Arizona Fall League Week in Review: October 15-21

Scott Blewett was just named the Arizona Fall League pitcher of the week for his performance last week.  Blewett said he has been working to keep his velocity through his starts.  Blewett has also been working on adding a fourth pitch, a new slider.

The Saguaros did not have the best week going 2-4 and giving up almost 9 runs a game.  However, they did start the week of right winning 2-0 in shutout fashion using only Royal pitchers.  Scott Blewett started going 4.0 innings giving up 2 H, 1 BB, and 4 K.  Blewett was followed by Arnaldo Hernandez who threw 2.0 innings giving up 2 H, 0 BB, and 1 K.  Grant Gavin followed throwing 2.0 innings giving up 0 H, 1 BB, and 3 K.  Walker Sheller finished the game earning his second save of the AFL season with a perfect inning.

On Tuesday, Nick Heath batter leadoff and went 3-4 with 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K, and 3 stolen bases.  Meibrys Viloria batted fifth while catching and went 0-4 but had a BB and K.  Khalil Lee served as the DH and hit 8th.  Lee went 2-5 with a double and home run.  Lee added 2 R, 2 RBI, but struck out 3 times.

Wednesday the Royals did not have any players get into the game.

Thursday was a total beat down for the Saguaros who gave up 18 runs and scored 2.  Lee played RF and hit second going 0-4 with 2 K.  Viloria caught and hit fifth going 1-2 with 1 R and 2 BB.  Heath hit eighth and was used as the DH.  Heath went 0-2 with a BB and K.  Hernandez pitched 2.1 innings giving up no runs, 3 H, 1 BB, and 2 K.  He also picked a runner off.  Gavin threw 2.0 scoreless innings giving up no hits or BBs and striking out 1.  Sheller learned that things can go bad in a hurry in the AFL.  He gave up 5 ER on 3 H and 2 BB in just 0.2 innings capped by a 3-run homer.

The Saguaros got back on the winning track Friday beating Mesa 3 to 1.  Heath lead off the game playing RF and went 0-3 with a R, BB, K, and 2 stolen bases.  Lee played CF batting eighth and went 0-4 with an RBI.

Sundays are always off days in the AFL so Saturday was the last chance to finish with a .500 record on the week but the Saguaros couldn’t hold the lead Blewett gave to them.  Blewett got a rare two start week getting a no decision in 3.1 innings allowing 1 ER on 3 H, 3 BB, and 2 K.  The only run he gave up was a solo home run to Phillies prospect Darick Hall.  Blewett threw to battery mate Viloria who hit seventh.  Viloria went 0-3 with 1 BB and 2 K.  Viloria did steal a base.  Heath played CF and hit ninth going 1-4 with a BB and K.

Khalil Lee – Lee has been in a slump going 3-22 on the week with a double and home run.  He had 2 R, 3 RBI, but had 0 BBs and 8 Ks.

Meibrys Viloria –Viloria has also been in a mini-slump going 1-9 with a double and R.  He did take 4 BBs though compared to 3 K so he is still getting on base despite the slow week with the bat.

Nick Heath – Heath stole 5 bases this week in 5 attempts.  His speed will play for anybody.  Heath went 4-13 on the week but added 5 BBs making his weekly on base percentage an even 50%.  Rex has said many times that speed doesn’t slump.  Even though Heath hit .308 for the week I’m using him and Lee as an example of this old saying.  If Lee has the week he had with the bat but adds 5 BBs and 5 stolen bases he is a productive member of his lineup.  But because he didn’t, it would be tough to keep putting him out there in the lineup.  Lee has really good speed so he needs to figure out how to still get on base while he is in a 3-22 stretch.

Scott Blewett – Blewett got two starts on the week getting a win and no decision.  He threw a total of 7.1 innings allowing 1 ER, 5 H, 4 BB, and 6 K.  The low run total is encouraging but the base runner total could be lowered with a little more control in the zone.  Blewett is putting pressure on the Royals to add him to the 40-man roster before December.

Grant Gavin – Gavin threw 4.0 innings of no run, no hit baseball.  He allowed a BB and had 4 K.

Walker Sheller – Sheller gave up the 3-run homer with two outs to blow up his weekly totals.  Sheller went 1.2 innings allowing 5 ER on 3 H, 2, and 1 K.  His ERA will be skewed the rest of the AFL.

Arnaldo Hernandez – Arnaldo threw 4.1 innings giving up no runs on 5 H, 1 BB, and 3 K.  It was a solid week for Arnaldo and he is continuing to put pressure on the Royals to add him to the 40-man roster.

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2 thoughts on “Arizona Fall League Week in Review: October 15-21

  1. The AFL is such a good opportunity for players to get another experience to improve. I don’t worry about results as much as getting playing time. Some of the players are worn out after long regular season. Nick Heath is making a good impression. I have high hopes for Arnaldo Hernandez. He will be 40 man roster addition in my mind. After his 2018 rise through KC, he is prime Rule 5 material if left off 40 man. Good for Scott Blewitt. If he could come on in 2019, I could see him in KC by end of year. He has logged lots of minor league innings.

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    • Thanks for the comment Dave. I picked Blewett to be the best MILB pitcher in the organization at the end of the year that wasn’t drafted or signed during this year. I missed that prediction but he did have a solid season and in the MiLB article he said that he is really feeling good and was looking forward to the fall. I hope he can continue what he has done so far minus some of the walks. He was still 94-95 most of the time I saw him this summer so the arm strength is there. It’s just a matter of putting it all together next year.

      Arnaldo will be in the big leagues next year barring injury. I hope it’s with the Royals. I could see them using a Rule 5 pick somewhere and trying to keep a bullpen guy next year as well. If that’s the case, and they find a way to add both Blewett and Hernandez to protect them, they will be in the minors until probably September when the rosters expand. There are some other guys that need to be considered for protection as well, but I think these are the two who have the highest chance of being plucked away.

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