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Arizona Fall League Prospect Report — October 21, 2021

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Sam Huff, C, Rangers — Texas' massive catching prospect played first base on Wednesday but still showed the same hard impact at the plate that helped him get to the big leagues. He missed most of the season with injury, so he's using the Fall League to make up for lost time. Against Surprise, the hulking Huff went 3-for-4 with a trio of singles. All three of the hits were scorched, each registering exit velocities between 107-108 mph.

Michael Toglia, 1B, Rockies — The Colorado kid keeps on hitting. Toglia's started his AFL season on a tear, with hits in five of his first six games and two hits apiece in two of his last three games, including a pair on Wednesday afternoon. He's also gone deep twice already. Both of his singles on Wednesday went to the opposite field, one a nice piece of hitting against a 95 mph fastball and the other a Baltimore Chop into no man's land on the infield.

Gabriel Moreno, C, Blue Jays — Moreno was one of the biggest breakout prospects of the season before a broken thumb sidelined him for nearly the remainder of the season. He didn't make his AFL debut until Tuesday, when he went 0-for-2 with three walks. At his best, he showed a combination of offensive and defensive skills to make him a potential frontline catcher in the big leagues for years to come.

Nelson Velazquez, OF, Cubs — Velazquez has always had potential bubbling below the surface. He started to show it in the regular season, when he produced a career-best 20 homers between High-A and Double-A, accompanied by an .829 OPS. He put together an excellent game on Wednesday as well, going 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, an RBI and four runs.

Jeter Downs, SS, Red Sox — After a trying regular season at Triple-A Worcester, Downs' prospect stock took a tumble. Now, he's trying to make up that ground with a reset in the AFL. So far, so good. Downs has been on fire to open the season, including a 2-for-4 day with his third home run, tied for the most in the league. He's 5-for-14 with the three homers to begin his season, and has walked six times while striking out just three times.

Logan O'Hoppe, C, Phillies — Though he has flown below the spotlight in a system with higher profile players like Mick Abel and Bryson Stott, O'Hoppe put together an excellent season of his own. He produced a .789 OPS with 19 doubles and 17 homers while jumping from High-A Jersey Shore to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He's opened the AFL on a hot streak, too, including a 3-for-4 effort on Wednesday that included a pair of doubles.

MacKenzie Gore, LHP, Padres — After a scintillating outing in his first AFL start, the wheels fell of in Gore's second outing. He threw just 42% of his pitches for strikes (compared to 64% his first outing) and walked five of the 11 hitters he faced in 1.1 innings without striking out a hitter. Command and control were problematic all season for Gore, to the point he had to go back to the Padres' spring training complex to re-tool. He made it back to Double-A in the regular season and showed flashes of dominance but still with work to do to get all the way back. His fastball still got to the mid 90s on Wednesday and he showed flashes of a plus changeup, but there's still work to be done.

