Tagged: AFL

Hanson was in line for the win but…

Well as most know, Phoenix beat Mesa in the championship. Hanson was starting for Mesa and went strong for 5 innings only allowing 1 run on 3 hits while walking 1 and striking out 8. Right when he left (pitch count too high) Mesa’s bullpen allowed 9 runs. Unbelievable. Mesa only put up 4 runs and not much went right for them except for Hanson. Out of the 3 Braves hitters playing, Flowers went 0-4 with a field error, allowed one stolen base, and caught one stealing, Matt Young went 1-5 with 3 strikeouts, and Van Pope went 1-4 with a double, a run, and 2 strikeouts.
On a good note, Flowers led the league in Home runs. Hanson also won the Triple Crown, leading the league in ERA, strikeouts, and wins. Hanson will also most likely win the MVP award for the AFL having a lights-out season. Flowers will probably receive MVP consideration, but he will come in 5th or 6th.
Hopefully we can get Hanson in the majors as soon as possibly, but not rush him like Morton or Reyes. Flowers might be in the majors in the ’10 season.

Atlanta Prospects Stay Hot in Arizona

Well another start for Tommy Hanson and another win.
Hanson went strong for 5 shutout innings on Monday only allowing 2 walks and 1 hit while striking out 10. This has been amazing partly because almost everyone has over a .300 average in the league. Hanson now leads the league in Wins (5) ERA (0.63) and Strikeouts (49) and that would be all triple crown stats. Congrats Tommy.
Flowers is also on fire and has homered in 3 straight games and hit his league leading 12th on Monday as well. He went 3-4 with a homer, 3 runs, 3 RBIs, and a walk. He has a .394 average.
Matt Young went 1-5 with 2 runs, a walk, and a strikeout. He is hitting .363.
Van Pope showed that he could replace Chipper if he retires soon by going 3-3 with a Grand Slam, 4 RBIs, 1 run, and 2 walks. He is hitting .286.

11-12 What a day for Mesa and the Braves!!

It was a grand day for 3 Braves prospects as Mesa beat Surprise 16-4
Flowers had a career day going 3-4 with 3 Home Runs and 7 RBI’s!!!
Hanson pitched 5 innings allowing 3 hits and 1 earned run, striking out 9 and improved to 4-0 with a 0.76 ERA
Matt Young went 3-5 with 3 runs scored, a double, 2 RBI’s, and an outfield assist.
This was truly a great day for those 3!
Flowers leads the league in HR’s with 10. Hanson leads the league in ERA, Wins, and Strikeouts. Young has a .365 Average and Flowers has a .387.
Also, Flowers name has been thrown into the Peavy deal, but with a day like this, the Braves might consider keeping him, even with B-Mac behind the plate.

Braves in Winter League Statistics- Hitters

Braves prospects are looking pretty good so far! (except Gorky’s batting average) Here are their statistics through November 4.

AVG    G    AB    R    H    2B    3B    HR    RBI   BB    SO    SB    CS    OBP    SLG    OPS

Matt Young (Mesa)
.347    19    72    20   25    7       1      2      18    11      7         3     0    .429    .556    .984
Tyler Flowers
.419     12    43    16    18    4    2    6    10    8    14    0    0    .510      1.023    1.533
Van Pope
.292     13    48    5    14    2    0    1    4    4    8    1    1    .346      .396   .742
Kala Ka’aihue (Honolulu Sharks in Hawaii)
.242     20    62    7    15    2    0    4    13    12    30    2    0    .364      .468     .831
Gorkys Hernandez (Caribes de Anzoategui in Venezuela)
.100      12     10     4    1    0    0    0    1    3    3    1    1    .400       .100     .500
Jordan Schafer (Mayos de Navojoa in Mexico)
.269  20    78    13    21    2    1    0    4    8    17    5    1    .345       .321      .665
Eric Campbell
.242     9    33    1    8    2    0    0     2    4    10    0    0    .333       .303      .636

Pitchers will be on the 7th
Tommy Hanson, Deunte Heath, Stephen Marek, and Kris Medlen (Mesa)
Michael Broadway and Jonathan Venters (Honolulu Sharks)