Padres Arizona Fall League Update (10/31-11/6): Buddy Reed earns MVP in Fall Stars Game
Padres OF prospect Buddy Reed did not start for the West team in Saturday's Arizona Fall League Fall Stars game.
He still made an impact in a big way.
After entering the game as a pinch-hitter in the 5th, Reed struck out in each of his first two plate appearances. Thanks to an error that allowed future superstar Vlad Guerrero Jr. to reach in the game's final frame, the University of Florida alum was given one more shot.
He made it count.
With the West team down a run in the bottom of the 9th, Reed stepped up to the plate with a runner on second. After working the count to 3-2, the No. 13 prospect in the Padres system emphatically ripped an RBI triple off the left-field wall to tie the game.
Five pitches later, he would do a little bit more celebrating; as he scored on a single by the Royals' Meibrys Viloria to give the West team a thrilling 7-6 victory.
(Glorious bat flip here, by the way).
As a reward for his clutch hitting, Reed was given the Fall Stars Game MVP award. He, along with his fellow team members, also earned $500 for the victory.
Miguel Diaz, who was the Padres' other participant in the contest, made an appearance and pitched a scoreless 4th inning. The right-hander struck out one and allowed an infield single to Marlins farmhand Monte Harrison.
It was the second straight year in which the Padres organization made an impact on the Fall Stars Game. In 2017, Luis Urías homered & Josh Naylor tripled for the West side.
With seven games to play, the Peoria Javelinas' magic number to reach the Arizona Fall League championship game is two. At 15-8, they hold a six game lead on both Glendale & Surprise in the West division.
During this past week, three Padres prospects batted a combined 8-for-30 (.267). Four pitchers combined for a 6.30 ERA (7 ER in 10 IP).
Along with his Fall Stars Game MVP, Reed hit 4-for-11 this week with a double and an RBI. In 52 at-bats, his OPS sits at a gaudy .902.
Potts went 2-for-10 in three starts over this past week with 2 RBI. He struck out four times and walked once.
Allen started three games and batted 2-for-9 with two RBI. He is now hitting .267 with a .358 OBP in 45 AFL at-bats.
The D.R. native started on Tuesday following Saturday's Fall Stars Game appearance. He got touched up a bit, allowing six hits and five runs (all earned) in 3 1/3 innings pitched. In his last two starts, Diaz has allowed eight runs and 11 hits in only 6 1/3 innings.
Radke is putting up an excellent Arizona Fall League campaign as he continues to fly under the radar. He fired four innings of scoreless relief in the last week, striking out four and giving up only one hit. In 13 AFL innings, the left-hander has allowed 11 hits and three earned runs while striking out 16.
Valdez appeared in one game, allowing two hits and an earned run in one inning. He struck out two, and has now fanned 11 batters in eight innings of AFL work.
Rogers appeared in one game and allowed his first earned run in AFL play. Glendale tagged the right-hander for two hits and two runs (one earned) in a relief appearance that lasted 1 2/3 innings.