With Saturday’s championship game between the Salt River Rafters and Surprise Saguaros marking the end to the Arizona Fall League’s 28th season, we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at how the Dodgers prospects fared during the campaign.
One of the highlights to the season was the Fall Stars Game on October 13, which was an All-Star extravaganza featuring not only the best players of the AFL, but some of the highest ranked prospects in baseball.
Righty pitcher Brett de Geus and infielder Omar Estevez participated on behalf of the Dodgers. Estevez grounded out to third in the seventh in his lone AB of the game, having entered to play second base. de Geus recorded the final out of the seventh inning for the West squad, inducing a groundout to end the frame.
Ultimately, the East defeated the West side in the contest, 4-2.
In total, the Dodgers were represented by eight players who suited up for the Glendale Desert Dogs in the AFL West division. Glendale finished second in the West with a 14-15 record. Here is a quick recap of how each of those players performed throughout the 29-game mini-season:
de Geus was far and away the brightest spot of the entire group. The 21-year-old righty appeared in eight games and did not surrender an earned run. Over 9-1/3 innings pitched, he allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out an impressive 11 batters. During the 2019 regular season, the 6-foot-2 de Geus split his time between Low-A Great Lakes and High-A Rancho Cucamonga.
Another 21-year-old righty, Mexican native Gerardo Carrillo, had his share of ups and downs. Although his last three (scoreless) appearances were quite effective, the middle outings were less impressive. Overall, he made seven appearances and threw 24-1/3 innings, allowing six earned runs on 16 hits and 13 walks while striking out 25. The 5-foot-10, 154-pounder spent the entirety of last season at High-A Rancho.
One of this site’s favorite relievers, 24-year-old right-hander Marshall Kasowski, showed his usual flashes of brilliance, but he sometimes let his poor command get the best of him. Kaz made nine total appearances, throwing an even nine innings while allowing three earned runs on seven hits and a whopping 10 walks. Nevertheless, he struck out 13 opposing batters. Kasowski spent last season at Double-A Tulsa.
21-year-old second baseman Michael Busch appeared in five games for the Desert Dogs, going 3-for-13 with one home run. Perhaps what stood out the most was that the former North Carolina Tarheel walked nine times against just four punchouts, allowing him to score six runs. In 2019, Busch split his time between the AZL Dodgers and Low-A Great Lakes.
Estevez ended up playing in 20 games for Glendale, primarily appearing at second base. The 21-year-old Cuban native went 19-for-77 with two doubles, nine walks, nine runs scored and 10 RBI, producing a .247/.330/.273 slash line. He spent all of last season at Double-A Tulsa.
Once rated as a Top 5 organizational prospect, 24-year-old right-hander Mitchell White has been unable to put together any sustained strings of success. The 2019 AFL was no exception. The Santa Clara product made six relief appearances and threw a total of 4-2/3 innings, allowing seven earned runs on seven hits and four walks. His efforts reflected a 13.50 ERA. During the regular season, White split his time between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City.
While former first-rounder Jeren Kendall has certainly stepped up his game in the power department as of late, the 23-year-old outfielder has still yet to reach base with any kind of consistency. In the 2019 AFL, he played in 18 games, going just 13-for-62 with a double and two long balls. His numberss produced a .210/.279/.323 slash line. During the regular season, Kendall appeared in 96 games for High-A Rancho, slashing .219/.319/.469 with 19 long balls.
Another member of the Glendale second base crew, 22-year-old Devin Mann made 15 appearances for the Desert Dogs, slashing just .191/.339/.340 (9-for-47) with four doubles and a home run. He also collected 11 bases on balls. Mann spent his 2019 regular season at High-A Rancho.