Braxton Davidson hit an AFL championship walk-off home run and Buddy Reed couldn't believe it
The World Series may have ended in October, but there was still some MLB-affiliated baseball to be played in the 2018 season. That's thanks to the prospect-rich Arizona Fall League, where the best youngsters came together to show off their skills for a final few weeks before heading home for the winter.
The season reached its peak on Saturday afternoon as the Peoria Javelinas defeated the Salt River Rafters, 3-2, in the AFL Championship game. The Javelinas came back to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth when the Brewers' No. 1 prospect and AFL MVP Keston Hiura hit a single up the middle to send it to extras.
That set the stage for Braves Minor Leaguer Braxton Davidson. On a 2-1 count in the bottom of the 10th, Davidson lifted the ball high into the air and out of the park. He punctuated his game-winning homer with a triumphant bat flip:
Padres No. 13 prospect Buddy Reed couldn't believe it. The outfielder raced out and stared at the bat as if it were an object of magic, like Wonderboy.
Unfortunately for Davidson, he wasn't able to celebrate his accomplishment for long. As he was rounding the bases, he started hobbling and was taken off the field for treatment while the team took their championship photo.