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Arizona Fall League recap: Rockies prospects perform well in Rafters' title game loss

Colorado Rockies prospects Lars Davis, Corey Dickerson, Kent Matthes and Coty Woods each capped off a very good fall by turning in solid performances in the Salt River Rafters' AFL championship game loss on Saturday.

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Rafters lose title game to conclude AFL season

The Salt River Rafters narrowly missed out on a second consecutive Arizona Fall League championship, falling 4-3 to the Peoria Javelinas in Saturday's title game.

Strangely enough, the game was put into protest by Rafters manager (and Colorado Rockies managerial finalist) Matt Williams in the bottom of the seventh inning. Washington Nationals prospect Brian Goodwin tagged and appeared to score the tying run on a fly ball off the bat of Arizona Diamondbacks prospect Chris Owings, but the Javelinas appealed and Goodwin was called out for leaving early.

Williams didn't put the game into protest because of the call, but rather because multiple appeals (and calls) were made on the play, as the Javelinas first appealed by throwing the ball to home plate rather than to third base.

After the game, AFL director Steve Cobb announced to both teams as well as everyone else in attendance that the protest had been denied, and that Peoria was indeed the champions.

Each of the three Rockies position player prospects who appeared in the game fared relatively well, having a hand in all three of the Rafters' runs. Lars Davis got Salt River on the board in the bottom of the second inning with a sacrifice fly, cutting his team's deficit to 3-1. After Peoria picked up another run in the top of the third, Kent Matthes got the Rafters back to within two runs with an RBI single. In the next at-bat, Corey Dickerson laced a double down the right field line, plating Matthes and making it a 4-3 game.

Unfortunately for Salt River, the game would stay that way, although reliever Coty Woods had a hand in making sure the Javelinas wouldn't add any insurance runs by tossing a 1-2-3 eighth inning, which included inducing a pop out off the bat of Cincinnati Reds prospect Billy Hamilton.

Davis, Dickerson, Matthes and Woods all represented the Rockies organization very well throughout Arizona Fall League play, which concluded with Saturday's title game. Check out their numbers, as well as those from the rest of the Rockies' prospects who participated in the league, below.


Batting

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
Lars Davis
12 42 5 13 3 0 1 8 2 11 0 2 .310 .362 .452
Corey Dickerson
17 66 11 24 3 2 1 11 1 13 8 2 .364 .368 .515
Jose Gonzalez
10 36 7 6 2 0 0 5 5 9 1 0 .167 .286 .222
Kent Matthes
22 85 15 20 5 0 5 18 11 19 2 0
.235 .330 .471

Pitching

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Tyler Chatwood
1-1 4 4 0 0 0 0 15.2 15 9
8 1
10 15
4.60 1.60
Isaiah Froneberger
1-1 11 0 0 0 0 0 12.0
16
11 11 3
5 10 8.25 1.75
Cory Riordan
3-1 11 2
0 0 0
0
14.1 21
11
9 2 3
11
5.65 1.67
Coty Woods
1-0 10 0 0 0 2 0 11.1 7 4 4 1 4 9 3.18 0.97

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AFL update: Dickerson Salt River's 2nd-best hitter

The Salt River Rafters, who feature prospects from the Colorado Rockies and four other big league organizations, are holding on to a slight lead in the Arizona Fall League's East division with a 15-13 record. Several Rockies farmhands have contributed to the Rafters' winning campaign, most notably outfield prospect Corey Dickerson.

Entering play on Wednesday, Dickerson is hitting .345, which is second on the team behind Toronto Blue Jays outfield prospect Kevin Pillar's .407 average. Dickerson could stand to walk more, drawing just one base on balls in 58 at-bats. However, the 23-year-old resident of Mississippi continues to prove those who doubt his swing can carry on to the next level wrong. Although he'll probably start the year at Double-A, Dickerson has a shot to move up a level early if he can repeat his early-season performances from past years.

Fellow Rockies outfield prospect Kent Matthes has seen quite a bit more playing time than Dickerson, accumulating 81 at-bats across 21 games. Matthes' batting average has dropped to just .235, but he leads the club with four home runs and has walked 11 times, which has helped boost his on-base percentage to .333. Matthes will face a make-or-break year, likely at Triple-A Colorado Springs, in 2013.

On the pitching side of things, the four Rockies farmhands throwing for the Rafters haven't been particularly impressive. Reliever Coty Woods has been the best of the bunch, posting a 3.48 ERA with eight strikeouts and three walks in 10.1 innings pitched.

Here are some numbers for the rest of the Rockies farmhands who have appeared for the Rafters:

Lars Davis, C: 39 AB, .282/.341/.436, HR, 3 2B, 7 RBI, 2 BB, 11 K

Jose Gonzalez, C: 32 AB, .156/.289/.188, 2B, 3 RBI, 5 BB, 8 K

Tyler Chatwood, SP: 15.2 IP, 1-1, 4.60 ERA, 15 H, 15 K, 10 BB

Isaiah Froneberger, RP: 12.0 IP, 1-1, 8.25 ERA, 16 H, 10 K, 5 BB

Cory Riordan, RP: 11.1 IP, 2-1, 7.15 ERA, 17 H, 9 K, 3 BB

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Rockies AFL Update

The Salt River Rafters have the lead in the AFL's East Division with a 9-7 record, good for one game over the Scottsdale Scorpions. Contributions from Rockies players, however, seem to be minimal. Let's break down our AFL attendees one by one, shall we?

