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Arizona Fall League Prospect Report — October 19, 2021

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Austin Wells, C, Yankees — Wells was the Yankees' first selection in the 2020 draft and spent all of his first pro season reinforcing his credentials as a hitter. His numbers this season—.264/.390/.476 with 16 homers—were especially impressive when one considers that Wells played just 71 games in college due to the pandemic and his status as a draft-eligible sophomore. On Monday, Wells had a loud game with Surprise, collecting a single, two doubles and a triple in five at-bats. The effort was Wells' second game of four or more hits this season. The last came on Sept. 5, when he collected five hits against Greensboro.

Logan O'Hoppe, C, Phillies — Wells wasn't the only catcher who showed out in the Surprise-Peoria tilt. On the other side, Phillies prospect O'Hoppe racked up three hits, including a double, and drove home all three of his team's runs. The 21-year-old, whom the Phillies selected in the 23rd round of the 2018 draft out of high school in New York, made it from High-A Jersey Shore to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. His 17 homers were tied for second in the system behind only outfielder Jhailyn Ortiz.

Matt Wallner, OF, Twins — Wallner missed two months of the year after surgery to remove the hamate bone in his right wrist. So far, he's using the AFL to make up for lost time. The powerful outfielder went 3-for-5 with a home run—his second of the Fall League—on Monday in his team's loss to Scottsdale. The home run left the bat at 97.8 mph and traveled an estimated 393 feet to the opposite field. Not to be outdone, Wallner also had a 109.8 mph line out in the game.

Jose Tena, SS, Guardians — Tena is part of a highly talented group of middle-infield prospects in the Cleveland system. The 20-year-old spent the entire season at High-A Lake County, where he collected 25 doubles and 16 homers along with 10 stolen bases. His 117 strikeouts against 27 walks sticks out as a red flag. He was 2-for-5 with a double on Monday and produced three batted balls with exit velocities of better than 100 mph.

Cole Waites, RHP, Giants — The San Francisco reliever threw just 13 pitches in 0.1 innings on Monday, but he made an impression. The righthanded South Alabama product not only threw the game's hardest pitch (98.8 mph), but also threw all of his pitches with better than 7 feet of extension, topping out at 7.4 feet.  Just 45 qualified big leaguers had average extensions in 2021 of better than 7 feet.

HITTERS

ORGCLASSRANKPLAYERABRHRBIAVGNOTES
ATLAFLJesse Franklin, OF5000.077
ATLAFLLuke Waddell, SS4000.091
BALAFLYusniel Diaz, RF3000.300BB (5),
BOSAFLTriston Casas, 3B4000.235BB (1),
CHCAFLLuis Vazquez, SS3100.200BB (2),
CINAFLMike Siani, CF4000.000
CLEAFLJose Tena, SS5121.3332B (2),
CLEAFLRichard Palacios, 2B4110.357BB (4), SB (1),
CLEAFLMike Amditis, C3100.000BB (1), E (1),
COLAFLEzequiel Tovar, SS2101.200BB (1),
COLAFLRyan Vilade, LF3100.154BB (1), E (2),
CWSAFLYoelkis Cespedes, OF5000.188SB (1),
CWSAFLJose Rodriguez, IF5114.273HR (1),
DETAFLSpencer Torkelson, 3B1100.4673 BB (7),
HOUAFLPedro Leon, OF5110.111
HOUAFLKorey Lee, C4110.182BB (3), E (2),
KCAFLLuca Tresh, C4000.000
KCAFLJake Means, 3B5000.063
KCAFLSeuly Matias, OF3010.2312 BB (4),
LAAAFLJeremiah Jackson, SS4000.000
LADAFLJacob Amaya, SS2000.400
2 BB (4), CS (1),
MIAAFLKameron Misner, OF4000.188BB (2), SB (1),
MIAAFLJJ Bleday, OF4010.214E (1),
MIAAFLTroy Johnston, OF4000.300
MIAAFLWill Banfield, C4021.250CS (1),
MILAFLJoey Wiemer, OF3001.200
MILAFLJoe Gray, OF5000.071
MILAFLMario Feliciano, C1111.2502B (2),
MINAFLMatt Wallner, RF5132.375HR (2),
MINAFLAndrew Bechtold, 3B4121.3332 2B (3), BB (1),
NYMAFLBrett Baty, 3B4111.4442B (3),
NYMAFLWilmer Reyes, SS4131.3002B (1), SB (2),
NYMAFLCarlos Cortes, 2B4111.364
NYMAFLHayden Senger, C3010.2502B (1),
NYYAFLAustin Wells, C5044.4292 2B (2), 3B (1),
NYYAFLElijah Dunham, OF1200.429
4 BB (6), 2 SB (4),
OAKAFLLogan Davidson, SS3000.182BB (7),
PHIAFLLogan O'Hoppe, C5033.1882B (1), SB (2),
PHIAFLBryson Stott, SS3110.4172 BB (8), SB (2),
PITAFLJi-Hwan Bae, SS5120.333SB (1),
PITAFLNick Gonzales, SS5110.2782B (3), SB (1),
PITAFLCanaan Smith-Njigba, LF4010.273BB (4), SB (1),
SDAFLMatt Batten, 2B4000.300BB (2),
SEAAFLZach DeLoach, CF2000.1543 BB (7),
SFAFLMarco Luciano, SS2100.1543 BB (4),
SFAFLWill Wilson, SS4011.2002B (1),
STLAFLNolan Gorman, 3B3220.385
2 BB (4), 2 SB (2),
STLAFLJuan Yepez, 1B3112.308
2B (2), 2 BB (3), SB (1),
STLAFLLars Nootbaar, RF4111.250HR (3),
TBAFLCurtis Mead, 2B5011.235
TEXAFLJustin Foscue, 2B4111.364HR (1), E (1),
TEXAFLSam Huff, C3100.0002 BB (3), E (2),
TORAFLSpencer Horwitz, 1B2000.3642 BB (2),
TORAFLLeonardo Jimenez, 2B3010.143BB (1), E (2),
WASAFLJackson Cluff, SS5110.2002B (1),
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PITCHERS

