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Twins AFL Report (Week 4): Edouard Julien is HIM – Minors

Twins AFL Report (Week 4): Edouard Julien is HIM – Minors

Game Results:
Monday, 24/10 | Scottsdale 12, Glendale 14
Tuesday, 10/125 | Glendale 3, Surprise 9
Wednesday, 26/10 | Peoria 5, Glendale 5
Thursday, 27/10 | Salt River 9, Glendale 6
Friday, 28/10 | Surprise 1, Glendale 11
Saturday, 29/10 | Table 10, Glendale 3

The Glendale Desert Dogs continued to play around .500 baseball in Week 4, winning two games and losing three, as well as ending their sixth game with another tie. Despite this, the AFL’s good competition has them just two games off the top of the table, well within striking distance of a title game appearance heading into the penultimate week of the season.

Edward Julien came out strong in Week 3 of the AFL season, how did he and the rest of the Minnesota Twins prospects perform for the Desert Dogs in Week 4?

YES Austin Martin
Week: 4 for 22, 5 R, 2 2B, 2 BB, 4 K, SB (5 games)
Generally: .349/.447/.460 (.907 OPS)

Martin cooled off a bit in Week 3 after getting off to a strong start to his Arizona Fall League campaign. Despite this, he played in five of six games, all from the top of the Desert Dogs’ lineup, and still managed to score five runs on the week.

He made three starts at shortstop, one in center field, and was also the designated hitter for one game.

His best game of the week came in Monday’s 14-12 win over Scottsdale, going 3-for-5 with a double and scoring three runs. In Saturday’s 10-3 loss against Mesa, he had another double, drew a walk, scored two runs and stole his eighth base of the season.

SI Edouard Julien
Week: 7-for-18, 6 R, 2 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K, 3 SB (5 games)
Generally: .373/.536/.706 (1,242 OPS)

Julien finished his Week 3 with a monster performance, which incredibly matched his first game in Week 4. For the second straight game, he hit two home runs, finishing 4-for-5 with four RBIs in Monday’s win over the Scorpions. He also added a double and scored three runs.

He reached base at least once in each of his five games in the week, playing second base in four games and serving as designated hitter in the other. He added another double in Wednesday’s tie with Peoria, and also stole three bases on the week.

Heading into Week 5, Julien leads the AFL in runs scored, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS. He also ranks in the Top 3 in home runs, batting average and walks.

That’s an MVP-level performance from another Twins prospect in the league if it keeps up after that Royce Lewis took home this honor in 2019 and Matt Wallner was worthy of consideration in 2021.

C/1B Alex Isola
Week: 5 for 11, D, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 4 K (3 games)
Generally: .229/.357/.314 (.671 OPS)

Isola had a breakout performance in Week 4, improving his numbers across the board with hits in each of his three games. He played first base in two of those games, and another at catcher to close out his week on Friday.

He especially made his mark in Wednesday’s tie against Peoria, collecting three hits in four at-bats, including two doubles and two RBIs. He also drew a walk in each of his plate appearances during the week to raise his on-base percentage for the AFL season to .357.

RHP Jon Olsen
Week: W, 4 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 4 K (1 start)
Generally: 1-1, 5.91 ERA, 1.88 WHIP, .300 BAA, 8 BB, 13 K (10 2/3 IP)

Olson started in Friday’s 11-1 win over Surprise and was dominant in his four innings to earn the win. He faced the minimum number of batters, allowing just one single that was erased on a double play-’em-out-throw-’em-out in the second inning with teammate Alex Isola.

Of his 52 pitches in the game, 35 were strikes (67%) and the outing was a big confidence boost. for a pitcher who has had the kitchen sink thrown at him since it was drafted in 2018.

LHP Denny Bentley
Week: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 7 BB, 4 K (2 appearances)
Generally: 1-0, 3.48 ERA, 1.94 WHIP, .182 BAA, 14 BB, 8 K (10 2/3 IP)

While Bentley continued to struggle with his command, striking out seven batters in two appearances in the week, he has been able to limit the damage by not allowing big hits.

In Thursday’s 9-6 loss to Salt River, he pitched the fourth and fifth innings, with four walks but also four strikeouts as he proves to be an enigma to opposing AFL hitters.

RHP Ryan Shreve
Week: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 4 K (2 appearances)
Generally: 1-0, 2.45 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, .194 BAA, 6 BB, 9 K (11 IP)

Shreve had two perfect outings on the week, pitching a two-inning win against Scottsdale on Monday and a one-two-three ninth in a tie with Peoria on Wednesday. He struck out two batters in each outing and has been one of the Desert Dogs’ best performers out of their bullpen thus far.

In Monday’s game, Shreve was summoned after six straight batters had reached base, culminating in a grand slam that gave Scottsdale a 7-5 lead, but its offense responded with nine runs of its own over the next three innings to put him in the game. line for victory.

RHP Francis Peguero
Week: 3 2/3 IP, 7 H, 5 R (2 earned), 1 BB, 3 K (3 appearances)
Generally: 1-0, 1.80 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, .225 BAA, 7 BB, 8 K (10 IP)

Finally, Peguero struggled in Week 4, giving up a run in each of his three starts after allowing no runs. Of his five runs allowed on the week, just two were earned as his defense let him down in Thursday’s loss to Salt River, as a two-out, three-run homer came after a throwing error to start the inning.

Please feel free to ask questions and discuss the prospects playing in the AFL this week!

In things I find interesting for the future of Major League Baseball, the AFL was experimenting with a ‘challenge’ system for balls and strikes in some games during the season, and the results look promising and fun for fans and players alike! It’s similar to the system that was used at times in the Florida State League this season.





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