30 August 2011
The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced the six players, 3 pitchers and 3 position players, who will play for the Salt River Rafters in the 2011 Arizona Fall League. The three pitchers are RHP Charles Brewer (23), RHP Eric Smith (23), and RHP Bryan Woodall (25). Brewer and Woodall have spent the season with AA Mobile in the Southern League, while Smith pitched for Visalia in the High A California League. The three position players are OF Adam Eaton (22), 3B Ryan Wheeler (23), and 2B David Nick (21). Eaton and Wheeler have also played for the AA Bay Bears, while Nick has been with Visalia.
Among the pitchers, Brewer is probably the highest rated prospect, but he has missed most of the season with a broken wrist. He recently rejoined Mobile and has made three solid starts with them, allowing 2 ER in 13.2 IP while striking out 16. Woodall has pitched in relief for Mobile, and has a line of 4-4, 3.50 ERA, 3 Saves, 64K/17BB in 61.2 IP. Smith has struggled with his control in Visalia this year, with a 6.11 ERA and 101K/79BB in 147.1 IP.
The three position players all show considerable promise. After a disappointing .748 OPS in 2010, Wheeler has rebounded to hit .294/.360/.471 (.831 OPS) in Mobile. Eaton has done a tremendous job of getting on base, with a .436 OBP between Visalia and Mobile. His season includes 140 Hits, 72 Walks, and 23 HBP, for an overall line of .317/.436/.459. Eaton also has 13 assists in the outfield. David Nick has also rebounded from a poor 2010 season (.684 OPS) to hit .304/.348/.454 (.802 OPS) in 2011. He is one of the organization's few legitimate 2B prospects.
The 2011 Arizona Fall League Season will start on October 4, 2011.