AFL Dish: Snyder Blasts Two Home Runs

Prospect Of The Day

Surprise first baseman Brandon Snyder (Orioles) propelled the Rafters to an 11-4 victory over the Peoria Javelinas. The Orioles’ 13th-overall pick in the 2005 draft, Snyder spent this season in class High A Frederick where he hit .315/.358/.490 for the Keys, earning the ninth spot on the Orioles’ top 10 prospect list released yesterday. His 13 home runs were the most of any season in his career and he’s now showing off his power in the Arizona Fall League.

Yesterday, Snyder went 2-for-5, but both of his hits sailed over the fence for home runs. Over his first 45 AFL at-bats, Snyder is hitting .333/.400/.667

Other Notable Performancs

Surprise third baseman Wes Hodges (Indians) also had a good day at the plate, going 2-for-5 with a double and a home run. The Georgia Tech product spent this season at Double A Akron, where he hit .290/.354/.466 with 18 home runs. . . Playing left field instead of his usual first base, Mesa slugger Logan Morrison (Marlins) didn’t let the change of scenery affect him at the plate. He went 2-for-5 with a home run—his fifth of the fall, second in the past two games and third in the past five games. . . Mesa first baseman Jeff Larish (Tigers) went 2-for-5 with two doubles, helping the Solar Sox top the Phoenix Desert Dogs, 11-5. . . As a member of the Peoria Javelinas’ taxi squad, Rays prospect Desmond Jennings only gets to play on Wednesdays and Saturdays. But he’s making the most of his time in Arizona. Yesterday, he went 2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base. Javelinas second baseman Chris Valaika (Reds) went 3-for-4 with a double. . . Scottsdale shortstop Kevin Frandsen (Giants) went 2-for-5 with a triple and is now hitting .338/.416/.403 in the AFL. . . Phoenix right fielder Eric Young Jr. went 1-for-4 in the loss, but stole his 18th base of the fall—leading the league by far. The next closest player is Frandsen with eight. He already has more stolen bases than any AFL player since at least 2005—as far back as the league’s statistical archives go.