AFL Recap: Two Shutout Innings for Taylor Hearn in Glendale Victory

With a 4-1 record, the Glendale Desert Dogs had the best record during the first week of Arizona Fall League action. On Monday, they played their first of three night games during this season, with all three coming this week. They took on Mesa on this night and had both Kevin Kramer and Mitchell Tolman in the lineup. Taylor Hearn also came out of the bullpen in the 2-0 victory for Glendale.

Kevin Kramer batted eighth and played shortstop, where he had just one play all night. Mitchell Tolman was his double play partner and batted behind him in the order. Kramer reached on an error in the third inning. In the fifth, he singled to center field, then was thrown out attempting to steal. The opposing catcher had a great day behind the plate, going 3-for-3 throwing out runners. Kramer struck out in the eighth inning, leaving him 1-for-3 on the day.

After Kramer reached on an error in the third inning, Tolman grounded to shortstop, reaching on a fielder’s choice. He was then thrown out trying to steal. In the sixth inning, he grounded out to second base. Tolman doubled on a line drive to left field in the eighth inning. It was his third double of the season and his third hit in 13 at-bats. He went 1-for-3 on the day and handled three plays in the field.

Taylor Hearn came out for the fifth inning and retired the side on 11 pitches, with eight going for strikes. He gave up a lead-off double, then got three straight grounders to three different infielders to end the inning.

In the sixth inning, Hearn retired the side in order on 12 pitches, with nine going for strikes. He got a fly ball and two strikeouts, with one of them coming against Kyle Tucker, who is rated as the seventh best prospect in baseball and the second best in the AFL this season. That ended the night for Hearn. He pitched once last week and threw a shutout inning.

** Glendale plays at home against Scottsdale on Tuesday afternoon and Mitch Keller will be making his second start. He threw three shutout innings his first time out.

  • Great news about Hearn…seems he really fell off the radar this season.

    • I think Gage Hinsz tops him for that honor

    • If I remember correctly, I think he had control issues this past season and injuries??? Good to see him pumping in his pitches in the strike zone in the AFL.

    • Injuries caused missing most of April and May of 2016, and then this year he was effectively lost for the last 2 months of the year after starting 17 games at Hi A (88 IP) with a 10.9 K/9 and a 3.8 BB/9, 4.12 ERA. I think he was the only SP at Hi A to have more K’s than IP. Gotta hope he stays healthy at AA in 2018.