Javelinas' Vincej belts walk-off grand slam

Reds infield prospect caps five-run ninth inning with third AFL homer

Zach Vincej has batted .346 with three homers and 12 RBIs in seven games with Peoria. (Buck Davidson/MiLB.com)

By MiLB.com Staff | October 25, 2016 7:44 PM

With Peoria on the brink of its second loss of the Arizona Fall League season, Zach Vincej came through.

The Reds infield prospect blasted a walk-off grand slam off Mets right-hander Corey Taylor in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday as the Javelinas rallied past the Scottsdale Scorpions, 5-3, at Peoria Stadium.

Vincej came into the game hitting .318 with two homers and eight RBIs in six games for a Peoria offense that leads the AFL with 76 runs scored. That unit was held in check over the first eight innings by Yankees right-handers Brady Koerner and Dillon Tate.

Koerner surrendered a combined nine runs over 3 1/3 innings in his first two AFL starts, but limited the Javelinas to one hit and a walk while fanning three over four frames. Tate, the Yankees' No. 10 prospect, allowed two hits and a walk over three innings. He struck out four.

But Peoria got the bats working in the ninth against Taylor (0-1), who surrendered all five runs on three hits and a walk while recording just two outs. Franchy Cordero (Padres) smacked an RBI double to center field that plated Rays' No. 15 prospect Justin Williams. Two batters later, Vincej belted a 3-1 pitch over the left-center field fence to end the game.

The 25-year-old infielder tied second-ranked Mariners prospect Tyler O'Neill for the AFL lead with his third home run and moved into first on the circuit with 12 RBIs. He finished the regular season with a .281 average, three homers and 47 RBIs in 121 games with Double-A Pensacola.

Vincej's blast made a winner of Padres righty Phil Maton (2-0), who yielded one hit and struck out one in the top of the ninth.

Ninth-ranked Angels prospect David Fletcher clubbed his first AFL homer and also singled for Scottsdale. No. 3 Mets prospect Gavin Cecchini and No. 14 Yankees prospect Tyler Wade added an RBI apiece.

In other Arizona Fall League action:

Rafters 7, Solar Sox 6

While Peoria walked it off, Salt River balked it off. After Pat Valaika (Rockies) grounded into a game-tying fielder's choice, Arizona's No. 11 prospect Dawel Lugo came to the plate. On a 1-2 count, third-ranked Marlins prospect Jarlin Garcia balked to bring in No. 3 Tigers prospect Christin Stewart from third base. Second-ranked Cubs prospect Eloy Jimenez slugged a two-run shot for his second homer of the fall for Mesa. Box score

Saguaros 4, Desert Dogs 0

The third contest wasn't as much of a battle. Surprise leadoff hitter Maurico Dubon, Boston's No. 12 prospect, doubled and scored on second-ranked Rangers prospect Andy Ibanez's single in the first. Twins' No. 24 prospect Mitch Garver added to the lead with a two-run blast in the fourth and Jin-De Jhang (Pirates) capped the win wth an RBI double in the ninth. Rangers right-hander Reed Garrett (1-0) tossed four one-hit innings with a walk and three strikeouts. Box score

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