Month: October 2017

AFL Report: Logan Shore

by Joseph Hartsock / A’s Farm Arizona Correspondent

ls624519bThe Arizona Fall League has now reached its halfway mark and last year’s 2nd-round draft pick for the A’s, right-hander Logan Shore, looks to be hitting his stride in the hitter-dominant league. Shore’s last start for the Mesa Solar Sox on Friday in Glendale versus the Desert Dogs was his strongest effort yet. And if not for a couple of mistakes, he might have ended up with a hitless outing.

In his first two starts in the AFL, Shore looked good – not superb, but good. In his latest outing though, he looked dominant and in control, even while facing a very strong Desert Dogs lineup. Shore was able to show strong command of his pitches and wound up walking away with a great outing as well as a win.

Over the first two innings, Shore was locating his pitches well. The batters looked off balance, swinging at pitches they couldn’t do much with, which resulted in lots of soft grounders and pop outs. The Desert Dogs didn’t have a batter reach base until the 3rd inning, when a well-placed inside fastball jammed catcher Will Smith who, nonetheless, managed to fist a broken-bat single to shallow center field.

Glendale’s first hard-hit ball came during the next at-bat, when second baseman Tyler Krieger hit a sharp line drive to right field. With runners on first and third and no outs, Shore went to work and was able to retire the next three batters in a row, with a shallow pop fly to left field, a swing-and-miss strikeout, and a weak infield grounder to end the inning and preserve the shutout.

Unfortunately, with one out and no one on in the 4th inning, Shore made a mistake to power-hitting first baseman Bobby Bradley. The pitch was a fastball up in the zone that caught too much of the plate. Bradley didn’t miss his pitch and pulled it for a home run to right field for the only run allowed by Shore. The 22-year-old quickly got the last two outs though to escape his fourth and final inning with a minimum amount of damage.

Shore worked his pitches well, throwing 53 pitches over four innings while surrendering just three hits without allowing a walk and striking out three. This was the first game that the right-hander started in the AFL in which fellow A’s prospect Sean Murphy didn’t start behind the plate. Washington Nationals prospect Taylor Gushue was the starting catching, while Murphy served as the designated hitter.

Shore spent last season pitching for the High-A Stockton Ports, and the competition in the Arizona Fall League is definitely superior to what he’s faced so far in his professional career. I liked the progress that Shore clearly made after his first two starts. In this outing, he had better command of his pitches and was able to keep the batters off balance, swinging at pitches they couldn’t hit hard. And the experience that he’s gaining in the Arizona Fall League could prove to be a great stepping stone for Shore in his professional career.

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A’s In The AFL – October 23-28 Update

A’s AFL Prospect Of The Week: C Sean Murphy

A’s AFL Prospect Of The Week: C Sean Murphy

 
A’s Prospect AFL Highlights
(October 23 – 28)

Monday, October 23rd:
Catcher Sean Murphy and third baseman Sheldon Neuse each went 0 for 3 with a walk, while RHPs Miguel Romero & Sam Bragg each threw 1 scoreless inning in relief with Bragg earning the save in Mesa’s 5-2 win on Monday.

Tuesday, October 24th:
No A’s prospects appeared in Mesa’s 3-1 loss to Scottsdale on Tuesday, but former A’s prospect Dakota Bacus struck out the side in 1 scoreless inning of relief for the Solar Sox.

Wednesday, October 25th:
Shortstop Sheldon Neuse went 1 for 4 with a double in Mesa’s 6-3 win over Peoria on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 26th:
Catcher Sean Murphy went 2 for 4 with a double, and designated hitter Sheldon Neuse went 1 for 4 with a double and drove in a run, while RHP Miguel Romero gave up 5 runs in just 1 inning of relief, and RHP Nolan Blackwood allowed 2 unearned runs in 1 1/3 innings as Mesa lost 19-4 on Thursday.

Friday, October 27th:
Third baseman Sheldon Neuse went 2 for 3 with a double and a walk and drove in 2 runs, while designated hitter Sean Murphy went 2 for 4 and drove in a run, while RHP Logan Shore made the start and allowed 1 run in 4 innings of work to earn the win, and RHP Sam Bragg threw 1 scoreless inning in relief as Mesa won 5-1 on Friday.

