We are now through two weeks of the Arizona Fall League with eight Angels getting playing time. The Mesa Solar Sox are 5-5 thru 10 games thus far, just two games back of the division lead.
As for the Angels prospects, the offense has been pretty much non-existent. Fourth best prospect Kaleb Cowart is 2-for-29 in seven games at third base. Eric Stamets has only played in three games, but has four hits so far in 12 at-bats. To round out the offense, Cal Towey and Chad Hinshaw have combined for 10 hits in 36 at-bats.
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In week one the pitching was dominate for the Angels prospects and that doesn’t change in week two. Nate Smith is the only starter on the roster for the Halos and he made one start this week. The left-hander pitched three and one-third innings and allowed two solo home runs. He also walked three while only striking out one. It wasn’t as dominant as week one, but still not bad for the 2014 Texas Leaguer.
Chris O’Grady and Trevor Gott still have a 0.00 ERA in a combined seven and two-thirds innings out of the bullpen. Gott has finished three games and recorded one save in limited innings. O’Grady recorded a win on the 16th of this month and pitched one inning today walking one and striking out one.
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Mark Sappington is the only reliever to give up a run so far. He allowed two last week and one this week for Mesa. The good news is that he has gotten a lot of ground balls and struck out five overall in four innings of work. Things just aren’t going his way luck wise and his ERA has suffered because of it.
Overall the pitching has been fantastic and the offense needs some work. It is really early, but I hope the offense can turn it around rather quickly. It can be tough to face the best every night, but that is how it is going to be in the big leagues, so better now to have major growing pains than when they actually get into the box against a Major League pitcher.
Next Monday will be report number three and I hope to be able to give you good news about the offensive players turning it around and the pitching continuing to dominate.