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    I make no bones about being a huge Salt River Rafters fan. Have been for years. This does not insinuate that I will not be rooting for our boys over with the upstart Glendale Desert Dogs squad. Each AFL squad will be pitted 10 games vs teams from the MPL ( that’s “Mexican Pacific League” to the layman ). I’m thinking our Rafters will go 9-1, no worse that 8-2, against these ragtag southerners.

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    Pugs, it is 10 games total vs. the Mexican League, not 10 per team. The Rafters play three and the Desert Dogs two.

    https://www.mlb.com/news/2019-arizona-fall-league-schedule-released

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    Ouch! I was counting on that handful of extra Rafters “W’s”. Thanks Brian.

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    With Ramirez it seems that the Cards want to know what they traded for… Ramirez is 24 as mentioned. Capel needs the extra attention there… he’s been a disappointment so far. Most had higher hopes for him.

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    MLB.com did a piece on the AFL sleepers (one for each team).

    Cardinals: Conner Capel, OF (No. 24) – Capel, whom the Cardinals acquired at last year’s Trade Deadline, had a solid first full season in the Cardinals organization, batting .248/.296/.388 over 106 games. The 2016 fifth-round pick hit 22 homers in 2017, but in an effort to reduce his swing-and-miss, focused more on making contact in 2018 and saw his power numbers decline. Capel, 22, started driving the ball a bit more this year as he hit 11 homers — against advanced competition. Capel has above-average speed and solid instincts so if he can get back on track offensively, limiting his strikeouts and driving the ball all over the field, he’s likely to see his stock start to climb. Hitting in the hitter-friendly Arizona Fall League could provide the results and confidence needed.

    Capel (with Torres) was part of the Mercado trade at last season’s deadline. MLB seems more optimistic about Capel (their #24) than TCN (#35-AUG). 22y.o. bats L 6’1 and listed as a CF.

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    They very generously label a .635 OPS by a mostly corner outfielder in the hitter-friendly Texas League as being “solid”. That ranked 14th among Springfield hitters with at least 100 plate appearances this season.

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    Capel will be an interesting rule 5 protection decision.

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    Maybe if they clear up the OF logjam in trades before then… or if he lights up AFL pitching…

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    Montero continues to struggle. Concerned about that but he is still pretty young.

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    Montero with the Golden Sombrero last night, is he still hurt and just playing through it? Timing just way off? And maybe worse, Griffin Roberts, 13 hits in 6.2 innings, terrible ERA, not looking good….

    On a positive note, Herrera is looking great (.801 OPS). I could see him ending up on the fringe of some top 100 lists this offseason if he keeps it up. If you look at the stats, position, age, etc, he deserves to be there.

    – Ramierez has looked good, 8k’s in 5.1 IP and just 1 ER given up.
    – Elledge, 6k’s in 4 IP, no ER’s given up.
    – Whitley has also appeared as great as advertised with 2 hits, 0 BB, 0 Runs, 4K’s in 3 innings.

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    Herrera is the only Cards representative hitter who has looked good. I wonder how close he is to making the MLB/BA top 100?
    Whitley, Elledge, and Ramirez have all fared very well so far. Ramirez would be a 7 year minor league free agent, but maybe the can or have resigned him.
    I am not sure Roberts will continue starting, as the results have been less than impressive.
    Not making excuses, but Montero’s injuries may be lingering, as typically hand/wrist injuries take up to a year to heal fully.

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