Tigers' Westlake finds Fall League rhythm
Detroit prospect strings together third straight multi-hit game in Mesa victory
Aaron Westlake had a rough beginning to his Arizona Fall League season. After Friday, he's starting to show it was just a little hiccup.
Westlake went 2-for-5, knocking a two-run homer in the ninth to provide insurance as Mesa edged Scottsdale, 8-4.
It was the third straight multi-hit game for the Tigers first baseman, and the home run was his second of that span. In his last three games, he's gone 6-for-13 with two homers, a double and five RBIs after starting the Fall League season in a 1-for-25 slump over six games.
The Tigers' No. 17 prospect spent all of this season with Class A West Michigan, his first full season of professional ball after he was picked in the third round of the 2011 Draft out of Vanderbilt University. In 2011, he batted .264 with three homers and 19 RBIs in 27 games for Class A Short-Season Connecticut and followed that up by hitting .249 and posting a .320 on-base percentage in 123 games for the Whitecaps this season. He slugged .391 with nine homers, 35 doubles and 69 RBIs.
After Friday's performance, the 23-year-old is batting .179 and slugging .359 in nine games with the Solar Sox.
L.J. Hoes, the Orioles' No. 12 prospect, provided his first multi-hit game of the AFL season, going 3-for-5 with an RBI. No. 3 Baltimore prospect Jonathan Schoop finished 1-for-3 with two walks and two runs to maintain his .333 Fall League average.
Top Astros prospect Jonathan Singleton went 2-for-5 with a triple, a double, an RBI and two runs scored, while Top Cubs prospect Javier Baez pitched in a pair of RBIs. Dodgers catcher Gorman Erickson doubled, plated a run and walked three times.
Yankees prospect Austin Romine went 2-for-5 with an RBI for the Scorpions and Indians catcher Alex Monsalve went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
Houston right-hander Chia-Jen Lo, a Taiwan native, earned the win for Mesa with 1 1/3 innings of one-hit work. San Francisco's Chris Gloor scattered a run on four hits and two walks, striking out three without factoring into the decision for Scottsdale.
Jonathan Raymond is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.