AFL Dish: Flowers Blossoming In Arizona

Prospect Of The Day

For the fourth time in his professional career, Tyler Flowers had a multi-homer game yesterday.

Flowers was the Braves’ 33rd-round draft pick in 2005 and signed as a draft-and-follow out of Chipola (Fla.) Junior College. Because of some knee problems, he’s played both catcher and first base in the minors, but he’s hit well at every level. This season, playing for High A Myrtle Beach, Flowers hit .288/.427/.494 with 32 doubles, 17 home runs and nearly as many walks (98) as strikeouts (102).

Yesterday, Flowers was behind the plate for Mesa and went 4-for-5 with two home runs to help the Solar Sox knock off the Surprise Rafters, 8-3.

Flowers is now hitting .458/.500/.958 over his first 24 AFL at-bats.

Other Notable Performances

Surprise left fielder Nolan Reimold (Orioles) went deep for the second game in a row. Reimold had 25 home runs this year for Double A Bowie. . . Phoenix catcher J.P. Arencibia (Blue Jays) went 2-for-5 yesterday with his second home run of the fall as the Desert Dogs defeated the Scottsdale Scorpions, 10-6. Arencibia’s power is for real, as he hit 27 balls over the fence this season between high Class A Dunedin and Double A New Hampshire, but he walked just 18 times in 537 plate appearances. . . Astros’ farmhand Brian Bogusevic was playing center field for the Scorpions yesterday and went 2-for-3 with two RBIs as he tries to make the big leagues as a hitter after stepping off the mound this summer. So far, so good, as Bogusevic hit .371/.447/.556 over 124 Double A at-bats. . . Peoria Saguaros second baseman Daniel Murphy (Mets) went 3-for-5 yesterday with a double, but his team lost a slugfest against the Peoria Javelinas, 18-11. Murphy hit .308/.374/.496 over 357 at-bats for Double A Binghampton and then followed that up by hitting .313/.397/.473 over 131 at-bats for the Mets. . . The Javelinas’ second baseman yesterday was Justin Turner (Reds), who also had a good game. The Reds’ seventh-round draft pick in 2006 out of Cal State Fullerton went 4-for-4 with a double, raising his AFL line to .320/.414/.360. . . His teammate, first baseman Rhyne Hughes (Rays), went 3-for-6 with a triple and a home run. Hughes is having a great fall, but struggled against lefthanded pitching this season at Double A Montgomery. . . Saguaros lefthander Aaron Poreda threw a scoreless inning in the high-scoring game. He didn’t allow a hit and struck out two in the frame, giving him eight strikeouts in five innings in the AFL.