Arizona Diamondbacks AFL Season Recap


Archie Bradley made six starts in the Arizona Fall League. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Fall League season is in the books with the champion Salt River Rafters completing a dominant season by defeating the Peroia Javelinas by a score of 14-7 in the Championship game. Seven members of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ organization contributed to Salt River’s title run. Here is what each of them did during the season:

Archie Bradley: Arizona’s top prospect made six starts, compiling a total of 17 2/3 innings. He allowed 28 hits and 11 walks while striking out 12. Bradley was not too concerned about the numbers, even the unsightly ERA of 7.13. According to Nick Piecoro at azcentral, he used four different pitches during league play including the debut of a slider.

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Enrique Burgos: The fireballing right-hander was perhaps the D’backs’ most impressive player. Two tough outings do not negate the eight dominant ones. His fastball came close to hitting 100, striking out 11 and walking four in 12 1/3 innings. Burgos led the Rafters in saves with four and was on the mound to record the title-clinching out.

Brandon Drury: The third baseman also played a little second during the season. Drury had 21 hits in 96 at-bats with three home runs and 11 RBI’s. He hit .219 with an on-base percentage of .312.

Kaleb Fleck: Another hard-throwing righty, Fleck pitched in eight games totaling 8 2/3 innings. He struck out 12 and walked four while placing second on the team with two saves.

Evan Marzilli: Though he started slowly, the outfielder finished strong. He was sixth on the Rafters in batting at .303 to go with an .376 on-base percentage. Marzilli had 23 hits in 76 at-bats and finished second with seven stolen bases.

Peter O’Brien: The catcher led Salt River in home runs with five. He hit .256 but developed a keen eye at the plate with an on-base percentage of .393. O’Brien also improved his strikeout ratio a bit, fanning 24 times in 86 at-bats. He also saw time at first base.

Jimmie Sherfy: The right-handed reliever sported a miniscule 0.93 ERA in nine appearances. Sherfy allowed only five hits and three walks while striking out 10 in 9 2/3 innings.