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Arizona Fall League: Rox OF prospects stand out

After two weeks of Arizona Fall League play, the Salt River Rafters are atop the East division with a 6-5 record. Colorado Rockies outfield prospects Kent Matthes and Corey Dickerson helped the Rafters get to that point over the past week by combining to hit .320 in 25 total at-bats.

Matthes was 5-for-15 across four games during the week, while driving in a run, walking twice, stealing a base and scoring three times. Dickerson only played in three games, but was 3-for-10 at the plate with a home run, two runs batted and four stolen bases.

Tyler Chatwood made one start, allowing two earned runs on five hits in four innings while taking a loss on Oct. 20. He struck out four and walked three. Isaiah Fronberger, Cory Riordan and Coty Woods combined for six innings of one-run ball, allowing just one total hit.

Here are updated stats for each Rockies farmhand during AFL play:

Position Players

Lars Davis, C: .143/.278/.143, RBI, R, BB, 6 K

Jose Gonzalez, C: .000/.214/.000, RBI, 3 R, 2 BB, 5 K

Corey Dickerson, OF: .190/.217/.381, R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, BB, 2 K, 4 SB

Kent Matthes, OF: .300/.382/.467, 6 R, 2 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 4 K, SB

Pitchers

Tyler Chatwood, SP: 0-1, 4.63 ERA, 11.2 IP, 11 H, 15 K, 6 BB, 3.25 GO/AO ratio

Isaiah Froneberger, RP: 0-0, 3.86 ERA, 4.2 IP, 5 H, K, 2 BB, 2.00 GO/AO ratio

Cory Riordan, RP: 1-1, 3.60 ERA, 5 IP, 5 H, HR, 2 K, 2 BB, 0.86 GO/AO ratio

Coty Woods, RP: 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 5 IP, 0 H, 2 K, BB, 2.00 GO/AO ratio

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Chatwood leads AFL in strikeouts through Week 1

Through the first week of Arizona Fall League play, the Salt River Rafters are tied atop the standings with a 4-2 record. Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood and outfield prospect Kent Matthes have proved their worth in the early going for the Rafters.

Chatwood leads all AFL pitchers in strikeouts with 11, and innings pitched with 7.2. In two starts, he has posted a 4.70 ERA while allowing six hits and boasting a K/BB ratio of nearly 4-to-1.

Matthes has just two hits since the opener, but still owns a batting line of .267/.353/.533 in four games worth of plate appearances. Matthes has scored three runs, doubled, homered, driven in three and walked twice.

Here's how the rest of the Rockies farmhands are stacking up statistically for the Rafters through Week 1:

  • Corey Dickerson: 1-for-11, 2B, K
  • Lars Davis: 0-for-8, RBI, 4 K
  • Jose Gonzalez: 0-for-4, R, RBI, 2 K
  • Coty Woods: 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 IP, K, BB, 0 H
  • Cory Riordan: 1-0, 3.00 ERA, 3 IP, K, BB, 4 H
  • Isaiah Froneberger: 6.75 ERA, 2.2 IP, 5 H, BB

Salt River, which features prospects from the Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox, Toronto Blue Jays and Washington Nationals organizations, is looking to win its second straight AFL crown.

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Rockies' Matthes leads Salt River to victory

Colorado Rockies outfield prospect Kent Matthes led the Salt River Rafters to a 6-5 win over the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League opener on Tuesday night at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

Matthes went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double and two runs batted in. He also scored two runs. Fellow Rockies outfield prospect Corey Dickerson doubled, as well, for his only hit of the night.

Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood made the start for the Rafters, and was mostly impressive. He allowed two runs in four innings of work, but did not walk anybody and struck out six batters. Chicago Cubs top prospect Javier Baez did the most damage, taking a Chatwood fastball 430-plus feet out to centerfield. Still, reports on Chatwood's velocity were very good, as he worked in the 93-96 range.

Cory Riordan "earned" the victory by allowing a run on two hits in the eighth inning. He struck out one, and also made an error on a pickoff attempt. Lars Davis played the entirety of the game behind the plate, going 0-for-3 while allowing a passed ball.

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Chatwood starting in AFL opener

Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood will take the ball on Tuesday night for the Salt River Rafters in their Arizona Fall League opener, as they take on the Mesa Solar Sox.

Jarred Cosart (Houston Astros) will start opposite Chatwood for Mesa. Cosart is among the players that Charlie77 highlighted in his AFL post on Monday. In addition, the Solar Sox feature top prospects such as Nick Castellanos (3B/OF, Detroit Tigers), Jonathan Singleton (1B/OF, Astros) and Yasiel Puig (OF, Los Angeles Dodgers).

If you'd like to talk about the game whilst tracking the box score, feel free to do so here.

In the event that lineups are posted somewhere prior to the start of the game, I'll try to track them down and edit them into this post.

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Rockies prospects set for Arizona Fall League play

The Rockies will have eight players from the organization, of various talent levels and prospect pedigrees, representing the team in Arizona Fall League play, which begins on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

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