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Rays prospects and winter leagues: Arizona Fall League underway

Vidal Brujan homered in the first week of AFL action.

Tampa Bay Rays v Detroit Tigers Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Because the Arizona Fall League started a month earlier than usual, the prospect offseason was virtually nonexistent.

Hitters

2B Vidal Brujan, Arizona Fall League

This week: 11 AB, 1 R, 2 H, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K
Offseason: 11 AB, .182 BA/.250 OBP/.545 SLG

Brujan was not on the initial AFL roster, but since he only played 99 games during the season, it’s certainly not bad that he’ll be getting some extra work in. He’s played second base and shortstop so far.

C Ronaldo Hernandez, AFL

This week: 6 AB, 2 H, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Offseason: 6 AB, .333 BA/.429 OBP/.333 SLG

Hernandez needs just nine at-bats to have more than he had in the AFL last season.

OF Josh Lowe, AFL

This week: 12 AB, 2 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 5 K
Offseason: 12 AB, .167 BA/.231 OBP/.167 SLG

Lowe is coming off the best season of his career, but that didn’t carry over in the first week of AFL play. He’s played all three outfield spots so far.

Pitchers

RHP Shane Baz, AFL

This week: 1 23 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 1 K
Offseason: 1 23 IP, 32.40 ERA, 4.20 WHIP

Baz’s first appearance this fall came out of the bullpen.

RHP Simon Rosenblum-Larson, AFL

This week: 2 IP, 4 H, 4 R (2 ER), 4 BB, 1 K
Offseason: 2 IP, 9.00 ERA, 4.00 WHIP

Rosenblum-Larson is another late addition to the AFL roster. He just completed his first full pro season.

RHP Drew Strotman, AFL

This week: 2 23 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 4 K
Offseason: 2 23 IP, 13.50 ERA, 1.50 WHIP

Due to Tommy John surgery, Strotman only has 70 innings over the last two seasons, so the AFL is a good opportunity for him.

RHP Alex Valverde, AFL

This week: 1 13 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Offseason: 1 13 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0.75 WHIP

Valverde was better as a reliever than starter in 2019, and the AFL will give him a chance to continue adjusting to that role.

All stats are through games of Sept. 21.