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Final tally for AFL Aneurysm Awareness Week

Saturday was the final day of Brain Aneurysm Awareness Week, the effort held in the Arizona Fall League in conjunction with the Joe Niekro Foundation.

They worked together this year to
raise awareness and funds for research on brain aneurysms. As part of
that, we counted strikeouts from the pitchers in each of the seven
organizations Joe Niekro pitched for over the course of his Major League
career. Natalie Niekro, Joe’s daughter and founder of the foundation is
donating $36 per strikeout for all K’s from those organizations this
week. In addition, the Cubs, Tigers, Twins and Yankees have agreed to
make a similar donation for their pitchers’ strikeouts as well. And Linda Inglett (find out about her at BAHELP.com) is chipping in with $10 per K as well.

(Other ways to get involved: You can always text STRIKEOUT to 20222 to donate $10 to the Joe Niekro Foundation  any time you want. The Joe Niekro Foundation is having their annual big shindig in Houston on Saturday, Nov. 13 at Minute Maid Park. It’s called the Knuckle Ball
(get it?). It’s a fantastic, fancy-shmancy dinner/fund-raiser that
brings in a lot of money to help the Foundation do its very important
work. I’ll be there (hope the ol’ tux still fits). You can be to,
hobnobbing with some of the greats of baseball, bidding on fantastic
auction items, seeing outstanding live entertainment, all while helping a
fantastic charity.)

Lets take a look to see how many K’s were record on Friday and Saturday for this cause:

Friday saw just four strikeouts, courtesy of the Padres’ Alexis Lara and the Braves’ Benino Pruneda. That brought in $112 total, to bring the grand total to $2320.

As for Saturday…it was a much more productive day:

Cubs — 5
Padres — 5
Tigers — 3
Yankees –1
Braves — 1

That’s 15 strikeouts in total. Nice way to finish up. The donation for Saturday is:

$540 (Natalie Niekro’s donation)+$150 (Linda’s donation)+$324 (team donation) = $1014

That’s the highest one-day total for the week! And it brings the overall total of money raised for the Joe Niekro Foundation to: $3334.

The final team standings:

Twins — 9
Cubs — 8
Padres — 8
Tigers — 7
Yankees — 7
Astros — 6
Braves — 3

Thanks to the four teams who agreed to participate, an additional $1116 was added. So next time you run into someone from the Twins Cubs, Tigers or Yankees, thank them for the help. And if you ever meet Linda Inglett, thank her for all that she’s doing for this issue, including the $480 she’s contributing to the Joe Niekro Foundation as a result of this effort.

Day Four of AFL Aneurysm Awareness Week

It was a quiet day on the strikeout front for the Joe Niekro Foundation in the Arizona Fall League on Thursday. Only four strikeouts were recorded for the effort:

Yankees — 3 (Thank you Manny Banuelos)
Tigers — 1

So that’s $328 total ($144 from Natalie Niekro, $144 from the teams participating and $40 from Linda Inglett). That brings the week’s total to: $2136

The overall standings:

Twins — 9
Yankees — 6
Astros — 6
Tigers — 5
Cubs — 3
Padres — 1

As a reminder, the Joe Niekro Foundation
and the Arizona Fall League are working together again this year to
raise awareness and funds for research on brain aneurysms. As part of
that, we’re counting strikeouts from the pitchers in each of the seven
organizations Joe Niekro pitched for over the course of his Major League
career. Natalie Niekro, Joe’s daughter and founder of the foundation is
donating $36 per strikeout for all K’s from those organizations this
week. In addition, the Cubs, Tigers, Twins and Yankees have agreed to
make a similar donation for their pitchers’ strikeouts as well. And Linda Inglett (find out about her at BAHELP.com) is chipping in with $10 per K as well.

You can always text STRIKEOUT to 20222 to donate $10 to the Joe Niekro Foundation  any time you want.

