Arizona Fall League Update: Week Three

Week three continued to see the Mesa Solar Sox trudge along in the middle of the pack in the Arizona Fall League. Meanwhile the Tigers' players in the league have continued their respectable play, but still have yet to have any breakouts like what the Tigers saw from Chris Shelton in last year's AFL.

One pleasant surprise has been Humberto Sanchez, who after a rough season for the SeaWolves is putting together a strong fall campaign for the Solar Sox. Sanchez pitched five solid innings for the Sox this past week, not allowing an earned run in the process. Sanchez has also maintained his control in the process of leading the team in strikeouts with 15, carrying a 3-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio.

Adam Peterson meanwhile pulled the reverse of Sanchez, posting a solid week two, but struggling in week three. Peterson had strung together three straight scoreless appearances, but allowed five runs (four earned) in two innings of work. Peterson was also able to strikeout just one batter in that span.

Mark Woodyard made another appearance for the Sox, but once again, it wasn't what the Tigers were hoping for. Woodyard has now allowed an astounding eight runs in just 2 2/3 innings, and while he did make an inning and two thirds while giving up just one earned run, Woodyard isn't making anyone take note in his second run at the AFL.

Moving toward the offense, where things have continued at their previously noted pace.

David Espinosa's power received a bit of a bump when he launched a home run this past week. Unfortunately for Espinosa, that was his only extra base hit of the week, and in a league where the hitters are far overmatching the pitchers, his .314/.405/.457 line leaves him 10th on his own team in OPS.

One of those nine ahead of him is Kody Kirkland, who continues to see only limited playing time, but is taking advantage of the playing time he does receive. He only got in one game this past week, but took advantage of the opportunity, blasting a solo home run. Rate stats can easily be skewed in such a small sample of at bats, but with that blast, Kirkland raised his slugging percentage all the way up to .733, the best on the team.

Don Kelly has continued at a remarkably consistent pace, walking more than he's struck out while sporting a .270 average. Unfortunately, he committed another error (he leads the team with three) and has yet to hit an extra base hit in 37 at bats.

Halfway through the Arizona Fall League, and the standout for the Tigers has easily been the production of Sanchez, who is making up for a disappointing year. Nevertheless, the Tigers would still like to see more production from the likes of Espinosa and Kelly.


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