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Arizona Fall League Recap: Lucas Sims sharp again

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Lucas Sims had a very nice start for the Javelinas yesterday. Johan Camargo and Connor Lien also got playing time in the loss to Surprise

(9-3) Surprise Saguaros 3 vs. (4-6) Peoria Javelinas 1

  • Lucas Sims, SP: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

  • Connor Lien, CF: 0-4, 1 K

  • Johan Camargo, 3B: 1-3, 1 R

Peoria drew the first place Surprise Saguaros on Tuesday, the 4th matchup between the teams. The Javelinas pitchers did outstanding work early on in this game, and a Tyler Smith double scored Johan Camargo in the 6th to give the Javelinas the lead. Unfortunately they were unable to hold on to the lead and allowed the tying run in the 7th and 2 more in the 8th to lose 3-1. Lucas Sims was one of those early pitchers to do great work and had easily his best start of the young season. He blanked the Saguaros through 3 innings, allowing only one hit and a walk while striking out 3. The only hit he allowed was the first batter he faced in the game and he quickly picked him off of first base. While his 43 pitches over 3 innings did not exactly reflect the most efficient start, he pounded the strike zone with 28 strikes on the day. The reports on his stuff so far have been mostly positive, and it was nice to see the performance match the ability yesterday. Connor Lien again had his struggles at the top of the order, putting up an all-too-familiar 0-4 day. He grounded out to the third baseman twice, bunted for an out with 2 outs in 3rd, and struck out swinging with a man in scoring position and none out in the 6th inning. Obviously his work thus far has been a disappointment for the Braves. AFL pitchers have really taken advantage of the weaknesses of Lien's game, namely his poor approach at the plate. Johan Camargo scored the only run of the game for Peoria after a single in the 6th inning. He advanced on a passed ball from catcher Mike Ohlman, then advanced on a wild pitch by Josh Hader before coming in to score on a Tyler Smith double. Camargo was playing third base again tonight, and it looks as if he may be playing there a good bit this fall while Smith mans shortstop. It will only help Camargo to have some versatility to his game, as due to his lack of power or top end speed and questionable contact skills he will need to provide defensive value to stick in the major leagues.

Peoria plays next against the 6-5 Salt River Rafters and 12:35p MST/2:35p EST. Salt River will be starting Mets prospect(?) Mickey Jannis (0-0 3.38 ERA). At 28, Jannis is only really a prospect by technical standards, but after playing in independent leagues since 2010 he put up a 2.98 ERA at St. Lucie this year. Facing him will be the Padres' Ryan Butler (1-0 3.00 ERA). Butler had a 3.90 ERA this year over 2 levels this year. He finished with the AA San Antonio Missions, but missed time with an injury from July 2 to August 11.