5-14, 2 2B, 2 BB, 3 RBI, .310/.355/.379
Pache got three opportunities in games this past week to make an impression, and he showed out strong by reaching base seven times and doubling twice. Pache contributed a hit and two walks in the Javelinas 13-4 win on Monday, knocking a run-scoring single in the 7th inning that brought in the final run of the game. Both of Pache’s doubles came on the win Tuesday, and he scored both times he reached base. Pache is third on the team in runs scored and tied for third in hits. Pache’s first multi-RBI game of the fall came in his final game of the week, when he came through with the bases loaded and two outs in the 6th inning to knock in two runs and extend the Javelinas lead to 6-2. Pache has hit safely in each of his last 5 games after going hitless in the opener, and his early success in the AFL is a huge positive step in his development.
2-12, 3 BB, 2 SB, RBI, .235/.381/.235
Didder led off for the Javelinas in their Wednesday 7-2 win, and was a spark there at the top of the order drawing three walks in the game and stealing two bases. Throughout the week Didder’s success was limited as he only came out with 2 hits in his three games, and in other news he received his first bean ball of the the season in his second game. Limited reports have come out to say that Didder has looked good on the defensive side of the ball, which is no surprise and those skills will be a necessity for him to carve out a role in the major leagues.
2-7, 2B, 2 BB, 2 SB, .200/.429/.300
Izzy had a strong showing in his game on Wednesday, getting two hits and drawing a walk as part of Peoria’s 7-2 win. Those hits are to date the only he has had in the AFL, but he seems to be holding his own at the plate with only 2 strikeouts in 14 plate appearances thus far. He’s been getting himself on base with a walk in each game so far this fall, so if he can get the bat to come around he’ll be looking sharp at the plate. Wilson also stole a base in each game last week.
1-7, 7 BB, .067/.391/.067
It’s getting hard to understand just how weird Braxton Davidson is getting at the plate, and last week was a glowing sign of that. Davidson struck out in 4 of his 7 at bats, and has done so in 11 of 15 overall this fall, but also walked 7 times and carries a healthy on base percentage. Davidson walked three times and had his lone hit in the Tuesday win for Peoria, and he scored three times. Davidson also drew three walks again on Saturday and now leads the Javelinas in walks and strikeouts even though he’s only played in half of their games.
3.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 9.45 ERA
Jeremy Walker took a beating for Peoria in his start last week, struggling through a bad second inning in which he allowed 6 runs to score. After setting down the Scorpions in order in the first inning, two of those by way of strikeout, Walker immediately came into problems in the second inning. The first three batters of the inning singled to load the bases, then another hit, a sac fly, and a ground out brought in three runs. Walker lost his control a bit after this hitting a batter, walking another and throwing a wild pitch before giving up the final hit of the inning to score the sixth run. Walker then settled right back into the game and allowed just two more hits while going another 1 2⁄3 innings, but Peoria never even threatened to recover in that game and lost 8-0. Overall, much like the regular season Walker has just been too hittable in the first two starts of his fall.
4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 3.38 ERA
Burrows feasted out of the bullpen in his first two appearances last week, with his Monday appearance being his most impressive. Burrows struck out 4 batters over 2 hitless innings, with the only baserunner against him coming on a walk. Burrows had a bit more trouble with a couple of scattered hits in his second appearance, but didn’t allow a run and struck out a batter. Burrows this fall has 8 strikeouts and only 1 walk in his 5 1⁄3 innings, though his struggles in his first game in allowing 5 hits are going to inflate his overall numbers for the rest of the fall.
4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K
Kyle Muller is making a big impression in the early stages of his fall, with 2 scoreless outings this week to build his resume. Muller had two strong innings in his first appearance this week, going two scoreless with 3 strikeouts and one walk while earning his first win of the fall. In the final game of week Muller once again struck out three over two scoreless innings, this time walking two batters. Walks have been a bit of an issue so far this fall with Muller allowing 5 of them in his 5 innings of work so far, but he’s worked around it by limiting contact and his 8 strikeouts are tied for the team lead.
McCreery was the final Brave to make his debut on Monday, and in his two appearances he has performed well with no hits or runs against him. In mop up duty in the first game of the week he walked a batter in his only scoreless inning, with no strikeouts. McCreery got all three of his outs by groundouts in that game, then in his second got 2 of the three outs he recorded on the ground. McCreery earned the save in that second game, striking out a batter in a perfect inning.