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October 11, 2013

Minor League Update

AFL Recap for Games of October 10

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Day: Yorman Rodriguez, RF, Reds (Glendale Desert Dogs): 2-5, 2 R, 2B, HR. It feels like Rodriguez has been around forever, mainly because he has, but he’s still just 20 and quite raw. He’s used to facing older competition, so the AFL shouldn’t faze him too much. His power potential finally began to translate into power production for the first time in 2013, and he’s off to a good start in carrying that over to the AFL this fall.

Pitcher of the Day: Matt Purke, SP, Nationals (Mesa Solar Sox): 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 2 K. Any time you can make it though an AFL start without allowing an earned run, it’s a moral victory. Of course, for Purke, any time he’s healthy enough to take the field given his injury history, it’s a victory as well. Purke’s stuff has diminished since his dominant early college days, but he’s showing the ability to get by with a lesser arsenal.

Seeing it Well

  • Delino DeShields, Jr., CF, Astros (Peoria Javelinas): 2-3, BB, 2 R, 2B (2). DeShields’ game is all about speed, and the more he remembers that, the better off he’ll be. He did just that on Thursday, reaching

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