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AFL Week 2 Recap

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While the Dodgers and Red Sox punched tickets to the World Series this week, the Arizona Fall League quietly hummed through its second week of action. If you missed the recap of the opening week, you can find it here. When looking at all the numbers keep the small sample size in mind. The numbers aren’t entirely significant just yet, but in episodic installments should provide a narrative to the Fall League as a whole. Give it time.

Andy Young

This Week: 4 G, 4-13, 2B, 3 RBI, 4 BB, 3 K

AFL Total: .381/.480/.714

Young followed up a solid opening week with an equally strong showing in Week 2. The second baseman is second on the Surprise Saguaros in OPS and third in the AFL. For context, the man (or rather, mythic man-child) leading both the Suguaros and the league in OPS is Vladimir Guerrero Jr. The young Blue Jay is slashing .517/.559/.690. In all, Andy Young is putting the finishing touches on his breakout season.

Tommy Edman

This Week: 2 G, 2-8, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, 2 SB

AFL Total: .333/.500/.417

Edman has shown that he’s pretty much exactly who we thought he was. He’s an undersized middle infielder, a bit stretched at short, with contact skills, speed and plate discipline. It still isn’t a package that turns many heads, but it’s one that could take the Stanford product to the majors in the next year or two. The arrow is pointing up, though not as strongly up as Young’s.

Jeremy Martinez

This Week: 3 G, 2-7, 5 BB, 0 K

AFL Total: .200/.429/.200

Martinez has, at least so far, been about as forgettable in the AFL as he has become in the Cardinals’ catching pipeline. His plate discipline has always held up but he still isn’t showing the ability to impact the ball in any meaningful way. It’s a light bat (emphasis on light) and an average glove. He’s risking falling even further into the background of the catcher conversation.

Lane Thomas

This Week: 4 G, 0-11, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 6 K

AFL Total: .091/.241/.091

Thomas wasn’t bad out of the gate in Week 1. He didn’t light the world on fire, but he didn’t crash and burn either. Week 2 though...woof. Thomas had about as forgettable a week as anyone in the greater Phoenix area. His swing and miss issues reared their ugly head and his line cratered as a result. He’ll need a strong Week 3 to get his head above, or close to above, water.

Evan Kruckzynski

This Week: 1 GS, 3.2 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 ER

AFL Total: 2 GS, 6 IP, 9.00 K/9, 6.00 BB/9, 0.00 ERA

The big lefty has been effective in spite of uninspiring peripherals so far. You might remember that his first start was a bizarre outing, loaded with one-off fielding errors and unearned runs. Start #2 went much more smoothly. He navigated the Peoria Javelinas’ effectively across nearly four innings, setting the Saguaros up with a lead that the bullpen eventually handed away.

Connor Jones

This Week: 1 G, 2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 ER

AFL Total: 2 G, 4.1 IP, 10.97 K/9, 0.00 BB/9, 3.00 GO/AO, 2.08 ERA

For me, Jones has been the best surprise of the AFL so far. He’s worked out of the bullpen rather than starting so far, but has done so as a sort of piggy-back starter. His nasty sinker is working just like you’d expect, rolling up copious amounts of ground balls. What he’s doing that he hasn’t done at any level yet is striking batters out. If he continues to miss bats, prospect evaluators might have a little better taste in their mouth heading into ranking season.

Will Latcham

This Week: 2 G, 1.2 IP, 5 H, 4 BB, 1 K, 8 ER

AFL Total: 3 G, 3.1 IP, 5.81 K/9, 17.42 BB/9, 27.00 ERA

Latcham came into the AFL as a lesser known yet interesting relief option. It’s a fairly stock mid-90’s fastball, average slider middle relief profile. He allowed two earned runs in his only outing of Week 1, then proceeded to allow eight this week. He’s struggling to find the strike zone and challenge some of the best hitters in the minor leagues.

Conner Greene

This Week: 2 G, 3 IP, 5 H, 4 BB, 3 K, 4 ER

AFL Total: 3 G, 8.71 K/9, 23.22 BB/9, 16.20 ERA

Conner Greene is putting up the most Conner Greene AFL showing one could imagine. His command has been an absolute mess, more so than usual, and he’s missed location within the strike zone just as much as he’s missed the strike zone altogether. Command has been the bugaboo all along for Greene, and things are definitely trending down.