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Off days in both Venezuela and the Dominican, so a quickie . . . 

  • Nolan Arenado, 3B, Rockies (AFL: Rafters): 3-for-5, HR (1), R, 3 RBIs. 15 RBIs in nine games (yes, I know it's not an important stat, but sometimes numbers can just be cool, no?).
  • Matt Dominguez, 3B, Marlins (AFL: Saguaros): 3-for-4, 2B, HR (2), R, 6 RBIs. Hoping to build some momentum to competing for big league job next year; but that was the case last year at this time, no?
  • Sean Gilmartin, LHP, Braves (AFL: Saguaros): 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K. Best start of three for 2011 first-round pick; offers more assurances than upside.
  • Grant Green, OF, Athletics (AFL: Desert Dogs): 3-for-5, 3B, 2 R. Hitting well, but this experience is all about his development in the outfield.
  • Robbie Grossman, OF, Pirates (AFL: Solar Sox): 2-for-4, HR (4), 2 R, RBI, BB, 2 K, CS. Trying to prove he has to tools for a corner, and doing a good job of it so far.
  • Adeiny Hechavarria, SS, Blue Jays (AFL: Desert Dogs): 4-for-4, 3 3B, R, 4 RBI. Was 2-for-24 heading into the game; best case scenario is still every day plus defender who hits eighth.
  • Dixon Machado, SS, Tigers (AFL: Rafters): 2-for-3, 3B, 2 R, BB. 19-year-old Venezuelan is among youngest players in the league. Plus defender with questionable bat.
  • Joe Mahoney, 1B, Orioles (AFL: Solar Sox): 3-for-5, 2 2B, HR (1), 2 R, 3 RBI, K. Beast (6-6, 240) of a human who needs to prove he can stay healthy and hit for power; 12 total bases in two games.
  • Jefry Marte, 3B/1B, Mets (AFL: Javelinas): 2-for-3, HR (2), 2 R, 3 RBI. 20-year-old is a bit of a bat in search of a position; home runs in back-to-back games.
  • Jean Segura, SS, Angels (AFL: Scorpions): 2-for-4, 2B, R, 3 RBI, CS. Trying to make up for lost 2011 regular season, like Green this is more about his defensive than offensive development.
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myshkin
10/18
How are the reports of Green's OF defense in Arizona?
harderj
10/18
Yes, this was news to me, so I'm curious as well. Also as to why the A's made this change. Cliff Pennington's the answer? There's someone else? He could move to second but Jemile Weeks is there? Thought Green was a potential decent-power middle infielder...
SGreenwell
10/18
I think the issue is defense. He had 37 errors in 2010, and 24 this year. That's not that great, even with the caveat that errors aren't everything. Pretty much every report I've read on his defense has been iffy, kind of like Montero in New York and Lavarnway for Boston.
kgoldstein
10/18
Yeah, he certainly wasn't going to be a big league shortstop, so this hopefully keeps him up the middle. Reports have been good so far, but this is not news, he started playing there the second half of the regular season. Progress is solid.
grandslam28
10/18
Nolan Arenado Baby!!!!!!!!! He is going to be great. Is he top 25 prospect going into the season next year?
cdgarosi
10/18
Kevin, Who has more to prove coming off injury - Segura or Wil Myers?
grandslam28
10/18
Can someone explain to me why Wil Myers was a top prospect? He is a guy who wasn't going to end up as a catcher in the majors and he didn't seem to have a fantastic bat. Certainly not much power.
mrenick
10/18
I think he was moved from catcher because it looked like his bat was way ahead of his catching. I don't think it was ever a Montero type "he can't catch" but more of a an issue regarding the timeframe for his path to the big leagues. I know he has something to prove in 2012 but everything I read says 2011 was greatly impacted by injuries/illness
cdgarosi
10/18
Here's KG's take on Wil Myers prior to this season -http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=12470
drewsylvania
10/18
Yay more Future Shock.