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Arizona Fall League Angels Prospect Update 10/19

The Arizona Fall League is in full swing and 7 Angels prospects are trying to prove their worth

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

While most of the world watches the MLB playoffs, prospects from around the league are showing off their stuff in the Arizona Fall League which started last week and runs through mid November.

The Angels prospects play on the Scottsdale Scorpions whose roster also includes prospects from the Mets (Hi Tebow!), Yankees, Phillies, and Giants.  The Angels sent 4 pitchers, a catcher, an infielder, and an outfielder to the AFL, so let's check in how they are doing one week into the season.

  1. Victor Alcantara, 23, RHP - Alcantara has pitched in two games so far for a total of 2 innings.  In both outings he gave up runs including 1 in his first 1.1 inning appearance and 4 more in his second appearance.  He's already walked 4 in his 2 innings so isn't off to a great start so far.
  2. Adam Hofacket, 22, RHP -  Hofacket has also seen action in 2 games so far and despite giving up 2 runs in his first outing, he's looking decent with 3 Ks and only 1 walk in 2.2 innings.
  3. Grayson Long, 22, RHP -  Long has had 1 start this fall and gave up 3 runs in 3 innings on 7 hits and 3 walks which gives him a WHIP north of 3.  Not a great first start but we'll see what he can do next time out.
  4. Eduardo Paredes, 21, RHP - Paredes, like the other prospect pitchers has also given up some runs.  He's pitched twice and given up a run in both appearances.  In 2.2 innings he's given up 2 hits and 2 walks and has struck out 4.
  5. Taylor Ward, 23, C  - Ward leads the fielding prospects with a .300 AVG.  Yep.  You read that right.  It's only 10 AB, but still...  Also, 2 of his 3 hits have been doubles.
  6. David Fletcher, 22, INF - Fletcher has only appeared in 2 games but has a .400 OBP in those 8 AB.  he has a double and has only struck out once.
  7. Michael Hermosillo, 21, OF - Hermosillo has 2 doubles, 2 walks and a .267 AVG.
Most of these guys haven't seen a lot of playing time so it's hard to judge them on what we've seen so far.  But if look at top prospects from other teams, like Nick Gordon, you are seeing what a top farm system can product.  Gordon was a first round draft pick and he leads the AFL with a .500 AVG and .579 OBP.

We'll see how these guys shape up over the coming weeks.