First Week of AFL is in the books
Week 2 is about to get underway today, so I figured it’s a good time to take a look at the week that was out in the Arizona Fall League.
The league (follow them at @MLBAZFallleague) will have it’s Player and Pitcher of the Week, but I figured I’d put in my two cents:
AFL Hitter of the Week: Michael Choice, A’s
The 2010 first-round pick is coming off a 30-homer season in his first full year of pro ball. So far, he’s made it look easy going from Class A Advanced ball to the AFL. Granted, both are hitters’s leagues, but power is power. Choice led the AFL in total bases (18), second in OPS (1.585) — second to Kevin Mattison, who wins best ‘stache in a headshot, at the very least (see below). Choice also topped the AFL with three homers while hitting .471 overall.
AFL Pitcher of the Week: Daryl Maday, Giants
It was a toss-up for me, between Maday and Reds reliever Brad Boxberger, but I thought perhaps I was being biased because of Boxberger’s blog. That and the fact he’s gone 2 1/3 IP and struck out seven. He did walk two in his second outing (though pitched out of trouble), so I decided to go with the starter in Maday. He went four shutout innings in his start on Oct. 8, allowing just one hit and two walks while striking out six.
While all this is going on, wanted to be sure you saw the end-of-season organizational prospect reviews I’ve been writing. It’s got a little feature on the top prospect in each system along with a review of how the rest of the Top 10 fared and picks for 2011 Player and Pitcher of the Year. Enjoy.
More to come on that front as the offseason unfolds.