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Rays prospects and winter leagues: Rays impress in Fall Stars Game

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In addition to the Fall Stars Game Saturday, Wander Franco’s offseason schedule got underway.

Salt River Rafters v. Surprise Saguaros
Josh Lowe has remained productive this fall
Photo by Buck Davidson/MLB Photos via Getty Images

It was the busiest week yet of the offseason. Half of the Rays’ Arizona Fall League contingent played in Saturday’s Fall Stars Game, and Liga de Béisbol Profesional de la República Dominicana got underway — that means Wander Franco’s winter ball season has begun.

There was a lot written about that Fall Stars Game. MLB.com’s prospect team covered the best tools and the best performers in the game. Baseball America recapped the game and had its own standouts.

Hitters

2B Vidal Brujan, Arizona Fall League

This week: 14 AB, 3 R, 4 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K, 1/2 SB
Offseason: 63 AB, .302 BA/.384 OBP/.571 SLG

Brujan’s hitting streak finally ended at 12 games. He was 1-for-2 with a strikeout in the Fall Stars Game.

SS Wander Franco, Liga de Béisbol Profesional de la República Dominicana

This week: 4 AB, 1 R, 1 H
Offseason: 4 AB, .250/.250/.250

Franco played shortstop and led off in his team’s season opener.

C Ronaldo Hernandez, AFL

This week: 9 AB, 3 R, 4 H, 2 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 K
Offseason: 26 AB, .346 BA/.393 OBP/.577 SLG

Hernandez has hits in six of his eight games this offseason and had three extra-base hits last week. He was 0-for-1 in the Fall Stars Game.

OF Josh Lowe, AFL

This week: 12 AB, 3 R, 5 H, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K, 1/1 SB
Offseason: 47 AB, .362 BA/.404 OBP/.617 SLG

Lowe is on a five-game hitting streak with two hits in four of those five games. He has four extra-base hits in that streak. He hit an RBI double, scored, and stole a base in the Fall Stars Game.

Pitchers

RHP Shane Baz, AFL

This week: 1 23 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
Offseason: 8 IP, 9.00 ERA, 2.00 WHIP

Baz struck out a batter in a 1-2-3 Fall Stars inning.

RHP Simon Rosenblum-Larson, AFL

This week: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 1 K
Offseason: 7 23 IP, 3.56 ERA, 1.96 WHIP

LHP Cristopher Sanchez, LIDOM

This week: 1 13 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
Offseason: 1 13 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0.75 WHIP

After pitching in Australia last offseason, Sanchez is in his native Dominican Republic this offseason.

RHP Drew Strotman, AFL

This week: 4 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Offseason: 12 IP, 9.00 ERA, 1.75 WHIP

RHP Alex Valverde, AFL

This week: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
Offseason: 7 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0.43 WHIP

All stats are through games of Oct. 12.