The great Arizona Fall League wrapped up this past Saturday with the Peoria Javelinas 4-3 victory over the Salt River Rafters. Baltimore Orioles players play for the Mesa Solar Sox, who finished with the worst record in the Arizona Fall League this year, but the Orioles organization players represented themselves well this fall, with a couple finding themselves among league leaders.
If you recall, Orioles101 provided a mid-season report on the Orioles playing in the Arizona Fall League earlier this month. Let's take a look at each Orioles organization player that partook in the Arizona Fall league this year (minor league affiliate is the one they finished the season with):
- Mike Belfiore – AA Bowie – Belfiore had a very respectable showing this fall, as he comprised a 1-1 record with a 4.38 ERA and one save in 12 appearances over 12 1/3 innings pitched. Of the four Orioles organization pitchers on the Solar Sox, Belfiore had the best showing.
- Chris Petrini – AA Bowie – Petrini struggled a bit posting a 7.15 ERA with an 0-1 record over 12 appearances and 11 1/3 innings pitched. He did manage to strike out eight in those 11 1/3 innings.
- Clay Schrader – AA Bowie – Schrader had the worst fall of the Orioles pitchers struggling with his command as he shared the team lead with three hit batsman and 12 walks, and recorded an 0-1 record with a 9.28 ERA in 11 appearances and 10 2/3 innings pitched.
- Mike Wright – AA Bowie – Wright was the only one of the four Orioles pitchers in the Arizona Fall League as a starting pitcher, and struggled a bit with an 0-5 record, while posting a 6.43 ERA in seven starts and led all Solar Sox pitchers with four homers allowed. He did post a 2:1 strikeout to walk ratio and was second on the team with 21 innings pitched. Wright's 21 innings was good for 17th in the league and he shared the top spot for most starts on the mound in the AFL as well.
- Brian Ward – AA Bowie – Ward played well defensively behind the plate and hit a respectable .297 in 37 at bats with four RBI. Ward's .297 average was second on the team.
- Jonathan Schoop – AA Bowie – The highly regarded Schoop continued his good play in the 2012 calendar year hitting .270 with two homers, ten RBI and 16 walks. Schoop was second on the team with those 16 walks and led the team with a robust .446 on base percentage, which was also sixth best in the AFL.
- L.J. Hoes – Orioles – Hoes, who saw some time with the big club in Baltimore this season, had a decent showing this fall hitting .257 with six RBI and four stolen bases. Hoes was also one of five Solar Sox to not commit an error defensively.
If you have never heard of the Arizona Fall League, shame on you. It is a great off-season league that all MLB organizations take advantage of to help groom their prospects to get some more work. The league celebrated its 20th season this year and has produced such greats as Paul Konerko, Michael Young, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Roy Halladay and Albert Pujols, just to name a few. The AFL consists of six teams with each team having players from five MLB organizations. The Solar Sox are comprised of players from the Orioles, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers. Congrats to the Orioles organizational players that took part in the Arizona Fall League and on a great showing.
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