AFL Dish: McKenry Launches Three HRs

Prospect Of The Day
Phoenix DH Mike McKenry (Rockies) had a game to remember yesterday. After all, it isn’t often that a player hits three home runs in a game. In fact, since 2005, McKenry became just the third player in the Arizona Fall League to leave the park three times in a game—and he did it by the fourth inning. It was part of a 3-for-5 night with seven RBIs as the Desert Dogs topped the Surprise Rafters, 16-7.

For McKenry, it was the second multi-HR game of his professional career. Normally a catcher, he was drafted by the Rockies in the seventh round of the 2006 draft out of Middle Tennessee State. He got off to a slow start (.216/.303/.339 )in 2006 as he transitioned to playing everyday and swinging wood bats with the Tri-City Dust Devils. In 2007, he moved up to low Class A Asheville in the South Atlantic League and hit .287/.392/.539 with 22 home runs. He spent this year with high Class A Modesto in the California League and hit .258/.360/.468 with 18 home runs.

The other two players to hit at least three home runs in an AFL game since 2005 are Brandon Wood (Angels), who actually hit four home runs on Oct. 10, 2005 and Michael Johnson (Padres) on Oct. 25, 2005.

Other Notable Performances
Desert Dogs first baseman Sean Doolittle (Athletics) went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, joining McKenry atop the AFL leaderboard as he also hit his fifth home run of the fall. . . Two Orioles’ prospects had good games in the losing effort for Surprise. Third baseman Brandon Snyder went 2-for-4 with a double and is now hitting .398/.469/.679 over 28 at-bats. Catcher Matt Wieters went 1-for-4 and hit his first AFL home run. . . Peoria Saguaros shortstop Ian Desmond (Nationals) went 3-for-3 with a double, a triple and three RBIs to help his team beat the Mesa Solar Sox, 13-2. . . Javelinas first baseman Rhyne Hughes (Rays) went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple and an RBI as Peoria topped the Scottsdale Scorpions, 6-3. Over 62 at-bats, Hughes has been one of the AFL’s most consistent hitters, with a line of .435/.463/.677.