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Arizona Fall League Prospect Report — November 18, 2021

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Canaan Smith-Njigba (Photo by Bill Mitchell)

Canaan Smith-Njigba, OF, Pirates—Smith-Njigba made headlines for charging the mound and starting a brawl earlier this month, but that’s overshadowed what has been a productive fall for the 22-year-old outfielder. Smith-Njigba went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer to lead Peoria to a 5-2 win over Surprise on Wednesday. Smith-Njigba got the scoring started in the second inning with his two-run blast, led off the fifth inning with a single and drew a leadoff walk in the ninth to reach base for a third time. Overall, the Pirates No. 29 prospect is batting .333/.447/.510 with nearly as many walks (13) as strikeouts (16) in the Fall League.

Michael Burrows, RHP, Pirates – While Smith-Njigba led Peoria’s offense, his organization-mate Burrows set the tone on the mound. Burrows pitched three scoreless innings with one hit allowed, one walk and six strikeouts to improve to 2-0, 3.52 in the AFL. The Pirates No. 10 prospect broke out with a 2.20 ERA in 13 starts for High-A Greensboro this year, and his performance in the AFL further solidified his place as a rising prospect in the Pirates organization.

David Hamilton, SS/2B, Brewers – Hamilton likely would have gone higher in the 2019 draft if not for a ruptured Achilles tendon that caused him to miss the entire year. The coronavirus pandemic cost him another season in 2020, but now that he’s back on the field, he’s showing what he can do. Hamilton went 2-for-4 with a triple in Salt River’s 4-3 loss to Scottsdale to continue his impressive AFL showing. After rising to Double-A in his first full season, Hamilton is now batting .324/.457/.512 for the Rafters this fall.

Graham Spraker, RHP, Blue Jays – The AFL season is almost over and Spraker still has yet to allow a run. The 26-year-old righthander made his 11th scoreless appearance of the fall in Mesa’s 3-2 loss to Glendale, stranding a runner on third to end the ninth inning and keep his scoreless streak alive. After allowing a leadoff single to Jacob Amaya, Spraker quickly retired the next three batters and finished with a strikeout of Astros No. 1 prospect Korey Lee. Overall, Spraker has thrown 11.1 innings with four hits allowed, two walks and 17 strikeouts.


ARIAFLBuddy Kennedy, 3B4111.250E (2),
ATLAFLLuke Waddell, SS4121.273SB (3),
BALAFLGreg Cullen, 2B4100.250BB (9),
BOSAFLChristian Koss, SS3110.229SB (2),
BOSAFLTriston Casas, 3B3011.372
BOSAFLJeter Downs, SS3010.208
CHCAFLNelson Velazquez, LF4021.366
CINAFLMike Siani, CF4010.300BB (10),
CLEAFLJose Tena, SS3100.387BB (10),
CLEAFLMike Amditis, C2000.136BB (6),
COLAFLRyan Vilade, LF3010.247
COLAFLMichael Toglia, 1B4020.264
DETAFLEric De La Rosa, OF3011.2182B (1),
HOUAFLPedro Leon, OF2000.2502 BB (12),
HOUAFLKorey Lee, C4112.237HR (1), BB (9),
KCAFLSeuly Matias, OF4000.188
KCAFLNathan Eaton, 2B5010.329
KCAFLJake Means, 3B4112.179HR (1),
LAAAFLOrlando Martinez, RF5010.224
LADAFLJames Outman, CF2110.292
2 BB (14), SB (2),
LADAFLCarson Taylor, C3011.324
LADAFLKody Hoese, 3B4000.200E (3),
LADAFLJacob Amaya, SS4010.320BB (13),
MIAAFLTroy Johnston, OF4010.294
MIAAFLJJ Bleday, OF3110.3153B (1), BB (19),
MILAFLDavid Hamilton, SS4120.3243B (2),
MILAFLJoe Gray, OF3000.069
MINAFLMichael Helman, 2B2000.216BB (9), SB (7),
NYMAFLBrett Baty, 3B3010.302
NYMAFLHayden Senger, C2000.194BB (8),
NYMAFLWilmer Reyes, SS3111.226HR (1),
NYYAFLAndres Chaparro, 3B3100.234BB (8), 2 E (4),
OAKAFLJonah Bride, 3B2000.2402 BB (15),
OAKAFLJeremy Eierman, SS4000.097
OAKAFLAustin Beck, OF5000.176
PHIAFLBryson Stott, SS2001.317BB (23),
PITAFLCanaan Smith-Njigba, LF3122.333HR (1), BB (13),
PITAFLJi-Hwan Bae, SS5210.2442B (3),
SDAFLEguy Rosario, 2B3000.267BB (10),
SDAFLChandler Seagle, C3000.233BB (1),
SDAFLMatt Batten, 2B4000.270CS (1),
SEAAFLCade Marlowe, LF4010.203
SEAAFLZach DeLoach, CF4111.162
SFAFLHunter Bishop, OF2011.250BB (6),
SFAFLWill Wilson, SS1110.156BB (6),
STLAFLBrendan Donovan, 3B4000.333BB (10),
STLAFLJuan Yepez, 1B4110.2932B (8), BB (12),
TBAFLJordan Qsar, OF2001.200BB (3),
TEXAFLJustin Foscue, 2B4020.250SB (3),
TORAFLLeonardo Jimenez, 2B4030.2572B (4),
TORAFLGabriel Moreno, C3000.329BB (13),
WASAFLDrew Millas, C2000.1962 BB (12),
WASAFLJackson Cluff, SS4010.338
WASAFLIsrael Pineda, C3000.296BB (2),
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ARIAFLKeegan Curtis, RHP1111203.86L (0-1)
BALAFLNick Vespi, LHP1000102.51
BOSAFLAndrew Politi, RHP1000005.84Sv (2)
CINAFLEddy Demurias, RHP1100008.31
CINAFLJames Marinan, RHP4333127.00L (0-1)
CINAFLJacques Pucheu, LHP2320021.93
CWSAFLCaleb Freeman, RHP1000010.90
DETAFLWilmer Flores, RHP0111319.95
HOUAFLChad Donato, RHP4421126.30
HOUAFLJoe Record, RHP2200110.00Sv (2)
MIAAFLJosh Simpson, LHP1000246.08
MILAFLJ.T. Hintzen, RHP2100115.68
MILAFLLun Zhao, RHP2220105.14
MINAFLCody Laweryson, RHP1100013.86
NYYAFLZach Greene, RHP1000204.91
OAKAFLHogan Harris, LHP3100227.20
OAKAFLJeff Criswell, RHP2433446.75L (2-1)
PHIAFLDamon Jones, LHP1200020.87
PITAFLMichael Burrows, RHP3100163.52W (2-0)
PITAFLCarmen Mlodzinski, RHP2100224.91Sv (1)
SDAFLMatt Waldron, RHP2000123.00
SEAAFLDevin Sweet, RHP1222114.32
SFAFLR.J. Dabovich, RHP1000121.69W (1-0)
STLAFLZack Thompson, LHP2100341.56W (3-0)
TBAFLCarlos Garcia, RHP2100013.60
TBAFLCaleb Sampen, RHP2733015.51
TORAFLGraham Spraker, RHP1100010.00
WASAFLTodd Peterson, RHP1000102.89
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