AFL announces Top Prospects Team
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PHOENIX, Ariz. -- The Arizona Fall League announces its 2008 Top Prospects Team. Selected by Fall League managers, coaches, and administrators, the Top Prospects Team identifies the players who distinguished themselves throughout the league's seven-week 2008 schedule against other top prospects from every organization in Major League Baseball. Voters were asked to consider Fall League performance and Major League projectability.
Eric Young Jr. (COL) -- Phoenix Desert Dogs
Fall League batting champion (.430) ... also league leader in stolen bases (20), runs (37) and on-base percentage (.504) ... catalyst of league champion Phoenix Desert Dogs ... authored two grand-slam home runs in five-day span, the second a rare inside-the-park gapper ... 21-game hitting streak ... week four co-Player of- the-Week (Logan Morrison) ... reached base three times on two singles and a walk in the championship game for the victorious Desert Dogs.
Sean Doolittle (OAK) -- Phoenix Desert Dogs
Displayed Gold Glove-caliber defense in the outfield and at first base while hitting .293 ... eight home runs ranked third (t-Casper Wells), 67 total bases ranked sixth and 26 RBIs ranked seventh (t-Wes Hodges) ... ended stellar Solar Sox starter Tommy Hanson's streak of 19 2/3 scoreless innings to start the season with a home run Nov. 6.
Chris Pettit (LAA) -- Scottsdale Scorpions
League leader in hits (52), total bases (79), doubles (13) and games played (37) ... week five player-of-the-week.
Austin Jackson (NYY) -- Peoria Javelinas
Hit .246 in 28 games.
Casper Wells (DET) -- Mesa Solar Sox
Hit .321 with eight homers and 23 RBIs in 23 games ... week six player-of-the-week ... RBI double and single in the championship game ... eight homers ranked third in the league (t-Doolittle).
Mike Baxter (SD) -- Peoria Saguaros
The league's No. 4 hitter at .402 ... one of four .400 hitters ... ranked second in the league with .495 on-base percentage.
Brett Wallace (STL) -- Peoria Saguaros
The Cardinals' 2008 first-round draft choice (13th overall) hit .309 ... batted safely in 11 of his last 12 games (.417) ... six homers tied for seventh in the league with four others ... 55 total bases.
Wes Hodges (CLE) -- Surprise Rafters
Hit .349 with 6 homers, 8 doubles, and 26 RBIs in 25 games ... 26 RBIs ranked seventh (t-Doolittle) in the league.
Jason Donald (PHI) -- Mesa Solar Sox
The 2008 Dernell Stenson Award winner for character and leadership ... one of four .400 hitters ... second in the league in batting (.407), doubles (12) and extra-base hits (19) ... third in the league in slugging percentage (.747) ... three four-hit games ... split time between shortstop, second base and third base.
Gordon Beckham (CWS) -- Peoria Saguaros
Hit .394 to rank sixth (t-Rhyne Hughes) in the league ... posted the league's top single-game offensive performance with a five-for-five day that included seven RBIs ... he scored after all five hits, making him responsible for 12 runs.
Daniel Murphy (NYM) -- Peoria Saguaros
Batted .397 to rank fifth in the league ... .487 on-base percentage ranked third.
Kevin Frandsen (SF) -- Scottsdale Scorpions
The 2006 Dernell Stenson Award winner returned to the Fall League for his second stint ... stole 10 bases to rank second in the league ... hit .331.
Logan Morrison (FLA) -- Mesa Solar Sox
No. 3 hitter in the league (.404) and one of four .400 hitters ... ranked second in RBIs (29) with teammate Jeff Larish (Tigers) ... also appeared in the outfield ... week four co-Player-of-the-Week (Young, Jr.) ... hit for the cycle ... one five-for-five game ... 16-game hitting streak ... singled twice in the championship game.
Rhyne Hughes (TB) -- Peoria Javelinas
Led Fall League with 20 extra-base hits ... hit .394 with five home runs and 27 RBIs ... .394 average ranked sixth (t-Beckham) for sixth in the league ... 27 RBIs ranked fifth (t-Jeremy Slayden).
J.P. Arencibia (TOR) -- Phoenix Desert Dogs
Vital cog in Phoenix Desert Dogs fifth consecutive league title ... split catching duties with Mike McKenry and served as designated hitter ... caught championship game victory over Mesa Solar Sox ... 10-game hitting streak ... two-homer game ... caught the championship and scored a run for the league-champion Desert Dogs.
Matt Wieters (BAL) -- Surprise Rafters
Hit .301 in 20 games with a .407 on-base percentage.
Tyler Flowers (CWS) -- Mesa Solar Sox
Fall League home-run leader (12) ... also led the league in slugging percentage (.973) and OPS (1.433) ... hit .387 to rank eighth ... week three Player-of-the Week ... three-homer, seven-RBI game ... 73 total bases ranked third.
Mike McKenry (COL) -- Phoenix Desert Dogs
Authored three-homer game that produced seven RBIs ... nine home runs ranked second in the league ... 25 RBIs ranked ninth (t-Mark Trumbo) in the league ... slugging percentage (.786) ranked second and OPS (1.216) ranked third ... hit .369 ... 66 total bases tied for seventh (Morrison, Drew Sutton) ... scored twice for the victorious Desert Dogs in the championship game.
Jeff Larish (DET) -- Mesa Solar Sox
Versatile performer primarily split time between third and first base ... 29 RBIs tied for second in the league with teammate Morrison (Marlins) ... hit .331 with six homers in 30 games ... two-run homer in the championship game ... reached base in 23 consecutive games ... drew 18 walks to rank third ... 41 hits ranked sixth.
Tommy Hanson (ATL) -- Mesa Solar Sox
First pitcher in 17-year Fall League history to merit serious consideration for league most valuable player ... most dominating Fall League pitcher in memory ... led the league in wins (5), strikeouts (49) and earned-run average (0.63) ... anchor of pitching staff that paced the Mesa Solar Sox to a 26-12 record, the second-highest winning percentage in Fall League history ... week two Pitcher-of-the-Week ... 49 strikeouts were the most in the Fall League since Bobby Jenks fanned 54 in 2002 ... American Division starting pitcher in midseason Rising Stars Game ... allowed only two earned runs, 10 hits and seven walks in 28 2/3 innings ... single-game strikeout high of 11 also led the league ... also posted a 10-strikeout outing ... began Fall League season with streak of 19 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings ... non-decision with eight strikeouts in five innings in the championship game.
Kevin Pucetas (SF) -- Scottsdale Scorpions
Led the Fall League in innings pitched (35 1/3) ... ranked second with four wins (t-Jesse Estrada) ... first hurler to four wins ... eight starts tied for league lead (Estrada, Jeff Manship) ... 4.33 earned-run average ... 28 strikeouts tied for ninth.
Bobby Parnell (NYM) -- Peoria Saguaros
Top starter for 26-12 Saguaros, the second-highest winning percentage in Fall League history ... 3-1 record made him one of eight Fall League pitchers to win three or more games ... 2.25 earned-run average ranked sixth in the league ... 20 strikeouts in 20 innings.
Bud Norris (HOU) -- Scottsdale Scorpions
Glittering 1.89 earned-run average led all relievers and ranked second in the league to leader Hanson (0.63) ... no decisions in 12 appearances covering 19 innings ... 20 strikeouts ... one save.
John Bannister (TEX) -- Surprise Rafters
Nineteen strikeouts in 12 relief appearances covering 18 innings ... 0-1 record, 5.00 earned-run average ... one save.
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