In Arizona Fall League action this week, Washington Nationals prospect Austin Voth had a good and bad start.
This past week, some of the Washington Nationals prospects were back in action in the Arizona Fall League (Glendale Desert Dogs). In six games this week, the Desert Dogs went 1-5 and they are tied with the Scottsdale Scorpions for the worst record in the AFL.
During this past week, Austin Voth was able to make two starts for the Desert Dogs. On October 17, Voth put up a good performance against the Peoria Javelinas. He went four innings, gave up a solo home run on two hits, walked one, and struck out seven in a no-decision. The right-hander threw 57 pitches with 39 of them going for strikes.
Five days later, it was a completely different result against the Surprise Saguaros. Voth went three innings, gave up seven runs on six hits, walked three, and struck out four in a no-decision. Through three starts, the 24-year-old right-hander has a 12.10 ERA and has given up 13 runs in nine innings.
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As for the other Washington Nationals relief pitchers on the Glendale squad, they had a good week on the mound. Ryan Brinley pitched 2.1 innings and did not give up a hit while striking out three. Plus, he got a win on October 20 against the Mesa Solar Sox.
In addition to Brinley, Jake Johansen threw 3.2 innings (two hits allowed) and Nick Lee threw two scoreless innings. The three Washington Nationals relievers have combined to give up one run (Johansen) in the first two weeks over 14.2 innings.
When it comes to the offensive players, third baseman Drew Ward continued his strong play in Arizona. While he didn’t have an extra base hit this past week, he went 6-for-15, drew two walks, and had a RBI in three of the four games he played. Ward has recorded a hit in each of his first seven starts and is tied for the league lead in hits (11).
Shortstop Osvaldo Abreu went 2-for-11 in three games with a RBI. Andrew Stevenson didn’t drive in five runs like he did in the first week of AFL action, but he had some decent results this past week. He went 3-for-12 with a double and two runs scored. Check out some video of Stevenson’s at-bats courtesy of Bobby DeMuro from Today’s Knuckleball:
Will the Glendale squad be able to put together some wins this week? The Desert Dogs are back in action tonight when they take on the Scottsdale Scorpions at 9:35 p.m ET. Check out next week’s Washington Nationals AFL wrap up to find out how the Nats prospects are playing down in Arizona.