Matt Rizzotti continues to swing a very hot bat, going a combined 5-10 in games Monday and Tuesday, with 2 doubles and 4 RBI’s. In 39 Fall League AB’s, Rizzotti is at .410/.531/.462 with 0 HR and 7 RBI. He has walked 10 times and struck out only 4 times.
Tim Kennelly has been opening eyes in his limited action going 2-3 with 2 runs and a double in the 15-1 Mesa win Monday. Kennelly was behind the plate with 5 hurlers from the Phils organization on the hill. Kennelly is now at .429/.500/.619 in his 21 AB’s, with 0HR and 2 RBI’s.
Jacob Diekman made his AFL debut on Wednesday and probably wished he never got out of bed, as he did not record an out while facing 6 hitters, all of whom got base hits. He allowed 6 runs, 5 earned.
Josh Zeid started on Monday and was very impressive in earning his 3rd win, going 4 shutout innings, allowing just 2 hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out 3, throwing 61 pitches, 37 for strikes. Zeid is now 3-0 in his 4 starts, having thrown 14 innings. He has allowed 11 hits, 1 walk and struck out 12. Zeid’s WHIP stands at 0.85 and the opposition is hitting just .204 against him. Zeid, named a member of the AFL’s Rising Starts team seems to be solidifying a spot in the Reading rotation for himself.
Tyson Brummett threw a scoreless inning and did not allow a hit Monday, striking out a batter and throwing 11 pitches, 7 for strikes.
BJ Rosenberg threw an impressive scoreless inning without allowing a hit Monday. Most impressively after struggling with his control for much of the Fall season, he threw 12 pitches, 10 for strikes. Still very poor AFL stats, but this was a step in the right direction.
Justin DeFratus, named to the AFL Rising Stars team, continued dominating the AFL with another scoreless inning on Monday. He did not allow a baserunner and struck out two. Yet to allow a run in his 5 appearances, DeFratus has struck out 10 in 5 innings of work.
Chris Kissock added a scoreless inning on Monday, while giving up two hits. He too, has not allowed an earned run in 6 appearances, and has allowed just 4 baserunners in 6 innings.
Notes: John Mayberry has returned to CLearwater to rehab a calf injury suffered during opening day of the AFL season.
–Harold Garcia has been struggling in the beginning of the Venezuelan Winter League season, hitting .143 with 7 strikeouts in 21 AB’s.