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Arizona Fall League Recap: Sims finishes strong as AFL season comes to a close

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Lucas Sims certainly made a strong impression in the AFL this year and continued his good work in the final game of the AFL season for the Javelinas

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Surprise Saguaros 7 vs. Peoria Javelinas 4

Box Score

  • Johan Camargo, SS: 1-5, 1 run
  • Connor Lien, CF: 1-4, 3 K
  • Lucas Sims, SP: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
  • Andrew Thurman, RP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
  • Mauricio Cabrera, RP: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

A busy final day of the AFL season for Braves prospects as the Javelinas fell to Surprise 7-4. On the offensive side of the ball, both Braves players contributed, albeit in a minor way. Johan Camargo finished his AFL season with a hit and run scored as well as making an error in the field to tally a .206/.265/.222  line for the AFL season. In short, Camargo probably played himself out of a 40 man roster spot, but it seems highly unlikely that a team would pick him given his struggles and the fact that he has yet to play above high-A. Connor Lien had his first double of the AFL season on its final day to go along with three strikeouts to finish the AFL season with a .169/.220/.221 line. To say that Lien's time in the AFL was a disappointment is an understatement. Connor had a chance to show that his BABIP  and strikeout numbers last season weren't a fluke and that his bat could play well in the higher levels of competition. Instead, we have more questions than answers regarding his future as a prospect. His tools are extremely intriguing, so hopefully he can figure it out going in to this next season.

On the pitching side, Lucas Sims has been just fantastic. He did actually give up a few hits and a run, but when thats a "bad" outing then you know how well a guy has been pitching. He finished the AFL season with a 2.12 ERA while striking out 17 batters in 17 innings. The thing that is even more encouraging is that he walked just 3 batters his entire time in the AFL. Sims has been interviewed a few times recently and has talked at length about working on his control and making his delivery repeatable. If these results mean anything, it looks like that hard work has paid off. Andrew Thurman relieved Lucas and had a great outing as well, pitching two scoreless innings while striking out two. While posting a 9.00 ERA isn't exactly what Thurman had hoped to do in the AFL, it was nice to see him put it together in this last couple of outings. Finally, Mauricio Cabrera, whose fastball was often the talk of the AFL, also made an appearance in the game. He pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, but it wasn't without its trials. He walked two batters and also hit a batter. Based on how hard he throws, one just assumes that the poor hitter he hit is currently having surgery to dislodge the ball from his body. Regardless, while his line from the AFL is not impressive (6.17 ERA), Mauricio certainly helped his stock as a prospect mainly due to his overpowering fastball. This next year will be a make or break one for him as it will be the second year he will take up a 40-man roster spot. My best guess is that either he will either join the bullpen for the Braves at some point this season or he may go the way of Juan Jaime.