Friday was a day of mixed results for the Rays prospects playing in the fall leagues. Rays players combined to go 0-9 with two walks and a strikeout in the Arizona Fall League and the Mexican Pacific League, but they went a combined 6-17 in the Venezuelan Winter League. Former Rays player Sean Burroughs in particular continued his strong performance as he looks to get a Spring Training invitation.
Surprise Saguaros 6, Phoenix Desert Dogs 1
Friday was a rough day for the Rays prospects in the lineup. Tim Beckham was 0-3 while batting second, but did draw an eighth inning walk. Kevin Kiermaier, meanwhile, was also 0-3, with a strikeout to lead off the eighth inning. Kiermaier also made a throwing error during the Saguaros three run fourth inning, leading to an unearned run. For the game, the Desert Dogs were held to a single run on only six hits, as Royals prospect Justin Marks remained undefeated in Arizona Fall League play, as he allowed only one run on four hits and a walk, striking out four batters over his four innings of work.
Mexican Pacific League
The recent hot streak for Wes Bankston came to an end on Friday, as the former Rays prospect went 0-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. Despite the rough night, Bankston’s surge over the previous three days has his batting average at .295 for the year. Pitching dominated in the game, as each team only managed three hits as the Naranjeros de Hermosillo defeated the Mayos de Navojoa 1-0.
Venezuelan Winter League
Former Rays farmhand Erold Andrus continued his hot hitting for Magallanes, as he went 2-4 with a run scored and a strikeout on Friday night. The two hit performance pushed his batting average to .348 for the season. Another former Rays farmhand, Chris Nowak, batting behind Andrus in the four hole, went 1-4. Current Rays prospect Henry Wrigley went 1-4 for Caracas, scoring the game tying run in the seventh in their eventual 2-1 victory. And another former Rays player, Sean Burroughs, continued his impressive showing with Margarita. Burroughs went 2-5 with two home runs and three RBI, accounting for all of the run production in an 8-3 loss. For the season, Burroughs now has three home runs and ten RBI to go along with a .351 batting average.