The Arizona Fall League has come to a close (actually November 12). The Dodgers were one of 6 teams on the Glendale Desert Dogs and with a win November 9, they clinched a spot in the playoffs. Going into the 8th inning down 4-3, thanks in large part to Andy Pages and José Ramos, the Desert Dogs came from behind to score 7 and beat Mesa Solar Sox 10-4.
Pages and Ramos were the first two hitters in the inning, and both slugged HRs to take the lead. Pages came back later in the inning and singled in another run.
The Desert Dogs were playing a 1 game playoff against the Peoria Javelinas, with the winner to face the Surprise Saguaros for the championship. With the score tied 3-3 in the 7th, the Desert Dogs scored 3 runs, with the final two crossing the plate on an Andy Pages double.
In the Championship Game, the Desert Dogs took the lead in the 2nd, 5th, and 6th innings, only to be tied by the Saguaros each time. The first run of the game came from a José Ramos HR. The teams were tied 4-4 after 6 innings.
In the 6th, Pages had a run scoring double, and later scored his first run of the game.
In the 8th, Pages singled and stole 2B only to be stranded. The teams finished 9 with the score still tied at 4.
In the 10th, Pages started the inning at 2B. He scored his 2nd run of the game on a single and the Desert Dogs had a 5-4 lead.
Tanner Dodson was summoned to hold the lead, but gave up a run scoring double to the first batter to tie the score for the 4th time in the game After a single, the runner moved to 3rd. With the runner moving up to 2nd on defensive indifference, the Saguaros had runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs, but got out of the inning without further damage. Dodson blown save #1.
In the 11th, the Desert Dogs scored on an Austin Martin single. In the bottom of the 11th, Dodson surrendered a pair of run scoring singles to get blown save #2 and the loss.
In the game, Pages went 2-3 with a double, walk, and stolen base. Ramos hit a HR.
For the season:
Andy Pages – 22 games, 81 AB, .296/.398/.506/.904, 2 doubles, 5 HRs, 9 BB, 12 K
José Ramos – 20 games, 80 AB, .275/.326/.463/.789, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 3 HRs, 5 BB, 20 K
Jorbit Vivas – 7 games, 27 AB, .333/.471/.407/.878, 2 doubles, 6 BB, 6 K
Emmet Sheehan – 6 games (all starts), 20.1 IP, 3.54 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, .169 BAA, 8 BB, 24 K
Hyun-il Choi – 9 games, 13.1 IP, 5.40 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, .220 BAA, 10 BB, 16K
Tanner Dodson – 9 games, 12.1 IP, 6.57 ERA, 1.78 WHIP, .296 BAA, 6 BB, 8 K
Ben Harris – 9 games, 11.1 IP, 6.35 ERA, 2.12 WHIP, .250 BAA, 14 BB, 10 K
Pages was the offensive star for the LAD group. His power was expected, but what was a surprise were the BB to K ratio. That was 12 strikeouts in 98 PA for a 12.2% K rate. For the regular season, Pages had a strikeout rate of 24.5%.
Just a couple of feet separated Andy Pages from one of the longest homers of the year 🏜️
— MLB's Arizona Fall League (@MLBazFallLeague) November 13, 2022
Sheehan was the LAD AFL pitching star. On November 8, Sheehan was simply dominating. Sheehan tied for the 2022 Fall League high with 10 strikeouts over five scoreless innings, including 8 consecutive; the only blemishes to his line were a bloop single and a first-inning walk.
Emmet Sheehan was absolutely DOMINANT in AFL action today:
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) November 8, 2022
Ben Harris’ performance for the AFL was also a surprise, but not a positive one. Harris was stellar during the season, but seemed to hit a wall in the AFL
For their efforts during the AFL season, both Pages and Sheehan made the AFL Top 30 prospect performers. Jim Calls, MLB, wrote the following:
- Andy Pages, OF, Glendale (Dodgers No. 5/MLB No. 66)
While his concentration can lapse at the plate, Pages is a dangerous hitter who taps into his well-above-average raw power when he’s locked in. He also has well-above-average arm strength and gets the job done in right field.
- Emmet Sheehan, RHP, Glendale (Dodgers No. 22)
Sheehan tied for the Fall League lead with three wins, thanks to some of the best fastball induced vertical break and one of the niftiest changeups in the circuit. His 92-96 mph heater can be unhittable when it’s on — and it has touched 99 in short stints — but he projects more as a multi-inning reliever than a starter unless he can improve his slider, control and command.
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