AFL Dish: Flowers Launches Three Home Runs

Prospect Of The Day
The last time Mesa catcher Tyler Flowers (Braves) was AFL Prospect Of The Day was in late October when he hit two home runs in a game. This time, he outdid himself.

Flowers went 3-for-4 yesterday with three home runs, leapfrogging two players to put him in the league lead for home runs. His seven RBIs yesterday helped the Solar Sox trample the Surprise Rafters, 16-4.

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).

Through 62 AFL at-bats, Flowers is hitting a robust .387/.458/1.000.

Other Notable Performances

Even before the Solar Sox started putting runs on the board in bunches, things were looking bleak for Surprise. That’s because Mesa righthander Tommy Hanson (Braves) was on the mound. Hanson has been nearly unhittable this fall and his dominance continued yesterday. Through five innings, Hanson gave up one run on five hits, walking one and striking out nine for the win. Through 23 2/3 AFL innings, Hanson is now 4-0, 0.76 with five walks and 39 strikeouts. . . Mesa DH Logan Morrison (Marlins) continues to pound the ball. Yesterday, Morrison went 3-for-4 with a double, raising his league-leading batting average to .448. . . Mesa first baseman Casper Wells (Tigers) stayed hot with a 2-for-5 day at the plate that included two home runs. Wells now has four home runs in the last three games. . . Scottsdale center fielder Brian Bogusevic (Astros) went 2-for-6 with a home run, but the Scorpions and Phoenix Desert Dogs ended in a 5-5 tie after 11 innings of play. Scottsdale right fielder Josh Reddick (Red Sox) went 1-for-5 with a home run and  Phoenix catcher Mike McKenry (Rockies) went 3-for-5. . . Peoria Saguaros righthander Adam Ottavino (Cardinals) threw four scoreless innings as the Saguaros edged the Peoria Javelinas, 3-2. Ottavino walked one and struck out six in the outing.