While there are still four teams alive in the Majors, many minor league players have begun playing for the various winter baseball leagues now. The Arizona Fall League has been going for about a week and the Scottsdale Scorpions, where the Yankees players landed, are 2-4 so far. Dellin Betances may have struggled in his first outing, but he came back nicely on Friday, pitching two hitless innings. He did not walk anyone, struck out four batters and was apparently throwing 95mph. Mark Montgomery has made a couple appearances, giving up a run on two hits and a walk over 2.1 innings, striking out five. Zach Nuding has pitched in one game, giving up one run on a homer. He threw two innings and walked two and struck out three. Finally, Daniel Burawa’s first appearance for Scottsdale went well, as he pitched a scoreless inning. He did allow two walks, but struck one out. Unfortunately, he got pretty well smacked around on Saturday. He gave up five runs on five hits and a walk in just 0.2 innings of work. It should be pointed out that Burawa missed all of the 2012 season with a torn oblique, so these are the first games he’s made it into this year.
The Yankees’ hitters for the Scorpions have looked good so far this season. Slade Heathcott has gone 3-13 over four games with a RBI, three walks and a stolen base. He has struck out five times, but seems to have impressed Keith Law who thinks Heathcott has star potential if he stays healthy. Law seems less sure of the young outfielder’s ability to stay healthy, however, attributing it to how hard he plays. David Adams has a hit in all four games he has played this year. He is 5-13 with a double, three walks and only one strikeout. Austin Romine, who also missed most of 2012 with a back injury, is 3-14 in four games. He has a double, a couple walks and a couple Ks.
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