Phillies News & Notes From The AFL

The Surprise Scorpions - home team of the five Phillies prospects playing in the AFL - have cooled off of late. After starting the season 5-0, the Scorpions are now 10-8, but still lead the American Division by two games.

Scott Mathieson had some of the best pitching stats in the AFL not too long ago. That changed this past Saturday when Mathieson - pitching in relief - was touched for eight hits and six runs in three innings of work. The outing pinned his first loss of the season on his record and hiked his ERA to 6.28 on the young season.

Mathieson is still considered one of the better pitching prospects working in the AFL and the Phillies believe that he will continue to raise his value in 2006.

Travis Minix threw another shutout inning in relief of Mathieson on Saturday and lowered his ERA to 1.04 on the season. Minix gave up two runs in two innings of work though in his next appearance on Tuesday (October 25) and saw his ERA quickly jump to 2.53 on the year.

Ryan Cameron also gave up two runs in two innings of work Tuesday and his ERA jumped to 4.82 on the year.

Brian Sanches has pitched well and currently has a 1.04 ERA for the Scorpions. Sanches and Minix had nearly identical stats through Monday's games. In 8 2/3 innings of work this fall, Sanches has walked just one and struck out four while allowing nine hits.

Michael Bourn continues to share center field duties for Surprise. Bourn has played in 9 of the Scorpions' 18 games this season. An 0-for-3 performance Tuesday dropped his average to .286 on the year.

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