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Arizona Fall League Prospect Report — October 14, 2021

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Rejoice one, rejoice all — the time has come for baseball ... in Arizona ... in the fall. From Surprise and Scottsdale to Glendale and Salt River to Mesa and Peoria, the premier postseason prospect showcase has returned in all its glory with a bounty of talented players on each of the league's six rosters.

Carlos Cortes, OF, Mets — Cortes started his fall campaign strong, with three hits that included of the game's hardest-hit balls. The Mets' prospect went 3-for-4 with a triple against Padres prospect MacKenzie Gore. The three-bagger left the bat at 102.1 mph, one of 10 balls hit with triple-digit exit velocity. The 24-year-old South Carolina product had four games of three or more hits during the regular season, but is already a quarter of the way to matching that total in the 30-game AFL campaign.

Brett Baty, 3B, Mets — Carlos Cortes hit in the leadoff spot for Salt River, one spot ahead of his system-mate Baty, who had a similarly excellent AFL debut. One of the top prospects in the game, Baty went a perfect 3-for-3 for Salt River with a trio of singles, two of which were scalded. Both of his hits off of MacKenzie Gore were laced, with one at 106.5 mph off the bat and another at 108.7. Those two hits were among the top four exit velocities of the game.

MacKenzie Gore, LHP, Padres — Gore's prospect stock dipped significantly in 2021 thanks to a year that resulted him getting sent all the way back to San Diego's spring training home in Arizona before starting the climb back up the minor league ranks. Quite simply, Gore needs a strong turn in the Fall League. On Opening Day, he took the first step. The lefthander spun five innings of two-run ball with three strikeouts and a walk. He brought his fastball up to 98 mph and got 10 swinging strikes in 88 pitches. He threw 56 pitches for strikes, giving a 63.6% strike rate for the day.

Zach DeLoach, OF, Mariners — The first home run of the AFL belongs to DeLoach. He took Shumpei Yoshikawa deep in the sixth inning, redirected an 89 mph fastball for a three-run blast. The homer left the bat at 103.4 mph and traveled an estimated 429 feet to right-center field.

Asa Lacy, LHP, Royals — In much the same way as MacKenzie Gore, Lacy could use a strong Fall League to rinse the bitter taste of the 2021 regular season. In his first turn as a pro, Lacy struggled with control and command while spending the year at High-A Quad Cities. There, he posted identical marks of 7.1 in terms of both hits and walks per nine innings. Also like Gore, Lacy started his AFL on a strong note. The lefty whiffed four over two scoreless innings with one hit and one walk the only blemishes on his ledger and earned the win in Surprise's opener.

Triston Casas, 1B, Red Sox — The 2021 silver medalist kicked off his Arizona Fall League campaign with a bang by going deep in his first at-bat of the season. The top Red Sox prospect smacked 14 homers in the regular year over 86 games while showing the ability to hit for average and get on base. The 21-year-old Casas has the look of a powerful, profile masher at first base who will fit nicely into Boston's lineup in the near future.

