A pensive 20 year-old Adam Engel, prospect from the Chicago White Sox, leads the AFL in average at .418, and is the Desert Dogs regular leadoff hitter.
Phillies prospect Aaron Brown, playing LF, has the most patience at the plate among our three position players. Although he isn’t hitting much for average yet, his outs are loud as they say, and he drives the ball well. Seems to know how to work a walk, and here is a sequence of him “looking runnerish” as Richie Ashburn used to say, being held on at 1B then on his way to stealing 2B after a walk.
Here is a strange turn of events that occurred yesterday. The Scottsdale Scorpions’ manager, Matt Quatraro disagreed with the home plate umpire’s strike zone, and gave him an earful from the dugout. The AFL is normally a placid environment, and you don’t see people ejected from the game. But the ump had sensitive ears, and held up the game after throwing Quatraro out. Seems like Matt was intent on displaying his discontent, so first he walked slowly down the RF line to the bullpen. The ump wouldn’t budge until he left the field, so Quatraro then hiked over to the seat, up to the concourse level, and finally disappeared from view (catcher Chris McGuire explaining the route he would have to take back to the clubhouse). Chances are he’s still muttering under his breath, but a fan in the next section had the best line of the day when he called out: “Come on, Blue. I didn’t pay $6 to sit here and wait!”