AFL Dish: Nelson Does It All In Desert Dogs’ Victory

Prospect Of The Day

The day just kept getting better and better for Phoenix second baseman Chris Nelson (Rockies). In the second inning, he flied out to right field. When he came up in the four inning, he singled on a line drive to left field and then stole second base. In the sixth inning, Nelson hit a home run out to center field. With his team teeing off against Scottsdale, he came up again in the next frame and laced a triple. For an encore, he stepped to the plate yet again in the eighth inning and hit another home run.

All told, Nelson went 4-for-5 on the day with a single, a triple, two home runs, five RBIs and a stolen base to help the Desert Dogs crush the Scorpions, 15-6.

Nelson mostly played shortstop this season between high Class A Modesto and Double A Tulsa where he hit .230/.315/.342.

In Arizona, Nelson has seen some time at second base and has been stinging the ball. Through 71 at-bats in the AFL, Nelson has hit .352/.407/.676.

Other Notable Performances

Phoenix right fielder Sean Doolittle (Athletics) went 3-for-5 with a double and his teammate, first baseman Josh Donaldson (Athletics) went 3-for-5 with a home run. . . Scottsdale right fielder Drew Sutton (Astros) homered in the loss as part of a 1-for-5 day at the plate. . . Mesa first baseman Casper Wells (Tigers) has been on fire lately. He went 1-for-5 yesterday, but the hit sailed over the fence. The home run gives Wells seven in the AFL, five of which have come in the past four games. Wells has 20 hits this fall and 10 of them have gone for extra bases. Through 62 at-bats, he is hitting .323/.440/.710. . . Peoria Saguaros DH Gordon Beckham (White Sox) continued his hot hitting by going 2-for-5 with a home run. Beckham has gotten a hit in every game but one this fall and is now hitting .403/.479/.677. . . Peoria Javelinas right fielder Lorenzo Cain (Brewers) went 1-for-3 with a home run as the Javelinas topped the Saguaros, 9-6.