AFL Dish: Tomlin Shows Pinpoint Control

Prospect of the Day
Surprise righthander Josh Tomlin (Indians) turns 24 on Sunday, and there’s no reason he can’t celebrate early. Might we suggest a pool party in the Arizona desert? Just make sure to send us invitations.

It’s not a bad idea—not after Tomlin continued on his season-long trek on Tuesday and dominated once again in the Arizona Fall League. He started and threw four innings, giving up one run on four hits while not walking a batter and striking out four. Tomlin got the win for the effort, as the Rafters defeated the Peoria Saguaros, 8-6.

His AFL ERA is now 1.29 over his first two starts, with Tomlin having struck out nine of 28 batters and allowed only one earned run on six hits over seven innings.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Tomlin was the Indians’ 19th-round draft pick in 2006 out of Texas Tech. This season, Tomlin mostly pitched for high Class A Kinston in the Carolina League and made one start in Triple-A Buffalo. On the year, he threw 109 2/3 innings, giving up just 88 hits, striking out 112 and walking only 17. He went 10-5 with a 3.04 ERA.

Other Notable Performances
Surprise third baseman Tyler Greene (Cardinals) went 2-for-4 with a home run in the Rafters’ losing effort. Greene was a first-round pick for the Cardinals in 2005 (30th overall) out of Georgia Tech. Coming up the Cardinals’ minor-league ladder, he’s hit for some power, but strikes out a lot and, as a result, hasn’t posted encouraging on-base percentages. This year, he spent time between Springfield and Memphis and hit a combined .254/.311/.414. . . Surprise catcher Matt Wieters (Orioles) has been a man among boys this fall. With a 1-for-3 performance yesterday, Wieters is now hitting .500/.619/.750 over his first 16 AFL at-bats. He has a hit in every game so far this year. . . Rafters first baseman Beau Mills (Indians) also had a good day at the plate. Mills went 2-for-2 and scored three runs. During the regular season, Mills hit a solid .293/.373/.506 with 34 doubles and 21 home runs for Kinston. . . Javelinas infielder Carlos Triunfel (Mariners) continues to hit. Playing third base yesterday, the 18-year-oldTriunfel went 2-for-4 and is now hitting .360/.429/.600 over his first 25 AFL at-bats. . .  Phoenix first baseman Josh Donaldson (Athletics) went 2-for-4 with a double as the Desert Dogs topped the Javelinas, 5-4, by putting up three runs in the top of the ninth inning. Donaldson, who came over from the Cubs in the Rich Harden trade, is normally a catcher, but the A’s have been trying him out at third base and first base.