The Arizona Fall League championship game was played on Saturday, with the Scottsdale Scorpions defeating the Surprise Sagueros 6-4. The Yankees were well represented in the Surprise lineup, with Gary Sanchez starting at catcher and hitting cleanup, Tyler Austin starting in left field and hitting 6th, and Dustin Fowler starting in center and hitting 8th. They all performed well too, each recording at least 1 hit in the game and Fowler hitting a home run.
With the AZFL season officially over, here's a final tally for the Yankee representatives:
Sanchez: .295/.357/.625, 7 HR, 21 RBI, 16 R in 88 AB Austin: .272/.344/.444, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 13 R, 7 SB in 81 AB Fowler: .279/.313/.410, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 14 R, 7 SB in 61 AB Tyler Wade: .220/.313/.268, 2 2B, 6 RBI, 6 R in 41 AB
Ian Clarkin: 24.2 IP, 34 H, 16 ER, 14 BB, 17 K, 5.84 ERA in 6 App Chaz Hebert: 14.1 IP, 13 H, 7 ER, 10 BB, 12 K, 4.40 ERA in 7 App Tyler Webb: 12.1 IP, 13 H, 8 ER, 3 BB, 12 K, 5.84 ERA in 9 App Domingo Acevedo: 12.0 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 11 K, 2.25 ERA in 7 App
The standout numbers still belong to Sanchez, who fell short in his bid to win league MVP despite leading in homers and ribbies. But Fowler also had a nice showing for himself and Acevedo flashed the plus stuff that got people buzzing in Staten Island this season. I would keep trying to develop him as a starter for the time being, but he showed that the framework for a fallback plan to high-velocity reliever is also in place.
A few guys performed well and hopefully made bigger names for themselves heading into 2016, a blue chip prospect continued to shine on his way to breaking into the big leagues for good, and everybody stayed healthy. All in all, I think you have to call that a successful showing for the organization in this year's AZFL.