Normally I hate bumping down lively discussion threads on the main page (especially if they are off of my posts, ha ha ), but doing so here brings me pleasure. The Rays' co-op Arizona Fall League affiliate, the Phoenix Desert Dogs, wrapped up the AFL title by winning in the one game championship playoff Sunday, beating the Grand Canyon Rafters 6-2. The win was odd in that Phoenix had six runs on four hits, while Grand Canyon got their two runs on eight hits. The key was, the Rafters made two costly errors.
Fernando Perez had a hit and two RBI for Phoenix, while Ben Zobrist went hitless for the D-Dogs. Jeff Ridgway pitched a scoreless inning in relief. Phoenix wrapped up a 20-11 regular season record with the win, and the team won with prospects from several different teams, despite injuries to key performers. The offseason gets much more disorganized for prospects after this. Some head to home base to train, while others branch out into Caribbean winter leagues. Still, it is nice to see the young Rays prospects getting some championship experience (it may be their last, ha ha ), as a winning minor league environment is always good for development. Congratulations to Phoenix for winning the AFL title, and to all the young Rays prospects who helped accomplish it.
While my AFL coverage has been sporadic since the first two weeks, I plan to recap the goings on of the monthlong AFL season, either tomorrow or Monday, in a wrapup piece. This won't be some long, drawn out series, just a little bit of writing that summarizes the season. So stay tuned for that, but in the meantime, congrats to the AFL champs.