Giants' AFL Prospects: Season ending stats

How the Giants prospects fared this last week in the AFL and overall for the season.

This is the last report on the AFL as the season ended. The Rafters finished at 18-17, going 2-2 for the week. They ended up in second place in the National Division and out of the playoffs.

Mike Cervenak - Mike ended on a sour note, hitting .143/.250/.143/.393 but in only 7 AB. Overall, he played well enough, hitting .274/.337/.405/.742 in 84 AB, with 5 doubles and 2 homers, 10 runs and 19 RBI, good for fourth on the team in RBI, and was able to hold down his strikeouts, ending with 13 of them. It would have been nice to get a little more power out of him but he had a decent showing against advanced talent and looks like a sure thing to start the 2005 season with Fresno.

Fred Lewis - Fred had a nice last week, hitting .375/.375/.750/1.125 in only 8 AB, 1 double, 1 triple, 3 runs scored, 1 SB, but 3 strikeouts too. That helped raised his numbers in the AFL to be more respectable, though I'm sure he would have liked to have done better. He ended up with .240/.341/.333/.674 in 75 AB, with 3 doubles and 2 triples, 16 runs scored (tied for fifth on the team) and 9 RBI, but 26 strikeouts. As a reward for his strong showing during the regular season, he was recently added to the Giants 40 man roster. He should start 2005 in Fresno but there is a logjam of outfielders there, in particular Jason Ellison, who plays about the same role as Lewis, which could push him to Norwich.

Lance Niekro - Lance also ended on a poor note, hitting .125/.222/.125/.347 but in only 8 AB, 2 runs, 3 stikeouts. He had a great numbers overall, hitting .295/.348/.443/.791 in 61 AB, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 1 homer, with 9 runs and 15 RBI. The Giants are looking at him for 1B and 3B in 2005. He could make the team in 2006 as J.T. Snow is not getting any younger or he could start out with the Giants as a reserve in 2005 if they solve how they are going to give Feliz a full-time position.

David Aardsma - David got stronger as the AFL wore on, improving each week. This week he relieved in 2 games, pitching 2 innings, giving up 0 hits and 0 BB, with 2 SO and 0 R/ER. He ended up relieving in 16 games and getting 2 saves in pitching 15.1 innings, giving up 14 hits and 9 walks, with 17 strikeouts and 6 R/5 ER. The Giants could use him next year but probably will give him a full season in Fresno as the closer before bringing him (hopefully) up for good in 2006. Injuries at the major league level could force the Giants to bring him up in 2005.

Chris Begg - Chris could never find a groove and ended with a poor week, relieving in 1 game, pitching 1.2 innings, giving up 5 hits and 0 BB, with 2 SO and 2 R/ER. Overall, he pitched in 10 games, relieving 7 and starting 3, pitching in 22.1 innings, giving up 34 hits and 9 BB, with 9 strikeouts and 16 R/15 ER. The Giants are talking about starting him out in Fresno but there is a logjam there unless they release some players like Jensen or trade away some of their young pitchers on verge like Foppert, Hennessey or Correia.

Scott Munter - Scott was pretty steady during the AFL and was steady to the end. In the final week, he relieved in 2 games, pitching 3 innings, giving up 2 hits and 2 BB, with 2 SO and 2 runs, 1 ER. For the AFL season, he relieved in 16 games, pitching 22.1 innings, giving up 29 hits and 9 BB, with 11 strikeouts and 12 R/9 ER. For his strong showing here and during the season, he was recently added to the Giants 40 man roster and the Giants are talking about him making the Fresno club.

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