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Hitter of the Day: Mitch Haniger, CF, Brewers (Surprise Saguaros): 4-4, R, 2B. Haniger has come out of the gates like a missile in the AFL and is now hitting .563 through four games. He profiles as a bit of a tweener in the outfield, splitting time between center and right field. He doesn’t have enough power to play the corner regularly, and may not be able to handle center field defensively.

Pitcher of the Day: Andrew Heaney, SP, Marlins (Glendale Desert Dogs): 3 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K. Heaney did very Andrew Heaney things on Friday, barely breaking a sweat while dominating in the desert twilight. Heaney was barely fazed by either the Florida State League or the Southern League, so there was little reason to believe that the Arizona Fall League would be any different. Basically, he can shove no matter who he faces, and his refined approach should land him in Miami at some point next season. Frankly, given the Marlins rudderless approach to prospect promotion, it wouldn’t be shocking to see him in the Opening Day rotation, despite just six Double-A starts under his belt.

Seeing it Well

  • Jonathan Meyer, DH, Astros (Peoria Javelnias): 1-3, R, HR, BB. Meyer has some power, but he’s a much better hitter against lefties, so any production against right-handed pitching is a plus, even if it against a soft-tosser like Sam Gaviglio (see below).
  • Eddie Rosario, 2B, Twins (Glendale Desert Dogs): 2-5, SB, 2 K. Rosario has a solid bat that would be a great fit at second base, where it would be an above-average asset. Unfortunately, he can’t play second base, at least not well. Despite the Twins optimism, Rosario is destined for the outfield. He can hit, however, and even though the value of his bat is diminished by having to put it in the outfield, there’s no reason he can’t be a valuable piece.

Finding the Zone

  • Jonas Dufek, RP, Astros (Peoria Javelinas): 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K. It’s tough to be a prospect when you’re already 25 and have just a half-season of Double-A under your belt, but Dufek’s strikeout rate continued to trend in the right direction, which is a good sign. Striking out the side against the best competition you’ve faced is also a good way to make a name for yourself.
  • Ken Giles, RP, Phillies (Peoria Javelinas): 1 IP, 0 H, O R, 0 BB, 3 K. Giles is an absolute strikeout machine who has battled control issues. This is what happens when those types of guys don’t walk anybody.

Bad Days at the Plate

  • Byron Buxton, CF, Twins (Glendale Desert Dogs): 1-5, R, 4 K. It feels like sacrilege to mention Buxton’s name in any kind of negative context, but there’s almost no way to sugar coat four strike outs in one game. Of course, even when Buxton struggles, he still gets a hit and scores a run. The consolation prize: Mike Trout struggled in his one stint in the AFL, and he turned out okay, so don’t put too much stock numbers at the end of a long season.
  • Kyle Kubitza, 3B, Braves (Scottsdale Scorpions): 0-4, 3 K. Kubitza has a patient approach at the plate. Sometimes that leads to strikeouts in bunches. In his defense, his Scorpions teammates struck out 17 times as a group, so maybe there was something in the water.

Forgettable Outings

  • Sam Gaviglio, SP, Cardinals (Salt River Rafters): 4 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 3 K. Gaviglio doesn’t miss many bats, which can make pitching in the hitter-friendly AFL a daunting task. He’s a control-artist with limited stuff but a good idea of how to use it, but that many balls in play comes back to bite you from time to time.
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MaineSkin
10/13
I asked Mort if there was going to be a MiL Report for the AFL. Great Jeff! I have contacted the service department multiple times, but cannot seem to hav this issue resolved. I signed up for email updates of any player on my "Team Tracker", but they are not coming anymore. They used to come every morning, but stopped, then came back but in a horrible format and now have stopped completely. Any help?
MaineSkin
10/13
Ok, now a fantasy question. I'm im a 15 team 50 player dynasty league with 20 MiL spots. Since I'm in the middle of re-tooling, I was able to obtain Mr. Buxton, but now I have an offer that will land me Puig, Bryant (his #1 overall, could have Gray/Frazier/Abreu/Tanaka etc...) and a closer for Buxton and my 2 1st round picks. I think it's a great deal for me, but I'm hesitating. What do you guys think?
moore315512
10/13
Given the uncertainty of prospects, I wouldn't trade Buxton for anybody. Stick with Buxton and draft well with your two 1st's..
seabass77
10/13
I think getting Puig makes this even and then add in Bryant plus another pick in return. Bryant is a solid get because anyone who could potentially hit 30 homers is rare-look at how many mlb guys hit 30 this year-not many.
Scott44
10/14
Where do you pick? If you are also giving 2 1st rounders back in this deal, it might not be worth it, imo.