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Atlanta's Vodnik earns first AFL win

No. 29 Braves prospect fans five over five scoreless innings
Victor Vodnik struck out 41 batters for Double-A Mississippi during the regular season. (Norm Hall/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
November 5, 2021

Peoria 6, Scottsdale 0 Atlanta’s No. 20 prospect Victor Vodnik picked up his first Fall League win with five scoreless innings and five strikeouts as the Javelinas shut out the Scorpions on Thursday. The 22-year-old, who lowered his ERA to 5.63, has fanned 18 batters over 16 innings in Arizona.

Peoria 6, Scottsdale 0

Atlanta’s No. 20 prospect Victor Vodnik picked up his first Fall League win with five scoreless innings and five strikeouts as the Javelinas shut out the Scorpions on Thursday. The 22-year-old, who lowered his ERA to 5.63, has fanned 18 batters over 16 innings in Arizona. No. 4 Pirates prospect Nick Gonzales led the way offensively, swatting his second home run and driving in two runs. Philadelphia’s No. 11 prospect Logan O’Hoppe hit his seventh double and added two RBIs out of the cleanup spot.

All seven of Scottsdale's hits were singles. Michael Helman (Twins) recorded the only multihit game with two knocks. Reliever Damon Casetta-Stubbs (Mariners) struck out two in a scoreless eighth inning and has yet to allow a run in 7 1/3 innings. More »

Glendale 5, Surprise 2

Cardinals No. 27 prospect Juan Yepez has been one of the top sluggers in the AFL and stayed hot with his fifth home run in a 2-for-4 day. The solo shot came in the third inning to give the Desert Dogs a one-run lead, his 18th RBI of the season. The 23-year-old is tied for second on the circuit's home run and RBI leaderboards, posting a .298/.382/.649 slash line with a 1.031 OPS in 15 games. Second-ranked Astros prospect Pedro Leon hit his first Fall League home run in the sixth and Dodgers No. 27 prospect James Outman roped a fifth-inning RBI double, his fifth two-bagger.

Fourth-ranked Rangers prospect Justin Foscue crushed his third AFL homer in a 2-for-3 performance and Jake Means (Royals) recorded his second straight multihit game with two base knocks for Surprise. More »

Salt River 2, Mesa 0
Second-ranked Mets prospect Brett Baty anchored the Rafters’ lineup, collecting three of Salt River’s six hits and driving in a run in four trips to the plate. The 21-year-old drove in the Rafters' second run with a sixth-inning single and stands tied with Rockies No. 6 prospect Michael Toglia for the team lead in hits with 16. Baty sports a .781 OPS in 16 Fall League games with five extra-base hits. Colorado’s 11th-ranked prospect Ezequiel Tovar hammered his second AFL home run in the fifth. On the hill, D-backs No. 7 prospect Slade Cecconi scattered three hits and two walks while striking out four over three scoreless innings.

For the Solar Sox, Marlins No. 5 prospect JJ Bleday continued his hot streak by reaching base three times on a double, a single and a walk. He boosted his Fall League slash line to .359/.453/.609 with a 1.063 OPS. Starter Michael Dominguez (Blue Jays) struck out six over six strong innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits. More »