Twins prospect duo powers Glendale in 14-12 win

October 25th, 2022

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Glendale Desert Dogs and Scottsdale Scorpions combined for 14 runs, 12 hits, and four home runs, including a grand slam, in the first two innings on Monday evening at Camelback Ranch.

Then the teams really started scoring.

And while the night belonged to the offenses at large, a set of Twins shined the brightest in the 14-12 Glendale victory. Austin Martin, Minnesota’s No. 12 prospect, and Edouard Julien, the club’s No. 14 prospect, went 3-for-5 and 4-for-5, respectively, to set the tone at the top of the lineup.

Julien connected on two home runs for the second consecutive game, becoming just the second player to do that in the Arizona Fall League since data became available in 2005 (Braxton Davidson, 2018).

Martin and Julien combined to score six runs. Overall, the Desert Dogs racked up 19 hits while the Scorpions collected 14 hits of their own.

“I just want to keep things rolling,” Martin said. “I’m feeling good and I’m feeling confident. I just want to be able to take as much as I can and learn as much as I can from here and be able to take all of that information into the offseason and keep it going into next year.”

For the season, Martin has 21 hits in 12 Fall League games. He has stolen seven bases, driven in nine runs and hit three doubles. He also has a home run and has scored 15 times.

“I felt good and I felt comfortable,” Martin said. “I was being aggressive early in counts. My job is to get up there and get on base and let guys like [Julien] have the night like he had tonight. The Twins do a good job of developing players and you can see that once we get on the field.”

The Scorpions jumped out to an early lead in the first inning on a solo home run by Baltimore No. 9 prospect Heston Kjerstad. The Desert Dogs answered with five runs in the bottom half of the frame, two on the first of two home runs from Julien. Brewers prospects Tyler Black (No. 6) and Jeferson Quero (No. 7) along with Minnesota’s Alex Isola were also credited with an RBI in the eventful first inning that saw the home team pull ahead, 5-1.

The lead did not last. The Scorpions rallied for six runs in the top of the second highlighted by a grand slam by second baseman Nick Yorke, Boston’s No. 4 prospect, to pull ahead, 7-5.

In the bottom of the second, Julien’s home run cut Scottsdale’s lead to 7-6. Black’s RBI single later in the frame tied the score at 7. The home team pulled ahead with six runs in the bottom of third, three on a home run by White Sox infielder Moises Castillo, to make the score 13-7.

The Scorpions scored a run in four consecutive innings to cut Glendale’s lead to 14-12 after seven innings, but the visitors would not come any closer.

“I really commend our team,” Martin said. “Even when we were out there for 10 to 15 minutes, we came back in and the bats were still hot. Tonight was definitely a team effort and the boys did good today.”