AFL Dish: Buchholz Back On Track

Prospect of the Day
Hours before the Red Sox rallied for an improbable win in Game 5 of the ALCS, Boston’s Clay Buchholz was in the process of authoring his own comeback story.

Buchholz, as you may recall, suffered through a disappointing 2008 season as the righthander opened in Boston, was demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket, got another shot in the majors but finished the year at Double-A Portland.

On Thursday afternoon, Buchholz fired five scoreless innings in the Scottsdale Scorpions’ 13-1 win against Surprise in the Arizona Fall League.

Buchholz now has eight scoreless innings in two starts. That includes seven strikeouts and only two walks, clearly a refreshing turnaround. While he had better results in Pawtucket and Portland, the righthander was 2-9, 6.75 in Boston this year.

Other Notables
Scottsdale shortstop Emmanuel Burris (Giants) finished with four hits and three runs scored, raising his numbers to .400/.471/.467 (12-for-30) through nine games. … Third baseman Shawn Bowman (Mets) was one of four Saguaros that had four hits in an 8-2 win against the Phoenix Desert Dogs. … Javelinas infielder Rhyne Hughes (Rays) enjoyed his fifth multi-hit game in eight tries in a wild, come-from-behind, 9-8 win against Mesa. He is now hitting .406/.472/.469.

In other news, the AFL will induct Indians manager Eric Wedge into its Hall of Fame in a 7 p.m. ceremony at Scottsdale Stadium. Wedge, who is in his sixth season in Cleveland, played for the Tucson Javelinas in 1993 as a member of the Rockies. The former Wichita State catcher helped the Javelinas to the AFL’s best record that season before falling to the Tempe Rafters in the championship.