Arizona Fall League Update: Week Two

Now just over a third of the way through the 2005 Arizona Fall League, and the Tigers are getting solid yet unspectacular results from their members participating in the league. How are the youngsters progressing thus far?

David Espinosa traveled to the AFL in hopes of seeing his power numbers pick up. His average has been high, and his on base percentage has been predictably solid, unfortunately, those pesky power numbers still haven't picked up. He had two doubles in the first week, but wasn't able to manage a single extra base hit in his second week of action. With four weeks left in the league, there's still time, but it has become a critical juncture for Espinosa.

Kelly was able to hit at Erie, and he's continued that run for Mesa, with a .346 average in 26 at bats. Of course, he committed another error and still has yet to have a single extra base hit. One positive for Kelly, he has a pair of stolen bases without being caught.

Kody Kirkland meanwhile continues to receive limited playing time, but is still hitting .333 in his 12 at bats, including a triple and three RBI. As mentioned previously, Kirkland isn't a huge priority for the Tigers, and so his playing time will continue to lack behind the others.

Humberto Sanchez had a spectacular first outing, but couldn't claim the same for his second appearance, giving up four runs in four innings. He is however tied for the team lead with ten strikeouts, at least being able to prove that his ability to get out impressive hitters remains intact.

One promising performance did come; from Adam Peterson. Peterson has struggled ever since the Tigers acquired him via waivers, but had a good week for the Solar Sox, making two more appearances without allowing a run in relief. Peterson has also struck out seven batters with just one walk in 6 1/3 innings, leading to the fact that there may yet be hope for him.

Finally, Mark Woodyard was idle for the first week of action, but was able to get an inning in this past week. Unfortunately, it wasn't the appearance he was hoping for, as he allowed two runs on four hits in just one inning, leaving him with the second highest ERA on the team.

Stay tuned as TigsTown continues to follow the Tiger players as they continue to perform for the Mesa Solar Sox.

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