Nearly halfway through the season, the Arizona Fall League has been highlighted by strong performances from a wide array of prospects. Surprisingly, few of them are the familiar top prospects you’ve read about here at Prospect Pipeline during the regular season.
At the same time, the emergence of largely unheralded players is one of many great aspects of the AFL.
So, as part of my weekly coverage of the league, I’ve compiled a list of league’s top offensive performers with an emphasis
*Note: I’ll be heading flying out to Arizona this weekend—if my power comes back on, that is—to scout the AFL’s Rising Stars Game. So be sure to check back over the course of next week for scouting reports, game notes and video.
Josh Prince, IF/OF, Milwaukee Brewers: .414/.485/.586, 15 R, 24 H, 7 XBH, 6 SB, 9/8 K/BB (16 G)
Has scored a run in nine of last 10 games; picked up his first Arizona Fall League home run on Tuesday.
Brian Goodwin, OF, Washington Nationals: .313/.400/.667, 9 XBH (3 HR), 15/7 K/BB (12 G)
2011 draft pick posted an .852 OPS and reached Double-A in professional debut; has five extra-base hits in last five games.
Kent Matthes, OF, Colorado Rockies: .333/.404/.647, 8 XBH (4 HR), 13 RBI, 5/6 K/BB (13 G)
Coming off a disappointing 2012 season at Double-A (.705 OPS), Matthes has been absolutely crushing the ball over last three games: 7-for-12, 7 R, 9 RBI, including a home run in each contest.
Jeudy Valdez, 2B, San Diego Padres: .333/.390/.639, 8 XBH (6 2B), 6/4 K/BB (10 G)
One of the league’s hottest hitters, the 23-year-old has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games, with eight of 12 hits going for extra-bases.
Kyle Jensen, OF, Miami Marlins: .351/.403/.544, 7 XBH (5 2B), 12 RBI, 15/4 K/BB (14 G)
Jensen has recorded multiple hits in six of last 10 games; in those six games: 16-for-25 with six extra-base hits and 10 RBI; strikeout rate is still concerning after fanning 162 times in 132 Double-A games this past season.
Rafael Ynoa, 2B, Los Angeles Dodgers: .364/.393/.600, 7 XBH, 12 RBI, 6 SB, 9/4 K/BB (15 G)
Twenty-five-year-old switch hitter has 13 hits, 10 RBI and four stolen bases in last 10 games.
Jonathan Schoop, 3B, Baltimore Orioles: .316/.469/.553, 5 XBH, 9/9 K/BB (13 G)
After posting a .710 OPS as a 20-year-old in Double-A last season, Schoop is showcasing rapidly improving plate discipline this fall.
Jonathan Singleton, 1B, Houston Astros: .246/.364/.477, 3 XBH, 17/12 K/BB (17 G)
Only batting .211 over last 10 games, but left-handed hitter is leading all AFL hitters with 12 walks.
Carlos Sanchez, 3B, Chicago White Sox: .286/.397/.367, 3 XBH, 11 RBI, 8 SB, 11/8 K/BB (13 G)
The AFL’s stolen base leader is beginning to heat up, as he’s 6-for-16 with two extra base hits, seven RBI, three stolen bases and 0/5 K/BB over last four games.
Slade Heathcott, OF, New York Yankees: .275/.408/.400, 3 XBH, 8 RBI, 12/9 K/BB (11 G)
Turned in arguably the top AFL offensive performance thus far on Monday: 4-for-5, 2 R, 2B, 2 3B, 5 RBI.
Matthew Skole, 1B, Washington Nationals: .342/.468/.579, 5 XBH, 7 RBI, 15/7 K/BB (11 G)
Still having a nice fall campaign, but the left-handed hitter’s production has normalized over last six games: 2-for-16, 9/3 K/BB.
Javier Baez, SS, Chicago Cubs: .211/.250/.456, 6 XBH (4 HR), 16 RBI, 3 SB, 14/2 K/BB (14 G)
Cubs’ top prospect hasn’t swung the bat particularly well this fall with 12 hits and 14/2 K/BB in 14 games, but still leads the league with 16 RBI; currently battling a wrist injury.