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Arizona Fall League Recap: Connor Lien doing his thing

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Connor Lien is beginning to look like the player he was for Carolina this year with another good game

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Glendale Desert Dogs 4 vs. Peoria Javelinas 5

Box Score

  • Connor Lien, CF: 1-3, HR(1), 1 BB, 2 runs, 1 SB, 2 K
  • Joseph Odom, C: 0-4, 2 K
  • Mauricio Cabrera, RP: 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K

Down 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth, the Javelinas rallied and walked off against Glendale with a 5-4 win. Connor Lien played a big role in the team's success in the game. After hitting a solo home run (his first of the AFL season) in the 4th inning, he would walk, steal second, and scoring the tying run in the bottom of the ninth. It was definitely one of the most Lien-esque games you will see with him getting a steal, a homer, while also striking out twice. Connor still has a ways to go before we can call the AFL successful for him, but it is nice to see him do well. As for Joseph Odom, he continued his struggles with another 0-fer day with 2 strikeouts to show for his trouble. Odom is now hitting .105 for the season in the AFL.

The only pitching prospect for the Braves that was in action was Mauricio Cabrera and he showed exactly why he infuriates some of us as a prospect. There is no question that he has an electric arm, but after giving up 3 runs (only one was earned) and failing to get a strikeout...it only serves to highlight the inconsistency he has shown. While a couple of errors didn't help the cause, one of those errors was a throwing error by Mauricio so he doesn't get a free pass. While his fastball is special and 100+ velocity will always be worth exploration, one does begin to wonder if he is more Juan Jaime than Arodys Chapman.