Good Start Out in Arizona for Braves' Minor Leaguers

 Kyle Kubitza

Yesterday, we gave an introduction to the Arizona Fall League, which opened play last night.  If the first game played by the Scottsdale Scorpions is any indication, it should be a good month of play out in desert country.

Funny, the story on the mlb site about this game mentions mostly Pirate and Yankee prospects, but not that Braves players were in the middle of the decisive rally as Scottsdale came up with 3 runs in the ninth inning to defeat Salt River 6-5.

Of the 11 hits and 5 walks collected by Scottsdale, Tommy La Stella (2 for 4) and Kyle Kubitza (3 for 4) combined for 5 and 1 of them, respectively.  La Stella also advanced a runner on a groundout.  But the ninth inning play-by-play is particularly telling:

Yeah – the story mentions two-inning starter Jameson Taillon and SS Alen Hanson a bunch.  Hanson was 2 for 4 with two bunt singles, a caught stealing and 2 strikeouts.  But he did score the winning run… thanks to Tommy La Stella’s double to knock him in.  Never mind Kyle Kubitza starting the rally with a double and run scored.  Juan Jaime pitched the 5th inning – 1 hit, 1 unearned run allowed, 1 walk.

So it was a great start – for two of the Brave farmhands anyway… Robby Hefflinger0-5, 4 strikeouts.  Oy.  Dave Kingman, indeed.


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  • Chris Headrick

    If LaStella continues to show his chops in AFL, and then in Spring, the Braves’ organization will be foolish (as frankly is often the case) not to take a VERY serious look at him for the big show’s everyday 2B in 2014. They still would have to solve the Uggla problem, but it’s infinitely doable to me.

    • carpengui

      At the very least, there would be little point in hiring every DFA’d utility infielder they can dig up.

      • fireboss

        You mean FW isn’t going to do a Magic JS find of a forgotten player in a broken toy bin and be hailed as a genius? Why, I am shocked nay dismayed that you would incinerate (yes I spelled that right) such a thing… All those guy who left 20 on the dresser as they left FW in the room need to get together and do him a special by taking uggs off his hands.