Arizona Fall League: 10/11/2018

“Extras, extras, read all about em!” Last night was a wild one at the Arizona Fall League, where all 3 games went into extra innings and 2 ended on walkoffs. Here’s your brief on the top statistical performers, including my observations from watching the Scottsdale Scorpions play the Rafters at Salt River Field:

Top Hitting Performances

Darick Hall, 1B - PHI (Scottsdale)

2-5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB

Looking all of his listed 6’4”, 236 lbs, the lefty-hitting Hall drilled a hanging breaking ball from Kyle Keller—98.4 mph off the bat and 372 feet to right field. This after reaching a monstrous 113 mph exit velocity with his first inning single.

Peter Alonso, DH - NYM (Scottsdale)

2-4, 2 R, BB, SB

Jordan Yamamoto handled Alonso in 2 at bats by getting him to roll over breaking balls low and away, but in the 5th, Alonso fought off a 2-2 pitch from Kyle Keller for a ground ball hit. In the 7th, the strong first baseman smoked a 2-strike, 95 mph FB from Hector Lujan right back up the middle. I’m curious to see how Alonso handles breaking balls away throughout the Fall League.

Tyler Nevin, DH - COL (Salt River)

3-5, 2 R, RBI, BB

Lucius Fox, SS - TB (Peoria)

2-5, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, BB, SB (3)

Esteban Quiroz, 2B - BOS (Mesa)

2-3, HR, 3 R, 3 BBs

Trent Giambrone, 3B - CHC (Mesa)

4-6, 2 R, RBI

Eli White, DH - OAK (Mesa)

3-5, R, BB

Ryan McKenna, OF - BAL (Glendale)

2-4, 2B, 2 R, BB

Cole Tucker, SS - PIT (Surprise)

2-5, 3 RBI, BB, 2 SB

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Top Pitching Performances

J.B. Bukauskas, RHP - HOU (Scottsdale)

3.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 5 Ks

The nastiest pitcher to toe the rubber last night, Bukauskas commanded his 3-pitch mix of a 95-97 mph heater, an 88-89 mph slider with great depth, and a 90 mph changeup that he put hitters away with below the zone. He did need 61 pitches to get 10 outs, sometimes spiking multiple sliders/changeups when ahead 0-2 or 1-2 before painting the corner for 3-2 Ks. I can’t wait to see Bukauskas pitch again.

Jordan Yamamoto, RHP - MIA (Salt River) *pictured above*

3 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 Ks

Not to be overlooked, Yamamoto turned in a very impressive 3 innings, mixing his 88-92 mph fastball, 84-85 mph slider, and 74-78 curveball with aplomb. The first word I think of when watching Yamomoto is pitchability. Early on, he’d get ahead with his fastball and then change the shape of his curve, painting the outside corner to righties with the hard one and dropping the slow one into the top of the zone—he completely froze Peter Alonso on back to back pitches (one just high, and one a called strike 3). In innings 2 and 3, Yamamoto knew to give hitters different looks with first pitch sliders at the knees, and his 5 Ks capture how difficult he was to time.

Eduardo Jimenez, RHP - DET (Mesa)

2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 Ks

Zach Jackson, RHP - TOR (Surprise)

1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 Ks

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