Saturday, October 28th:
Catcher Sean Murphy went 1 for 3 with a walk and drove in a run in Mesa’s 9-6 win over Glendale on Saturday, while outfielder Jaycob Brugman replaced injured outfielder Tyler Ramirez on the Solar Sox roster.

Sunday, October 29th:
No games scheduled.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats
(October 10 – 28)

Sheldon Neuse (3B-SS)
46 AB / 2 HR / 5 BB / 12 K / .304 AVG / .373 OBP / .543 SLG / .916 OPS

Sean Murphy (C)
36 AB / 0 HR / 5 BB / 3 K / .333 AVG / .442 OBP / .417 SLG / .859 OPS

Tyler Ramirez (OF)
17 AB / 1 HR / 3 BB / 6 K / .059 AVG / .200 OBP / .235 SLG / .435 OPS

Logan Shore (RHP)
12 IP / 17 H / 7 ER / 1 BB / 9 K / 5.25 ERA / 1.50 WHIP

Miguel Romero (RHP)
4 2/3 IP / 12 H / 8 ER / 2 BB / 4 K / 15.43 ERA / 3.00 WHIP

Nolan Blackwood (RHP)
4 1/3 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 6 K / 0.00 ERA / 0.92 WHIP

Sam Bragg (RHP)
4 IP / 5 H / 2 ER / 0 BB / 1 K / 4.50 ERA / 1.25 WHIP

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Arizona Insights: Neuse, Blackwood & More

Special to A’s Farm by Jason Pennini / @JasonPennini / baseballbellcurve.com

Jason Pennini of baseballcurve.com has been busy in Arizona this fall getting looks at a number of A’s prospects, along with other young players, in the Instructional League as well as in the Arizona Fall League. And we’re happy to share some of his impressions and videos of numerous A’s prospects here, so that you can get a better look at them too…

 

sn641914b3B Sheldon Neuse (10/17 AFL) – Neuse has shown me a lot this fall. He makes frequent loud contact and tends to shoot baseballs opposite field into the right/center gap. He is capable of using all fields though. He has a good feel to hit and awareness of the zone. I think the power will play to average because the approach seems more contact-oriented than power-oriented. I have yet to see him in BP, but I suspect there is more raw in the bat than he has shown in games. Defensively, he lacks some agility and quickness of his peers. However, I think the industry consensus is he has enough to get the job done. I was thinking he has an above-average arm. Then, a scout informed me Neuse used to touch mid 90s as a pitcher, so it’s probably plus. This is a guy I am in on as a possible everyday regular. On 10/25, Neuse played shortstop and looked good there. He made a good play on a tough grounder and showed quick hands getting it to first. The athleticism is better than I originally thought.

Heat Map via MLBFarm.com

Heat Map via MLBFarm.com

 

nb670154RHP Nolan Blackwood (10/20 AFL) – There is a lot to like about Blackwood. The 6’5” righty uses his frame to his advantage to achieve deception. He caught my eye in a previous outing when he made Francisco Mejia look ugly in a three-pitch strikeout. The fastball sits low 90s and is thrown from a sidearm angle. Hitters appear to struggle picking up the ball out of his hand, which helps everything play up. His change is in the low 80s, and both of the aforementioned pitches have quality sink. Today, Blackwood also busted out a 75-77 mph curveball. It is a pitch he reserves for right-handed hitters. It was not used in his previous outing when he faced three lefties. I was muttering aloud trying to figure out who Blackwood reminds me of delivery-wise. A scout offered up Dan Otero as a comp.

 

Click here to get Jason’s insights on Brett Graves, Dakota Chalmers & more from Instructs…

Arizona Fall League: Early Impressions

by Joseph Hartsock / A’s Farm Arizona Correspondent

The Arizona Fall League is in full swing with the second week of action in the six-week season now in the books. The Oakland A’s have sent seven prospects to play for the Mesa Solar Sox this year, and I’ve already seen some promising play from a number of these players. Let’s take a look at three A’s prospects who’ve been getting plenty of playing time in the AFL so far this season: infielder Sheldon Neuse, catcher Sean Murphy and starting pitcher Logan Shore.

