AFL Dish: De Jesus Keeps Hitting

Prospect of the Day
Surprise shortstop Ivan De Jesus (Dodgers) had a great day at the plate yesterday, going 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs, but he couldn’t do it all and the Rafters fell to the Peoria Saguaros, 11-6.

De Jesus is now hitting .333/.368/.444 over 18 at-bats in Arizona and the experience caps a very successful season for the 21-year-old. In Double-A Jacksonville this year, De Jesus hit .324/.419/.423 with 21 doubles, two triples and seven home runs. He walked 76 times, struck out 81 and stole 16 bases in 18 attempts. The son of a former big leaguer (also named Ivan De Jesus) also played in the Futures Game and went 2-for-3.

Other Notable Performances
Rockies righthander Casey Weathers was removed seven pitches into his outing for the Phoenix Desert Dogs and was flown to Denver for an MRI. Results will be known Tuesday, but initial media reports indicate the Rockies are optimistic that it’s not Weathers’ elbow but flexor tendon that caused pain. … Rafters first baseman Brandon Snyder (Orioles) went deep yesterday as part of a 2-for-3 day at the plate. The former catcher hit .315/.358/.490 for high Class A Frederick this season. . . Peoria Saguaros second baseman Daniel Murphy (Mets) was perfect at the plate yesterday, going 4-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and three runs scored. Murphy, a 13th-round pick in 2006 out of Jacksonville, got 131 at-bats with the big league club at the end of the season and was impressive, hitting .313/.397/.473. . . Peoria Javelinas second baseman Carlos Triunfel (Mariners) continued to pound the ball, going 1-for-4 with his first AFL home run. . . Phoenix third baseman Rusty Ryal (Diamondbacks) went 2-for-3 with two home runs to help the Desert Dogs knock off the Javelinas, 3-2. Ryal’s teammate, second baseman Chris Nelson (Rockies) hit a solo home run and also went 2-for-3 yesterday. The game also featured a nice pitching matchup. Righthander Phil Hughes (Yankees) took the hill for the Javelinas and gave up one run on four hits over five innings, while walking one and striking out three. The run allowed was his first this fall, raising his ERA to 0.90. Opposing him was righthander Max Scherzer (Diamondbacks). Scherzer also threw five innings, but gave up two runs on four hits while walking two and striking out nine. . . Over in Scottsdale, another big arm was on the bump. Mesa righthander Tommy Hanson (Braves) started for the Solar Sox and didn’t allow a hit over 2 2/3 innings. He did, however, walk three, but also struck out four as Mesa shut out the Scottsdale Scorpions, 7-0. Solar Sox catcher Tyler Flowers (Braves) went 2-for-3, shortstop Jason Donald (Phillies) went 2-for-4 with a triple and DH Tyler Colvin (Cubs) went 1-for-4 with a solo home run.