The Surprise Rafters played their final game of the Arizona Fall League season yesterday. They finished second in the division with generally encouraging numbers for the Yankees on their roster.
Colin Curtis, one of the Yankees who would have to be added to the 40-man to be protected from the Rule 5 draft, finished with a .397 average. He had seven doubles, two triples and five home runs in 20 games. Even in a hitters’ league like the Fall League, those are eye-popping numbers. The outfield is thin in the upper levels of the Yankees system, but Curtis is an interesting player with a lot of tools. Can’t overlook him.
Third baseman Brandon Laird finished tied for second in the league with six home runs, tied for third with nine doubles and fifth with 24 RBI. He hit .333. With Brad Suttle coming back from injury, Laird may have established himself as the top third base prospect in the system (assuming he doesn’t move to first fulltime).
The Yankees other position player in Arizona, catcher Austin Romine, suffered a minor finger injury and played just four games, with six hits.
Of the four Yankees’ pitchers, Ian Kennedy was the only starter and he led the league with 29.2 innings, which was by far the most important thing for him. This was about work, not results, for Kennedy. In his last start, he went five innings, striking out five, walking none and allowing one run. He finished with a 4.25 ERA, 28 strikeouts and five walks.
Power lefty Mike Dunn had 20 strikeouts in 10.1 innings, but he also walked 10 guys. Power righty Grant Duff had a 2.89 ERA, but he struck out only four while walking five. Zach Kroenke struck out 14, walked four and pitched well in most of his outings, but he also had three multi-run games and finished with a 5.28 ERA.