AFL Update: Coming up Short


I said the other day that you should circle Brandon Short on your list of prospects to watch. What has he done through the first two games of the Arizona Fall League? He’s gone one-for-ten. That’s good for a .100 batting average. It just goes to show that when you’re talking about baseball prospects you just never know. Oh well, there’s still plenty of time for him to bounce back. For all we know he could hit nine home runs and drive in forty baserunners. (Don’t mark that down as a prediction, I’d rather not be wrong twice. About the same guy.) Michael Blanke is the only other Sox positional prospect to get some playing time – he’s batting .500 with one hit, a pair of walks, and one run batted in over four plate appearances.

The Solar Sox have been getting offensive help from Pirates outfielding prospect Robbie Grossman and Cubs prospect Josh Vitters, a corner infielder. Vitters has two home runs and five runs batted in while Grossman is hatting at a .556 clip with five hits, two home runs, and three runs batted in. Grossman, drafted by Pittsburgh in 2008, hasn’t advanced passed high-A ball in the Pirates organization. It isn’t sure whether the Cubs will resign Carlos Pena and with Aramis Ramirez opting out of his contract the Cubs’ corner infield spots are open for competition. Look for Vitters to make some waves and get his name out there for consideration.

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