Astros prospects impress in Arizona

Astros prospects impress in Arizona
October 30, 2013, 5:15 pm
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Halfway through the Arizona Fall League a pair of the Astros’ top prospects have made quite an impression.

Outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. and pitcher Jonas Dufek were named to the Fall Stars Game. The Fall Stars game used to be called the Rising Stars Game and is the all star game for the Arizona Fall League which features top prospects from all of the Major League teams.

DeShields, who is making the transition back to the outfield after spending his first three professional seasons at second base, is hitting .279 with an on-base percentage of .392. He’s stolen six bases and scored five runs in 14 games with Peoria in the AFL.

Dufek, a right-handed relief pitcher who split his time between Lancaster and Corpus Christi, is 0-1 with a 2.84 ERA in five games.

The pair are not the only Astros prospects who have fared well in Arizona. First baseman Japhet Amador, who was acquired from the Mexican League by the Astros last year, has done well at the plate hitting .325 with a pair of home runs and seven RBIs in 10 games.

Pitchers Alex Sogard and Matt Heidenreich have also pitched well for Peoria thus far. Sogard is 2-1 with a 1.93 ERA in 9 1/3 innings, while Heidenreich is 1-0 and has yet to give up a run in nine innings pitched this fall.

The one Astros prospect who has struggled thus far is short stop Nolan Fontana, who is mired in a 2-20 slump and is hitting just .121 so far this fall, but his reputation for having a good eye and getting on base has proven true. Fontana has drawn six walks in 11 games, raising his on-base percentage to .275.

Peoria was 7-11 heading into Wednesday’s game.

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