The Joe Niekro Foundation is having their annual big shindig in Houston on Saturday, Nov. 13 at Minute Maid Park. It’s called the Knuckle Ball (get it?). It’s a fantastic, fancy-shmancy dinner/fund-raiser that brings in a lot of money to help the Foundation do its very important work. I’ll be there (hope the ol’ tux still fits). You can be to, hobnobbing with some of the greats of baseball, bidding on fantastic auction items, seeing outstanding live entertainment, all while helping a fantastic charity.
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While certain hitters keep raking (Johnny Giavotella had two more hits and his hitting .441; Ben Revere‘s three hits brought his average up to .411) and others had huge games on Wednesday (Derek Norris homered and drove in five runs; Conor Gillaspie went 4-for-4 with a pair of solo shots), I’m going to stay on the mound again for Wednesday’s Star of the Day. Any time a pitcher goes six innings in the AFL, it’s worth noting. That’s exactly what Blue Jays lefty Marc Rzepczynski did on Thursday. The 25-year-old has some considerable big-league time over the past two years and he’s pitched well now in three AFL outings, allowing just two earned runs in 14 innings. Hitters have hit him to the tune of a .291 average, but he’s also been an extreme ground-ball pitcher, with a 4.00 GO/AO rate. On Wednesday, he became the first AFL hurler this season to go six innings, allowing one run on six hits and picking up the win for the Javelinas.

In case you missed it, I had a story run the other day on the impact the Giants’ and Rangers’ farm systems have had on the current World Series rosters. I want to go back a little further in time, mostly because it’s rare I get the opportunity to show how smart we can be around here.

Back in March of 2009, then-colleague Lisa Winston (you can now read her coverage of the indy Atlantic League scene on Queen of Diamonds) and I wrote a kind of point-counterpoint piece on the top farm systems in baseball. The idea then was to focus more on which team’s system would have the biggest impact in 2009, but with an eye to what might happen beyond that. Well, wouldn’t you know it. I wrote about the Texas Rangers and Lisa wrote about… yep, you guessed it, the San Francisco Giants. Guess we were just a tiny bit ahead of our time…

Day Three of AFL Aneurysm Awareness Week

We’re through three days of Brain Aneurysm Awareness Week in the Arizona Fall League …

As a reminder, the Joe Niekro Foundation
and the Arizona Fall League are working together again this year to
raise awareness and funds for research on brain aneurysms. As part of
that, we’re counting strikeouts from the pitchers in each of the seven
organizations Joe Niekro pitched for over the course of his Major League
career. Natalie Niekro, Joe’s daughter and founder of the foundation is
donating $36 per strikeout for all K’s from those organizations this
week. In addition, the Cubs, Tigers, Twins and Yankees have agreed to
make a similar donation for their pitchers’ strikeouts as well. And Linda Inglett (find out about her at BAHELP.com) is chipping in with $10 per K as well.

Here’s the update from Wednesday (it was a very good day):

Twins — 6
Astros — 4
Yankees — 2
Cubs — 2
Total: 14 K

Amount raised for the day: $504 (Niekro donation) + $288 (team donation) + $140 (Linda) = $932

Add that to the first two days and we’ve got a grand total of: $1808

David Bromberg probably wasn’t thrilled with his outing, but he deserves kudos for his 4-K contribution to this cause. The overall standings:

Twins — 9
Astros — 6
Tigers — 4
Cubs — 3
Yankees — 3
Padres — 1

As for Star of the Day, we have to stay on the mound for Wednesday. Eric Hurley was ahurley.JPG first-round pick of the Rangers back in 2004, taken 30th overall. He spent three-plus seasons in the Minors before making his big-league debut in 2008. That would also be the last time he would pitch competitively until now, in the Arizona Fall League, thanks to shoulder surgery (left wrist surgery to his left wrist didn’t help, but didn’t really keep him off the mound so much). Had things gone according to plan, he might be in the Rangers rotation during the World Series. Instead, he’s trying to get some innings under his belt with the Surprise Rafters. On Wednesday, he made them count, firing five shutout innings. The right-hander, now 25, allowed only two hits and walked none while striking out five.as the Rafters shut out the Saguaros, 7-0.

