Day 3 of my AFL adventure brings just a few tidbits that I want to share.
Scott Munter left the team after tonight's game. He hadn't pitched since Monday and I didn't see him at all in Scottsdale.
Manny Burriss had a great game, both offensively and defensively. He would have had three hits if he hadn't been called out on interference in the ninth inning. That would-be hit, as well as his base hit in the first, were infield hits. The box score and log for tonight's game has been posted but tells me nothing, and I didn't get word on what exactly Burriss did to get called out in the ninth inning, other than "interference" on the bunt.
He made some good plays at short tonight, back where he's played most of his career. He was also back in the leadoff spot tonight after hitting ninth on Tuesday.
Nate Schierholtz played center Tuesday. I can't recall when I've seen or heard of him playing center field. He was in right again tonight.
Brian Anderson retired all three batters he faced to log his fourth save of the AFL tonight, which included getting Matt LaPorta to pop out. He is behind the league leader Bob McCrory who has five saves. Anderson's ERA remains at 0.00.
Dan Ortmeier did not win the Stenson Award. The award went to Cubs OF Sam Fuld, who is absolutely flat out amazing. The second I heard he was nominated for the Stenson Award I knew he would win it. Lots of media members (at least the ones I spoke to) are picking Fuld to win the AFL MVP. He's leading the league in basically everything...I'd call that a lock.
I saw a lot of the Toronto Blue Jays prospects in the AFL since they're on the Scottsdale team. Sergio Santos and Travis Snider are outstanding hitters and David Purcey is rivaling Pereira for best performances of the AFL. I pointed out to Nick P when I spoke to him yesterday that two of the best pitchers in the league are fringy and/or rule 5 guys. I heard quite a bit of chatter around the press box about the Blue Jays needing to pee or get off the pot with Purcey before they lose him in the Rule 5 draft. Hey, we'll take him. The last time we picked up a Rule 5 guy from the Jays it turned out pretty okay.
Point of that little blurb was, if Toronto's AFL class was any indication of their farm system, sweet dancing Jehova are they stacked.
Nick Pereira makes his final AFL start tomorrow against the Peoria Javelinas. In case you were wondering what a Javelina is...it's like a wild desert pig. Yeah, I don't get it either.