AFL: Vlad Jr. and Other Small Sample Size Fun
Yes, the Arizona Fall League season started with an attention-grabbing tweet downplaying the talent of baseball’s top prospect from some account we’ve never heard of, but apparently has a job in professional baseball… I digress.
When looking back on the first week of the future of baseball showcase, we saw a lot of what we expected to see. That includes Toronto Blue Jays future star, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. proving why he is the top prospect in all of baseball. After play concluded Wednesday night, Vlad Jr. had appeared in six games where he saw 29 plate appearances while posting a .538/.567/.731 slash line. He has hit safely in each game and collected three hits in four of the first five contests.
Plenty of other top prospects (I know I don’t have to keep using that term because these are pretty much all top prospects) are impressing as well. Keston Hiura of the Milwaukee Brewers already has two homers and 16 RBI in just 26 at bats. The New York Mets power-hitting first base prospect, Peter Alonso, has 10 hits in 23 at bats, two of which were homers. Kansas City Royals outfielder, Nick Heath, already has seven stolen bases and has eight hits in just 13 at bats.
Forrest Whitley of the Houston Astros and Darwinzon Hernandez of the Boston Red Sox were the first two pitchers to hit double-digit strikeouts. Whitley has K’d 14 through 7.1 IP while Hernandez has rung up 11 over just 4 IP. Evan Kruczynski of the St. Louis Cardinals has allowed a league high 10 hits with a 2.33 WHIP, but has yet to allow a run. Toronto’s Jackson McClelland has thrown the most innings, four, without allowing a hit.
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