AFL Update: Oct. 12, 2017

Scottsdale built a 4-1 lead midway through yesterday’s tilt against Mesa but a four-spot in the 6th and a grand slam by former National farmhand Sheldon Neuse in the 7th powered the Solar Sox to a 9-8 win.

Kyle McGowin got the start, but was knocked around for three runs (two earned) on six hits over four innings. He walked none and struck out six.

Austen Williams was the first man out of the Mesa ‘pen, but wasn’t much more effective as he allowed one run on two hits and a walk over two innings. He was the pitcher of record when the Solar Sox rallied and got credit for the win.

Jimmy Cordero also made his first appearance, working around two hits in a scoreless 8th inning while striking out one.

Daniel Johnson (pictured above; he was safe) got the start in centerfield and went 2-for-4 with a triple and scored twice. Defensively, he made one putout.

Taylor Gushue was behind the dish and threw out two of four runners trying to steal, though he committed an error and racked up 10 putouts. To the left of the plate, he went 1-for-4.

Mesa plays Peoria over the next two afternoons with a home game today and in Peoria tomorrow.

Good, Bad, Interesting – Vol. 1

It’s back! Your semi-monthly look at who’s hot, who’s not, and who’s (or what’s) surprising in the Nationals minors.

For anyone not familiar… This is something that was stolen from that’s named after comedian Demetri Martin’s segment of the same name from his TV show from about eight years ago (i.e. around the time this site was born).

Invariably, it seems that whenever a player makes this list—good or bad—his fortune turns. Of course, that’s merely coincidence, but as much as we (OK, some more than others) embrace analytics and statistics, superstition will always have a place in baseball narrative. Therefore, this effect is known as “the curse of the GBI.”

Now, for the usual disclaimers… it’s early, sample sizes are small, stats in the minors aren’t as meaningful as we think, void where prohibited, do not taunt Happy Fun Ball, etc.

And the usual reminders: The guys, their families, their significant (and perhaps insignificant) others, and their agents reading this, too. So keep it clean in the comments. This is just for fun.

8-11, 6th place International League North, 4½ games behind

Good Bat: Rafael Bautista .291/.325/.354, 14R in 19G
Arm: Austin Adams 2-1, 0.82/2.34/1.00 in 11IP (7G)
Bad Bat: Grant Green .390 OPS, 3E in 7G
Arm: Taylor Hill 1-2, 8.14/7.25/1.81, 7HR, 11K in 21IP (4GS)
Interesting (Since 2014) Home: 122-101, .547 W%
Away: 95-132, .419 (H/T Syracuse PR)

10-9, T2nd place Eastern League Western Division, ½ game behind

Good Bat: Andrew Stevenson .361/.439/.458, 14R, 11RBI, in 18G
Arm: Erick Fedde 1.80/3.48/0.96 in 4GS (25IP)
Bad Bat: Stephen Perez .380OPS, 16K in 14G
Arm: Jimmy Cordero 0-1, 21.94/11.74/4.50 in 6G (5⅓ IP)
Interesting Bat: Raudy Read .345/.377/.569 in 15G
Arm: Jaron Long 2-2, 1.57/2.59/1.13 in 4GS (23IP)

11-9, 2nd place Carolina League Northern Division, 1½ games behind

Good Bat: Edwin Lora .364/.442/.530in 19G
Arm: Matt Crownover 3-0, 0.68/2.99/1.13 in 4G (13⅓ IP)
Bad Bat: Telmito Agustin .461 OPS in 17G
Arm: Joan Baez 0-3, 8.27ERA, 21BB in 16⅓ IP (4GS)
Interesting Bat: Taylor Gushue .302/.371/.642, 5HR in 15G
Arm: Jefry Rodriguez 4.30 ERA, 2.69 FIP in 4GS (23IP)

13-9, 1st place South Atlantic League Northern Division, 1½ games ahead

Good Bat: Juan Soto .359/.432/.526, 13RBI in 21G
Arm: McKenzie Mills 3-1, 2.18/2.31/0.77 in 4GS (20⅔ IP)
Bad Bat: Anderson Franco .456OPS, 18K in 19G
Arm: Mick VanVossen 2-1, 6.35/4.65/1.59 in 11⅓ IP (5G)
Interesting Bat: Daniel Johnson .296/.351/.606, 6HR in 20G
Arm: Sterling Sharp 0-1, 3.50/3.36/0.89 in 18IP (4G, 3GS)