Fall League Underway
Posted by Jason A. Churchill on October 10, 2006
Tonight, down in the desert, the Arizona Fall League began their season and the Peoria Javelinas dropped the opener to the Grand Canyon Rafters due to poor pitching.
The 12-6 defeat, however, means absolutely nothing, as fall ball is all about individual performances. The Javelinas house a few interesting Mariners farmhands, including OF/DH Mike Wilson, 3B Matt Tuiasosopo and lefthander Bobby Livingston.
Second baseman Michael Garciaparra, righthanders Craig James and Stephen Kahn and southpaw Ryan Rowland-Smith round out the M’s representatives, but only three bats got the call on opening day.
Wilson, Tui and Garciaparra went a combined 2-for-12 with one RBI and two runs scored, as the Javelina fell 12-6.
Wilson, 23, doubled in the ninth and Garciaparra, 23, reached on an infield single to account for all the hits for the M’s trio. Tui started at third and did not make an error (yay!).
If you are following the fall league and want other talents to pay attention to, the circuit is filled with future major league players such as Troy Tulowitzki, Luke Hochevar, Scott Elbert, Troy Patton, Fernando Martinez, Hunter Pence, Yunel Escobar… and the list goes on and on. The AFL rocks.
This is a challenge for Tuiasosopo, particularly due to the level of pitching the league boasts this year and the advanced approach of most of the starters.
If he finds a way to slug .420 or better, it’s probably going to be considered a major success for the 20-year-old infielder.
I’m very interested to see what Kahn can do after struggling mightily with his command this past season, and because, apparently, he’s working on a two-seamer.
I will have an update or two from Bobby or Michael as the season goes on, and will certainly pass along any observations along the way.