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Arizona Fall League Prospect Report — November 3, 2021

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Kole Cottam, C, Red Sox — Boston's fourth-round pick out of Kentucky in 2018 looked like he was having a career year following the lost 2020 season. Between High-A Greenville and Double-A Portland, the 24-year-old slashed .278/.371/.500 and slammed a career-best 10 homers (he entered the year with just 11 to his name). His season didn't begin until July 29, however, so he's using the Arizona Fall League to make up for lost time. He's played three seasons in the minors, but on Tuesday he achieved a pair of career-bests when he collected his first four-hit game and first multi-homer game in Scottsdale's walk-off win over Salt River. Even better? Cottam's last hit—a 10th-inning single—brought home the game-winning run.

Richie Palacios, OF, Guardians — Very quietly, Palacios—the brother of Josh and nephew of Rey—put together an excellent season in the Cleveland system. He struck out just 70 times while drawing 58 walks over the course of 428 plate appearances spent between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus, and posted an .874 OPS in the process. He had a big day on Tuesday in AFL action, collecting three hits—including his third home run of the AFL—and scoring three times in his team's win over Salt River.

Nick Gonzales, 2B, Pirates — The man can flat-out hit. Gonzales, the Pirates' first-rounder from the 2020 draft, spent his first year as a pro at High-A Greensboro, where he raked consistently but missed time with a broken finger. When he was on the field, he showed a quick, twitchy stroke geared for slicing line drives all over the yard. He has power, too, and on Tuesday connected on his first home run of the AFL. Most of his home run power came during games at hitter-friendly Greensboro, but he's a fine complement to Oneil Cruz in the resurgent Pirates system.

Roansy Contreras, RHP, Pirates — The man can flat-out pitch. Contreras, acquired from the Yankees in the Jameson Taillon deal (Peoria teammate Canaan Smith-Njigba came along with him), was one of the biggest revelations of the early season, which he spent flaming hitters in the Double-A Northeast. His entire arsenal was boosted a tick from its pre-pandemic state, and the pitcher who was formerly known as a high-floor, low-ceiling kind of arm showed wipeout stuff. He dealt with forearm soreness this year, but recovered in time to make a big league cameo at season's end. On Tuesday, he spun three perfect innings with five punchouts in Peoria's win over Surprise.

Gabriel Moreno, C, Blue Jays — With Riley Greene pulled before Opening Day, Spencer Torkelson gone with an ankle injury and C.J. Abrams having yet to debut, Moreno is the highest-ranking prospect in the Fall League. Lately, he's been showing everyone exactly why he's earned that reputation. He lashed a pair of doubles on Tuesday, one on a 97 mph fastball that he shot the opposite way down the first-base line and another he pulled into the left-field corner. His at-bats were impressive, too. The Blue Jays backstop worked counts all afternoon until he picked pitches he could impact. He saw 26 pitches in his five trips to the plate.

