Hitter of the day

Gleyber Torres, SS, New York Yankees (Scottsdale Scorpions) 3-4, 2B, 3B, BB. Torres is a nifty player with contact skills, plus arm strength and a defensive profile that works at third or at second base. Torres has a more linear swing that’s geared for gap power, so while he won’t hit for empty average at maturity expect the power to come mostly on doubles rather than over the fence power.

Pitcher of the day

Spencer Turnbull, RHP, Detroit Tigers (Salt River Rafters) 4 IP, 3 H, 1 RA, 1 BB, 5 SO. Turnbull works with a low-to-mid-90s sinker and a workable slider. He doesn’t show a lot of feel for a curve nor a change and his mechanics get out of whack creating some command issues.

Best of the Rest

Willie Calhoun, 2B, Los Angeles Dodgers (Glendale Desert Dogs) 2-5. Calhoun is a compact little tank of a player who generates plus raw in spite of his 5’8 frame. Fun little player.

Taylor Ward, C, Los Angeles Angels (Scottsdale Scorpions) 2-5, 2B. Ward has arm strength for days and shows off excellent defensive skills so if he can hit at all he’ll earn a starting spot.

Victor Alcántara, RHP, Detroit Tigers (Scottsdale Scorpions) 1 IP, 0 H, 0 RA, 0 BB, 1 SO. He was traded to Detroit but he’s still pitching in an Angels’ uniform in the Arizona Fall League. His fastball hits the mid-to-upper 90s and his slider can miss bats at the highest level.

Marcos Molina, RHP, New York Mets (Scottsdale Scorpions) 3 IP, 2 H, 0 RA, 0 BB, 2 SO. Another solid outing from a pitcher still working to come back from TJS.

Ryan McMahon, 3B, Colorado Rockies (Salt River Rafters) 2-4, 2B. Smooth swing with effortless power, McMahon has the juice to hit balls over the fence. Where he fits on the diamond will do a lot to determine what his future value is.

Luiz Gohara, LHP, Seattle Mariners (Peoria Javelinas) 1 IP, 0 H, 0 RA, 0 BB, 1 SO. Gohara is running it up in the upper 90s these days. His mechanics get stiff which throws off his command.

Adam Ravanelle, RHP, Detroit Tigers (Salt River Rafters) 1 IP, 2 H, 2 RA, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO. Ravanelle profiles as a late inning reliever with velocity in the mid-90s and an effective slider.

Ian Happ, 2B/OF, Chicago Cubs (Mesa Solar Sox) 2-3, HR, BB. Solid bat, questionable defense, Happ remains a divisive player.

Fight another day

Josh Staumont, RHP, Kansas City Royals (Surprise Saguaros) 1.2 IP, 5 H, 8 RA, 7 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO. He’s better than this, rough night for a future potential closer.

Brett Phillips, OF, Milwaukee Brewers (Salt River Rafters) 1-5, 4 SO. Phillips has looked stiff recently and in my limited viewing I noted he was pulling off against velocity on the outer half, cutting down his extension.

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