Day Two of AFL Aneurysm Awareness Week

First off, I have to give a big shout out to Linda Inglett (check out her story on BAHELP.com). If you didn’t see it on yesterday’s post, Linda announced that she would donate $10 for every strikeout for the week!!!

As a reminder, the Joe Niekro Foundation
and the Arizona Fall League are working together again this year to
raise awareness and funds for research on brain aneurysms. As part of
that, we’re counting strikeouts from the pitchers in each of the seven
organizations Joe Niekro pitched for over the course of his Major League
career. Natalie Niekro, Joe’s daughter and founder of the foundation is
donating $36 per strikeout for all K’s from those organizations this
week. In addition, the Cubs, Tigers, Twins and Yankees have agreed to
make a similar donation for their pitchers’ strikeouts as well.

And now we have Linda to add to the mix. So lets see how things went on Tuesday:

Twins — 2
Yankees — 1
Tigers — 1
Padres — 1
Total: 5 Ks

Total amount raised for the day: $180 (Niekro donation) + $144 (team donation) + $50 (Linda donation) = $374 for Tuesday

Add that to Monday’s total of $432, along with the $70 from Linda for Monday’s K’s and we’re up to $876. Not too bad… anyone else out there want to step up and make a per K donation? And remember, you can always text STRIKEOUT to 20222 to donate $10 to the Joe Niekro Foundation  any time you want.

The overall team standings:

Tigers — 4
Twins — 3
Astros — 2
Cubs — 1
Yankees — 1
Padres — 1

For Star of the Day, as tempting as it is to go with Mariners pitcher Maikel Cleto for hisThumbnail image for Harrison.JPG threeinnings of one-hit, four-strikeout ball, it’s hard to look past the offensive achievements of the folks in that 18-9 Mesa win. Mesa had 22 hits in that one, with the top two in the lineup with four hits apiece (Josh Harrison and Jeremy Moore). Two others had three hits and the Pirates’ Andrew Lambo had four RBIs to go along with his three knocks. Both Harrison and Moore homered and drove in three. But the edge goes to the Pirates’ Harrison, for also doubling twice and scoring five runs from the leadoff spot

Day One of AFL Aneurysm Awareness Week

Well, it wasn’t exactly a rip-roaring start to Brain Aneurysm Awareness Week in the Arizona Fall League on Monday, but every little bit helps.

As a reminder, the Joe Niekro Foundation and the Arizona Fall League are working together again this year to raise awareness and funds for research on brain aneurysms. As part of that, we’re counting strikeouts from the pitchers in each of the seven organizations Joe Niekro pitched for over the course of his Major League career. Natalie Niekro, Joe’s daughter and founder of the foundation is donating $36 per strikeout for all K’s from those organizations this week. In addition, the Cubs, Tigers, Twins and Yankees have agreed to make a similar donation for their pitchers’ strikeouts as well.

After Day 1, here’s where we stand:

Tigers — 3
Astros — 2
Cubs — 1
Twins — 1
Total: 7 Ks

Total amount raised: $252 (Niekro donation) + $180 (team donation) =  $432

Pat Urckfitz (Astros) and Brooks Brown (Tigers) are the early individual leaders, each with a pair of punchouts.

And hey, B3 fans… no comments or involvement from my post yesterday? Come on, pick a team to pull for this week. Get in on the act and tell me which team you think will strikeout the most batters and how many  they’ll whiff.
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Star of the Day is a slam dunk from Monday and it’s great because I get to plug our AFLbloggers at the same time. Braves prospect (and blogger) Cory Harrilchak went 4-for-4 on Monday for Phoenix in its 8-6 win against Mesa. The outfielder had three RBIs, two coming on a home run in the second inning. He also scored two runs and stole a base. Harrilchak has gone 13-for-28 (.464) in seven games so far. He’s third in batting average, third in OBP, fourth in SLG and third in OPS. Not a bad start. 

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