Prospects of the Week: Arizona Fall League – Week 4

Ronny Simon, Tampa Bay Rays. 2022 Arizona Fall League. Photo credit Phrake Photography, @phrakephoto on Twitter

Each week during the Arizona Fall League season we pick the hitting and pitching prospects who, in our opinion, had the best week. The team awards the Prospects of the Week hitters and pitchers, while also presenting other names that are just as deserving of POTW honors. Feel free to reply in the comments with any player who deserves to be mentioned that may not have made our cut.

Any issues with this week’s POTW? Did we miss anyone deserving? Hit us up and set us straight! As always, tweet us @Prospects1500 when you see a great performance that warrants consideration for Prospect of the Week. Enjoy, and make sure you’re keeping an eye out for these prospects in your dynasty leagues.

HITTER: Edouard Julien, 2B (Twins #16)
Glendale Desert Dogs (5 G, .389/.522/.833/1.355, 7 H, 2 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 6 R, 2 BB, 3 SB)
Julien continues to mash this week, and the question of what he’s doing pivots to figuring out how. His 2022 batted ball profile shows that he’s been pulling the ball more (42% as opposed to 35% in 2021) meaning that he’s been trying to add a power element to his game. With an increase in HR/FB% as well, his 17 home runs are something to make note of going forward, since it’s backed up by a similarly absurd walk rate nearing 20% and a lowered strike out rate. Heading into 2023, the second base prospect is one to watch closely to see if his momentum in AAA can match the hype he’s garnering. (@sportz_nutt51)

Honorable Mentions:
Gage Workman, SS (Tigers #9)
Salt River Rafters (4 G, .444/.500/1.222/1.722, 4 H, 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 3 R, BB)

Ronny Simon, 2B (Rays #18)
Mesa Solar Sox (5 G, .444/.474/.556/1.030, 8 H, 2 2B, 8 RBI, R, BB, 2 SB)
After driving in eight this week, Simon took over the AFL lead in RBI’s with 18.

Andy Pages, OF (Dodgers #5)
Glendale Desert Dogs (5 G, .421/.476/.632/1.108, 8 H, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 6 R, BB, SB)
Colt Keith, 3B (Tigers #5)
Salt River Rafters (3 G, .417/.533/.750/1.283, 5 H, 2B, HR, RBI, 4 R, 3 BB)

PITCHER: Hunter Stanley, RHP (Guardians NR)
Peoria Javelinas (1 GS, 4 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K)
Stanley, who was a 2021 draft pick out of Southern Mississippi, made his pro debut this year at High-A Lake County. He made 4 appearances before missing most of the season with an injury. Prior to, he was pitching effectively in long relief, averaging almost a K an inning, with a WHIP just above 1. Despite the missed time, if he does well in the AFL, which he has so far (13.2 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 19 K), he could start at Double-A next season. (@Clancy1Sean)

Honorable Mentions:
Connor Thomas, LHP (Cardinals #22)
Salt River Rafters (1 GS, 5 IP, 2 H, R, 0 BB, 7 K)
Jon Olsen, RHP (Twins NR)
Glendale Desert Dogs (1 GS, 4 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K)
J.T. Ginn, RHP (Athletics #6)
Mesa Solar Sox (1 GS, 4 IP, H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K)
Noah Denoyer, RHP (Orioles #40)
Scottsdale Scorpions (1 GS, 5 IP, H, 0 R, 4 BB, 4 K)

Jeremy covers the St Louis organization and contributes on Prospects of the Week for Prospects1500. Born and raised in the Midwest, he is a lifelong fan of the Birds on the Bat. You can follow him on Twitter @JMahyfam for more baseball content.

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