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Arizona Fall League Recap 11/5: Braves prospects struggle

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It was another poor day for the Braves' batting prospects, who struck out a combined 4 times without getting any hits. Mauricio Cabrera had a fairly good outing, however, so there is something to take from today

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(11-7) Scottsdale Scorpions 8 vs. (8-9) Peoria Javelinas 2

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

Do you remember when the Javelinas went off yesterday and scored 14 runs in the win? They didn't do that today. It was a rough day all around and the Javelinas allowed at least a run in each inning from the 2nd to the 6th. It was only then that the offense decided to actually exist, scoring 2 runs after having 1 hit in the previous 5 innings. Unfortunately it was way too late at that point as they trailed 6-0 going into that inning, and they were shut down the rest of the way to lose 8-2.

The one bright(ish) spot for the Braves was Mauricio Cabrera, who had one of his better multiple innings outings of 2015. His first inning was a bit of a struggle and he allowed 1 run on 2 hits and a wild pitch that led directly to that run being scored. He settled down some in the 6th, and struck out 3 batters en route to a scoreless inning. It wasn't totally smooth sailing as a walk, a stolen base, and another wild pitch allowed a runner to get to third, but Mauricio's strikeout capabilities kept more runs off the board. It is also notable that Joseph Odom was catching the game, and he has really struggled blocking pitches this fall where a better defender could have possibly saved at least one wild pitch. This is not an excuse for Cabrera, of course, but throughout this Fall League experience his strike-to-ball ratio has actually been surprisingly good. On Wednesday he threw 36 pitches, 22 of which were strikes, and so far this fall he has thrown 71% of his pitches as strikes.

Connor Lien had another rough night for Peoria. He was able to draw a walk in his first plate appearance but didn't do anything after that. He flied out in his next plate appearance, then struck out his third time up before a line out in his final plate appearance. He does lead the AFL in one category, but unfortunately it's strikeouts so I wouldn't write home to mom about that one.

Joseph Odom had yet another difficult day. He struck out in 3 of his 4 at bats on Wednesday, and grounded out to third in the other. Odom has just not had it so far this fall, and allowed his 3rd passed ball in 6 games this season. His strikeout rate looks like something you would expect of someone who only batted against Aroldis Chapman, and is actually tied for worst amongst batters in the AFL with 20+ plate appearances.

Peoria plays next against the 11-7 Scottsdale Scorpions at 12:35p MST/2:35p EST on Thursday. Probables have not been announced.