Peoria Javelinas Win AFL Title
The Peoria Javelinas, which feature some of the Padres top prospects won the Arizona Fall League title game 4-3, over the Salt River Rafters.
Peoria scored all four of their runs in the first three innings of the game. Padres top prospect Rymer Liriano continued to show why he could be an important part of the Padres future. He went 3-3, with a double and also drew a walk. Liriano had a huge season in the AFL and he could make an impact for the Padres in the near-future.
July 9, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; World outfielder Rymer Liriano (28) at bat in the seventh inning of the 2012 All Star Futures Game at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE
Nathan Freiman started at first base and went 1-4, with an RBI. The Padres must add Freiman to the 40-man roster, or risk exposing him to other organizations in the Rule V Draft. Freiman had a tremendous year and it would not be surprising to see an organization take a chance on the young slugger.
Padres prospect Kevin Quackenbush pitched a scoreless ninth to wrap up the championship for Peoria. Quackenbush used the AFL to display his skills and he very well could be the Padres closer of the future.
Later in the week, we here at Chicken Friars will have a full recap of how the Padres prospects fared in the league. Almost all were impressive, further showing why the Padres have one of the best farm systems in all of baseball.