The Arizon Fall League season is about a third over, and so far there have been several pretty impressive performances by Orioles prospects. Josh Bell and Brandon Snyder are the biggest names, but Baltimore did send a whole host of players out West to play some ball.
Third-baseman Josh Bell is hitting a tidy .464/.531/.786 in 28 at bats, with a homer and 7 strike-outs to 4 walks. His teammate at the opposite infield corner – Brandon Snyder – is hitting .400/.436/.714 in 35 at bats, with 3 home runs, 5 K’s and 3 walks. The power is definitely nice to see, since that’s been one of the knocks on Snyder’s offensive game. Keith Law mentioned to me via Twitter that he’s still on the fence as to whether Snyder can hit enough to play first in the majors, though he seemed to be leaning towards yes.
Passed those two, the O’s also have Matt Angle (.406/.486/.500, 5 K, 5 BB, 6-6 on stolen bases) and Brandon Waring (.250/.368/.563, 1 HR, 8 K, 2 BB) out there amongst other (lesser known and less important) hitters.
On the pitching side, Brandon Erbe has been effective in his 4.2 innings, posting a 1.93 ERA with 4 K’s to 1 walk (and no home runs). Ryohei Tanaka – a 26 year-old mostly reliever from Japan – has a 3.24 ERA in 8.1 IP, with 8 K’s to 2 walks and a couple home runs allowed. Not a prospect, but Dennis Sarfate is 5 for 5 in save chances with a 0.96 ERA in 9.1 IP. His only run allowed came on a solo home run, and he has 10 K’s to 3 walks.
It should be noted that the AFL is definitely a hitters league, with the average guy batting about .300/.380/.480. The guy leading the league in OPS is A’s outfield prospect Grant Desme, who’s hitting .436/.500/1.026 with 7 longballs which also leads the AFL, and is as many as the next 2nd and 3rd place guys have combined. Even super-phenom Stephen Strasburg has a 10.50 ERA. Take all the stats with a grain of salt (small sample size and all), but I guess it’s better that they’re playing well than if they weren’t.