The Glendale Desert Dogs concluded its Arizona Fall League schedule on Thursday, with Corey Seager, Matt Magill, Darnell Sweeney and a group of eight Dodgers now beginning its offseason. Here is a recap of the sixth and final week of the AFL, plus an review of the league, which began on Oct. 7.
Seager was 2-for-7 with a double in two games in the final week, ending his second AFL run with a 14-game hitting streak. In 23 games in Arizona, Seager hit .281/.354/.472 with 10 doubles, two triples and a home run, with 14 RBI.
Sweeney had a productive final week, hitting .308 (4-for-13) with a double, a home run and five RBI, almost all of that production coming on Tuesday at Scottsdale. Sweeney played in 19 games during the AFL, including 13 games at second base, three in center field, two at shortstop and once at designated hitter. He spoke with Josh Jackson at MLB.com earlier in the week about finding a position and not letting his defense affect his offense.
"What you have to do defensively has an impact on what you do offensively, even though they are two separate parts of the game," Sweeney told Jackson. "When you move around a lot on defense, you can start veering off what you're trying to do offensively because you worry about D so much. But, honestly, you can grow out of that as a player, and I'm working on that. But knowing I was playing at second over and over did help, because I didn't have to worry about what I was going to have to do in center field, or how to come at the ball from at a different angle at short."
In the AFL, Sweeney hit .316/.386/.468 with six doubles, two home runs, 14 runs and 12 RBI in 19 games. He stole three bases but was caught four times.
Scott Schebler was 5-for-15 (.333) with a home run and a walk in four games this week, and in 23 AFL games hit .310/.352/.524 with five home runs, 17 runs scored and 13 RBI.
Magill finished his Arizona Fall League strong, with four strong innings on Tuesday, allowing one run on three hits against Scottsdale. More importantly, Magill walked none and struck out four. In seven games in the AFL, including six starts, Magill put up a 3.96 ERA with 21 strikeouts and 14 walks in 25 innings.
Michael Thomas pitched a scoreless inning on Wednesday, and in 11 AFL games put up a 4.85 ERA, with 13 strikeouts and six walks in 13 innings.
Converted pitcher Blake Smith pitched two scoreless appearances and ended his AFL with three straight scoreless innings. In 11 games in the AFL, Smith filled up just about every column in the box score. He allowed 16 runs on 17 hits in 11 innings, with 13 strikeouts and 11 walks. But he didn't allow a home run.
Matt Shelton allowed one run in three innings this week, and in his abbreviated AFL time allowed five runs on nine hits in 8⅓ innings (5.40 ERA), with six strikeouts and five walks.
Daniel Coulombe didn't pitch after Oct. 21, and in his AFL experience pitched three scoreless innings in four games, with six strikeouts and four baserunners.
The Arizona Fall League Championship Game will be played on Saturday afternoon, with Peoria facing Salt River.