Before we all dive into another Sunday of the NFL (well, I won't be: my Ravens played on Thursday), how about we take a look at how the Braves prospects are doing out in Arizona? We're down to 4 players in Arizona, out of the 8 or 9 that have spent time out there. Those 4 are pitchers Cory Gearrin and Benino Pruneda, outfielder Cory Harrilchak, and middle infielder Tyler Pastornicky. Out of those 4, Harrilchak is getting the most play, starting nearly every day. He continues to hit, going 7/19 this past week with 5 runs scored, a pair of doubles, 4 RBI, 5 walks, and 4 strikeouts. For the season, he's hitting .347/.447/.542 with 14 runs, 7 extra base hits, and 12 walks to go with 16 strikeouts. The strikeouts went down this past week while the walks increased, which is a good sign. Harrilchak's fall is making people take notice, and he's working his way up my prospect list a little more.
Tyler Pastornicky didn't get a lot of playing time this week, likely due to his struggling bat and the desire to get other players in the lineup a little bit. In 2 games, he went 2/7 with 3 runs, an RBI, a walk, and a stolen base. Pretty interesting that he scored all 3 times he got on base on the week. I'm not going to put a lot of faith in Pastornicky's bad fall. He's playing with his third club of the year, and at the age of 20, he's probably really tired at this point. Look for him to make more of an impact in 2011.
Cory Gearrin has continued his run of multiple inning performances, pitching a pair of innings twice this week. In those 4 innings, his results were spotty: 3 hits, 2 earned runs, a homer, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts. Gearrin has done a great job at keeping the ball on the ground this fall, as per the norm with him. He's a dark horse candidate to earn a spot in the Braves 2011 bullpen, depending on who is tendered a contract and who isn't. Having Gearrin ready to go is just another reason to question the Scott Proctor signing. Thinking about that just gets me angry.
And finally, there's Benino Pruneda. He came to Arizona late in the season, and has struggled mightily. After throwing a scoreless inning in his first appearance back on October 29th, Pruneda has allowed multiple runs in each appearance since, including a horrifying 4 spot in the 1/3 of an inning he threw this week. To go with that 4 spot, he also allowed 4 hits, 2 walks, and struck out a batter. He's now logged 69 innings on the saeson, and is probably close to being gassed out. The one positive I can take of Pruneda's brief time in the AFL is that he hasn't allowed a homer, albeit in only 4 1/3 innings pitched.
The AFL season will end for the Phoenix Desert Dogs on Thursday, so there will only be one more AFL post after today. Not sure if I'm going to do it on Friday, or if I'll wait until Sunday to do a final writeup and take stock of how all the Braves prospects did. Keep your eyes out for that one.