Vikings – Sam Bradford was  pressured and harassed by Phila all game, sacked him six times, and forced his first three turnovers this season. Bradford was 24-41, 224 yards, one touchdown, and one interception

Eagles – Carson Wentz also struggled early, tossing two interceptions. But he recovered to lead the Eagles on a couple of scoring drives, including a 5-yard TD pass to Dorial Green-Beckham in the third quarter. Wentz was 16-28, 138 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs. Wentz completed 16 of 28 passes for 138 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions during Sunday’s game against the Vikings. He added six rushing yards on five carries and lost a fumble

Jets – Ryan Fitzpatrick replaced an injured Geno Smith and led the New York Jets on three scoring drives

Ravens – Joe Flacco started for Baltimore after being questionable with a sore shoulder . He went a team-record 176 consecutive throws without an interception before Buster Skrine picked off his pass in the third quarter . Flacco (shoulder) completed 25 of 44 passes for 248 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions

Dolphins – Ryan Tannehill led the Dolphins, who  outgained Buffalo 454 yards to 267 and had a 14-minute edge in time of possession, but were hurt by 13 penalties for 116 yards. Tannehill completed 15 of 25 passes for 204 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in Sunday’s 28-25 victory over the Bills. He also gained 21 yards on six rushes. Tannehill stayed mistake-free for the second straight week while once again allowing Jay Ajayi to carry the majority of the offensive load

Chiefs – Alex Smith completed 17 of 24 passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns, and added seven rushing yards on four carries

Saints – Drew Brees finished with 367 yards and three TD passes, but much of that offense came while he was trying to rally the Saints. It was actually another uneven performance away from the Superdome for the star quarterback, who was coming off a 465-yard game last week against Carolina.

Jaguars – Blake Bortles threw for 246 yards, with two interceptions and a garbage-time touchdown. The Jaguars finished with 344 yards of offense – the fewest gained against the league’s worst-ranked defense this season The Jaguars again struggled to score touchdowns in the red zone. They settled for two short field goals in three trips inside the 20-yard line against the Raiders. Bortles completed 23 of 43 passes for 246 yards, one touchdown and two picks in Sunday’s loss to Oakland. He added 33 yards on the ground on six rushes.

Lions – Matthew Stafford threw a go-ahead, 18-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin with 16 seconds left. The Lions (4-3) extended their winning streak to three games. Stafford was 18 of 29 for 266 yards, one TD and no turnovers.

Redskins – Kirk Cousins scored a go-ahead TD on a 19-yard run with 1:05 left. Cousins finished 30 of 39 for 301 yards with a TD and a fumble.

Browns – Cody Kessler got hit hard while throwing a shovel pass in the second quarter, then went to the locker for a concussion evaluation and was ruled out.

Rams – Case Keenum had four interceptions

Titans – Marcus Mariota completed 22 of 37 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns, and added two carries for 14 yards Sunday against the Colts. He also lost one of two fumbles

Packers – Aaron Rodgers threw for 326 yards and three touchdowns Rodgers was 39 of 56, setting a franchise record for completions in a game in the Packers’ first contest without injured running back Eddie Lacy .

Bears – Matt Barkley was 6 of 15 for 81 yards and two interceptions.

Colts – Andrew Luck completed 27 of 29 passes for 353 yards and three touchdowns, and added five carries for 17 yards  Luck either threw or ran the ball on 44 of Indianapolis’ 63 offensive plays even though the Colts were playing from ahead for much of this contest.

Raiders – Derek Carr completed 23 of 37 passes for 200 yards and a touchdown Carr was quiet for much of the game, his 5.4 yards per attempt representing a season low despite the benefit of a 56-yard connection with Michael Crabtree. Sunday was the third time in seven games that Carr has failed to top 250 yards or throw for more than one touchdown in a game.

