Arizona Fall League Update: 11/1/21

Nate Eaton:
– .439/.477/.610/1.087
– 5 doubles, 1 triple
– 3 walks, 10 strikeouts
– 3 stolen bases, 0 caught stealing

Eaton continues to impress in Arizona. He added a trio of walks and another double to his ledger last week and has played some stellar defense in the process. I still don’t know what his future with the big league club looks like, but if Eaton can hit anything like this with Double-A Northwest Arkansas next summer, he could potentially finish the 2022 season with Triple-A Omaha where he’ll still be just 25 years old and knocking on the door of the big leagues. He’s got some solid tools to work with and, like I said, he’s a solid defender on the infield. This Fall League appearance could be the springboard that Eaton needed to achieve prospect legitimacy.

Seuly Matias:
– .261/.352/.609/.960
– 1 double, 5 home runs
– 7 walks, 19 strikeouts

Seuly has been on an absolute tear in Arizona. He hit 3 HR and a double this week, as well as a walk off single for the Surprise Saguaros. One HR traveled 462 feet and sounded like it was shot out of a freaking cannon. Seuly’s power has been on full display in Arizona, as has his issues swinging and missing at pitches, specifically out of the strike zone. Seuly’s K% is up to 35.2% in 54 PA and while the power is exactly what you’d expect from Matias when healthy, so have been the strikeouts. The good news for Matias is that, while the strikeouts are up, so are the walks. Seuly is walking in 13% of his PA in Arizona and while it’s just 54 PA, it’s good to see him showing some semblance of plate discipline this fall. Joey Gallo has made a nice career of hitting a lot of HR and striking out a lot because he’s also been super patient at the plate. If Seuly can channel some of that, and prove that he can take a walk periodically, he’s going to make his way to the big leagues eventually.

Luca Tresh

Luca still isn’t playing much, but he did pick up a couple of hits this past week, including a double and a stolen base.

Jake Means

Things still aren’t going as the way I’m sure Jake would’ve liked this fall. There’s still plenty of games left to be played in Arizona, so we’ll see how he handles things moving forward.

Asa Lacy
– 7.2 IP in 4 starts
– 15 K, 6 BB, 5 H

Lacy currently ranks 4th among all Fall League pitchers in strikeouts with 15, despite ranking just 33rd in IP with 7.2. Three of his four outings have been very good despite an obvious pitch count he’s being held to, but Lacy has been mostly as advertised so far. 15 K, 6 BB, 2.35 ERA in 7.2 IP. Some great results, some “meh” results, and some loud stuff coming out of his hand every time out. He topped out at 100 mph for the first time last week and his breaking ball has just been sick at times. We’ll probably have to wait until spring to see what Lacy can do at Double-A to make any real, new judgements about him.

Zach Haake
– 9 IP in 3 outings
– 10 K, 4 BB, 6 H

Another good week for Haake, the 25-year old RHP who is Rule 5 eligible for the first time this offseason. His stuff continues to impress in Arizona and he’s currently making this offseason even more difficult for the Royals than it probably already was. Haake has electric stuff and could be attractive for a team that thinks they can stash him in their bullpen in 2022. Haake may not have been on the radar for the 40-man roster in September, but he’s certainly in the conversation now.

Stephen Woods Jr.
– 7 IP in 5 outings
– 8 K, 5 BB, 5 H

Woods continues to look pretty good in relief appearances. He did not look good at all in the Northwest Arkansas rotation to begin 2021, but found a ton of success as a reliever and has built on that success in Arizona. His fastball reaches the upper-90’s with regularity and while Woods is still a work in progress, he could find himself in the big league bullpen next summer.

Mitch Ellis

It was a better week for Ellis but still not the fall he may have hoped for. The stuff still looks good though. Interesting relief profile.

Photo Credits: Doc Riddle (@TheGrandOldGame)

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