23-year-old Nick Ahmed is one of the seven D-Backs prospects playing in the AFL. Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
If you are fan of Arizona Diamondbacks baseball, there are some games in October that should interest you. It has nothing to do with rooting against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The D-Backs sent seven of their prospects to the Arizona Fall League to play for the Salt River Rafters. After Monday’s game, the Rafters are 2-3 with all seven Arizona Minor Leaguers seeing game action over the first week. Here is a look at how each is doing at the moment.
Nick Ahmed – The shortstop has struggled a little bit so far with only one hit in ten at-bats with one error in the field. However, he does have three walks and has scored three runs so he has made the most of his appearances on base.
Jake Barrett – The right-handed reliever’s hot Summer hasn’t stopped yet in the Fall. Barrett has pitched in one inning allowing one hit and all his outs were recorded via strikeout. Which ERA will be lower, his 1.21 at Double A Mobile or his AFL one?
Andrew Chafin – It has been a tale of two games. In the first one, the lefty pitched one inning and allowed two runs on two hits and one walk. Game two was a better outing for Chafin: no runs, no hits, two walks and a strikeout in an inning and a third.
Mike Freeman – Like Ahmed, second baseman Freeman has gotten off to a shaky beginning with one hit in six at-bats. He has walked twice and scored one run over two games.
Jake Lamb – Of all the D-Backs in the AFL, Lamb has seen the most action. The third baseman has played in four games and is hitting only .214 but has a .421 on-base average (3 hits and 5 walks in 14 at-bats). He was also the organization’s representative in the Bowman Hitting Challenge which took place on Saturday.
Bo Schultz – The righty started the opening game of the AFL season with mixed results. He threw 3 1/3 innings and struck out six. However, Schultz allowed two runs on three hits with three walks, leaving his ERA at 5.40.
Matt Stites – In two games, the righty reliever has had a rough go of it. Stites was tagged with the loss in the opening game loss when he surrendered three runs on four hits in a third of an inning. He also pitched an inning on Friday one run, one hit and one walk with a strikeout.
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