After an off day Sunday following the Fall Stars Game, Scottsdale was back in action Monday with plenty of Braves prospects playing a role in the win. Tommy La Stella collected a couple of hits, knocking in two and raising his OPS to .930, which is the third highest on the squad. Slugging left fielder Robby Hefflinger collected a triple, scored a run, and collected a walk, his fourth of the AFL season. Kyle Kubitza mashed his first home run in the AFL. Josh Orenstein of Trackman tweeted that Kubitza's home run was 109 mph off the bat with a 28 degree launch angle. Here are two articles discussing ideal and average launch angles. (Hint: Kubitza absolutely killed this ball.) He also raised his OPS to .805, fourth highest for Scottsdale.
Shae Simmons and John Cornely came out of the bullpen for the Scorpions, pitching an inning apiece. Simmons allowed two hits but struck out the side, collecting 16 strikes on 22 pitches. Orenstein also tweeted that Simmons' slider will rank high on the rpm leaderboard after yesterday's appearance, spinning a slider that was around 2800 rpm. Cornely fanned two and allowed a hit in a scoreless appearance, tossing 11 of 18 pitches for strikes.
Scottsdale will take on Peoria again this afternoon.
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