By the Numbers: Yankees prospects in the 2013 Arizona Fall League
A grand total of eight Yankees prospects ended up taking part in the AFL, one of which has already seen time in big league pinstripes and another couple could end up in that same boat at some point in 2014.
With that in mind, this edition of By the Numbers takes a look at the stats the eight Baby Bombers put up out in the desert this fall, along with a couple other numbers that might make you shiver in either a good or bad way.
10-21: The Scottsdale Scorpions finished this AFL season with a 10-21 record, last in the East Division and worst among the six teams in the league.
2: A pair of Yankees prospects ended up playing in the AFL “Fall Stars” Game, with one starting and one entering as a reserve. The starter, Peter O’Brien, began the game behind the plate and was 0-for-2 in five innings, while center fielder Mason Williams entered the game as a defensive replacement in the sixth inning and went 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI single.
4: Top prospect Tyler Austin ended up playing only four AFL games, being pulled from the league after a recurrence of soreness in the same right wrist he injured during the regular season. In those four games, Austin manned first base exclusively and was 4-for-12 with three RBI, two walks, and two runs scored.
8: Austin’s replacement was utility man Addison Maruszak, who played all four infield positions in just 10 games in Arizona. Maruszak did hit .281 (9-for-32) in that limited time, and had twice as many walks (10) as strikeouts (five).
1: Arguably the Yankees’ No. 1 prospect, Mason Williams hit .267 (23-for-86) with four RBI, four steals, six doubles, eight walks and 11 runs scored in 22 games, getting at least one hit in 17 of those. He did also hit .400 against lefties.
15: It was a feast-or-famine fall for Peter O’Brien, who split his 22 games between third base and catcher. On the down side, O’Brien hit just .190 – 15th among the 17 position players on the team – and was second on the team with 26 strikeouts, and also tied for the team lead with six errors. However, he also led the squad with four homers and 13 RBI, the former total tying him for fifth in the AFL.
19 2/3: Vidal Nuno led the Scorpions with 19.2 innings pitched, those coming over five total appearances (four starts). The lefty was 0-1 with a 3.20 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 18 strikeouts, and after two tough starts to open the slate, he allowed only one earned run on three walks and eight hits over 13 innings in his final three games.
0.00: Lefty Fred Lewis fell an inning short of qualifying for an official AFL ERA title, but if he hadn’t, he would have tied teammate Derek Law thanks to his perfect 0.00 ERA. After a strong season over three levels, the southpaw went to Arizona and didn’t allow an earned run over his 11 innings, posting a 1.18 WHIP and 10 strikeouts in 11 games and holding lefties to a .214 average.
9.26: On the flip side, righty Brett Gerritse had a great season in Charleston but a fall to forget in Scottsdale. Gerritse pitched 11.2 innings over nine games and finished with 0-2 with a 9.26 ERA, a 1.97 WHIP, and a near 1:1 K:BB ratio (12 strikeouts to 11 walks).
.200: The final Yankee on the docket, 2012 draftee James Pazos, held lefties to a .200 average this fall. Overall, the southpaw, who also spent 2013 at Charleston, went 1-0 with a 1.74 ERA in 10 relief appearances, striking out nine in 10.1 innings.