Arizona Fall League Update 10/18 – Giants Pro

The Arizona Fall League is where teams send their top prospects to compete with other teams' top prospects and help get an idea of who is going to be able to help the next season. Last season, one of the Giants' six was breakout reliever Scott Munter. Is there a breakout player in this year's group? Catch up on the Giants prospects here.

Dan Ortmeier – Ortmeier, who made his major league debut in a 2005 September callup, started out fast for the Mesa Solar Sox, with whom he and other Giants prospects team up with players from the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers organizations. In the first game of the year, Ortmeier went 2 for 5 with a home run, a stolen base and an assist from right field at third base. He’s kept up a solid rate of production. Playing in 6 of the Solar Sox’s 11 games, Ortmeier is batting .385, going 10 for 26 with 4 doubles and 1 home run. He has 2 walks, 2 strikeouts, and 4 stolen bases on 4 attempts.

Justin Knoedler – Like Ortmeier, Knoedler hit a home run in the first game of the year for the Solar Sox, but that hasn’t been his biggest. On October 15th, Knoedler came up to pinch hit and hit his 2nd home run of the AFL season, giving Mesa a 6-5 win over the Grand Canyon Rafters. Knoedler has gone 5 for 19 over the AFL season in 6 games (.263) with the 2 home runs, a walk, and 2 strikeouts.

Kevin Frandsen – Frandsen rose through the ranks quickly during the regular season, but he’s come out a bit slowly in the AFL. Frandsen has gone 6 for 27 in 6 games (.222) with a double and a triple, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts and a stolen base. He has also played one game at shortstop, away from his regular position of second base.

Brian Burres – Burres has seen both extremes in the offensively oriented AFL season. Burres gave up 3 runs in 2.2 innings in the first game of the season for the Solar Sox, but followed that with 5 shutout innings with 8 K’s to get the only win (out of 4 total) for the Solar Sox by a starter. Then on the 17th, he gave up 9 runs in 1.0+ innings in his 3rd start of the year. Overall, Burres is 1-1 with a 12.46 ERA in 8.2 innings over 3 starts. He has given up 12 runs on 17 hits, and struck out 10 while he has walked 4. Through the 18th, Burres has tied for the most innings pitched for Mesa along with former Giant prospect and current Cubs hopeful David Aardsma.

Jeremy Accardo – Accardo has not walked anyone in 6.1 innings of relief work in the AFL so far, but he’s given up 5 runs, 3 earned. With a 1-1 record, he has a 4.26 ERA, having given up 8 hits and having struck out 3.

Brian Wilson – Another fast riser through the Giants system in 2005, Wilson has been working on adding a changeup to his repertoire in the AFL, and has been working his curveball as well. The results have been mixed. In 4 relief appearances and 8.1 innings (just short of the team high) he has given up 4 runs on 8 hits and a team high 7 walks. He also has struck out 7 to go with his 1-0 record. His ERA sits at 4.32.

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