Week four is in the books
Last week we had a one-way conversation about the definition of “javelina” and “saguaro” and as juicy and exciting as that discussion must have been for all of you, I’ve decided to step things up a little bit and go javelina wild on the trivia – since everyone loves trivia – and I promise to keep it to baseball this time.
Q: What is the most lopsided final score in Arizona Fall League history?
RHP - Clint Nageotte
4 GS, 1-1, 1.59 ERA, 17 IP, 10 H, 18 K, 2 BB
The M’s might have done Nageotte a real service by letting him cruise through the 2005 season from the bullpen and then putting him back in the rotation this fall. After putting up solid numbers in relief in Triple-A, Nageotte has found his groove in the desert – in a starting role. The right-hander might get an endorsement gig from Snapper or John Deere if he keeps mowing down hitters like he has in his first four starts. The former strikeout machine began the AFL with impressive groundball-fly ball ratios, but has reintroduced opposing batters to his strikeout tendencies, racking up 18 to just two walks. The Fall League is hitting just .169 off Nageotte, who may earn himself a spot in the rotation if he duplicates his AFL success during spring training.
CF - Adam Jones
15 G, .92/.250/.385, 2 HR, 2-3B, 4 RBI, 13 K, 4 BB
One thing Jones is not doing in Peoria is hit consistently, but a 15-game stretch means very little to a physically maturing 20-year-old with plus tools. Anything he does with the bat is gravy as he patrols center field and learns his new position. All the current fall slump does is prove that “showtime” isn’t ready for Triple-A. But we knew that already. Just let his defense catch up in San Antonio for a bit.
C - Jeff Clement
16 G, .341/.442/.591, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 5-2B, 8 BB, 11 K
Scouts like the progress Clement has made behind the plate in the past four months, as he continues to work with M’s catching guru Roger Hansen, who is as sure of Clement’s future as the club is with anyone not named Felix. Hansen recently told MLB.com that he has no doubt that the 22-year-old USC product will be a big-league caliber backstop. Those words mean a lot coming from Hansen. No use in mentioning Clement’s bat. It speaks for itself.
OF - Gary Harris
17 G, .236/.263/.345, SB, 11 K, BB
RHP - Chris Buglovsky
9 G, 1-1, 12.75 ERA, .419 BAA, 12 IP, 26 H, 4 K, 4 BB
RHP – Michael Flannery
8 G, 0-0, 2.84 ERA, .288 BAA, 12.2 IP, 15 H, 12 K, 4 BB
Trivia Answer: Mesa defeated Grand Canyon 22-2 in 1998. The Solar Sox had 26 hits, including five home runs and held Grand Canyon to seven hits. Mesa scored at least one run in all nine frames, including two or more in all but the first and ninth.