Bills – Tyrod Taylor completed 14 of 28 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown, and added seven carries for 35 yards and a rushing score

Vikings – Sam Bradford completed 24 of 41 pass attempts for 224 yards, one touchdown and one interception Sunday against the Eagles. He also lost a pair of fumbles

Giants – Eli Manning completed 24 of 37 passes for just 196 yards in Sunday’s 17-10 win over the Rams. Manning went without a turnover for the first time this season, but the offense as a whole was ineffective, leading to a very low 5.3 yards per attempt. He failed to throw a touchdown for the third time in 2016

Bucs – Jameis Winston threw three touchdown passes

49ers – Colin Kaepernick struggled in his second start of the season for the 49ers, going just 16 for 34 for 143 yards and turning the ball over twice after kneeling once again for the national anthem.

Patriots – Tom Brady completed 19 of 26 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns

Bengals – Andy Dalton completed 19 of 28 passes for 308 yards and two touchdowns. Dalton has quietly had a nice start to the season and now owns a 8:2 TD:INT ratio in addition to a healthy average of 295 passing yards per game

Cardinals – Carson Palmer completed 29 of 49 passes for 342 yards with another eight yards on one carry. Palmer  has thrown just two touchdown passes over the past four games, after tossing five through the first two weeks of the season.

Seahawks – Russell Wilson completed 24 of 37 passes for 225 yards and lost two yards on his only carry. As the stat line suggests, Wilson’s mobility is clearly still limited due to the ankle and knee sprains he suffered in September. He hasn’t run for more than 16 yards in any game this season

Chargers – Philip Rivers completed 27 of his 44 passes for a season-high 371 yards and one touchdown, while throwing one interception and losing a fumble

Falcons – Matt Ryan completed 22 of 34 passes for 273 yards, with a touchdown and interception


Chargers – Melvin Gordon carried the ball 22 times for 68 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday’s win over the Falcons. He also caught six of his seven targets for 53 yards and another touchdown Gordon continues to be touchdown machine, as he’s racked up a total of 10 on the year

Bills – LeSean McCoy (hamstring) still believes he has a chance to play in Week 8 against the Patriots

Redskins – Matt Jones rushed for 27 yards on 10 carries in Sunday’s loss to Detroit, losing a fumble in the contest. Chris Thompson put up over 100 yards in total offense while Jones was stapled to the bench.

Redskins – Chris Thompson Thompson rushed for 73 yards on 12 carries and snatched all seven passes that came his way for 40 yards

Vikings – Matt Asiata had 55 yards rushing

Eagles – Ryan Mathews had 56 yards rushing

Redskins – Washington’s lost fumbles, including Matt Jones‘ into the Lions end zone early in the game. Jones appeared to move down on the depth chart after the turnover as Thompson and Robert Kelley got more carries.

Jets – Matt Forte finished with 101 yards and a TD on 31 carries and four catches for 54 yards and a score. He also joined Marshall Faulk, Marcus Allen, Thurman Thomas and Herschel Walker as the only players with 8,000 yards rushing, 4,000 yards receiving and 20 TD receptions

Dolphins – Jay Ajayi tied an NFL record by surpassing 200 yards rushing for the second game in a row. The Dolphins (3-4) used an extra lineman much of the time to clear big holes for Ajayi, who tied the NFL record for consecutive 200-yard games held by O.J. Simpson, Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams. Ajayi, a second-year pro from Boise State, is the only NFL rusher with a 200-yard game this year. In addition to the 418 yards on the ground he’s managed over the last two weeks, Ajayi also has four touchdowns over the last three weeks

Chiefs – Spencer Ware ran for 77 yards to go with his 46-yard touchdown reception

Chiefs – Jamaal Charles (knee swelling) was active in a limited role. He had just one carry early in the game.

Raiders – Latavius Murray scored twice in his return from turf toe. Murray (turf toe) rushed for 59 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries in Sunday’s win over the Jaguars. He added four yards on two catches.