 

Sheldon Neuse

sn641914bSheldon Neuse has been a very interesting player to watch this fall. As a 2nd-round draft pick of the Nationals last year whom the A’s picked up this summer from Washington, this is the first time I’ve had a chance to see Neuse play. In the first two weeks of the AFL season, Neuse has started all but two games for the Solar Sox. He has some real power potential and has hit two home runs in the first two weeks of play, one of those being a grand slam to help Mesa beat Scottsdale in the second game of the season. While facing a number of advanced pitching prospects in the AFL, his batting stats look good after the first two weeks; he’s hit for a slash line of .313/.371/.563. The only concern comes when you look at his 3 walks versus 9 strikeouts over his first 35 plate appearances. It’s worth noting that this is the first time he’s consistently faced this type of high-caliber pitching, but his strikeout numbers could be something to keep an eye on in the future. Neuse primarily played shortstop in college and has split time between third base and shortstop in the minors. But over the first two weeks in the AFL, he’s started one game at shortstop, two games as the designated hitter, and five games at third base. Looking at his frame and his mobility, he seems best suited to third. His defense is a bit of a question mark though, and he’s already made two throwing errors in the field. But I’m really looking forward to watching Neuse swing the bat more, since he frequently seems to make hard contact.

 

Sean Murphy

sm669221bSean Murphy has been a pleasure to watch behind the plate in the AFL. He’s been the primary backstop for the Solar Sox so far this season, catching six of Mesa’s first ten games over the first two weeks, including the two games that fellow A’s prospect Logan Shore has started. Behind the plate, Murphy’s work ethic and knowledge of the game make him a very solid defender. He doesn’t have much speed around the bases, but while catching, he looks a lot more agile and athletic. And his great throwing arm has already enabled him to catch a few runners attempting to steal. His bat has looked good, and he was boasting a .318 batting average after the first two weeks, though he’d yet to notch a home run after belting 13 in 98 games for Stockton and Midland this season. It’s fun to watch Murphy hustle behind the plate, and it’s always a treat to watch him rifle a throw to second.

 

Logan Shore

ls624519bI’ve had the opportunity to watch both games that Logan Shore has started in the AFL this season, and he ended up allowing 6 runs on 14 hits in 8 innings over his first 2 starts. It would have been nice to see a little more solid success from Shore. But with some of the best hitting prospects in baseball, this league can be tough on pitchers. Shore seemed to make some positive adjustments though, and I did see some progress between his two outings. In his first start, Shore was hit hard early, and even his outs were hit hard. A pair of double plays helped him escape with less damage, but he still allowed 3 runs on 7 hits over 4 innings in his first start. In his second start, the hits weren’t quite as hard-hit, and some bad luck also contributed to his rough day. In the 1st inning, Mesa’s center fielder, Kyle Tucker, lost a ball in the sun. Later in the same inning, first baseman Ian Rice misplayed a ball that easily could have been ruled an error but instead was scored as a hit. Shore then cruised until his final inning. But in the 4th, he allowed a two-run homer off a fastball that he left in the middle of the plate, and he once again was charged with 3 runs on 7 hits in 4 innings. Shore doesn’t have a high-velocity fastball, so he needs to have command of his pitches. And in his second start, he seemed to have much better command and offered up far fewer hittable pitches. Hopefully, he’ll be able to make even more adjustments in his next start later this week.

Click here to see Joseph Hartsock’s “Arizona Fall League Primer”…

A’s In The AFL – October 16-20 Update

A’s AFL Prospect Of The Week: Catcher Sean Murphy

A’s AFL Prospect Of The Week: C Sean Murphy

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 16 – 20)

Monday, October 16th:

Catcher Sean Murphy and third baseman Sheldon Neuse each went 0 for 4, while RHP Sam Bragg allowed 1 run in 1 inning and RHP Nolan Blackwood threw 1 scoreless inning in relief as Mesa was shut out 2-0 on Monday.

