Arizona Fall League wrap-up
The Arizona Fall League season came to an end on Thursday; all that is remaining is Saturday’s championship game between the Salt River and Peoria clubs. The Cardinals group of participating Minor Leagues all played for the Surprise Saguaros, a team that finished 1.5 games behind Peoria in the AFL West division.
In case you missed it yesterday, cardinals.com ran a feature on the organization’s showing in the AFL. You can find that story here. Also, it’s worth mentioning that outfielder Mike O’Neill was named one of six nominees for the AFL’s Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award. The honor is considered a big deal for the league, and you can read more about it and O’Neill’s reaction as a finalist by clicking this link.
And finally, here are the final stat lines for the Cardinals’ AFL participants:
- RHP Seth Blair: 6 GS, 2-1, 20 IP, 17 H, 5 ER, 14 BB, 22 K
- LHP Sam Freeman: 7 G, 0-0, 7 IP, 11 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
- LHP Kevin Siegrist: 6 G (5 GS), 2-1, 19 IP, 15 H, 5 ER, 6 BB, 27 K
- RHP Boone Whiting: 7 GS, 3-2, 25.1 IP, 30 H, 13 ER, 8 BB, 33 K
- C Cody Stanley: 13 G, .286 BA, 7 R, 1 2B, 3 HR, 5 RBI, .296 OBP
- INF Colin Walsh: 16 G, .281 BA, 11 R, 6 2B, 1 HR, 14 RBI, .408 OBP
- INF Kolten Wong: 17 G, .324 BA, 12 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 12 RBI, 5 SB, .342 OBP
- OF Mike O’Neill: 18 G, .368 BA, 12 R, 2 2B, 7 RBI, 2 SB, .463 OBP
* Wong didn’t appear in a game after Nov. 8, the absence being the the result of a slight knee strain. Wong was cleared medically a few days later, farm director John Vuch said, and participated in normal pregame work for the last several days of AFL play. The Cardinals made the decision to hold him out the rest of the week only because the season was winding down. Vuch said “there’s no concern whatsoever about this being anything that will hamper [Wong] during his off[season work.”
** Walsh was a part of the taxi squad, meaning he was eligible to play only on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
*** Freeman’s AFL stint ended on Oct. 29 due to tendinitis in his left biceps.
**** Remember that all winter league stats can be found on this website in a really easy-to-read format separated by club.
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