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Here's what happened in Saturday's AFL action

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Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Saturday:

• Gameday: Glendale 9, Mesa 8 | Salt River 9, Peoria 2 | Surprise 3, Scottsdale 1

Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Saturday:

• Gameday: Glendale 9, Mesa 8 | Salt River 9, Peoria 2 | Surprise 3, Scottsdale 1

AL East

Blue Jays (Surprise)
Blue Jays top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (No. 1 overall) roped a line-drive single off No. 8 overall prospect Forrest Whitley in his first trip to the plate before finishing 1-for-3 with a sacrifice fly. The 19-year-old phenom is hitting .458 with 22 hits and 13 RBIs in 12 games this fall.

Orioles (Glendale)
The Orioles' No. 12 prospect, center fielder Ryan McKenna, was 1-for-2 with a pair of runs and a walk as the Desert Dogs came away with a narrow 7-6 victory against Mesa. Catcher Martin Cervenka also started and went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

Rays (Peoria)
Shortstop Lucius Fox, Tampa Bay's No. 9 prospect, went 2-for-5 with a pair of singles, a walk, two RBIs and a run scored. He's had a strong AFL season so far, hitting .340 with an .859 OPS. Right-hander Phoenix Sanders pitched an inning in relief, giving up three runs on four hits, walking one and striking out one.

Red Sox (Mesa)
An unranked second baseman, Esteban Quiroz, outshined a pair of highly touted Red Sox prospects by going 2-for-2 with a double, two RBIs and two walks. Third baseman Bobby Dalbec (No. 6) and first baseman Josh Ockimey (No. 10) went hitless. Dalbec went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts, while Ockimey batted 0-for-4 with a run scored, a walk and a strikeout.

Yankees (Glendale)
Yankees No. 2 prospect Estevan Florial was 2-for-3 with a double and a triple and drew a key two-out walk in the eighth inning that set up Glendale's winning rally. Thairo Estrada (No. 16) hit 2-for-4 with a run and a walk, and right-hander Hobie Harris yielded four runs (three earned) on four hits and a walk while striking out three batters in 1 1/3 innings of relief.

AL Central

Indians (Glendale)
Dalbert Siri notched his first save of the fall, tossing a scoreless ninth inning for Glendale. He allowed one hit and one walk and struck out a batter. Southpaw Rob Kaminsky earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief (one hit, one walk, two strikeouts), and No. 6 prospect Yu Chang (1-for-4) contributed at the plate with an RBI single. Designated hitter Li-Jen Chu went 0-for-3 with a run and a strikeout.

Royals (Surprise)
Nick Heath was a catalyst out of the leadoff spot for the Saguaros as he scored two runs and hit a triple as part of a 4-for-4 performance that boosted his Fall League average to .417. Royals No. 2 prospect Khalil Lee went 1-for-4 with an RBI.

Tigers (Mesa)
Left-hander Gregory Soto (Tigers No. 14) started and allowed three runs on six hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings and struck out six batters. Reliever Sandy Baez (No. 26) took the loss after yielding the decisive home run in the eighth inning. Tigers No. 12 Jake Rogers went 1-for-4 with a run and a walk, and No. 8 Daz Cameron (0-for-3) scored a run, drew two walks and stole a base. Left fielder Daniel Woodrow went 1-for-5 with a run, walk and stolen base.

Twins (Salt River)
Infielder Travis Blankenhorn, Minnesota's No. 18 prospect, played second base and went 0-for-1 off the bench. He's batting .161 during the AFL season thus far.

AL West

Astros (Scottsdale)
Astros No. 2 prospect Forrest Whitley (No. 8 overall) was impressive but took the loss in his fourth Fall League start for Scottsdale. Working five innings, the 21-year-old right-hander allowed two earned runs on six hits while striking out four. Trent Thornton (Astros' No. 24) was tagged for two earned runs and four hits over two innings out of the bullpen. Outfielder Ronnie Dawson tripled off the wall in right-center field before finishing 2-for-4 at the plate.

Mariners (Peoria)
Seattle's No. 2 prospect, Evan White, served as the designated hitter and went 1-for-5 with a single. Right-hander David McKay surrendered two runs on three hits over two-thirds of an inning.

Rangers (Surprise)
Rangers No. 2 prospect Julio Pablo Martinez (No. 56 overall) showed off his wheels when he beat out a bunt single, his lone hit in four trips to the plate. Yanio Perez, meanwhile, was held hitless. On the mound, right-hander Demarcus Evans tallied a strikeout during a scoreless ninth inning to close out the game.

NL East

Braves (Peoria)
Center fielder Cristian Pache, Atlanta's No. 6 prospect (No. 68 overall), went 2-for-5 with a triple and a run scored. He's hitting an even .300 during AFL play. Left-hander Thomas Burrows, the Braves' No. 19 prospect, tossed a scoreless eighth inning with a walk and a strikeout, lowering his AFL ERA to 2.45. Right fielder Izzy Wilson turned in a 1-for-4 performance with a walk, double, RBI and two runs scored. Third baseman Ray-Patrick Didder went 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and three runs scored.

