This edition of the Arizona Fall League Hot Sheet takes into account what AFL players did from Nov. 7- Nov. 12.
Contributing: J.J. Cooper, Ben Badler, Kyle Glaser and Josh Norris.
1. Steven Duggar, OF, Giants
Why He's Here: .313/.389/.875 (5-for-16), 4 R, 3 HR, 3 RBIs, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1 SB.
The Scoop: Duggar got off to a slow start in the Arizona Fall League, going 2-for-16 to start the season. But the speedy center fielder has five multi-hit games in the past eight games. Duggar is now second in the league with 17 runs scored and third in the league with nine steals (in 10 attempts). Duggar is a legit center fielder with speed and on-base skills who isn't that far away from San Francisco. (JJ)
2. Nicky Lopez, SS, Royals
Why He's Here:.412/.444/.765 (7-for-17), 2 HR, 6 RBIs, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 SB.
The Scoop: Lopez's AFL season has been a masterpiece of consistency. The man just piles up hits day after day. He's yet to have a three-hit game in the AFL, but he has 12 two-hit games in only 18 games overall. He's gotten on-base in every game he's played in the AFL and has been held hitless only once. Lopez's ability to stick at shortstop has never been in doubt. He doesn't have much power, but his bat-to-ball skills make him a future big leaguer. (JJ)
3. Sandy Alcantara, RHP, Cardinals
Why He’s Here: 1-0, 0.00, 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 SO, 0 BB
The Scoop: Alcantara possesses premium velocity but has below-average control and often leaves his fastball over the heart of the plate, resulting in a hit allowed per inning at Double-A, a rough go in his first MLB callup in September and a 5.73 ERA in his first four AFL starts. The lanky righthander showed how dangerous he can be when he's commanding his stuff in his most recent start however, keeping his 95-98 mph fastball off the big part plate and cruising through four scoreless innings. (KG)
4. Sean Murphy, C, Athletics
Why He's Here: .455/.600/.545 (5-for-11), 4 R, 1 2B, 2 RBIs, 4 BB, 1 SO.
The Scoop: Murphy's defensive credentials are pretty impeccable. Strong throwing arms for a catcher aren't as important as they used to be in the majors, but Murphy's arm is one of the best in the minors. He's also a quality receiver. But Murphy is also showing he's made adjustments after struggling post-promotion to Double-A. As Kyle Glaser relayed, he's using his lower half better, and is now hitting .317/.431/.383 for the AFL. (JJ)
5. Matt Beaty, 3B, Dodgers
Why He’s Here:.500/.538/.750 (6-for-12), 1 R, 3 2B, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO
The Scoop: Beaty has hit everywhere he's been, posting a career .311/.365/.449 slash line since being drafted in the 12th round out of Belmont in 2015. He put himself on the prospect radar by winning Texas League Player of the Year this season and was selected to the AFL Fall Stars Game even though he got off to a slow start. Beaty is heating up considerably in the final weeks, with 11 hits in his last 28 at-bats to raise his batting average 125 points since Oct. 27. (KG)
6. Tyler Beede, RHP, Giants
Team: Scottsdale Scorpions
Why He's Here: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 HR, 1 BB, 5 SO
The Scoop: Beede was sent to the AFL to make up for the innings he lost to a groin injury this year. After an awful first start, Beede has allowed only one run and six hits in his last nine innings. Beede hasn't shown a plus pitch in the AFL, but he does has a well-rounded repertoire with a fastball and curve that can both be above-average. (JJ)
7. Jonathan Davis, OF, Blue Jays
Why He's Here: .375/.474/.750 (6-for-16), 3 R, 3 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 2 BB, 2 SO, 1-for-2 SB
The Scoop: Davis is a longshot prospect, a 5-foot-8, 190-pound outfielder who was a 15th-round pick in 2013. Davis will be 26 next year in Triple-A, but he's beaten the odds to this point, showing just enough power, patience and speed to get closer to an opportunity to crack a major league roster. (BB)
8. Andres Muñoz, RHP, Padres
Why He’s Here: 0-0, 0.00, 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 SO, 1 BB
The Scoop: Munoz is the youngest player in the Fall League, but he's opening eyes nonetheless. Armed with a fastball that sits in the upper-90s and can touch triple-digits with tremendous life and carry as well as a sweepy slider, Munoz has struck out 10 in and allowed just four hits over 7.2 innings against just two walks. He's working on refining the shape of the slider and continuing to throw more strikes with his arsenal. As he's seen these improvements, he's gained confidence. (JN)
9. Chris Paul, 1B/3B/OF, Twins
Why He's Here: .385/.385/.769 (5-for-13), 4 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, 0 BB, 4 SO
The Scoop: When a 23-year-old hits .219/.273/.296 over 92 games in the high Class A Florida State League, as Paul did in 2016, that's the type of performance that follows with getting released before the following season. Instead, Paul returned to the FSL and hit .328/.380/.471 in 61 games in 2017. The odds are small for Paul to be an everyday player at the major league level, but Double-A next year will be a big test for him. (BB)
10. Art Warren, RHP, Mariners
Why He’s Here: 1-0, 0.00, 1 SV, 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 8 SO, 0 BB
The Scoop: Warren has been an organizational favorite of the Mariners since they picked him in the 23rd round out of Division II Ashland (Ohio) in 2015. With a fastball up to 99 mph and a big overhand curveball, Warren closed at high Class A Modesto this season and has been dominant in the Fall League. He has yet to allow a run in 10.1 innings with only four hits allowed, three walks and 11 strikeouts. (KG)