We disproportionally talk about hitters with big games and starting pitchers in these Winter Leagues recaps, so it’s nice when we get the opportunity to talk about someone else. A further reason was that reader Kenn Tomasch was kind enough to send us some excellent pitchers of Colton Reavis and all the Tampa Bay Rays prospects in the Arizona Fall League. Thanks to Kenn, and hopefully we’ll have plenty of opportunities to use those pictures as the Rays’ AFL prospects succeed.
Arizona Fall League: Peoria Javelinas 4, Salt River Rafters 4 (AFL games are ties after 11 innings)
The three Rays position players in this game could have certainly been worse. Justin O’Conner went 1 for 4 with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored. The RBI tied the game in the 8th inning and eventually sent the contest to extra innings. Patrick Leonard went 1 for 5 with a run scored while Kes Carter went 0 for 5. But even though O’Conner was able to make a major impact, this game would not have been a tie if not for the efforts of Colton Reavis.
Reavis went the 10th and 11th innings allowing just a hit and a walk while striking out 2. It continued Reavis’ outstanding run since a couple of rough appearances. In his last 6 innings, he has allowed no runs on 3 hits, striking out 5 while walking 2. It has been impressive seeing Reavis perform so well despite having just 17.2 career innings above Low-A. His combination of stuff and results may force the Rays to bump him up to Double-A to begin 2015.
Venezuelan Winter League: Bravos de Margarita 5, Tigres de Aragua 0
After a two-homer game on November 9th, Taylor Motter was back in the act again in this game. Motter iced the Bravos’ win with yet another homer, a two-run shot in the fifth, to cap a 1 for 4 with 2 runs scored. Motter now has an amusing .242/.290/.462 line in in 26 games for Margarita–the power is outstanding, but hopefully his contact and plate discipline can improve as well. However, since Motter is a player whose ability to hit the ball with authority was always his biggest question, this continued power is a very good sign.
Hector Gimenez went 2 for 4 in the loss for Aragua.