HITTERS

ORGCLASSRANKPLAYERABRHRBIAVGNOTES
ARIAFLDominic Canzone, RF4000.250
ATLAFLJesse Franklin, OF1000.0712 BB (2),
BALAFLYusniel Diaz, RF5100.200
BALAFLGreg Cullen, 2B4113.143HR (1), BB (3),
BOSAFLChristian Koss, SS5123.286
BOSAFLJeter Downs, SS4221.357HR (3), BB (6),
BOSAFLKole Cottam, C3110.2502B (1), BB (2),
CHCAFLNelson Velazquez, LF4421.3332B (3), BB (1),
CHCAFLAndy Weber, SS4022.2002 BB (5),
CINAFLDrew Mount, OF4100.091BB (1), E (1),
CINAFLMike Siani, CF3100.0002 BB (5), SB (2),
CINAFLIvan Johnson, 2B4010.2862B (1),
COLAFLEzequiel Tovar, SS4000.136
COLAFLMichael Toglia, 1B4020.318
COLAFLRyan Vilade, LF4012.176
CWSAFLJose Rodriguez, IF3011.250BB (1),
DETAFLSpencer Torkelson, 3B1000.450BB (8),
HOUAFLGrae Kessinger, SS4110.238
HOUAFLKorey Lee, C3000.143BB (4), E (3),
KCAFLNathan Eaton, 2B4120.3332B (1),
KCAFLSeuly Matias, OF5001.167
LAAAFLJeremiah Jackson, SS2101.000
LAAAFLOrlando Martinez, RF4000.238
LADAFLJacob Amaya, SS2110.375BB (5),
MILAFLJoe Gray, OF3000.059
MILAFLJoey Wiemer, OF4110.2142B (1), BB (2),
MINAFLAndrew Bechtold, 3B5120.353E (3),
MINAFLMatt Wallner, RF5110.333
MINAFLMichael Helman, 2B5121.4552 E (2),
NYMAFLWilmer Reyes, SS2000.2672 BB (6), E (2),
NYMAFLBrett Baty, 3B3100.3812 BB (6),
NYMAFLHayden Senger, C3010.273BB (1),
NYYAFLAndres Chaparro, 3B4000.071
OAKAFLJonah Bride, 3B3000.3752 BB (2),
OAKAFLAustin Beck, OF4212.4002B (1), BB (2),
OAKAFLLogan Davidson, SS4000.133BB (8),
PHIAFLLogan O'Hoppe, C4132.3002 2B (3),
PHIAFLSimon Muzziotti, CF4012.133
PHIAFLBryson Stott, SS4220.421SB (3), CS (1),
PITAFLNick Gonzales, SS3100.238BB (2),
PITAFLCanaan Smith-Njigba, LF2100.2312 BB (6), SB (2),
SDAFLEguy Rosario, 2B3000.158BB (2),
SDAFLMatt Batten, 2B2010.2692 BB (4), SB (2),
SEAAFLCade Marlowe, LF3000.111BB (4),
SFAFLWill Wilson, SS3100.1542 BB (3),
SFAFLPatrick Bailey, C4111.333HR (1), BB (2),
STLAFLBrendan Donovan, 3B2110.3852B (3), BB (1),
STLAFLJuan Yepez, 1B3011.313BB (4),
STLAFLLars Nootbaar, RF2000.2222 BB (4),
TBAFLMatthew Dyer, C5011.1762B (1),
TEXAFLSam Huff, C4031.200BB (4),
TORAFLGabriel Moreno, C2300.0003 BB (3), E (1),
TORAFLSpencer Horwitz, 1B5023.375
WASAFLDonovan Casey, RF4110.143SB (1),
WASAFLDrew Millas, C3000.100BB (1),
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Cubs Prospect Nelson Velazquez Continues Arizona Fall League Tear

The crisp fall weather has done little to cool Velazquez off. If anything, he’s getting hotter.

PITCHERS

ORGCLASSRANKPLAYERIPHRERBBKERANOTES
ATLAFLJake Higginbotham, LHP1111104.50
BOSAFLAndrew Politi, RHP1000100.00
BOSAFLJosh Winckowski, RHP1.2333205.79
CINAFLMichael Byrne, RHP1100010.00
CINAFLEddy Demurias, RHP0.22222110.80
CINAFLJacques Pucheu, LHP2.1000120.00W (1-0)
CWSAFLCaleb Freeman, RHP1100300.00
DETAFLChavez Fernander, RHP1000010.00
KCAFLZach Haake, RHP3.2100233.00
LAAAFLZach Linginfelter, RHP1322124.91L (0-1)
LADAFLKyle Hurt, RHP2.1000220.00
MIAAFLJustin Evans, RHP1322129.00
MIAAFLEvan Fitterer, RHP3422143.86W (1-1)
MILAFLTaylor Floyd, RHP1220013.38
MINAFLKody Funderburk, LHP2230319.00L (0-1)
NYMAFLGarrison Bryant, RHP3100131.80
NYMAFLConnor Grey, RHP3311231.50L (1-1)
NYMAFLBrian Metoyer, RHP1111229.00
OAKAFLBryce Conley, RHP0.1100010.00Sv (1)
OAKAFLPedro Santos, RHP0.22432113.50
OAKAFLBrock Whittlesey, RHP21000111.25
SDAFLMacKenzie Gore, LHP1.1233507.11
SDAFLJose Quezada, RHP1100019.00Sv (1)
SDAFLMatt Waldron, RHP2100013.00
SEAAFLDevin Sweet, RHP1.2000126.00W (1-0)
STLAFLJordan Hicks, RHP2.2333329.64
TBAFLTrevor Brigden, RHP1120100.00
TBAFLCarlos Garcia, RHP2000130.00
TBAFLMatthew Peguero, RHP1.1233318.10
TEXAFLEudrys Manon, RHP1.1100200.00Sv (2)
TORAFLCre Finfrock, RHP2111132.70
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