The 25th year of the Arizona Fall League began on Tuesday night, with Tim Tebow drawing most of the headlines. The normal attendance at these games is around 300 people, but the paid attendance was 912 for Tebow’s Scottsdale Scorpions debut in left field at Camelback Ranch. After going hitless in three trips in the #7 sport, Tebow was removed from the game in favor of a Phillies prospect recycled from last year’s AFL, Aaron Brown. Tebow did attract more attention after the game, comforting a fan who went down with a seizure.
While the reporters and Tebow crowds are following Tim around, I’ll keep my eye in the AFL on Ian Happ. Although Ian went hitless for the Mesa Solar Sox in his debut yesterday, DH-ing and betting third, he went 1-3 with a double and walk today in the #3 spot and playing second base. The Cubs Farm Report made this observation about Ian:
With veteran Ben Zobrist having three years left on his contract, as well as the slick-fielding Javier Baez along with hitting and fielding machine Chesny Young all ahead of him, it will be interesting to see how long the second base experiment with Happ continues. Happ’s performance in Arizona will go a long way in determining that.