Lioins – banged-up backfield, which is missing Dwayne Washington (ankle) and Theo Riddick (ankle), created an opportunity for Justin Forsett to play a larger role in his second game with the team. Forsett was given the ball on four straight plays at one point and finished with eight carries for 33 yards and two receptions for 15 yards.

Giants – Rashad Jennings carried 13 times for 25 yards and a touchdown He also caught two of three targets for an additional 24 yards.The Giants finished with 36 yards rushing.

Bears – Ka’Deem Carey had 48 yards on 10 carries

Bucs – Jacquizz Rodgers had 26 carries for a career-high 154 rushing yards and caught his lone target for nine yards. Rodgers had 100 rushing yards by halftime. Unfortunately, he did not score a touchdown, although he was getting lots of goal line work. The Bucs ran for 249 yards as San Francisco has allowed 562 on the ground the past two weeks to put them on pace to give up the most yards rushing in a season since the 1981 New England Patriots. Rodgers didn’t take long to become the sixth straight running back to top the 100-yard mark in a game against the 49ers

Jaguars – T.J. Yeldon rushed for 24 yards on six carries and added a four-yard catch. Yeldon matched Chris Ivory with seven touches a piece on Sunday, though the latter owns a 20 to 14 lead in the two weeks since Jacksonville’s bye

Titans – DeMarco Murray once again served as a workhorse, topping 20 carries for the fourth straight game.

Colts – Frank Gore rushed 17 times for 61 yards, and caught all five of his targets for 22 yards and a touchdown Gore matched his season average of 17 carries while topping 60 yards on the ground for the fifth consecutive game. His receiving touchdown was his second through the air this season to go along with a pair of rushing scores.

Vikings – Jerick McKinnon left Sunday’s game against the Eagles in the third quarter because of an ankle injury, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Browns – Isaiah Crowell rushed 12 times for 63 yards and a touchdown during Sunday’s loss to Cincinnati. He also gained 16 yards on three receptions (four targets). Crowell busted out of his slump Sunday, averaging 5.3 yards per carry and finding pay dirt.

Rams – Todd Gurley rushed 15 times for 57 yards and caught six of seven targets for an additional 35 yards. Gurley managed just 3.8 yards per carry, but his emergence as a pass catcher continued as he set a career mark in receptions while totaling at least 35 receiving yards for the fourth consecutive week.

Patriots – LeGarrette Blount ran for 127 yards and two scores

Bengals – Giovani Bernard carried 17 times for 80 yards and a touchdown. Bernard received more carries than Jeremy Hill for the third consecutive game

Falcons – Tevin Coleman didn’t return to Sunday’s game against the Chargers after exiting in the third quarter with a hamstring injury.

Falcons – DeVonta Freeman had 15 carries for 58 yards and caught five of six targets for 42 yards

Steelers – Le’Veon Bell had 21 carries for 81 yards and caught 10 passes on 13 targets for 68 yards. Without Ben Roethlisberger (knee), the Steelers leaned heavily on Bell, giving him a season-high 31 touches.

Ravens – Terrance West rushed for 10 yards on eight carries in Sunday’s loss to the Jets. With the Ravens passing it 79 percent of the time during Sunday’s game, West was held to his worst game of the season

Patriots – James White had two receptions on five targets for 32 yards and a touchdown


Giants – Odell Beckham (hip) turned a team-high nine targets into just five catches for 49 yards. Beckham played through a minor hip injury and averaged just under 10 yards per catch

Steelers – Antonio Brown missed some snaps in the second half of Sunday’s loss to the Patriots after taking a helmet to to the hip, Dave Lolley of the Washington Observer-Reporter reports.

