Tiburones on Saturday. The #4 prospect in the Giants organization according to MLB.com has played in just four games in Venezuela, hitting .467 (7-for-15) with a double and one RBI. Ehire has struck out three times while not yet drawing a walk.