After spending last weekend scouting in Arizona, I’ve gained some insight into many of the players you’ve become familiar with in this weekly installment. Although I’d previously seen a healthy amount of the high-profile players participating in this year’s Arizona Fall League, it was especially great to cross some new names off my list.
So, having said all that, here’s a look at the hottest hitters from the Arizona Fall League.
Nick Franklin, 2B/SS, Seattle Mariners: .345/.433/.569, 8 XBH, 19 RBI, 11/9 K/BB (15 G)
Has been a run-producing machine over the last seven games, batting .379 with four extra-base hits and 13 RBI. He's recorded an RBI in six straight games, including a six-RBI game on Nov. 6.
Josh Prince, IF/OF, Milwaukee Brewers: .411/.494/.575, 9 XBH, 8 SB, 11/12 K/BB (20 G)
Speedster has five multi-hit games in last 10, including seven extra-base hits and six walks.
Rymer Liriano, OF, San Diego Padres: .333/.408/.524, 6 XBH, 11 RBI, 6 SB, 13/5 K/BB (16 G)
Was arguably the most impressive position prospect I got a look at last weekend; last four games: .500 BA, 8 R, 2 XBH, 4 RBI.
Jonathan Schoop, IF, Baltimore Orioles: .273/.459/.455, 6 XBH, 14/15 K/BB (19 G)
The 21-year-old has struggled over his last 10 games (.194 BA), but you have to love the steady plate discipline over that period (7/9 K/BB). I think he's more of a third baseman than shortstop.
Cody Asche, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies: .299/.351/.478, 10 XBH, 10 RBI, 14/5 K/BB (19 G)
Probably won’t hit for enough power to play third base in major leagues, but the left-hander has a pretty good hit tool. Last three games: 6-for-13, 4 2B, 3 RBI.
Anthony Rendon, 3B, Washington Nationals: .317/.411/.467, 8 XBH, 4 SB, 12/11 K/BB (17 G)
After a slow start this fall, Rendon’s bat has picked up as we all knew it would. Last 10 games: .382/.452/.588, 6 XBH, 7 RBI, 3 SB, 7/6 K/BB. Love his loose wrists and bat speed.
Carlos Sanchez, IF, Chicago White Sox: .323/.413/.415, 5 XBH, 10 SB, 11/9 K/BB (17 G)
Plus-hit tool and speed have made him a quick riser through the White Sox’s system. Last 10 games: .385/.467/.513, 15 H, 4 XBH, 11 RBI, 6 SB, 2/6 K/BB.
Gary Brown, OF, San Francisco Giants: .333/.383/.389, 2 XBH, 2 SB (3 CS), 12/5 K/BB (15 G)
Bat has picked up over last 10 games (.355/.412/.355), but his inability to swipe bases with consistency is disconcerting.
Jake (J.T.) Realmuto, C, Miami Marlins: .267/.389/.433, 3 XBH, 9/6 K/BB (12 G)
Has cut down on strikeouts since start of AFL and is beginning to drive the ball. On Nov. 6 he went 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBI.
David Adams, 2B, New York Yankees: .246/.352/.443, 8 XBH, 12 RBI, 11/10 K/BB (16 G)
Having an overall decent fall, but has shown some increased pop over last six games: 3 2B, 2 HR (multi-homer game), 8 RBI.