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Squirrels in the AFL

October 4, 2011

Today marks the start of the Arizona Fall League (AFL), the “graduate school” for some of the top prospects in baseball. Started in 1992, the AFL season lasts 30 games. Each major league team will send seven prospects comprising of players mostly from AAA and AA, and occasionally A. This is a historically a heavily offensive league, so pitchers posting big numbers is not something to get too worried about. As a team, the Squirrels are represented by two players, with a third who very well could be on the opening day roster next year; Daryl Maday, Austin Fleet, and Gary Brown.

Austin Fleet saw time a three different levels this season, starting in the Arizona League (AZL). He briefly stopped in Richmond before settling in at Augusta in the Sally League, where he saw most of his time. While in Richmond he pitched 13.0 innings posting an ERA of 2.77.

Daryl Maday started 19 games for the Squirrels this season. He struggled in that role going 4-10 with an ERA of 4.47. He doesn’t seem to have the stuff to miss a lot of bats (124 hits as opposed to 94 K’s) and he may be better suited for work out of the bullpen. It will be interesting to see hipe is used in the AFL.

Gary Brown has a chance to get a cup of coffee with the big club next season. Just to give you a taste of what he did in San Jose; 188 PA, 34 doubles, 13 triples, 14 HRs, with an OPS (On Base plus Slugging) of .925. Granted it is A+ ball, but that is just ridiculous. I would expect to see him in Richmond to start next year.

The Giants send their players to the Scottsdale Scorpions. Their first game is tonight at 6:35 MST, check back each day for updates not only on these three, but other Squirrels as they play Winter Ball.

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