HITTERS

ORGCLASSRANKPLAYERABRHRBIAVGNOTES
ARIAFLCooper Hummel, OF1102.188
3 BB (11), CS (1),
ARIAFLBuddy Kennedy, 3B2213.158HR (1), BB (3),
ATLAFLLuke Waddell, SS4111.179BB (6),
BALAFLGreg Cullen, 2B2013.280
BOSAFLTriston Casas, 3B4112.3082B (3), BB (10),
BOSAFLKole Cottam, C5244.2942 HR (2),
BOSAFLJeter Downs, SS4100.257BB (14),
CHCAFLNelson Velazquez, LF4211.387HR (6), BB (12),
CHCAFLAndy Weber, SS3000.3202 BB (14),
CINAFLIvan Johnson, 2B4110.2372B (2),
CLEAFLRichard Palacios, 2B5332.321HR (3),
COLAFLEzequiel Tovar, SS1000.154
COLAFLMichael Toglia, 1B3010.280
COLAFLRyan Vilade, LF5220.267
CWSAFLYoelkis Cespedes, OF5120.234
CWSAFLYolbert Sanchez, SS3021.313
DETAFLEric De La Rosa, OF6110.235
HOUAFLGrae Kessinger, SS3110.263BB (4),
KCAFLNathan Eaton, 2B4123.444HR (1),
KCAFLLuca Tresh, C3000.118E (1),
KCAFLSeuly Matias, OF3000.226BB (8),
LAAAFLOrlando Martinez, RF4011.200
LAAAFLAnthony Mulrine, C3000.036
LADAFLJames Outman, CF5012.282SB (1),
LADAFLKody Hoese, 3B3000.161BB (3),
LADAFLJacob Amaya, SS3210.269BB (8),
LADAFLCarson Taylor, C2010.412
MIAAFLJJ Bleday, OF5010.3822B (6),
MIAAFLKameron Misner, OF3210.188BB (11), E (3),
MILAFLDavid Hamilton, SS2120.444
MILAFLJoe Gray, OF3113.0612B (1), 2 BB (5),
MINAFLAndrew Bechtold, 3B5001.205
NYMAFLBrett Baty, 3B4110.241
NYMAFLWilmer Reyes, SS5021.238
NYMAFLHayden Senger, C5010.231
NYYAFLElijah Dunham, OF4010.378E (1),
NYYAFLAndres Chaparro, 3B4111.2502B (4), E (1),
OAKAFLLogan Davidson, SS3110.262
2 BB (11), SB (1),
PHIAFLLogan O'Hoppe, C3211.3192 BB (16),
PHIAFLBryson Stott, SS3101.346BB (15), SB (4),
PITAFLJi-Hwan Bae, SS4211.315SB (6),
PITAFLNick Gonzales, SS4221.345
HR (1), BB (10), 2 SB (3),
PITAFLCanaan Smith-Njigba, LF5130.2633 2B (5), SB (4),
SDAFLMatt Batten, 2B4031.3262B (2),
SEAAFLCade Marlowe, LF1100.2054 BB (12),
SEAAFLJose Caballero, IF4013.250BB (5),
SFAFLHunter Bishop, OF2101.2502 BB (3),
SFAFLMarco Luciano, SS4020.213
SFAFLWill Wilson, SS4000.150
STLAFLJuan Yepez, 1B4010.283
TBAFLCurtis Mead, 2B4210.3092B (4),
TEXAFLEzequiel Duran, 2B3000.348
TEXAFLJustin Foscue, 2B4001.190
TORAFLGabriel Moreno, C4022.366
2 2B (6), BB (8), E (2),
TORAFLSpencer Horwitz, 1B4110.400
2B (3), BB (9), SB (2),
TORAFLLeonardo Jimenez, 2B2111.2172 BB (8),
WASAFLDonovan Casey, RF3210.2582B (2), BB (6),
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PITCHERS

ORGCLASSRANKPLAYERIPHRERBBKERANOTES
ATLAFLIndigo Diaz, RHP11000218.69
ATLAFLJake Higginbotham, LHP13441119.64
BOSAFLBrendan Cellucci, LHP11000111.57
BOSAFLAndrew Politi, RHP1.1344246.00
CHCAFLRyan Jensen, RHP4633307.30W (2-0)
CHCAFLCaleb Kilian, RHP4200048.00
CINAFLEddy Demurias, RHP0.2233308.44
CINAFLJacques Pucheu, LHP2200110.00
CLEAFLTanner Tully, LHP3.1422336.23
COLAFLJake Bird, RHP1.1110211.35L (0-1)
COLAFLMatt Dennis, RHP4311023.38
CWSAFLCaleb Freeman, RHP1.1200011.50
CWSAFLMcKinley Moore, RHP1.2100125.40
KCAFLStephen Woods, RHP1233214.50
LADAFLJeff Belge, LHP0.21332118.56L (0-1)
LADAFLKyle Hurt, RHP0.2322226.75
LADAFLLandon Knack, RHP3100314.26
LADAFLBobby Miller, RHP0.2122217.04
MIAAFLJustin Evans, RHP12110010.29
MILAFLTaylor Floyd, RHP1444106.75
MILAFLJ.T. Hintzen, RHP11110111.81
MILAFLJustin Jarvis, RHP2233144.00
MINAFLEvan Sisk, LHP1.10000111.37
NYYAFLClay Aguilar, LHP2.2231119.53L (1-1)
PITAFLMichael Burrows, RHP4211113.72
PITAFLRoansy Contreras, RHP3000054.50W (1-1)
TBAFLTrevor Brigden, RHP1222116.00
TBAFLCarlos Garcia, RHP2211001.69W (2-0)
TEXAFLTim Brennan, RHP1.1411108.53
TEXAFLEudrys Manon, RHP0.1000219.53
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