A Rough Start for the Javelinas

We haven’t been to an Arizona Fall League game yet, having just finished up at meeting in Scottsdale after a pre-trip to Sedona, nor have we missed much. Our Peoria Javelinas haven’t won a game yet in four tries, the only winless team in the AFL’s first week at 0-4.

Among the three position players from the Phillies, Bryson Stott (SS) is off to a hot start with a team high 1.444 OPS, with 4 hits (including 3 doubles), 6 walks, 3 RBI, a stolen base, and 3 runs scored in 15 plate appearances. In a combined 22 plate appearances, Logan O’Hoppe (C) and Simon Muzziotti (OF) are hitless with 4 walks. O’Hoppe has struck out 5 times.

On the pitching side of the ledger, 23 year-old Hans Crouse had a decent first start going 4 innings, striking out 6, giving up 2 walks, 3 hits including a home run, and 2 earned runs. A potential sleeper in the Phils’ trade with the Rangers that also brought Kyle Gibson and Ian Kennedy over, in exchange for Spencer Howard, Hans started two major league games for the Phils at the end of the season and had some control problems, walking 7 batters in 7 innings.

The other Phillies pitcher to appear thus far is 27 year-old lanky left-hander Damon Jones. Here’s a nice clip of Jones fanning 11 Dunedin Blue Jays in a start two year ago for the Threshers in Clearwater. In his sole appearance with the Javelinas, Jones tossed two innings allowing a hit, no walks or runs, and striking out one,

When the rosters were first announced last month, the Phils had two other pitchers listed, James McArthur (RHP) and Erik Miller (LHP). In fact, the 6 foot 7 inch McArthur was tagged as a sleeper prospect by mlb.com. Yet curiously neither Miller nor McArthur appear on the current roster. There’s nothing online as to their whereabouts, so I’ll find out tomorrow when we take the 22 mile drive to Peoria to see the Javelinas plays the Saguaros if there’s an explanation for the surprise.

About Leonard J. Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD

Developmental Optometry is my passion as well as occupation. Blogging allows me to share thoughts in a unique visual style.
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4 Responses to A Rough Start for the Javelinas

  1. doctuhdon says:

    Len Press: best baseball writer and analyst since Buster Olney ( not to be confused with Broad & Olney)

  2. Marc Rachmuth says:

    If the Phillies operate to form, they’ll keep the players doing poorly and trade the player doing well for players doing poorly for other teams.

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