In the past 25 years, the Arizona Fall League has been played in the shadows of the MLB Playoffs. Some of the best prospects in the game assemble in a 6-team, 32-game season that runs through mid-November. This season, the Brewers ended up sending seven players – four pitchers and three fielders. On top of that, some top prospects in OF Brett Phillips, Isan Diaz, and C Jacob Nottingham have been playing early on for the Salt River Rafters. As of right now, the team – comprised of the Brewers, Diamondbacks, Braves, Rockies, and Tigers – leads their 3-team division and rank second overall with a record of 4-2-1.
Here is an early update on those seven contributors from the Crew:
|RHP J. Salas||2||6||1||6||4||2|
|RHP T. Scott||2||4||1||3||4||1|
|RHP T. Spurlin||2||4.1||0||1||4||0|
|RHP J. Uhen||2||3.1||3||5||3||2|
RHP Javier Salas: So far, the 6’4″ right hander has been having success in the Fall League by starting two games for the Salt River Rafters. Throwing three innings in each appearance, his last start saw him walk two batters and give up his lone run. He’s consistently getting groundball outs in a similar fashion to the regular season – as seen in his 1.40 groundball-to-flyout ratio. He spent his regular season split between High-A Brevard County and Double-A Biloxi, notching a 6.75 ERA in 66.2 IP.
RHP Tayler Scott: 24-year old Tayler Scott has pitched very well in his lone two stints. He’s thrown four innings out of relief (two in each outing) and has enjoyed success with his strikeouts (4) and 3-1 groundball-to-flyout rate. He pitched in Biloxi all season, posting a 4.39 ERA out of the bullpen (26.2 IP), but owned a very favorable .237 BABIP – something that has gone down so far this fall.
RHP Tyler Spurlin: One of the more effective relievers on the squad, the right-hander has struckout nearly a batter an inning against tougher competition. He’s been pretty consistent this season, as the 6’3″ 25 year-old had a very nice season between Biloxi and Brevard County. He appeared in 50 games with a 3.12 ERA and a 3.67 groundout-to-flyout ratio, holding opponents to a .230 average.
RHP Josh Uhen: The fellow Wisconsinite has been roughed up a little bit so far in Arizona, owning an 8.10 ERA in just 3.1 innings. Though none of these numbers should scare you due to the sample size, his groundball ratio isn’t as skewed in his favor as the other arms the Crew has there (0.75 GO/FB). He’s eligible in the Rule-5 Draft, but chances are high that he’ll be sticking around in the organization.
C Jacob Nottingham: Though Nottingham may have hit his lowest point in the regular season, his Fall numbers are promising to see in a competitive and talent-filled league. He’s getting the most time on the field of any Brewer, and has 6 hits in 19 plate appearances. He’s had a hit in every game but the one yesterday, including two multi-hit ones on the 13th and 15th this month. Nottingham has also driven in a run in every game but the game on the 13th as well, so there are definitely some nice signs from him in this league offensively.
2B/SS Isan Diaz: The most exciting Brewer prospect on the team has faced some lumps against enhanced competition this fall. Without Atlanta’s SS/2B Ozzie Albies, Diaz was looking to be the primary bat up the middle. However, he’s only played in three games thus far and has two errors in the field, paired with the fact that he’s only notched two hits in 12 trips to the plate. In his defense, those two hits were a double and a home run and he’s putting the bat on the ball facing better competition. He’s still very young for the league, but it’s tough to justify any of these numbers due to the small sample sizes.
OF Brett Phillips: Walks are Phillips’ best friend in the Fall League this season. Though he’s only nabbed two hits like Diaz, he’s walked four times in 16 trips to the plate – good enough to give him a .375 on-base percentage. He also has been doing well defensively, as some scouts have clocked him throwing 97 mph from the outfield – a definite example of his plus-plus arm.