Colts – T.Y. Hilton caught seven passes for 133 yards, including a 37-yard TD. Hilton turned 12 targets into seven catches for 133 yards and a touchdown

Raiders – Michael Crabtree caught eight passes for 96 yards and a touchdown. Crabtree brought in eight of 11 targets for 96 yards and a touchdown. Crabtree continues to be Derek Carr’s most potent scoring option with seven red-zone targets and five touchdowns in the last four games

Bengals – A.J. Green‘s 48-yard touchdown catch on the final play of the first half helped the Bengals (3-4) regain their footing in the injury-depleted AFC North. A.J. Green’s one-handed catch in the middle of an end zone scrum highlighted Cincinnati’s day full of big plays

He caught all eight of his targets for 169 yards and a touchdown. Green averaged a robust 21.1 yards per catch thanks in part to a 48-yard Hail Mary touchdown he hauled in just before halftime. He now has three games with at least 169 yards and a touchdown this season, which ranks first among NFL wideouts

Browns – Terrelle Pryor, who leads the Browns in receiving, played with an injured hamstring and had two catches for 18 yards. Pryor was only on the field for 31 snaps, as the do-it-all receiver was limited with a hamstring injury

Bears – Alshon Jeffery was held to three catches for 33 yards against a Packers secondary without its top three cornerbacks because of injuries

Packers – Davante Adams and Ty Montgomery emerged as playmakers in the second half

Dolphins – Jarvis Landry brought in five of eight targets for 78 yards. Landry has 12 receptions on 17 targets for 169 yards over the last two weeks after a Week 5 outlier against the Titans in which he posted a season-low three receptions.

Dolphins – Kenny Stills hauled in five of eight targets for 100 yards and a touchdown. Stills brought in a key 66-yard bomb from Ryan Tannehill to extend the Dolphins’ lead to 28-17 late in the fourth quarter, his second-longest reception of the season

Raiders – Amari Cooper caught four of five targets for 29 yards. The catches, targets and yards were all season lows for Cooper, who entered the game with consecutive games of 125 yards or more.

Jets – Quincy Enunwa caught two of four targets for 73 yards and a touchdown. Enunwa scored on a 69-yard pass play in the first quarter

Jets – Brandon Marshall had three catches on eight targets for 39 yards. Marshall finished with twice as many targets as the next highest players (Quincy Enunwa and Matt Forte), but three pass catchers finished with more receiving yards for the Jets

Jets – Robby Anderson caught all three of his targets for a career-high 41 yards. Anderson has looked good of late, catching seven of nine targets for 65 yards in the last two games

Lions – Anquan Boldin caught three passes for 28 yards and one touchdown

Lions – Golden Tate caught six passes (across 12 targets) for 93 yards. Tate was unable to replicate his career day from a week ago, but would have came close had he stayed in bounds to secure a touchdown pass from QB Matthew Stafford in the fourth quarter. What’s more, his 12 targets easily led the team, as the next closest receiver, Marvin Jones, garnered just five.

Lions – Marvin Jones caught four passes for 94 yards, Jones finished without a touchdown for the fourth time this season, but Jones has accounted for at least 74 receiving yards in every game he hasn’t scored in this season

Eagles – Jordan Matthews caught three of four targets for just 10 yards in Sunday’s 21-10 win over the Vikings.

Steelers – Sammie Coates reinjured his left hand in the first quarter of Sunday’s game

Bills – Marquise Goodwin, who finished Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins with four catches for 93 yards and a TD, ended up being evaluated for a concussion after landing hard late in the game.

Rams – Tavon Austin turned a team-leading 15 targets into 10 receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s game versus the Giants. He also gained 10 yards on his only carry of the 17-10 loss. Austin reached double-digit receptions in a game for the first time in his career, but his lackluster 5.7 yards per attempt capped what could have been a much bigger day.

Bucs – Mike Evans caught eight passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns

Bengals – Brandon LaFell caught four of five targets for 83 yards and a touchdown. LaFell was the only wideout besides A.J. Green to catch multiple passes, caught a  44-yard touchdown grab in the second quarter He now has four touchdowns in the last three games to go along with 14 catches and 164 yards, and he seems to be locked in as the team’s No. 2 receiver

49ers – Jeremy Kerley was limited to just 15 yards on two catches (five targets). The early-season PPR darling has fallen out of grace with his new quarterback, posting just 27 yards on four catches with Colin Kaepernick under center these past two weeks. He is still seeing targets since the quarterback switch (12 targets last two weeks), but the change in styles has negatively affected him.