Tuesday, October 17th:

Third baseman Sheldon Neuse went 2 for 5 with a double and drove in 2 runs, while RHP Miguel Romero allowed 4 runs, 3 earned, in just 2/3 of an inning of relief as Mesa won 8-5 on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 18th:

Catcher Sean Murphy went 2 for 4 with a double, while third baseman Sheldon Neuse went 1 for 4 with a double and drove in 2 runs in Mesa’s 6-5 loss on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 19th:

No A’s prospects appeared in Mesa’s 6-4 win over Surprise on Thursday, but former A’s prospect Brendan McCurry tossed 2 scoreless innings in relief.

Friday, October 20th:

Catcher Sean Murphy went 2 for 4 and drove in 2 runs and designated hitter Sheldon Neuse went 1 for 3 with 2 walks and scored twice, while RHP Logan Shore made the start and allowed 3 runs in 4 innings of work and RHP Nolan Blackwood threw 1 scoreless inning in relief to earn the win as Mesa won 7-6 on Friday.

Saturday, October 21st:

No games scheduled.

Sunday, October 22nd:

No games scheduled.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 10 – 20)

Sheldon Neuse (3B-SS)

32 AB / 2 HR / 3 BB / 9 K / .313 AVG / .371 OBP / .563 SLG / .934 OPS

Sean Murphy (C)

22 AB / 0 HR / 3 BB / 1 K / .318 AVG / .444 OBP / .409 SLG / .854 OPS

Tyler Ramirez (OF)

17 AB / 1 HR / 3 BB / 6 K / .059 AVG / .200 OBP / .235 SLG / .435 OPS

Logan Shore (RHP)

8 IP / 14 H / 6 ER / 1 BB / 6 K / 6.75 ERA / 1.88 WHIP

Miguel Romero (RHP)

2 2/3 IP / 5 H / 3 ER / 2 BB / 2 K / 10.12 ERA / 2.63 WHIP

Nolan Blackwood (RHP)

3 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 5 K / 0.00 ERA / 0.67 WHIP

Sam Bragg (RHP)

2 IP / 4 H / 2 ER / 0 BB / 0 K / 9.00 ERA / 2.00 WHIP

 

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A’s In The AFL – October 10-14 Update

A's AFL Prospect Of The Week: Infielder Sheldon Neuse

A’s AFL Prospect Of The Week: IF Sheldon Neuse

 

A’s Prospect AFL Highlights

(October 10 – 14)

Tuesday, October 10th:

Catcher Sean Murphy went 1 for 4 with a double and drove in a run, while designated hitter Sheldon Neuse went 0 for 3 with a walk, and right fielder Tyler Ramirez went 0 for 4 with a walk and 3 strikeouts as Mesa lost its season opener 7-4 on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 11th:

Shortstop Sheldon Neuse went 3 for 4 with a grand slam, and right fielder Tyler Ramirez went 0 for 4 with a walk, while RHP Nolan Blackwood struck out 2 in 1 scoreless inning of relief as Mesa won 9-4 on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 12th:

Left fielder Tyler Ramirez went 1 for 4 with a home run and a walk, and catcher Sean Murphy went 0 for 2 with 2 walks and drove in a run, while RHP Sam Bragg allowed 1 run in 1 inning of relief as Mesa lost 10-9 on Thursday.

Friday, October 13th:

Third baseman Sheldon Neuse went 1 for 4 with a 2-run homer, while RHP Miguel Romero tossed 2 scoreless innings in Mesa’s 4-2 win on Friday.

Saturday, October 14th:

Designated hitter Sean Murphy went 2 for 4 with a walk, while third baseman Sheldon Neuse went 2 for 5, and right fielder Tyler Ramirez went 0 for 5 with 3 strikeouts. RHP Logan Shore made the start and allowed 3 runs over 4 innings of work as Mesa lost 4-3 on Saturday.

Sunday, October 15th:

No games scheduled.

