Here's a look at Thursday's top performers from the Arizona Fall League.
Blue Jays: CJ Van Eyk, RHP (Unranked), Surprise Saguaros
After sitting out the entire 2022 season recovering from Tommy John surgery, Van Eyk returned with a solid regular season. But he's taken things to another level this fall. The right-hander was lights-out in his latest start, striking out five while allowing just one baserunner over five scoreless innings for the Saguaros. The Florida native has a 0.79 ERA in 11 1/3 innings, the second-lowest mark in the Fall League. More »
Braves: Keshawn Ogans, DH (Unranked), Salt River Rafters
Ogans swung a mighty bat for Salt River, collecting three hits and a pair of RBIs. The 22-year-old crushed his first Fall League homer 420 feet to center field in the second inning to get his night started. Ogans followed that up with a single in the fourth and a double in the ninth. The Braves infielder is fourth on the Rafters with a .316 average and 12 hits in 10 games.
Mets: Rowdey Jordan, 3B (Unranked), Glendale Desert Dogs
JT Schwartz, DH (Unranked), Glendale Desert Dogs
Jordan pieced together a full night at the dish, doubling during a three-hit night and scoring twice. Despite a slow start, Jordan has improved his slash line to .333/.333/.444. The Alabama native's six doubles are tied for the most on the circuit with Peoria's Jakob Marsee.
After going yard in consecutive games, Schwartz was kept in the ballpark, but still tallied three RBIs on a pair of doubles. The 2021 fourth-round Draft pick has looked unstoppable of late. Schwartz has slashed .438/.444/1.507 in the past week, hitting safely in six straight games. The California native leads the Desert Dogs with a .986 OPS after he batted .302/.392/.432 during an injury-plagued regular season.
Orioles: Billy Cook, OF (No. 27), Mesa Solar Sox
Cook launched his second homer of the Fall League, a two-run shot that gave Mesa a lead it did not relinquish. The Pepperdine product worked a full count before pouncing on a breaking ball over the plate, which he pulled to left-center field. That was his only hit of the night, although he did bring in another run on a bases-loaded walk in the eighth to finish with three RBIs.
Padres: Jakob Marsee, OF (No. 12), Peoria Javelinas
The 2022 sixth-rounder showed off his wheels, swiping three bases to take the Fall League lead with 10 in as many opportunities on the campaign. And none of the swipes were particularly close. The first didn't even draw a throw, while he had such good jumps on the others that he easily beat the throws. The 22-year-old stole 46 bases during the regular season between High-A Fort Wayne and Double-A San Antonio, including one three-steal game. More »
Rangers: Cameron Cauley, SS (No. 13), Surprise Saguaros
Cauley cranked his first AFL home run ... and then added another for good measure. The solo homer opened the scoring in the second and closed things out with a two-run jack in the eighth. After a getting off to a slow start this fall, Cauley has posted a 1.308 OPS over the last week. It was the second time in the 20-year-old's professional career he's gone deep twice in one game.
Red Sox: Tyler McDonough, 2B (Unranked), Glendale Desert Dogs
McDonough shook off a trio of hitless games to begin his Fall League campaign by doubling three times and scoring three runs for the Desert Dogs. The 24-year-old walked and popped out in his first two plate appearances before finishing with three consecutive two-baggers. McDonough has a .815 OPS in four games and 13 at-bats.
White Sox: Colson Montgomery, SS (MLB No. 17), Glendale Desert Dogs
Montgomery displayed some serious power at the plate when he swatted a bases-loaded triple in the top of the third. At a punishing 111.8 mph off the bat, the rope was the third-hardest hit ball in this year's Fall League. The top-ranked White Sox prospect collected his fourth RBI in the sixth with a sacrifice fly. The 2021 first-rounder has put together a solid campaign in the desert, slashing .255/.280/.553 while leading Glendale with 13 RBIs. More »