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Arizona Fall League Update

Just a quick check-in on the prospects in the desert:

Tim Beckham - Hitting .286/.390/.657 in eight games (35 at-bats), including a 4-6 day with two doubles and two triples on Friday. Keith Law had this to say about him:

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.

This post was written by a member of the DRaysBay community and does not necessarily express the views or opinions of DRaysBay staff.

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