Corey Seager started at shortstop in the Fall Stars Game on Saturday, the second straight year he started in the Arizona Fall League's showcase event. Seager reached base once in three trips to the plate highlighting Dodgers action in the fourth week of play in the AFL.
Seager walked in the first inning against Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley in the first inning, grounded out to first base in the fourth against Rockies pitcher Christian Bergman, then struck out swinging in the sixth inning against Angels pitcher Trevor Gott
Seager played five innings at shortstop, then in a nostalgic twist was replaced in the field by Raul Mondesi Jr., the son of the longtime Dodgers outfielder and former Rookie of the Year. Mondesi the younger is a Royals prospect.
Saturday was the culmination of a good week for Seager that saw him hit his first home run of the AFL. He was 5-for-19 (.263) with a home run, a triple and three RBI in Fall League play this week (including Saturday), in five games.
Scott Schebler continued his good play, hitting .385 (5-for-13) in his three games for the Glendale Desert Dogs with a double and a home run. The outfielder ran his hitting streak to 10 games, and had an eight-game streak with at least one run batted in but that was snapped on Thursday.
Darnell Sweeney played all three of his games at second base this week, and has played his last seven games at the position after seeing time at shortstop and center field earlier in October. Sweeney was 4-for-12 (.333) with two walks last week, including reaching base four times (three hits and a walk) at Surprise on Monday.
On the pitching side, Matt Shelton — who was 5-5 with a 3.79 ERA in 35 games, including 16 starts between Class-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Chattanooga in 2014 — was added to Glendale's roster on Monday, replacing Daniel Coulombe. The 25-year-old right-hander, drafted in the 24th round in 2011, pitched 2⅓ scoreless innings in relief, allowing one hit in his two relief appearances, with two walks.
Matt Magill had an up-and-down start on Halloween, pitching four scoreless innings against Mesa with two strikeouts, but also walked four batters. In five AFL games, Magill has walked 12 of 73 batters faced (16.4 percent) in 16 innings, but also has 15 strikeouts.
Left-hander Michael Thomas finally allowed a run in the AFL this year, allowing one run in each of his games this week. Thomas walked three and struck out two in his three innings for the week.
Blake Smith had one good game and one bad game this week. He pitched a scoreless inning at Surprise on Monday with two strikeouts, then two days later allowed four runs on three hits and a walk with no strikeouts in another inning of work at home against Peoria.
There are two weeks left in the Arizona Fall League. Here is the schedule for this week, with all games at 11:35 a.m. PT unless otherwise noted:
- Monday: vs. Surprise
- Tuesday: at Surprise
- Wednesday: at Mesa
- Thursday: vs. Surprise
- Friday: at Scottsdale (5:35 p.m. PT)
- Saturday: vs. Scottsdale
- Sunday: Off