Remaining Arizona Fall League Broadcasts PDF Print E-mail
Written by Perry Van Hook   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 11:10

Below are the 2014 Arizona Fall League games that will be broadcast on MLB Network and/or streamed on live from Salt River Fields, where Major League Baseball's Pace of Game Committee is testing rules such as a 20-second pitch clock and time limits on inning changes and pitching changes.

Oct. 30 - Surprise at Salt River
Watch live on at 9:35 p.m. ET/6:35 MST
Oct. 31 - Scottsdale at Salt River
Watch live on MLB Network and at 3:35 p.m. ET/12:35 MST
Nov. 4 - Mesa at Salt River
Watch live on MLB Network and at 8:35 p.m. ET/6:35 MT
Nov. 6 - Mesa at Salt River
Watch live on MLB Network and at 8:35 p.m. ET/6:35 MT
Nov. 8 - Mesa at Surprise (Military Appreciation Game)
Watch live on MLB Network at 8:05 p.m. ET/6:05 MT
Nov. 15 - AFL Championship Game at Scottsdale Stadium
Watch live on MLB Network and at 3:08 p.m. ET/1:08 MT

In addition, the Fall Stars Game featuring Arizona Fall League All-Stars from the East and West divisions will play at Salt River Fields at 8 PM ET on Saturday November 1, which will be shown on the MLB Network.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 10:06
AFL Loses Key Pitching Prospect PDF Print E-mail
Written by Perry Van Hook   
Monday, 20 October 2014 11:15

On Saturday, one of the best young pitchers in baseball said goodbye to the rest of the Arizona Fall League season. Seattle’s Taijuan Walker, who is reportedly completely healthy, was scratched from his start because, according to club officials, Walker decided he needed to return home.

In Surprise Stadium, Kansas City RHP Kyle Zimmer, who was limited this year by injuries to just four plus innings, pitched a scoreless first inning, walking just one batter and striking out one in 21 pitchers. Zimmer left for the Javelinas dressing room with a Royals trainer during the bottom of the inning. According to Javelinas officials, Zimmer reported that he just couldn’t get loose. We will see if he can take his next scheduled start. Zimmer had planned to play winter ball in Venezuela after he finished in the AFL.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 22:29
A Trip to Salt River Fields PDF Print E-mail
Written by Perry Van Hook   
Saturday, 18 October 2014 23:31

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort is the tremendous spring training facility used by the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies developed in Scottsdale on the Pima Indian reservation land that is just across the loop 101 freeway from Talking Stick.

It is a tremendous spring training venue which has drawn record crowds and thus a very good venue for an AFL team. It is also wired with all the newest tech toys which is why the time saving measures being tested by MLB to speed up the pace of major league games are tested only at Salt River. Last night’s game was just the third AFL game to have a clock on the pitchers but there were no infractions as not only does the measure just require the pitcher to be set but the young pitchers are getting used to it and most of the players like the pace of the games. "I like it," said Eddie Rosario, an excellent prospect from the Minnesota Twins commenting on the new, sped-up game. "Very nice, very nice."

Rosario liked everything about the 3-3 11-inning tie between the Peoria Javelinas and home town Salt River Rafters, going 3-for-6 with a run scored and two stolen bases.

The best hitters from the Javelinas were young Royals shortstop Raul Mondesi, who had a double and triple in his 2-for-5 line with a run scored and a stolen base, and Jordan Smith (OF/CLE), who was 2-for-4 with a single and a double for Peoria.

On Thursday, I was at Surprise Stadium to see the visiting Scottsdale Scorpions play the Surprise Saguaros – a pair of 5-4 teams, but Scottsdale is two games behind the Salt River Rafters in the East Division while the Saguaros lead the West Division by two games.

The headline for the game might well have read “Bird Takes Flight in Surprise” as Yankee prospect Gregory Bird hit two long home runs to the centerfield berm, a two-run blast and a solo shot. Fortunately for the home team, those were the only three runs the Scorpions produced. Meanwhile, the Saguaros scored seven runs on nine hits in their eight at-bats. Patrick Kivlehan (1B/SEA) was 2-for-4 with the only home run for the Surprise squad who scored their two first inning runs on three Scorpion errors.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 22:38
AFL Broadcast Schedule - Thursday & Friday PDF Print E-mail
Written by Perry Van Hook   
Thursday, 16 October 2014 14:17

Thursday and Friday’s Arizona Fall League games from Salt River Fields at Talking Stick will be streamed live online via the following outlets:

The websites of the big league affiliates of the Rafters and the visiting Glendale Desert Dogs (Thursday) and Peoria Javelinas (Friday) which would be Astros, DBacks, Rockies, Marlins, Twins, Brewers, Dodgers, Orioles, White Sox, Tigers, Braves, Cardinals, Indians, Royals, and Rays.

Both nights’ broadcasts will begin at 9:30 PM ET and will feature live video and audio by Dan Acheson of the AFL.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 14:33
Week Two in the Arizona Fall League PDF Print E-mail
Written by Perry Van Hook   
Thursday, 16 October 2014 12:40

Early week two highlights involved two pitchers previously mentioned in this blog last week.

On Monday night Kyle Zimmer (RHP/KC) fanned eleven Desert Dogs at Camelback Ranch Stadium in five shutout innings. The game which went the maximum eleven innings ending in a 2-2 tie saw thirty two Dogs and Javelinas strike out.

On Tuesday Mark Appel (RHP/HOU) was even better than his first start hurling four shutout innings with just one hit and two walks while striking out six Surprise Saguaros. Appel was also a historical footnote as the first AFL pitcher who had a ball called him for not delivering the first pitch of an inning within the new guidelines being tested here this fall.

I was in Surprise Tuesday as the Peoria Javelinas hosted the Glendale Desert Dogs – rolled over might be a better term as the Javelinas managed just three singles against six Glendale pitchers in getting shutout 9-0. Tim Anderson (SS/CWS) was 3-4 for the Desert Dogs with a double and two singles and scored two runs. Steven Moya (OF/DET) previously mentioned had a bases loaded triple amongst his four RBI while going 2-5.

On Wednesday the Javelinas faced the one win Mesa Solar Sox but a strong outing by starting pitcher C.J. Edwards (RHP/CHC) – three shutout innings with just one hit and one walk with three strikeouts getting the Sox started on a 5-2 win. Back to back doubles by Cal Towey (3B/LAA) and Addison Russell (SS/CHC) put the first two runs on the board in the second inning. By the way for those of you in NL only leagues, Russell made an appearance at second base this week – we will have to see if the Cubs want to increase their infield flexibility by moving him there next spring. Oakland fly chaser Boog Powell (no relation) hit his second home run in two days, this one a 400 foot shot over the right field bullpen on to the berm with two runners aboard.

And congratulations to the AFL players of the week from Week 1:

Cincinnati outfielder Jesse Winker hit 455 in the first week of play with a home run, two doubles, and seven RBI to take down the award for hitters.

Jake Reed (RHP/MIN) who was drafted in the fifth round in June by the Twins out of Oregon played in two levels this summer with a combined 3-0 with eight saves, an ERA of 0.29 and thirty nine strikeouts while walking just three in thirty one innings pitched. In the first week of AFL play Reed had a win and a save in three shutout innings for the Salt River Rafters giving up just two hits and a walk while striking out five.

Last Updated on Sunday, 19 October 2014 08:01
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