Last night the Arizona Fall League season came to an end. The Surprise Saguaros held on for a 6-5 win after giving up four runs in the top of the 9th inning. The Saguaros club was the one that featured the Cincinnati Reds prospects, and several of them played a role in their win on Saturday night, as well as helping get them to the championship game. And one of them took home an award for the season.
Only one of the Reds three position players in the league was on the field for the championship game. Outfielder Jacob Hurtubise started the game in center, then later moved to left field. Hurtubise, Cincinnati’s #24 prospect, had a breakout year in 2023 where he hit .330/.479/.483 between Double-A and Triple-A with more walks than strikeouts, has been a staple in the Surprise lineup all year. He kept doing what he’s been doing all season on Saturday night, going 1-2 with two walks.
Two Cincinnati relievers also took the mound in the game. Zach Maxwell took over in the 7th inning and he allowed a hit and a walk in a shutout inning while also picking up a strikeout. He was followed by teammate Andrew Moore in the 8th. Like Maxwell, he gave up a hit and a walk in a shutout inning of work, but Moore picked up three strikeouts in his inning.
During the game it was announced that Michael Trautwein was named as the 2023 Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award winner. Stenson, if you are unaware, was a Reds prospect who was in the Arizona Fall League in 2003 when he was murdered. The following year the award was created in his honor.
Trautwein is the second player from the Reds organization to win the award. Tyler Stephenson also won the award back in 2019. Trautwein, like Stephenson, is also a catcher. Since he was not playing in the game on the day, he was able to join the broadcast and talk about some of his work.
Final Arizona Fall League Stats
*Jayvien Sandridge was originally on the Surprise roster and he pitched well (1.42 ERA, 2 walks, 13 strikeouts in 6.1 innings) but the Reds opted to let him become a free agent instead of adding him to the 40-man roster.