Vasquez back on track in AFL play
Looks like it took one game for Virgil Vasquez (1-1) to get loose and produce. As noted last week, Vasquez had a rough outing during his first start on Oct. 13, when he surrendered eight runs on nine hits, including two homers, in 1 2/3 innings.
In three outings since, Vasquez has struck out 10 batters in 13 scoreless innings. On Nov. 1, he pitched his first game out of the bullpen and turned in his second-best performance of the Arizona Fall League season.
After Phoenix's starter allowed five runs in two-plus innings, Vasquez entered in the third frame with no outs and a man on second and third and quickly retired the next three batters in order to avoid further damage. He tossed four hitless frames in all as the Desert Dogs rallied past the Peoria Saguaros, 10-7.
Here's how some other Tigers prospects fared in the various fall and winter leagues over the past week:
AFL Phoenix Desert Dogs
CF Brent Clevlen
-- Clevlen is riding a five-game hitting streak. On Nov. 1, his two-run single capped a five-run fifth inning, forging a 5-5 tie.
3B Kody Kirkland
-- Kirkland had his third multi-hit game on Oct. 30, going 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs scored. In 15 games, he is 15-for-52 (.288) with two homers and 12 RBIs with 19 strikeouts.
LHP Corey Hamman
-- Hamman (1-0) notched his first win by recording the final two outs on Nov. 1. He has gone two innings or fewer in each of his 10 relief appearances, allowing two runs on eight hits over eight frames.
RHP Preston Larrison
-- The 25-year-old right-hander was charged with three runs on four hits in one inning of relief on Oct. 28. During his next outing, four days later, Larrison worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings.
RHP Jordan Tata
-- Tata (0-1) turned in his worst outing on Oct. 26, surrendering four runs -- one earned -- in four innings. In three starts, he has yielded six runs -- three earned -- on seven hits over 10 innings.
Venezuelan Winter League
OF David Espinosa
-- Espinosa drove in a run in five straight games from Oct. 25-29, but he has managed only one extra-base hit in 15 games for the Navegantes del Magallanes.
IF Juan Francia
-- Francia is 2-for-17 with two RBIs and three runs scored in 17 games.
OF Jackson Melian
-- Melian is hitless in his last eight at-bats and is 3-for-19 for the Cardenales de Lara.
Mexican Pacific League
INF Maxwell Leon
-- Leon has been used primarily as a pinch-runner for the Tomateros de Culiacan. He is 0-for-2 with an RBI, two runs scored and a walk.
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