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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

AFL Recap: Davis, Gonzales and Sabol All Contribute to Victory

Nick Gonzales was the only Pittsburgh Pirates prospect to see action on Tuesday. Things were a bit more exciting on Wednesday night with Gonzales, Henry Davis and Blake Sabol all in action. Below is a recap of the night for all three players. Here’s the boxscore for the game.

Nick Gonzales was at shortstop and batting third. He struck out swinging to end the first inning, then reached on a fielder’s choice in the third. He reached on an infield single in the fifth, then got throw out attempting to steal. Gonzales tripled to lead off the seventh inning, then scored one batter later. He finished 2-for-4, 3B, run

Henry Davis caught and batted fifth. He doubled in a run in the second, then scored on a ground out. He struck out in the fourth, then brought in a run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth. He hit into a force out in the seventh, then stole second base. He finished 1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI, SB, run

Blake Sabol was the DH and hit eighth. He hit the ground out in the second inning that scored Davis. Sabol was thrown out stealing to end the second. He walked in the fourth, then singled in the sixth. He walked again in the eighth. He finished 1-for-2, RBI, 2 BB

Surprise won 6-5 over Glendale to move to 2-1 on the season. They play tomorrow at 3:35 PM ET.

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No HBP for Davis? That can’t be right…..


I know quite a few fans wrote off Nicky Sticks earlier this season, but I’m here to tell you he’s going to be a .300 hitter w double digit HR power while wearing a P on his jersey in the near future.


There were 11 hitters who hit .300 this year in all of MLB. Only one had a K percentage higher than 25 (the big fella in NY). You’re approaching my “Gregory Polanco will be Dave Parker 2.0” type of delusion. Don’t set yourself up for heartbreak!

I think it’s far more likely we get power over hit 2B with K percentage over 30. If he fields ok and has power, that’s an average regular for a few years. I’d sign up for that.


I hope so, but I’m still worried about the Ks! Has he gone a game without one so far in the AFL?


Some might not remember but Gonzales destroyed the AFL last year averaging less than 1K / game

More than any prospect I think he suffers from the following

“Plus, leaving Denver may have saved Arenado from what I call the Preposterous Performance Paradox, whereby middling Rockies hitters like Vinny Castilla and Dante Bichette become very overrated, but the truly elite ones like Larry Walker and Todd Helton somehow remain under-appreciated. My working theory is that when Coors Field makes average numbers look excellent, people look at them and say, “Hey, that’s an excellent season,” but when Coors Field makes excellent numbers look absolutely absurd, there’s a tendency to think that something isn’t quite right.”


The quote comes from a good article from Dan S at Fangraphs



If he reaches his pre-draft scouting report profile, it will go a long way to helping turnaround the major league team.


Still hopin’

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