AFL Update: Nov. 10, 2016

austin-voth-11-10-16Led by Austin Voth, five Desert Dog pitchers combined on a six-hit shutout of the Rafters, 10-0.

Voth pitched the first five innings and allowed just three hits, no walks, and struck out three to lower his fall ERA to 6.20 even his AFL record at 2-2. He threw 74 pitches, 49 for strikes.

Three Nationals position players got the start.

Andrew Stevenson batted leadoff and played CF. He went 1-for-5 and had three putouts on defense.

Drew Ward was the cleanup man and reached base three times with a double, single, and a walk. He scored three runs and made a pair of 5-3 plays in the field.

Osvaldo Abreu batted eighth and drove in three with a two-run single and a sacrifice fly while going 1-for-4 overall. Defensively, he turned a double play and had four assists total.

Glendale hosts Surprise this afternoon and remains 1½ games behind Peoria in the AFL West.

AFL Update: Nov. 9, 2016

drew-ward-11-9-16The Desert Dogs took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the 1st only to see it vanish in the bottom half of the inning as the Scorpions stung them for 10 runs before an out was made in a 13-3 smackdown yesterday afternoon.

Drew Ward (pictured) doubled and scored the third Glendale run in the 8th. He finished the game at 1-for-4 with a strikeout and an assist on defense.

Andrew Stevenson lost his hit streak but extended his on-base streak to ten games with a walk as he went 0-for-4. He also stole two bases.

Jake Johansen came on in the 1st with the bases loaded and nobody out and let in all three runs and two of his own before getting three outs. He pitched a scoreless 2nd to finish with a line of two runs allowed on four hits and a walk and strikeout over two innings.

Glendale visits Salt River this afternoon with Austin Voth slated to make the start. The Desert Dogs remain 1½ games behind the Javelinas in the AFL West, but their elimination number was lowered to six.

AFL Update: Nov. 8, 2016

andrew-stevenson-11-8-16Glendale and Andrew Stevenson both remain red hot as the former won its fifth straight while latter got five hits in a 15-3 romp over Peoria.

Stevenson singled four times and homered once while driving in two. He scored three times while going 5-for-6 from the leadoff spot, which extended his hit streak to nine games. He did get caught stealing for the second time.

Osvaldo Abreu batted ninth and played shortstop. He struck out three times, but reached base twice with a walk and a single.

Nick Lee also appeared in the game, working around his ninth walk of the fall while striking out nos. nine and ten in a scoreless 6th inning.

The win improves the Desert Dogs to 11-12 and tightens the AFL West race to 1½ games between first and third place. Glendale visits Scottsdale this afternoon with a chance to get back to .500 for the first time since the Desert Dogs were 2-2 after four games.

AFL Update: Nov. 6, 2016

ryan-brinley-11-6-16The AFL West put up four-spots in back-to-back innings as they cruised to a 12-4 win the 2016 Fall Stars Game.

Both Nationals representatives appeared in the game. Drew Ward started at 3B for the AFL West and batted cleanup while Ryan Brinley (pictured) appeared in the 9th.

Ward got the scoring with an RBI single in the 3rd and went 1-for-5 with a run scored for the game. He had one putout and one assist on defense.

Brinley gave up a home run to the first batter he faced, then walked the second batter before he was lifted for another reliever. He threw nine pitches, but just three were strikes.

The AFL resumes play tomorrow with the Desert Dogs rematching against the Javelinas. Glendale is on a four-game win streak while Peoria has dropped its last two. Two and a half games now separate the two teams as they enter the last full week of play.

AFL/Offseason Update: Nov. 5, 2016

andrew-stevenson-11-05-16The Desert Dogs got three in the 1st and cruised to a 5-1 victory over the Javelinas for their fourth straight win.

Spider-man Andrew Stevenson was the sole National to play yesterday. The 22-y.o. led off for Glendale and reached base four times with two singles and two walks, which pushed his fall line to .327/.368/.500 in 13 games. In the field, he made three putouts (all in the 6th inning).

Tonight is the Fall Star game, for which Drew Ward and Ryan Brinley have been named to the West Division roster. It will be broadcast on the MLB Network at 8 p.m. Warning: Tom Verducci, a.k.a. proof that writing and broadcasting are two very different skills, may be on the telecast.

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Minor-League Free Agency will coincide with Election Day (or the apocalypse, depending on your political leaning or choice of cable news provider) on Tuesday, but the latest dispatch from Baseball America has some re-signs and a release:
• Re-signed – RHP Whit Mayberry, C Nick Rickles
• Released – OF Brian Pruitt

I’d love to know exactly why the Nationals chose to keep Pruitt, a 2008 34th Rd. Pick who hit .172/.293/.234 in parts of two seasons with the Vermont Lake Monsters, on the Reserve List for more than six years. Maybe it’s an early 30th birthday present? Sadly, it may be as simple as: Because they could.


In the short term, this is mostly meaningless – the franchise has a PDC with Washington through 2018 and a lease on Municipal Stadium for the same period of time. In other words, the franchise is at its maximum possible value and this is a trial balloon to guage interest.

As longtime readers know, buying the team is only part of the equation, and relatively easy. Getting a stadium is the other part, and much, much, much harder. Something to keep an eye on, of course.


Were it not for tradition, I might start with the Chiefs to cleanse the palate. In seven seasons of this site’s existence, they’ve had two (2) winning seasons. In four of the other five, they were within shouting distance of .500. In 2016, they were just plain awful.

