The AFL season came to a close on Saturday with RPhils manager Dusty Wathan’s Peoria Javelinas taking down Matt Williams’ Salt River Rafters 4-3, after a controversial play that would have tied the game in the 7th.
After DBacks prospect Chris Owings hit a fly ball to right, Nats’ prospect Brian Goodwin scored from third, but was eventually ruled to have left third early on a tag-up. Replay made it seem like his foot might have still been on the bag when the ball was caught, and the appeal was done in a manner that might best be described as “confusion”. Either way, the best part of the play was clearly Cody Asche fist-pumping after Goodwin was called out, and the worst part was clearly Matt Williams getting so much screen time in a prospect showcase event.
Impressions from the game were few. Cody Asche drew one walk and seemed to be pitched around for another after a steal of 2nd ahead of him. He hit the ball hard into a line drive double play after a really solid snag by the opposing first baseman. He looked a little awkward on one chance at third, but the ball may have hit the edge of the IF grass. He almost muffed the ball and then rushed a throw he didn’t need to rush, and almost sailed it over the head of his 1B.
Zach Collier looked a little shaky in LF, getting to one ball slowly that allowed a first to third on a single, and bobbling another, which probably wouldn’t have made a difference as it seemed like he had (rightly IMO) conceded the result at the plate would be no play.
LHP Jay Johnson allowed an inherited runner to score after a scalded line drive 2B that RF Rymer Liriano might have keep in front of him and held the runner if he’d pulled up, (tough to blame Liriano, though), then made a LHB Lars Davis look pretty bad on a three pitch K.
Either way, the AFL wrapped up with one thing for certain for Phils’ prospects. Zach Collier was raking. Yeah….371/.461/.532 counts as raking. I would say he’s indisputably pushed himself ahead of Jiwan James and Leandro Castro in the hunt for a 40-man spot, (if there was a dispute to begin with after his nice year in A+).
The other impressions I have are not real solid – Kyle Simon probably should be in the bullpen. Jay Johnson has a nice LOOGY vibe going, but not nearly as much as Jake Diekman had after last year’s AFL. Tommy Joseph never got going after dealing with the flu in the middle of the season and seeing limited time anyway behind Mike Zunino, (who Jon Mayo called the #3 catching prospect in baseball after the season). If I were Cody Asche, (and Kyle Simon, for that matter), one year removed from playing in college, I’d probably be tired in October and November. Not that they necessarily were, but I would be. I’m tired after writing this post.
UNTIL THE SPRING, I BID YOU FAREWELL! Also, I will see you all in the comments during top 30, I am sure. Here’s an AFL-related surprise for you…Colby Shreve’s not making my top 30.