The regular season of the Arizona Fall League ended on Thursday for the Glendale Desert Dogs and the eight Dodgers minor leaguers on the team. Glendale didn’t make Saturday’s championship game, won by the Peoria Javelinas over the Salt River Rafters.
Keibert Ruiz and Jordan Sheffield were named to the AFL Fall Stars Game in early November, both playing well in the game. Ruiz went 1-for-1 with an RBI single and a walk while Sheffield recorded two outs with one strikeout.
#Dodgers No. 2 prospect Keibert Ruiz had one at-bat and made it count with this RBI single.— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) November 4, 2018
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One of the top catching prospects in baseball, Ruiz was the most high-profile to represent the Dodgers in the AFL this year. The 20-year-old hit .286/.357/.306 with 14 hits in 13 games, knocking in six runs with six walks, against only two strikeouts.
Sheffield appeared in 10 games, allowing two runs in 9 1⁄3 innings while striking out seven.
The Dodgers threw Jared Walker into the AFL after making it to High-A Rancho for the first time since being drafted in the 5th round back in 2014. The 22-year-old struggled quite a bit against the advanced pitching, but turned it on over the final week plus with two homers and eight RBIs.
“The mental side was all out, I couldn’t figure it out,” Walker told media last week. “It just took a couple words from some people to get me in a good direction mentally. That’s all it took. It wasn’t my talent. It was just being mentally weak at times, but I picked it back up.”
Dodger lefty Ben Holmes led Glendale with 22 1⁄3 innings in six starts. Holmes went 1-2 with a 3.97 ERA, while striking out 24 against 10 walks.
Here are the stats for all eight Dodgers that made the trip to the AFL.
Arizona Fall League batting stats
Arizona Fall League pitching stats