ORGCLASSRANKPLAYERIPHRERBBKERANOTES
ARIAFLSlade Cecconi, RHP35331.00025.4
ARIAFLMitchell Stumpo, RHP11111.00004.5W (2-0)
ARIAFLShumpei Yoshikawa, RHP33111.00047.94
ATLAFLIndigo Diaz, RHP11112.000018
BALAFLCameron Bishop, LHP1.20003.00020
BALAFLLogan Gillaspie, RHP2.1000.00050
BALAFLConner Loeprich, RHP35331.00029L (0-1)
BALAFLNick Vespi, LHP1100.00020
BOSAFLBrendan Cellucci, LHP0.21221.000110.8L (0-1)
CLEAFLAaron Pinto, RHP2110.000427
CLEAFLDamon Casetta-Stubbs, RHP1100.00000
COLAFLJake Bird, RHP11113.00013.86
CWSAFLCaleb Freeman, RHP1000.00010
HOUAFLAngel Macuare, RHP20001.00020W (1-0)
KCAFLAsa Lacy, LHP0.22222.00016.75
KCAFLStephen Woods, RHP1.1000.00010
LAAAFLZach Linginfelter, RHP10001.00000
MIAAFLJosh Simpson, LHP0.11443.000115.43
MINAFLEvan Sisk, LHP01442.0000
NYMAFLColin Holderman, RHP10001.00010Sv (1)
NYYAFLClay Aguilar, LHP2400.00000W (1-0)
NYYAFLHarold Cortijo, RHP10001.00000
PHIAFLJames McArthur, RHP41112.00062.25
PHIAFLErik Miller, LHP13222.000218
SDAFLJesse Scholtens, RHP1.22112.00032.45L (0-1)
SEAAFLTravis Kuhn, RHP1.1000.00020
SFAFLSeth Corry, LHP21001.00020
SFAFLR.J. Dabovich, RHP21001.00030
SFAFLCole Waites, RHP0.1100.00000
STLAFLAndre Pallante, RHP22001.00033.6
STLAFLZack Thompson, LHP21003.00050
STLAFLJake Walsh, RHP11111.00019
TEXAFLSpencer Mraz, RHP1000.00020Sv (1)
TORAFLGraham Spraker, RHP0.2000.00020
WASAFLCole Henry, RHP2.11102.00040
WASAFLEvan Lee, LHP0.21002.00010
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