Just a quick check-in on the prospects in the desert:
Beckham was really scuffling his first week out here, not in results (AFL statistics are often misleading, especially in a tiny sample) but in the quality of his at-bats, but he hung in there against Cole in the first at-bat and made a quick adjustment for his second at-bat en route to a four-hit/ten-total-bases day, a small positive after a poor showing in his first six games.
Beckham has improved at shortstop but has lost his speed and is now a fringe-average runner at best. Beckham is very noisy at the plate, with an inconsistent stride that has him meeting the ball at a different point with every swing and busy hands that can't help him get a consistent swing path, but he does still have good hand acceleration and strong forearms to drive the ball out to left-center.
Tyler Bortnick - Hit a solo home run last night and is hitting .278/.381/.556 in five games (18 at-bats). He played one game at 1B which is kind of weird, maybe prepping for some sort of super-utility role for the Biscuits in 2012: Montgomery manager Billy Gardner is the manager of the Surprise Saguaros.
Mike Mahtook - Hitting .217/.269/.217 in six games (23 at-bats). Getting to an even smaller sample size, he's 2-3 against lefties and 3-20 against righties.
Adam Liberatore - The only pitcher we didn't have pitch-f/x for last update now has some: Fastball in the 88-91 mph range with a lot of sliders in the 80-83 range. Seems like typical LOOGY stuff, and he fanned two LHBs last night.
Shane Dyer - Six walks against three strikeouts in 10 innings, though he's kept the ball on the ground for the most part.
Marquis Fleming - Six strikeouts, four walks in 5.1 innings. Change-up is legit but he needs to spot the fastball better as it's a fringe-average pitch.
Kirby Yates - He was better in his second appearance with two strikeouts, one hit, and one walk in 1.1 scoreless innings.