After a week-and-a-half stretch of there not being any baseball games at the minor league level, the Arizona Fall League got back to things on Wednesday. Last night saw Glendale take on Scottsdale in a road game that they would lose on a walk-off home run.

The Reds players had an impact earlier in the game. Tyler Stephenson started at designated hitter for the Desert Dogs and was hitting 6th. He went 2-4 with a double and scored a run. He was drive in by Jose Garcia in the 7th inning after that double. The Reds shortstop prospect finished the game 1-4 with that RBI. Later in the inning the bases were loaded for Jonathan India. He didn’t get a strike to swing at, walking on four pitches to plate the second run of the game for Glendale and tie the game.

Jonathan India has gone 0-3 with a walk and a strikeout in all three games he’s played in this Arizona Fall League season. The hits by both Tyler Stephenson and Jose Garcia were their first out of the two games that they’ve played in.

Stuart Fairchild got his first start of the AFL season, going 0-4 on the night. He played right field. Cory Thompson was the only pitcher to take the mound from the organization on the night. The reliever came out of the bullpen to follow starter Griffin Roberts. It wasn’t a smooth debut for Thompson, who allowed two runs in an inning of work on three hits and a walk. While the game didn’t go as well as he would have hoped, we do get something from it. Scottsdale has pitch tracking (I’m not sure if it’s the old Pitch F/X or if it’s Trackman) in the stadium. That gives us 26 pitches worth of information on Thompson to look at. You can see the entire box score for the game right here.

Cory Thompson Scouting Report

This is going to just be a quick report based on the pitch tracking data. The fastball worked 90.3 MPH to 94.1 MPH. The pitch had a little bit of cutting action to it and had a little bit of rise to it. His change up worked 84-87 MPH. There was more horizontal action to the pitch than with his fastball, but on the vertical plane it work pretty much the same as the fastball. Of course it needs to be noted that there were only four change ups thrown, so the sample size is very small and not worth looking too deeply into. He also threw a curveball on the day. It worked in the 79-82 MPH on the night.

9 Responses

  1. Oldtimer

    (Clipped) Att: 542.
    Wow! Low attendance on a Friday night.

    Venue: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
    THE BEST ballpark in the AFL/Cactus League.

    September 20, 2019

    • Doug Gray

      I don’t remember checking too many AFL games for attendance, but I feel like that’s actually GOOD attendance for an AFL game.

      • Oldtimer

        Very well could be. If I lived in (or were visiting) Phoenix, I’d go often.

  2. PUSHERMAN

    So in 3 games, between 4 position players, the Reds guys have 3 hits. The team is 0-3.
    Yep, they are definitely Reds farmhands!
    I’m afraid India’s hit tool was extremely overhyped. I guess 1 big year in college will do that

    • Oldtimer

      Reds had a promising young INF in late 1960s. In winter league 1969, he was named MVP despite batting .190 something in winter ball. What ever happened to him?

      Dave Concepcion. Reds starting SS at rookie in 1970. Played 19 years as Red 1970 through 1988. Arguably best NL SS of the 1970s and 1980s. He has most hits of any Red in Riverfront Stadium.

      Yes. More than Rose or Bench or Larkin or any other Reds 1970 to 2002.

      Disregard winter ball stats. Stephenson and India have a chance to be good Reds players.

      • victor vollhardt

        Oldtimer comments are always good-he never gets caught up in the hype—that whats is going on now (at any level) is the first time this has ever happened. Baseball (in particular Reds baseball) has seen it all happen before–good or bad. The fun is waiting and seeing what develops—there are always surprises.