Marlins (Salt River)
Outfielder Monte Harrison, Miami's No. 2 prospect, played right field and was 1-for-5 with a single. He's batting .325 during AFL play. Marlins No. 12 prospect Brian Miller played left field and went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Right-hander Tommy Eveld worked around three hits to turn in 1 1/3 scoreless relief innings.

Mets (Scottsdale)
Mets top prospect Andres Gimenez (No. 55 overall) and No. 2 Peter Alonso (No. 58) both finished 0-for-3 with a walk. Gimenez was also thrown out attempting to steal.

Nationals (Salt River)
Shortstop Carter Kieboom, Washington's No. 2 prospect and the No. 37 prospect overall, went 3-for-4 with three singles and a walk; he's hitting .265 with an .856 OPS during AFL play. Nationals No. 7 prospect Daniel Johnson played center field, going 1-for-4 with a single and three strikeouts. Catcher Tres Barrera (No. 15) went 1-for-3 with a single, RBI and run scored. And No. 23 prospect Luis Reyes was hit hard for six runs on six hits -- including two home runs -- over 1 1/3 innings as Salt River's starter.

Phillies (Scottsdale)
Arquimedes Gamboa (No. 11) went 0-for-2 with a walk from the bottom of the order, while Austin Listi finished 0-for-3.

NL Central

Brewers (Peoria)
Brewers top prospect Keston Hiura (No. 30 overall) went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer and five RBIs on the day. The second baseman is hitting .340 with 1.074 OPS during AFL play. Milwaukee's No. 19 prospect, outfielder Trent Grisham, went 0-for-5 and is hitting just .094 in AFL play. First baseman Weston Wilson went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and is hitting .333 during AFL play with a .915 OPS. Left-hander Bubba Derby started the game on the mound, tossing four scoreless innings while giving up three hits, walking one and striking out four.

Cardinals (Surprise)
Lefty Evan Kruczynski tossed five scoreless frames en route to the win in his fourth start for the Saguaros. He mixed three hits with two walks and struck out five. Overall, he owns a 1.72 ERA through 15 2/3 frames this fall. Tommy Edman struck out twice and went 0-for-4, while outfielder Lane Thomas picked up a single in four trips to the plate. Conner Greene (IP, H, BB, K) and Will Latcham (2 IP, H, BB, K) both turned in scoreless relief appearances.

Pirates (Surprise)
Pirates No. 5 prospect Cole Tucker is hitting .341 in the AFL after finishing 1-for-4 in Saturday's contest. He also impressed defensively, showing plus range to his right as well as a strong arm from shortstop .

Reds (Scottsdale)
Reds No. 3 prospect Taylor Trammell (No. 17 overall) went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts but made a highlight-reel-caliber catch against the wall down the left field line. Alfredo Rodriguez hit a double as part of a 1-for-3 showing. Wyatt Strahan tossed a scoreless inning out the bullpen.

NL West

D-backs (Salt River)
D-backs No. 3 prospect Jazz Chisholm played shortstop and hit out of the leadoff spot, going 1-for-3 with a single. He's hitting .412 during AFL play. No. 9 prospect Drew Ellis played first base, going 0-for-2 with a pair of walks, and right-hander Tyler Mark gave up a run over an inning of relief (no hits, one walk).

Giants (Scottsdale)
Giants No. 28 prospect C.J. Hinojosa collected a pair of hits, going 2-for-3 from the two-spot in the Scorpions' lineup.

Padres (Peoria)
Catcher Austin Allen, San Diego's No. 25 prospect, doubled, walked and scored a run in a 1-for-4 performance. Right-handers Blake Rogers and Dauris Valdez pitched a combined 2 1/3 innings, with Rogers allowing an inherited runner to score on an RBI double in the sixth before working around two hits in a scoreless seventh, and Valdez walking one and striking out the side in the ninth.

Rockies (Salt River)
Rockies No. 11 prospect Tyler Nevin was the designated hitter and went 2-for-5 with a triple and an RBI. He's been red-hot during AFL play, batting .467 with a 1.253 OPS. Right-hander Justin Lawrence (No. 17) pitched a scoreless ninth inning, picking up a strikeout and lowering his AFL ERA to 2.70. Right-hander Jesus Tinoco (No. 20) was charged with a run on one hit over 2 1/3 innings, walking one and striking out two.Third baseman Josh Fuentes was 1-for-4 with a double, walk and RBI. He's hitting .289 with an .814 OPS during AFL play. And left-hander Mitch Horacek pitched 1 1/3 innings, allowing two hits and striking out one.