 

A’s Prospect AFL Stats

(October 10 – 14)

Sheldon Neuse (3B-SS)

16 AB / 2 HR / 1 BB / 6 K / .375 AVG / .412 OBP / .750 SLG / 1.162 OPS

Tyler Ramirez (OF)
17 AB / 1 HR / 3 BB / 6 K / .059 AVG / .200 OBP / .235 SLG / .435 OPS

Sean Murphy (C)

10 AB / 0 HR / 3 BB / 0 K / .300 AVG / .500 OBP / .400 SLG / .900 OPS

Logan Shore (RHP)

4 IP / 7 H / 3 ER / 1 BB / 2 K / 6.75 ERA / 2.00 WHIP

Miguel Romero (RHP)

2 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 1 K / 0.00 ERA / 1.50 WHIP

Nolan Blackwood (RHP)

1 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 2 K / 0.00 ERA / 1.00 WHIP

Sam Bragg (RHP)

1 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 0 K / 9.00 ERA / 3.00 WHIP

 

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Preview: Shore, Murphy, Neuse, Ramirez Set to Lead A’s AFL Squad

by Bill Moriarity / A’s Farm Editor

00aflafl_striahgt_logo_4vdwdld9_cg5m3bavWhile most baseball fans are focused on the drama of postseason play in the fall, it’s also an important time for some of the minor leagues’ top prospects. And starting on Tuesday, some of the A’s most promising young prospects will begin play in the Arizona Fall League.

2017 marks the 26th season of the Arizona Fall League. Each year, the league schedule runs for about 5-6 weeks from early-October through mid-November. There are 6 teams in the AFL, with each team comprised of prospects from 5 different organizations. A’s prospects will be playing for the Mesa Solar Sox again this year, where they’ll be joined by players from the Astros, Tigers, Cubs and Nationals.

Attendance at AFL games typically hovers in the 200s, with the crowds comprised largely of scouts, agents and various professional baseball personnel. Most organizations use the AFL as an opportunity to get some of their top prospects a little more live game action and hopefully help advance their development.

Some of the A’s top young Double-A hitting prospects will be seeing action in Arizona this year, including catcher Sean Murphy, infielder Sheldon Neuse and outfielder Tyler Ramirez, while the A’s AFL pitching contingent will be comprised of promising right-handers Logan Shore, Miguel Romero, Nolan Blackwood and Sam Bragg. Cuban RHP Norge Ruiz was originally scheduled to participate, but he’s still been bothered by an elbow strain and was replaced on the squad by Bragg.

 

–A’s Prospects in the AFL in 2017–

 

sm669221bSean Murphy

Catcher

Age: 22

Midland RockHounds / Stockton Ports

13 HR / 32 BB / 67 K / .250 AVG / .313 OBP / .410 SLG / .723 OPS

Last year’s 3rd-round draft pick for the A’s has always been valued for his strong throwing arm and his solid work behind the plate, but he also proved he has some pop by hitting 13 home runs this season. The 22-year-old slashed .297/.343/.527 for Stockton in the hitter-friendly California League before earning a promotion to Midland the last week of June. He struggled a bit at Double-A though, putting up a .209/.288/.309 slash line for the RockHounds. His strong defense and power potential make Murphy the A’s top catching prospect, and he’ll have the opportunity to work on developing a little more consistency at the plate during his time in the AFL.

 

sn641914bSheldon Neuse

Third Baseman / Shortstop

Age: 22

Hagerstown Suns / Stockton Ports / Midland RockHounds

16 HR / 40 BB / 112 K / .321 AVG / .382 OBP / .502 SLG / .884 OPS

Acquired from the Nationals in the Ryan Madson/Sean Doolittle deal, last year’s 2nd-round draft pick for Washington has done nothing but hit since joining the A’s system. After compiling 19 doubles, 9 home runs and a .469 slugging percentage for the Nationals’ Class-A Hagerstown Suns in the first half, the 22-year-old kicked things up a notch when he joined High-A Stockton, slugging a robust .675 and hitting 7 home runs in just 22 games for the Ports. While his power numbers dropped off after his August promotion to Double-A Midland, Neuse still managed to up put up an impressive .373 batting average to go along with a healthy .427 on-base percentage for the RockHounds. And he should continue to get the chance to see time at both third base and shortstop during his stint in the AFL.

