Taylor Sparks homers twice in the AFL Doug Gray November 2, 2017 4 Comments Taylor Sparks had a big day in Arizona on Wednesday. The Cincinnati Reds third base prospect hit two home runs in a Scottsdale win over Peoria. Both home runs were hit to left field. MLB Pipeline posted videos of both on twitter, which you can see below. Home run #1: Sparks fly!@Reds prospect Taylor Sparks rips OMG-worthy ? homer, his 2nd of the AFL season. Batting .326. Gameday: https://t.co/8mbyPOy5gR pic.twitter.com/NkbeS1u1eL — MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) November 1, 2017 Home run #2 2? for Taylor! @Reds‘ Taylor Sparks launches 2nd solo homer of the game in @MLBazFallLeague action. Avg. up to .341. https://t.co/YFDYOOCmFM pic.twitter.com/xUxfWUwNLW — MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) November 1, 2017 For Taylor Sparks, he’s now hitting .326/.385/.587 with three home runs. I’m not sure how the ballpark in Scottsdale plays, though in general the ball flies out in Arizona – but Sparks hit more home runs in the game yesterday than any other Scorpion has on the season. Perhaps it’s just a combination of players on this specific team, but they’ve got 10 combined home runs as a team, with Sparks having three of them. They’ve played in 19 total games. Reds release several minor leaguers Baseball America has up the latest minor league transactions. The Cincinnati Reds released six players last week. Alexander Perez RHP Yerry Santos RHP Gregory Reinoso LHP Gabriel Ovalle SS Alejandro Paulino SS Ermys Reyes SS Perez, Santos, Reinoso, Paulino and Reyes all played in Arizona and or Billings this past season. Ovalle spent time in Dayton, Daytona and Louisville as a backup infielder throughout the 2017 season. Major League free agency is now upon us. The first big deal that has gone down is that Justin Upton exercised his option for the next four seasons with the Angels and signed a 1-year extension beyond that with them. The Reds probably won’t be making any free agent moves nearly as exciting as this one, but they probably will make a signing or two. If the Reds make any “splashes” this offseason, I think it will be in the trade market. They just haven’t ever really been a big player in free agency and I don’t think that’s going to change anytime soon. But, they have pieces to move in the minor leagues if they want to make a move to acquire a difference maker. 4 Responses The Duke November 2, 2017 I pretty much ignore AFL stats anymore. You don’t want to see one of your top guys struggle there, but guys producing there who didn’t produce in the regular minor league seasons seems to be the rule, not the exception. Doug Gray November 2, 2017 And then there’s always the case of Mike Trout….. Who had his head handed to him in the AFL the year before he was the best player on the planet. MK November 2, 2017 Nice to see Taylor hitting the ball hard, still coming back from the hand/wrist injury. He struggled when he first came to Dragons mid-season. We expected some big power and did not get it. He kept a great attitude and was very positive for me to deal with. It was my understanding that he could have gone a couple other places and chose Dayton because of big crowds and outstanding facility. Gaffer November 2, 2017 Look at the crowds that come to see AFL baseball.