How bad? They had the worst record in the I.L. (61-82) and the second-worst in AAA (Omaha was 58-82). Statistically, they had league-average pitching (3.96 R/G) and somehow weren’t the worst-hitting team (3.55 R/G, Buffalo was 3.47) or the worst-fielding team (12th of 14 by FA; though dead-last in CS% at 22 percent). Even more surprising, Syracuse had a winning home record (37-34).

Somehow, there’s a list of four players to highlight that can be extracted from this morass, five if you’re disregarding stats, six if you’re feeling generous (and looking the other way on age):

1. Koda Glover, RHRP — 1-1, 2SV; 2.25/2.92/0.79
2. Pedro Severino, C — .995FA, .226 GPA
3. Brian Goodwin, OF — .267 GPA, .438 SLG%, 14HR, 15SB in 119G
4. Austin Voth, RHSP — 7-9, 3.15/3.53/1.24 in 157IP
5. A.J. Cole, RHSP — 8-8, 4.26/3.96/1.33 in 22GS
6. Matt Skole, 1B/3B — .261 GPA, 24HR, 66BB in 140G

Folks interested in seeing the full stats can find them here.

AFL Update: Nov. 4, 2016

osvaldo-abreu-11-4-16It’s now a winning streak as Glendale took its third straight, 2-1 over Scottsdale, yesterday afternoon.

Austin Voth turned in a more Voth-like outing — 5IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 2K — to win for the frst time in five fall starts. He threw 65 pitches, 37 for strikes.

All three Nats position players got the start in their usual defensive positions.

Andrew Stevenson led off and went 1-for-3 with a walk and had one putout in center.

Drew Ward batted second and was hitless for the first time this fall. He combined with Voth on a 1-5 DP in the 3rd and started a 5-4-3 DP in the 6th.

Osvaldo Abreu singled twice and scored a run while batting from the No. 7 slot in the lineup. He also took park in double play (there were four total) taking a relay from left field to gun down a runner at the plate.

Jake Johansen also appeared in the game, retiring the only batter he faced to get the last out in the 7th.

The last-place Desert Dogs finish the shortened week with a trip to Peoria this afternoon to visit the first-place Javelinas.

AFL Update: Nov. 3, 2016

drew-ward-afl-11-3-16The Desert Dogs put up five in the 5th to dig out of an early 1-0 hole then held off the Solar Sox for a 7-4 victory, their second in a row. Sources tell us that if they win today, it will be known as a winning streak.

Drew Ward was the sole National to play in the game. He extended his hit streak to 13 with an opposite-field double in the 7th and was 1-for-5 with two runs scored at the plate.

In the field, Ward fielded two popups and two ground balls while playing third base.

Glendale returns home this afternoon to host Scottsdale, with Austin Voth scheduled to start.

AFL Update: Nov. 2, 2016

Glendale rallied from an early 5-0 deficit with three in the 3rd, three in the 6th, and a pair in the 9th for an 8-7 walkoff win over Scottsdale.

Andrew Stevenson and Osvaldo Abreu were both in the starting lineup while Fall Star (ugh) Ryan Brinley and Nick Lee made appearances in relief.

Stevenson played RF, where he made on putout, and went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored. He also stole his fifth base for the Desert Dogs.

Abreu played shortstop and struck three times while going 0-for-4. He committed his third error of the fall and made six assists.

Lee let in the baserunner that got on courtesy of Abreu’s miscue in the 6th and got just one out in the 7th before giving way to Brinley with the bases loaded. Brinley rolled a double play to get out of the 7th but was touched for a run in the 8th on a walk and two hits.

The AFL West cellar-dweller Desert Dogs visit the AFL East-leading Solar Sox this afternoon. Austin Voth is scheduled to pitch tomorrow.

AFL Update: Nov. 1, 2016

drew-ward-afl-11-1-16The Desert Dogs outhit the Saguaros 9-6, but couldn’t push any of their baserunners across in a 2-0 loss.

Drew Ward (pictured) and Andrew Stevenson were the only two Nationals to appear in the game.

Ward, who batted fifth and played 3B, was 1-for-4 with a strikeout and grounded into a double play. In the field, he had one assist.

Stevenson led off, played CF, and singled once in five trips to the plate. He fielded six balls and made one putout.

Glendale, which saw its tragic number reduced to nine with loss no. 12 in 18 games, returns home to host Scottsdale.

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Rosters for the Fall Stars game were announced yesterday for this Saturday’s showcase event. Drew Ward and Ryan Brinley were both named to the West Division team. Tim Tebow, despite his .147/.194/.176 line in 10 games, somehow did not make the East Division team. The game will be televised on the MLB Network at 8 p.m. (Oh, THAT’S why…)

AFL Update: Oct. 30, 2016

andrew-stevenson-10-30-16Powered by Andrew Stevenson’s three hits and three RBI, Glendale doubled up Salt River, 6-3 for its sixth win of the season.

Stevenson, who batted second and played CF, doubled twice and singled once while scoring a run in four trips to the plate. He also stole his fourth base (pictured) and made one putout.

Drew Ward and Osvaldo Abreu were also in the starting lineup for the Desert Dogs.

Ward played 1B and extended his hit streak to 11 games with a leadoff single in the 6th. Defensively, he committed an error but made 10 putouts.

Abreu was hitless from the No. 7 slot and handled all four defensive chances in the field (three assists, one putout).

Jake Johansen set the side down in order in the 6th for a hold and his fourth straight scoreless outing.

It’s a shorter week this week with the Fall Stars game on Saturday. Rosters will likely be announced tomorrow.