Arizona Fall League: Yankees prospects Week Two progress report

Christian Petersen

Checking in on Yankees prospects after two weeks of Arizona Fall League action.

Week Two of Arizona Fall League play is complete, so it's time to check in on the progress of the Yankees prospects playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions. You can check out how they were doing after only one week by reading last week's progress report here.

After two weeks of play, Tyler Austin has been the best hitter with the second best batting average and OPS on the Scorpions. Granted, those results have come in only four games, but through those four games Austin is hitting .333/.438/.500 with a triple and three runs batted in. The Yankees have him playing first base for the Scorpions, but he's yet to make an error in his new position in the AFL. Mason Williams has appeared in seven games for the Scorpions so far, hitting .226/.250/.323 with three doubles and a stolen base. The AFL has traditionally been pretty hitter-friendly, but Williams hasn't managed to really take advantage of that so far. After a disappointing season at the High-A level which likely got him sent to Arizona in the first place, the results will hopefully look very different for Mason by the time AFL play is over.

Peter O'Brien is getting reps at third base for the Scorpions while putting on a power display so far. He won a bizarre hitting obstacle course of sorts and has three home runs in 24 at-bats so far. The power is nice to see, but his .167/.231/.542 batting line could use some improvement. The kid proved he can hit all season, so his main focus in Arizona is likely trying to polish his defense at the hot corner. Through six games he's made two errors. The sample size is still small through two weeks, so it's much too early to draw any conclusions about the performances so far. Still, it's nice to see that O'Brien brought his monster power to Arizona.

On the pitching front, Vidal Nuno has seen the most action of the Yankees prospects with 6.2 innings, which leads all Scorpions pitchers. In two starts he's been roughed up a bit, giving up 12 hits and six earned runs. Nuno has struck out seven batters in that time. Brett Gerritse has appeared in three games out of the bullpen, pitching to a 8.31 ERA in 4.1 innings so far. He's struck out five batters and walked three in his three appearances. Fred Lewis has yet to give up a run in relief for Scottsdale in 4.1 innings. He's walked four and struck out seven in his four appearances. Fellow reliever James Pazos has also pitched in four games for Scottsdale without giving up a run in 3.2 innings. He's given up three runs total, but none of them were earned. Coincidently, Pazos has walked four and struck out seven as well.

That's how our prospects have fared so far. We'll check in on them again next week.

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