 

tr669262bTyler Ramirez

Outfielder

Age: 22

Stockton Ports / Midland RockHounds

11 HR / 73 BB / 133 K / .304 AVG / .398 OBP / .431 SLG / .829 OPS

Ramirez has proven to be a fast mover in the A’s system. After being drafted in the 7th round last year and spending most of last season with short-season Vermont, the left-handed hitter started this year at High-A Stockton and then moved up to Double-A Midland this summer without missing a beat. Improved competition hasn’t seemed to hinder the 22-year-old one bit. He hit better at Stockton than he did for Vermont, and hit even better for Midland than he did at Stockton. Ramirez has been remarkably consistent while hardly ever taking a day off and has a real knack for reaching base. His 73 walks were most among A’s minor leaguers, while his .398 on-base percentage was best among A’s prospects with at least 300 at-bats. He also compiled the second-most hits and tied for the second-most runs in the system this season. While Ramirez can play all three outfield positions, he seems to look most comfortable in left, where he spent the bulk of his time this season.

 

ls624519bLogan Shore

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 22

Stockton Ports / AZL A’s

80 2/3 IP / 83 H / 33 ER / 16 BB / 87 K / 3.68 ERA / 1.23 WHIP

Last year’s 2nd-round draft pick for the A’s got off to a good start for Stockton this season, putting up a 3.12 ERA over his first 9 appearances for the Ports before landing on the disabled list thanks to a lat strain. After being sidelined for a couple of months, Shore returned to the mound in July, but he had to endure a few rough outings for Stockton before finally finding his footing and posting a 3.24 ERA in 6 August starts. Shore has shown himself to be a consistent strike thrower, averaging 9.7 strikeouts per 9 innings this season, and he possesses solid command of his pitches. But he only managed to make it to the mound for 80 2/3 innings in his first full season, so he’ll be looking to make up for lost time in the AFL this year.

 

mr673603Miguel Romero

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 23

Stockton Ports / Beloit Snappers / AZL A’s / DSL A’s

31 1/3 IP / 31 H / 17 ER / 11 BB / 42 K / 4.88 ERA / 1.34 WHIP

One of the A’s recent Cuban imports, Romero is a hard thrower who, in addition to a mid-90s fastball, also features a changeup and a slider. After making brief pit stops in the Dominican and Arizona Leagues, he looked solid in 3 starts for Class-A Beloit this summer, compiling a 2.25 ERA in his brief time with the Snappers. But the 23-year-old struggled after his promotion to Stockton. He notched 25 strikeouts in just 18 1/3 innings, but too many walks and home runs led to a bloated 6.87 ERA in his 8 appearances for the Ports. Romero finished the season on the disabled list for Stockton and logged just 31 1/3 innings in his first season in the U.S., so the A’s will be eager to get a better look at the hurler in the AFL.

 

nb670154Nolan Blackwood

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 22

Stockton Ports

57 IP / 42 H / 19 ER / 18 BB / 48 K / 3.00 ERA / 1.05 WHIP

Drafted by the A’s in the 14th round just last year, the sidearmer impressed in his first full season. The 22-year-old turned out to be a very reliable closer for Stockton, successfully converting 19 of 20 save opportunities this season. Blackwood led all A’s minor leaguers in saves while striking out 48 batters in 57 innings and giving up just 2 home runs all year in the homer-happy confines of the California League. The Mississippi native then failed to allow a hit or a run in a pair of relief appearances for Double-A Midland in the Texas League Championship Series, and he’ll get the chance to show what he can do against advanced competition this year in the AFL.

 

sb595892Sam Bragg

Right-Handed Pitcher

Age: 24

Midland RockHounds

68 1/3 IP / 69 H / 23 ER / 16 BB / 56 K / 3.03 ERA / 1.24 WHIP

With Cuban RHP Norge Ruiz, who had been set to participate in the AFL this year, still sidelined by an elbow strain, Bragg will get the chance to return to the AFL for his second straight season. The 24-year-old also spent his second straight season with Double-A Midland this year, posting a solid 3.03 ERA in 45 relief appearances for the RockHounds. The A’s 18th-round pick in the 2013 draft has always had good control and solid strikeouts numbers, and he’s had equal success against both righties and lefties. Bragg seems to have gotten a bit stuck at the Double-A level though, so he’ll be looking for a strong AFL campaign to help open up some eyes and raise his stock in the organization.

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