Sometimes you’re just feeling it for a transient period of time and then in goes away. But sometimes one great stretch can be the start of a turnaround. Who knows what’s going to happen next, but Wes Bankston is playing out of his mind right now.
Arizona Fall League: Salt River Rafters 6, Phoenix Desert Dogs 3
For the first time all season, Hak-Ju Lee played at shortstop for the Desert Dogs without fellow Rays prospect Tim Beckham being his double play partner. That was not a winning formula as the hot-hitting Beckham’s bat was missed and every Phoenix infielder other than the slick-fielding Lee made an error. Lee actually had a nice game, going 2 for 5, although he got caught stealing for the fifth time all season against just 2 stolen bases. Lee has notched a 5-game hitting streak to turn his hitting around and hopefully his basestealing issues will be rectified soon as well. Kevin Kiermaier did join Lee in the field for the Desert Dogs, starting in center field and going 1 for 2 with 2 walks and an outfield assist. He’s been red-hot all Fall, hitting .387 with a .486 OBP. On the pitching side, a couple of Rays prospects were not at their best as Lenny Linsky allowed an unearned run on a hit and 2 walks in 1.2 innings while Rearick allowing a 1 run on 2 hits and a walk in 1.2 innings of his own, although he did strike out 2.
Venezuelan Winter League
In the Caracas-La Guaira game, Henry Wrigley went 2 for 4 for Caracas, starting at first base but briefly seeing time at third base for the first time since a single game there as a substitute for Durham this season. Then in the Magallanes-Anzoategui game, two ex-Rays farmhands and a current Rays prospect saw time for Magallanes, with Erold Andrus going 1 for 4, Chris Nowak going 1 for 3, and most importantly, Robinson Chirinos going 1 for 3, although he did make a throwing error. Chirinos continues to progress in his recovery from a concussion.
Mexican Pacific League
What has gotten into Wes Bankston? Bankston, the first baseman for the Mayos de Navojos and former Rays prospect, had another ridiculous game against the Venados de Mazatlan, going 2 for 3 with 2 walks. Over his past three games, Bankston is now 9 for 12 in his last three games. 9 for 12! He has raised his offseason batting average frrom just .138, just 4 for 29, all the way up to .317! Unbelievable! Unfortunately for Navojos, just about the rest of their team isn’t hitting as Bankston was stranded on base 4 times on Thursday in their 4-3 loss.