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October 18, 2013

Minor League Update

AFL Recap for Games of October 17

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Day: Peter O’Brien, C, Yankees (Scottsdale Scorpions): 2-5, 2 R, 2 HR. Two days ago, O”Brien appeared on the bad part of this list, and I speculated that perhaps the difficulty of seeing time at third base was affecting him at the plate. He was back behind the plate on Thursday and hit two home runs, which proves exactly nothing other than what we already knew about him—that he has above-average power for a catcher.

Pitcher of the Day: Matt Purke, LHP, Nationals (Mesa Solar Sox): 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K. Purke battled injury, had an inconsistent season and struggled after a promotion to High-A ball, but he appears to be coming on strong in the AFL. After striking out just six batters per nine innings for Potomac, Purke is once again missing bats in the AFL. He’s now given up just an unearned run in two starts.

Seeing it Well

  • Tommy La Stella, 2B, Braves (Scottsdale Scorpions): 2-2, R, 2 2B, 3 BB. Power and plate discipline is a wonder combination in a hitter and can lead to great days at the plate like the one La Stella had on Thursday. He doesn’t have home run power, but he does a good job of making consistently hard contact and driving the gap. He’s hit at every stop in the minors and draws plenty of walks too, giving him a chance to be a nice hitter at the top of a major-league order.

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