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Rays’ AFL prospects set for championship Saturday

Rays prospects and the rest of the Salt River Rafters take on the Surprise Saguaros Saturday afternoon for the Arizona Fall League Championship.

West Fall Stars v. East Fall Stars
Josh Lowe has impressed this fall
Photo by Buck Davidson/MLB Photos via Getty Images

The regular season didn’t finish until Friday, but the Salt River Rafters — featuring seven Rays prospects — already clinched a spot in Saturday’s Arizona Fall League Championship.

The game will be streamed on at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday.

All of the Rays’ hitters played keys roles in the Rafters’ success. Entering Friday’s game, Ronaldo Hernandez led the team with a .359 average. Josh Lowe had two homers and was second on the team with a .937 OPS. Vidal Brujan was fourth with a .850 OPS, four steals, and nine extra-base hits.

Statistically, Shane Baz struggled with an 8.18 ERA but nonetheless impressed. Drew Strotman was a regular in Salt River’s rotation but had a 6.43 ERA in 21 innings. Out of the bullpen, Alex Valverde was one of the team’s leaders with a 0.90 ERA in 10 innings, and Simon Rosenblum-Larson had a 2.53 ERA.

On Salt River, the Rays prospects are joined by 2017 No. 1 pick Royce Lewis and slugger Seth Beer. Surprise features prospects like Kansas City pitcher Daniel Lynch and Washington infielder Luis Garcia.