The AFL Update: Week 1
Jason Kipnis-2B: Kipnis hasn't exactly set the world on fire in his 5 games for the Javelinas, going 3-20 with a HR and 6 RBI. He's struck out 4 times and walked once. Kipnis had a big game on the 15th, going 2-5 with a HR and 5 RBI. Kipnis has played both 2B and 3B for Peoria, but the time at 3B was just a placeholder until fellow Tribe prospect Cord Phelps arrived from his stint with the U.S. Team. Kipnis left Saturday's game early, but was right back in the lineup on Monday so there's no injury issue there.
Cord Phelps-3B/2B: Phelps played in his first game in the AFL yesterday, going 1-4 with a BB and 2 K as the DH for the Javelinas. He had been playing with Team USA in the Pan Am qualifiers, where he hit .237 (9-38) with 0 HR and 6 RBI. He's in Arizona to play 3B and see if he can get a crack at the hot corner in Cleveland next year.
Adam Abraham-3B/C: Abraham started one game for Peoria, DH'ing back on Oct. 16. He had a good game, going 2-4 with a double and scoring a run in a Javelinas loss.
Roberto Perez-C: Perez has been behind the plate in two games for the Javelinas, going 1-8 with a double. He's been putting the ball in play, having struck out just once. The AFL is going to be a challenging environment for Lake County teammates Abraham and Perez, as most of the pitchers they will be facing spent 2010 two or even three levels ahead of them. So far, both are holding their own in limited action. If they put up even decent numbers in Arizona, it will be a great sign for their development.
Scott Barnes-SP: Barnes has started twice in Arizona, including the opener for the Javelinas. His two starts could hardly have been different. In the AFL opener he was touched up for 5 ER on 5 hits in 2 2/3 innings pitched, striking out 6. In yesterday's start, he threw four scoreless innings, striking out 5 and allowed just a single batter to reach base. He needed 54 pitches to get through his four innings, 35 of which he threw for strikes. Barnes has 11 K in 6 2/3 innings without walking a batter. His 11 K currently lead the AFL. If he can keep missing bats anywhere near that rate, he should have a solid campaign in Arizona.
Eric Berger-RP: Berger has thrown two innings in his two appearances, striking out three and now allowing a run. He was living on the edge in his first appearance, giving up two hits and walking a batter but escaping damage by striking out two. His second outing yesterday was much better, striking out one and allowing just a single hit.
Chen Lee-RP: Lee has also pitched in two games so far in AZ, giving up 2 ER in 3 IP, while striking out 4. He has walked one batter. Lee had a rough first outing, giving up both of his runs in his two innings of work on the opening day of the AFL. His last outing was better, as he threw a scoreless inning and struck out two of the four batters he faced.
Bryan Price-RP: Price has thrown in just one game for Peoria, giving up an unearned run in two innings of work back on Oct. 14. He gave up two hits, walked a batter, and did not record a strikeout.
Travis Turek-RP: Turek has had one uneventful outing for the Javelinas, pitching once on Oct. 16. He gave up one hit and struck out a batter in his inning of work.
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