CLEAFLMike Amditis, C40000
SFGAFLPatrick Bailey, C30100.3332B (1),
MIAAFLWill Banfield, C100002 BB (2),
SDPAFLMatt Batten, 2B41200.5SB (1),
NYMAFLBrett Baty, 3B32301BB (1),
MIAAFLJJ Bleday, OF40000
ARZAFLJose Caballero, IF40220.52B (1), BB (1), CS (1),
ARZAFLDominic Canzone, RF40220.52B (1), BB (1),
BOSAFLTriston Casas, 3B41220.5HR (1),
WSHAFLDonovan Casey, RF51110.2
CWSAFLYoelkis Cespedes, OF40110.252B (1),
NYYAFLAndres Chaparro, 3B40000
NYMAFLCarlos Cortes, 2B41300.753B (1), BB (1),
BOSAFLKole Cottam, C10000
OAKAFLLogan Davidson, SS30000BB (1),
SEAAFLZach DeLoach, CF41130.25HR (1), BB (1),
NYYAFLElijah Dunham, OF41300.75SB (1),
TBRAFLMatthew Dyer, C50100.2CS (1),
KCRAFLNathan Eaton, 2B41100.25SB (1),
TEXAFLJustin Foscue, 2B31100.3332 BB (2), CS (1),
PITAFLNick Gonzales, SS40100.25BB (1),
STLAFLNolan Gorman, 3B21130.5HR (1), BB (1),
MILAFLJoe Gray, OF40010BB (1),
LADAFLKody Hoese, 3B41100.25
TORAFLSpencer Horwitz, 1B40100.25
TEXAFLSam Huff, C40000BB (1),
ARZAFLCooper Hummel, OF10010BB (1),
LAAAFLJeremiah Jackson, SS20000
TORAFLLeonardo Jimenez, 2B30000E (1),
DETAFLRyan Kreidler, 3B41100.25BB (1), E (1),
HOUAFLKorey Lee, C41100.25BB (1),
HOUAFLPedro Leon, OF50000
SFGAFLMarco Luciano, SS40100.25
SEAAFLCade Marlowe, LF50000
LAAAFLOrlando Martinez, RF40200.53B (1),
KCRAFLSeuly Matias, OF40100.25
TBRAFLCurtis Mead, 2B40100.25
KCRAFLJake Means, 3B31100.3332B (1), BB (1),
MIAAFLKameron Misner, OF40000
STLAFLLars Nootbaar, RF21000BB (1),
PHIAFLLogan O'Hoppe, C41000BB (1),
LADAFLJames Outman, CF10000BB (1),
CLEAFLRichard Palacios, 2B21100.52B (1), 2 BB (2), CS (1),
WSHAFLIsrael Pineda, C20130.52B (1),
NYMAFLWilmer Reyes, SS40000E (1),
CWSAFLJose Rodriguez, IF20100.5
SDPAFLEguy Rosario, 2B50000
CWSAFLYolbert Sanchez, SS20100.5
NYMAFLHayden Senger, C20000
PITAFLCanaan Smith-Njigba, LF30100.3332B (1), 2 BB (2),
PHIAFLBryson Stott, SS222012B (1), 3 BB (3), SB (1),
BALAFLKyle Stowers, OF40000
CLEAFLJose Tena, SS41100.25
COLAFLMichael Toglia, 1B50100.2
DETAFLSpencer Torkelson, 3B41120.252B (1), BB (1),
CHCAFLLuis Vazquez, SS30000BB (1),
CHCAFLNelson Velazquez, LF40300.752 2B (2), CS (1),
MINAFLMatt Wallner, RF40100.25
NYYAFLAustin Wells, C20000BB (1),
STLAFLJuan Yepez, 1B30000
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Six Top 100 Prospects lead this week's Hot Sheet.

COLAFLJake Bird, RHP0.1000100
TBAFLTrevor Brigden, RHP1100110
CINAFLMichael Byrne, RHP1200020
ARIAFLSlade Cecconi, RHP2100410
OAKWINBryce Conley, RHP1100000
NYYAFLHarold Cortijo, RHP1000220
CWSAFLJohan Dominguez, RHP2211134.5W (1-0)
MIAAFLJustin Evans, RHP1000010
MIAAFLEvan Fitterer, RHP4411352.25L (0-1)
MILAFLTaylor Floyd, RHP1000020
TBAFLCarlos Garcia, RHP1000010
SDAFLMacKenzie Gore, LHP5622133.6
NYYAFLZach Greene, RHP1.1100040
WASAFLCole Henry, RHP2.2000160
NYMAFLColin Holderman, RHP1100010
LADAFLKyle Hurt, RHP1200020
KCAFLAsa Lacy, LHP2100140W (1-0)
NYMAFLBrian Metoyer, RHP1211119
TEXAFLSpencer Mraz, RHP1000010
STLAFLAndre Pallante, RHP3522156
TBAFLMatthew Peguero, RHP1000010
BOSAFLAndrew Politi, RHP1100020
ATLAFLJose Quezada, RHP1.1111216.75L (0-1)
TORAFLBrody Rodning, LHP1100010
SFAFLGregory Santos, RHP1.2100040
BOSAFLConnor Seabold, RHP2.13433311.57L (0-1)
ARIAFLMitchell Stumpo, RHP1100030W (1-0)
SEAAFLDevin Sweet, RHP12221218
STLAFLZack Thompson, LHP3000050Sv (3)
SDAFLMatt Waldron, RHP1211029
OAKAFLBrock Whittlesey, RHP13442136
MIAAFLJefry Yan, LHP1000030
ARIAFLShumpei Yoshikawa, RHP2.24443213.5

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