The Salt River Rafters defeated the Surprise Saguaros to win the Arizona Fall League championship over the weekend, thanks in no small part to Arizona Diamondbacks minor league prospects Adam Eaton, David Nick and Charles Brewer.
Former UCLA Bruin and starting RHP Brewer threw four innings to pick up the win for Salt River, striking out four while allowing two runs on three hits. Brewer missed most of the 2011 minor league season with several injuries so the AFL has been somewhat of a rehabilitation assignment for him.
When Brewer was relieved prior to the fifth inning, D'Backs prospect Bryan Woodall came in to pitch. Woodall shut down all six men he faced, one by way of the strikeout.
As if manager Stu Cole was a Diamondbacks fan himself, Woodall was lifted for Keith Munson, another Arizona prospect. Munson worked 0.2 innings, retiring both of his batters.
On offense, right fielder Eaton led off for the Rafters, hitting 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored.
Second baseman David Nick of Arizona's high-A Visalia Rawhide was certainly the championship game's MVP after a 2-for-5 performance in which he drove in three RBI with a single and a triple. Nick also scored the second run of the game.
Diamondbacks' Performances in the Arizona Fall League
Eaton saw success during his 30-game Arizona Fall League performance, hitting .344 overall with 16 RBI over 122 AB. His 31 runs scored were best in the AFL, earning him a spot on the AFL All-Prospect team.
Nick averaged .298 with nine RBI and 13 runs scored, putting up most of his numbers toward the end of the short AFL season.
Lefty Ryan Wheeler hit .292 with 14 RBI over 28 games. He recorded 40 total bases thanks in part to nine doubles.
On the pitching side, Brewer recorded a 2-1 record over his eight games pitched, inducing 22 strikeouts in 28.0 IP. His opposing batting average was .333. Coming back from his injury, Brewer rebounded in his last three games, hurling a 2.00 ERA.
Munson fared better in his role as a reliever, pitching 13.2 innings with a sizzling 1.28 ERA and .176 opposing batting average. On November 1, he was named an AFL rising star by MLB for his efforts.
Pitcher Eric Smith earned Salt River two wins with a 5.12 ERA in 13 games pitched.
Woodall recorded an ERA of 4.11 with 15 strikeouts over his 15.1 innings of work.
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