Well, maybe the fact that Mastersball’s own Brian Walton had interviewed some of them for TheCardinalNation.com but two of the young Redbirds were very good in action on Monday despite the Surprise Saguaros blowing a lead and losing 6-5 to the visiting Phoenix Desert Dogs.
I told Brian (and Todd) before the game that I was very interested to see Seth Blair who I had written about in the first week of AFL play. I think Blair has very good stuff and attacks hitters well, but his ability to cut down on walks would determine not only his prospect value for me and other fantasy players as well as whether he would eventually get into the Cardinals rotation.
But Blair, who had previously walked close to a batter per inning (despite being 2-0 in four starts with a 0.68 ERA) walked only one Desert Dog in four innings Monday while giving up three hits and just one run. Blair left ahead 3-1 after his nice four inning start but the bullpen did not protect his win. Still he goes a few rungs higher on my AFL list.
Kolten Wong, the Cardinals first round pick in the 2011 draft out of the University of Hawaii had a nice day at the plate and in the field. Wong was 2-5 increasing his AFL BAvg to .323, stole two bases and scored three runs. He also snared a hard line drive he had to move and jump to get and handled all his other chances flawlessly. Wong was on my top prospect early this year and will no doubt move up on 2013’s list. I wish I thought he had a chance to win a starting job with the big club next spring but I suspect they play someone (Daniel Descalso if not Rafael Furcal) more experienced and send Wong to Triple-A.
Bryce Brentz (OF, BOS) who had a rough night in the Rising Stars game on Saturday was 2-4 on Monday, hitting his second AFL home run and driving in two runs. Brentz is still hitting a nice .320 this fall and may well have chances next year if the Red Sox truly go into rebuilding mode.Chris McGuiness (1B, TEX) was 2-3 with three runs batted in as he and Brentz accounted for all five Saguaro runs.