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Arizona Fall League Weekly Recap: Davidson Slugs Sixth Home Run

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Braxton Davidson tied for the league lead in home runs this fall by hitting his sixth of the season.

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Cristian Pache

3 G, 4-13, 2B, BB, SB, RBI, .279/.323/.360

Cristian Pache’s solid final week at the plate included 4 hits in 13 at bats. It did not get off to a swell start in their Monday win against the Rafters, when Pache struck out for a career-high four times in his 5 at bats. Pache’s lone hit did come in the most key point of the game, as he was able to single in the bottom of the 10th innings and then come around to score on another hit and an error to give the Javelinas a win. Pache had a much stronger outing the next day with two hits, scoring both times and knocking in another run as Peoria poured on 14 runs against Mesa. In his final regular season game of the fall, Pache once again had a hit safely, giving him hits in 7 of his last 8 games of the season. Pache also drew a walk and stole a base, then scored the tying run in the bottom of the 9th.

Braxton Davidson

3 G, 1-10, HR, 2 BB, 3 RBI, .227/.354/.530

Braxton Davidson had just one hit in his 3 games for Peoria this week, but he made the most of that hit by hitting his league-leading 6th home run of the season. This three run shot was part of Peoria’s 14-3 win against the Solar Sox. Davidson struggled in his next two games and didn’t manage any hits, though in the final game of the regular season he walked immediately after Cristian Pache in the bottom of the 9th. After Pache came in to tie the game a base hit brought in Davidson for the winning run to give Peoria their 20th win of the season. Davidson had the highest home run rate in the league (min 40 PA) this season but also had the highest strikeout rate.

Ray-Patrick Didder

2 G, 1-8, .228/.343/.246

Ray-Patrick had a light week at the plate, only appearing in two games and recording one hit. In the first game on Monday he was hit by a pitch for his lone time on base, but was immediately caught trying to steal second base. Didder had one hit in Peoria’s loss in Wednesday’s game, and he did not score a run. Didder was a mild disappointment this fall in that he really didn’t show any power production, though he was able to keep his strikeouts at a reasonable rate and continue to draw walks and steal bases. He did do well to display his defensive prowess, which will ultimately be his calling card if he’s to make it to the major leagues.

Isranel Wilson

3 G, 2-10, SB, RBI, .209/.320/488

Izzy Wilson’s fall ended with a bit of a low note after his performance in the previous week, as he only had 2 hits in his 10 plate appearances. Wilson was expected to be in over his head when he was assigned to the league this fall but has performed well with an .808 OPS. Wilson also stole a base this week, and went 3-3 on the season in that department. Izzy opened the week with a lone hit while striking out twice, then over his next two games didn’t strike out any more. Wilson’s strikeout rate this fall is by far his most impressive improvement, as he only had a 22% strikeout rate in his 50 plate appearances while still producing power and drawing walks at a 12% rate. Obviously a small sample, but if he can continue to show that type of improvement into next season it would be a major turning point in his young career.

Jeremy Walker

1 G, 4 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 8.14 ERA

In his final start of the season, Jeremy Walker was able to work his best game of the AFL season going 4 innings without allowing an earned run. Walker had to work around a bit of trouble as he allowed 6 hits in the game, 3 of those coming in the third inning when he allowed the one unearned run charged against him. This was the second time Walker has worked through 4 complete innings this fall and was the first time he has avoided allowing any walks.

Kyle Muller

1 G, 1 23 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2.53 ERA

Kyle Muller made his lone appearance of the week in relief of Walker, and he was fantastic in his first cruising through it perfectly and striking out the final batter of the frame. Muller immediately got the first two outs of the 6th inning, one by strikeout, but then his control began to falter and a hit batter and walk put him in a jam. 2 consecutive run scoring singles then ended Muller’s day. Up until this performance Muller had been untouchable this fall, and end it with a 2.53 ERA in 10 23 innings. His control still leaves much to be desired with 8 walks, but he showed his swing and miss stuff and his potential.

Thomas Burrows

1 G, 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2.25 ERA

Thomas Burrows hadn’t allowed a run since his first outing of the fall until Monday’s game, when he struggled in his lone inning of work. After getting a ground out to lead off the inning Burrows allowed a double, a wild pitch and a walk to out runners on the corners where a single would score a run against him. Burrows bounced back and retired the next two batters, but wasn’t nearly as dominant as he has been much of the fall and he didn’t strike out a single batter for the first time.

Adam McCreery

1 G, 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3.38 ERA

Outside of one poor inning McCreery has been great this fall, and he turned in another great performance with a scoreless inning. McCreery had mop up duty in Peoria’s 14-3 win, and after a throwing error put a man on to lead off he recorded 2 ground outs and a strikeout of Daz Cameron to prevent the runner from scoring. McCreery’s strikeout totals weren’t nearly as impressive as his regular season, but he did much better to limit his walks and allowed 3 in his 8 innings of work this fall.