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November 5, 2013

Minor League Update

AFL Recap for Games of November 4

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Day: Yorman Rodriguez, RF, Reds (Glendale Desert Dogs): 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 K. This game perhaps epitomizes Rodriguez as well as any game by any prospect has this fall. The Reds have dreamt on Rodriguez’s power for years and while it has showed up in sports in the minors, it hasn’t yet developed completely the way they had hoped. Much of that has to do with his unrefined approach, which leads to swings at bad pitches and big strikeout numbers. This game had both.

Pitcher of the Day: Andrew Heaney, LHP, Marlins (Glendale Desert Dogs): 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 1 K. There weren’t many dominant pitching performances on Monday, so a good outing from a great prospect gets the honor. Heaney wasn’t his normal dominant self on Monday, but he doesn’t give up any extra base runners, so even when he doesn’t have his best swing-and-miss stuff he can still be quite effective.

Seeing it Well

  • Cory Spangenberg, 2B, Padres (Peoria Javelinas): 3-5, R, 2B, HR, K. With his second home run of the fall, Spangenberg now has as many home runs in the AFL as he did in 76 Double-A games after a mid-season promotion. A lack of power has limited his ceiling thus far and he’ll never hit for much, but any sign that he’ll be able to drive the ball is a good one.
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