The Arizona Fall League is the premiere fall/winter league for prospects to play in. While there are other leagues around the world, the AFL is the one that draws more of the top prospects in baseball than any other league. The Cincinnati Reds sent eight players out to the greater Phoenix area this year to play in the league for the Glendale Desert Dogs under one of their own – Dayton Dragons manager Luis Bolivar. Let’s take a look at how those eight prospects have performed so far.

The Position Players

Tyler Stephenson

The catcher has been hitting since the league got started this year, but his weekend really boosted what he was doing. Stephenson started on Friday and Sunday, going 5-10 with three doubles. That pushed his line up to .414/.485/.621 with six doubles in eight games played. He’s walked three times and he’s struck out just three times. Behind the plate he’s thrown out three runners, good for a 43% caught stealing rate.

Jose Garcia

The shortstop was one of the biggest risers in the farm system this year. The Cuban infielder who turned 21 at the start of the year was among the league leaders in the Florida State League in most offensive categories, and the Reds wanted to get him a little more time. Like Stephenson, Jose Garcia has played in eight games so far. Unlike Stephenson they haven’t gone as well. The infielder is hitting .226/.294/.355 with three steals, a double, and a home run.

Jonathan India

The 2018 #5 overall draft pick, Jonathan India began the AFL season in a huge slump. Through the first six games played he was 1-29. But he got things going in the right direction on Friday and Saturday. Friday night he went 1-3 with three runs batted in. Then on Saturday night he went 3-4 with his first home run of the AFL season. Overall he’s hitting .139/.238/.250 with four walks, 12 strikeouts, a double, and a home run.

Stuart Fairchild

It’s been rather limited action for Stuart Fairchild in Arizona. He’s only played in four games thus far. The outfielder has hits in three of those games, including a double. He’s hitting .267/.267/.333 through 15 at-bats.

The Pitchers

Dauri Moreta

The right-handed reliever has had a strong showing to this point in the Arizona Fall League. The 23-year-old has pitched in six games and allowed just one run over his 7.0 innings. Moreta has given up just four hits, walked two, and he’s struck out eight hitters to go along with his 1.29 ERA.

Jordan Johnson

After missing most of the regular season, the Reds sent Jordan Johnson out to Arizona to make up for some lost time. The right-handed starter was working his way back on rehab assignments when the season ended. He’s only pitched in two games, both starts, and he’s had some struggles in each. In his first start he allowed two runs in 3.0 innings with a walk and three strikeouts. Two weeks later he made his second start and allowed three runs in 4.0 innings with five walks and six strikeouts.

Diomar Lopez

The right-handed reliever posted a 2.72 ERA for Daytona this season, showing off strong control and racking up plenty of strikeouts along the way. The Reds sent him out to Arizona to get an extended look against more advanced hitters. He had a hiccup on September 26th, allowing three runs – including a homer, in an inning of work. But he’s been good outside of that outing. His ERA sits at 4.50 in 8.0 innings with a walk and eight strikeouts.

Cory Thompson

The former shortstop has pitched well since moving to the mound in 2017. After spending much of the year in Double-A he was sent to Arizona to continue his season. Things haven’t gone well for the right-hander. He’s pitched in five games and allowed two runs in two of them and an earned run in another. His ERA currently sits at 7.94 with 10 hits allowed, three walks, and he has four strikeouts in 5.2 innings pitched.

5 Responses

  1. Doc

    It’s interesting that all throughout the regular season when pitching performances are discussed, we are inundated with all the advanced metrics to explain away the old fashioned earned run average. Lengthy articles are written analyzing every which way from Sunday guys are pitching better, or worse, than their ERA would suggest. But we come to an article about how pitchers are faring in the Arizona Fall League and what is the primary statistic given? Earned Run Average. Regarding hitters, where are all the advanced metrics? They also seem absent.

    • Doug Gray

      Advanced metrics in a sample size of less than 10 innings are entirely and completely useless. They are absent because they don’t matter right now.

  2. Hanawi

    Siri is also on the 40 man and frankly just taking up space at this point. Not sure if anyone else in baseball would take a flyer and give up anything in value for him? His inability to make consistent contact or draw walks makes it unlikely he ever becomes a starter.