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Bryce Harper, Wil Myers finish among AFL’s top performers

Nov 17, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

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The Arizona Fall League regular season came to a conclusion Thursday, so let’s take a quick look at some of the stats.

Here are the OPS leaders:

1. Jedd Gyorko (3B Padres): .437/.500/.704, 5 HR in 71 AB
2. Mike Olt (3B Rangers): .349/.433/.764, 13 HR in 106 AB
3. Wil Myers (OF Royals): .360/.481/.674, 4 HR in 86 AB
4. Robbie Grossman (OF Pirates): .375/.472/.625, 7 HR in 104 AB
5. Michael Choice (OF Athletics): .318/.423/.667, 6 HR in 66 AB
6. Nolan Arenado (3B Rockies): .388/.423/.636, 6 HR in 121 AB
7. Kevin Mattison (OF Marlins): .349/.433/.624, 6 HR in 109 AB
8. Bryce Harper (OF Nationals): .333/.400/.634, 6 HR in 93 AB
9. Scooter Gennett (2B Brewers): .411/.470/.556, 2 HR in 90 AB
10. Jefry Marte (3B Mets): .333/.436/.538, 4 HR in 78 AB

A lot of strong numbers there, as usual. The AFL OPS as a whole was right around .815. For comparison’s sake, the league OPS in the majors this year was .720.

Myers, whose name came up in the Jair Jurrjens/Martin Prado talks with the Braves, had a disappointing season in Double-A before rebounding. He’s just turning 21 next month, so he still ranks as one of the game’s very best outfield prospects. Of course, Harper is a bit ahead of him there. Harper, who finished third in the league with 26 RBI in 25 games, turned 19 last month.

Disappointments include the Angels’ Mike Trout (.245/.279/.321 from a player who figured to dominate the competition in Arizona), the Marlins’ Matt Dominguez (.210/.278/.383) and the Mariners’ Chih-Hsien Chiang (.263/.337/.368).

On the pitching side, Seattle’s first-round pick, Danny Hultzen, had the best ERA among starters, coming in at 1.40 in 19 1/3 innings. Next up was the White Sox’s Terry Doyle, who went 4-0 with a 1.98 ERA in 27 1/3 innings. Pirates first-rounder Gerrit Cole, with a 3.00 ERA and a 16/4 K/BB ratio in 15 innings, is another who impressed.

Among the pitchers who struggled were Tigers left-hander Andrew Oliver, who had a 5.82 ERA and 16 walks in 17 innings, and Cubs prospect Trey McNutt, who had a 5.00 ERA and just eight strikeouts in 18 innings. McNutt’s name has been bandied about in the Theo Epstein compensation talks with Boston.

Former Padres prospect Nick Schmidt struck out 26 in 23 1/3 innings, but he finished with a 5.40 ERA anyway and he’s now expected to be left off San Diego’s 40-man roster in advance of the Rule 5 draft.

  1. texasdawg - Nov 17, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    Mike Olt > Mitch Moreland.

    Let’s do this, Ranger Nation.

  2. lovesmesomeme - Nov 17, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    Just think Washington, within the next two years you will have one of the biggest tools(Jason Werth) and one of the biggest potential tools(Bryce Harper) in the MLB and still finish 10 games out.

    • bozosforall - Nov 17, 2011 at 6:18 PM

      Don’t bank on that. The Nats have Strasberg, Zimmerman and Detwiler as their #1, #2 and #3, not to mention a very solid bullpen with Clippard and Storen leading the way. If they get a full year out of Ryan Zimmerman, not to mention repeat production out of Morse and some of the other young stars (plus some added lineup protection for Werth), Harper will only make them that much better. Give it another year and the Nats will be a very solid WC candidate and quite possibly contend with Philly in a very tough NL East race.

      • dcfan4life - Nov 18, 2011 at 2:44 PM

        I agree they may contend with such a young solid team. They won 12 more games this year than last year, which is a huge jump in baseball. 80-81 is nothing to be dissapointed in. And most of that without Strasburg, Ryan Zimmerman, Adam Laroche, and an underperforming Jason Werth. Things could fall into place. Plus the owners have shown they will spend, dont be surprised if they sign one of 2 top free agents. Yes things are looking up for Washington, in baseball that is…

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