Arizona Fall League Recap: Day 8

What else can we say about Tommy LaStella at this point? - C.B. Wilkins

Tommy La Stella continued his assault on the AFL last night with a perfect evening at the plate.

Scottsdale Scorpions 5, Surprise Saguaros 10

  • Tommy La Stella, 2B: 2-2, 2 2B, 3 BB, R, .500
  • Kyle Kubitza, PH-3B: 0-0, BB, .286
  • John Cornely, RP: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 15.43 ERA
  • Shae Simmons, RP: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 5.40 ERA

I'm not sure what more I can write about Tommy La Stella that hasn't already been said, but all aboard the hype train y'all. La Stella extended his AFL lead in walks by notching 3 last night, giving him 9 in his 5 games played. That's a small sample to be sure, but still really good, and indicative of his impeccable hand-eye coordination. Oh, and he also smacked two doubles in his other 2 plate appearances, giving him a perfect night at the plate. Some national writers aren't believers in La Stella's power at the MLB-level, but with his excellent pitch recognition, I think he can easily be a guy who bangs out a fair number of two-baggers each year. Think Martín Prado or Matt Carpenter - their excellent eyes help bolster their power numbers, especially in the gaps. I'm not saying La Stella's the next Prado or Carpenter, but I think a best-case situation could see him turn into a Matt Carpenter-lite type-player.

Kyle Kubitza pinch hit late in the game then played third after his at bat. He walked in his only plate appearance.

John Cornely had another rough outing, giving up two runs on two hits while only recording one out, a strikeout.

Shae Simmons, however, had a nice bounceback appearance, hurling a hitless inning with one strikeout.

Scottsdale takes on the Glendale Desert Dogs tonight at 6:35 p.m. MST.

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