It is hard to believe that this week is the final week for the Arizona Fall League. The Salt River Rafters, featuring seven prospects of the Arizona Diamondbacks, are now 15-12, one-half game behind the Mesa Solar Sox in the AFL East. The winner of the division goes on to play in the AFL Championship game which will be broadcast live on MLB Network November 16th at 3 PM EST, 1 PM MST.
Nick Ahmed: The shortstop had a busy week appearing in four games. He had three hits in 14 at-bats with one RBI. For the season, Ahmed has a line of .243/.341/.351 in 37 at-bats with one home run and five RBI’s. He has also scored seven runs and walked six times.
Nick Ahmed’s bat has enjoyed some moments during the Arizona Fall League. Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Jake Barrett: The righty notched his third save of the season with a scoreless inning on Thursday against the Scottsdale Scorpions with two strikeouts. One bad outing has skewed his overall numbers. In 6 2/3 innings covering seven games, he is 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA with six walks and seven strikeouts.
Mike Freeman: Second baseman Freeman has been one of the Rafters’ better hitters. He appeared in five games this past week (four of them starts) and had hits in three of them. In 34 at-bats, Freeman sports a line of .294/.342/.412 with four doubles, eight RBI’s and four stolen bases.
Henry Garcia: The lefty reliever appeared in two games tossing two scoreless innings. Garcia was a replacement for fellow southpaw Andrew Chafin who was shut down due to arm fatigue. Garcia has pitched in five games totaling five innings, and like Barrett, one bad outing hinders the overall line. He allowed three runs in one appearance; none in his other four.
Jake Lamb: The third baseman has been even better than Freeman. Lamb went four for fifteen last week, hiking his overall line to an impressive .325/.372/.450 with one homer and four RBI’s. He has 13 hits, nine runs scored and two doubles.
Bo Schultz: Another week, another good outing for one of the AFL’s top pitchers. Schultz threw five innings on Thursday allowing two runs on nine hits, walking no one and striking out two en route to picking up his third win. In six starts covering a league-leading 28 1/3 innings, he is 3-0 with a 2.22 ERA, giving up 28 hits, seven walks and striking out 24.
Matt Stites: He picked up his second save in Salt River’s 3-1 victory over the Peoria Javelinas on Friday. Stites hurled two scoreless innings on the week, dropping his ERA to 3.60 in ten games. In 9 1/3 innings, he has eight hits and three walks while fanning seven.