AFL Day 2: Star of the Day/New blogger
Before we get into yesterday’s action, I want to encourage everyone to go check out the first of what we hope to be many players detailing their experiences via blog and Twitter. So everyone welcome in Giants reliever Steven Edlefsen, who posted for the first time on the Giants AFL blog. Go leave him some comments so he feels welcome, will you?
Looks like Day 2 was pitching-dominant, huh? Still, we can find a hitting Star of the Day while picking out one pitcher:
Bryan Petersen, OF, Mesa (Marlins): In his first taste of AFL action Petersen led off for the Solar Sox. And while they lost to Phoenix to fall to 1-1, it wasn’t Petersen’s fault. The 2007 fourth-rounder went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and a home run. He also scored both of Mesa’s runs. Oddly, it was the only home run of the day. Not sure who would know this, but I have to think that’s a rarity in AFL history.
Donnie Veal, LHP, Scottsdale (Pirates): The Pirates’ lefty, a Rule 5 pick a year ago, has often had command problems throughout his career, though the stuff has always been there. That’s why the Buccos held onto him all year. Well, he couldn’t have been much better than he was in his AFL debut. Veal was perfect through two innings, striking out three. He threw 18 pitches, 14 for strikes. Thanks to the pitch f/x on Gameday (for all games held in Peoria and Surprise), we know his 4-seam fastball was in the 93-95 mph range and his curve was 79-81 mph. Two of his strikeouts came on swings and misses at that curve and he froze Jason Heyward with a fastball after two straight curves. Nice work by Veal… I wonder if he’ll be working on the changeup at all as the fall unfolds. The icing on the cake is that our blogger, Mr. Edlefsen, got the win when the Scorpions scored twice in the 10th inning after he tossed a scoreless ninth.