The AFL Update: Week 3
Jason Kipnis, 2B: Kipnis continues to struggle at the plate, going 2-13 with a 2B and an RBI since the last AFL update. He's hitting .159/.213/.409 overall with 2 HR and 10 RBI. He's walked 3 times, struck out 5 and stolen a base.
Cord Phelps, 3B: Phelps has been hot down in the desert, going 5-15 and adding in 5 BB in the last week to push his overall line to .324/.468/.432. Phelps has just 3 XBH in 37 AB's, but is showing top of the order skills with 10 BB and going 3-4 in stolen base attempts.
Roberto Perez, C: Perez has caught 2 games since the last AFL update, going 0-8 with 3 K and a BB. His overall line is .130/.200/.174. He's continuing to play solid defense behind the plate, including picking a runner off 1B. Defense is going to be his calling card if Perez is going to have a career in MLB.
Adam Abraham, 3B/C: As a member of the taxi squad, Abraham has only played in 5 games so far in AZ. He has hits in 4 of those 5, with an overall line of .263/.391/.316. Abraham is holding his own against the higher competition in the AFL, with as many walks (4) as strikeouts.
Scott Barnes, SP: Barnes recorded a victory in his last start on 8/29, throwing 4 innings and giving up 3 runs on 5 hits. He struck out 5 and walked one. Barnes continues to lead the AFL in strikeouts with 19 in his 14 2/3 innings, and has posted a 5.52 ERA.
Eric Berger, RP: Berger is still cranking out scoreless appearances, adding two more since the last AFL update. He has allowed 9 baserunners in his 5 IP (4 H and 5 BB), but has escaped without allowing an earned run each time. Berger has struck out 4 batters in his 5 innings, and did allow one unearned run back on 10/21.
Chen Lee, RP: After struggling in his last outing, Lee bounced back on 10/28 to throw a clean frame with a strikeout. For the season in Arizona, Lee has a 7.50 ERA, 7 K and one BB in his 6 IP.
Bryan Price, RP: As Tony reported in his AFL Spotlight yesterday, Price is down in AZ working on his splitter as a 3rd pitch in his arsenal. It seems to be working, as he has posted a 3.67 GO/FO mark in AZ. His last outing was a scoreless inning, and his overall ERA is 9.53.
Travis Turek, RP: Another member of the taxi squad, Turek has appeared in just one game since the last AFL update, and it was a rough outing. Turek gave up 3 ER in one inning, walking 2 and allowing 2 hits in the process. Turek has pitched 3 innings in AZ and has an ERA of 12.00 to go along with 2 BB and a K.
Nationals 1st round pick Bryce Harper continues to find success in the desert, including his first professional HR. He's been extremely agressive at the plate, posting a .353/.353/.647 line in his 4 games in AZ. MLB is featuring him in their AFL auction, selling off a signed ball, lineup card and the actual 2nd base he reached with his first pro hit (a double).