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The Peoria Javelinas are off to a 1-4 start and in last place in the three-team AFL West division. Shortstop Nick Franklin (’10) is off to an 0-for-8 start, but has walked an AFL-high four times in three games and has scored twice. On the mound, right-hander Forrest Snow (’10-’11, pictured) is 1-0 with a scoreless 3.0 innings and three strikeouts. Lefty Brian Moran (’09-’10) has an ERA of 9.00 with two runs over his first 2.0 relief innings. Right-hander Steven Hensley (’09) has already served up a whopping five earned runs over two-thirds of an inning in his first outing for an ERA of 67.50.
Right-hander Evan Reed (’08) has thrown two scoreless outings for the Surprise Saguaros, each totaling one inning. He’s walked one while fanning three in that span.
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The 20th season of the Arizona Fall League formally kicks off today, and five former LumberKings are set to participate. Pitchers Steven Hensley (’09), Brian Moran (’09-’10) and Forrest Snow (’10-’11), plus shortstop Nick Franklin (’10) are on the Mariners-affiliated Peoria Javelinas roster, while pitcher Evan Reed (’07-’08), now a Florida Marlins farmhand, will pitch for the Surprise Saguaros.
Peoria hosts Salt River at 12:35 PM Mountain Time (I believe that should be 11:35 AM here), while Surprise heads to Scottsdale for a 6:35 PM MT start (5:35 PM here). I’ll be checking in periodically to see how they’re all doing.
Initially overlooked but not forgotten, former LumberKings’ outfielder Chad Tracy (’07) is part of the USA team participating in IBAF Baseball World Cup in Panama City, Panama. The US squad has defeated Cuba for the gold medal in each of the last two World Cup finals. The tournament started on October 2 and runs through the 15th. Hopefully I’ll have something for you on Tracy in the near future as well.
There’s an excellent article on MiLB.com today from the Arizona Fall League about former LumberKing Marcus Lemon (’07). He belted a grand slam for the Surprise Rafters yesterday, his second home run in five days. Unfortunately for Mariners fans, that slam came off Anthony Varvaro.
Former LumberKing Mitch Moreland (’08) is off to a solid start in the Arizona Fall League
following a broken foot suffered in August. Through seven games with the Surprise Rafters, Moreland is hitting .308 (9-for-26) with a pair of home runs and five RBI. The success comes on the heels of his 2009 season, in which Moreland hit .331 with 16 homers and 85 RBI between high-A Bakersfield and double-A Frisco.
Fans around Clinton won’t soon forget his 2008 season in which the Midwest League All-Star hit .324 with 18 home runs and 99 RBI in 123 games with the Kings.
View Mitch Moreland’s player page here:
As far as I can see, there’s no other former LumberKings playing in the Arizona Fall League aside from Moreland. If I’ve overlooked anyone, feel free to comment.