Dolphins – Mike Wallace caught 10 of 13 targets for 120 yards. Flacco and Wallace only connected on two passes of more than 20 yards entering Sunday’s game. They added a third early on Sunday with a 56-yard post off of play action.

Chargers – Travis Benjamin snagged four of his five targets for 54 yards. Although he had a bad knee, Benjamin didn’t see as many targets as his teammates Tyrell Williams (10) or Dontrelle Inman (6), but the speedy receiver still managed to record his fourth-highest yardage mark of the season.

Chargers – Tyrell Williams caught seven of his 10 targets for 140 yards

Patriots – Julian Edelman (foot) had nine catches on 10 targets for 60 yards in Sunday’s 27-16 win at Pittsburgh. He also lost a fumble on a punt return. He wasn’t needed much in the second half, as LeGarrette Blount and the running game took over

Titans – Tajae Sharpe caught four balls for 59 yards on six targets Mostly garbage time

Saints – Willie Snead caught nine of 11 targets for 87 yards

Saints – Michael Thomas led the Saints with 10 catches for 130 yards on 13 targets .Thomas had a three-game touchdown streak snapped, but set new career highs in catches and yards.

Redskins – Jamison Crowder caught seven of nine passes for 108 yards. Crowder now leads the team in both yardage and touchdowns near the season’s halfway point.


Redskins were without standout tight end Jordan Reed for a second straight game because of a concussion. Vernon Davis replaced him in the lineup and had season highs with six receptions and 77 yards.

Bengals – Tyler Eifert was active for the first time following offseason ankle surgery and a back injury. Eifert got onto the field on the second series and finished with one catch for 9 yards.

Jaguars – Julius Thomas (ankle) caught three of seven targets for 20 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s loss to Oakland.

Titans – Delanie Walker caught seven of eight targets for 84 yards and a touchdown

Colts – Jack Doyle hauled in nine of 10 targets for 78 yards and a touchdown. He has emerged as the second option behind T.Y. Hilton on a pass-heavy Colts offense with top tight end Dwayne Allen (ankle) week-to-week.

Browns – Gary Barnidge hauled in a team-leading six catches on seven targets for 66 yards

Dolphins – Charles Clay (ankle) caught two of five targets for 29 yards. Clay finished second on the team in targets to wide receiver Marquise Goodwin.

Eagles – Zach Ertz caught one of three targets for just 14 yards

Rams – Lance Kendricks caught seven of nine targets for 55 yards. Kendricks set season highs in targets and receptions while posting his second-highest yardage output of 2016.

Patriots – Rob Gronkowski scored a 36-yard touchdown in the third quarter then used another 37-yard catch and run by Gronkowski to set up Blount’s second touchdown. Gronkowski caught all four of his targets for 93 yards and a touchdown

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Tigers GM Al Avila told team reporters in his end-of-year press conference today that the organization will be looking to shake up its approach to roster building this winter The central issue, Avila suggested, is to avoid the ongoing reliance on high-priced veterans, as Jason Beck of reports

Avila says “J.V. has been a great Tiger, and we don’t want to get rid of him. We have all the respect in the world for Verlander and owe him so much for what he has given to this organization, but everything has changed. We can’t afford him, not in this new reality. Not under this new plan.”

Trade Justin Verlander?

TaiJuan Walker underwent arthroscopic surgery Monday to remove a bone fragment on his right ankle. He is expected to be ready for the start of spring training.

Washington Columnist Thomas Boswell writes advice for the Nationals, and says “First, call Ian Desmond and try to sign him for $75 million for five years to play centerfield. That would return one of the best leaders the Nats have had to his original club. If you can do it (big “if”), there’d be a clubhouse ovation.”

Bryce Harper is doing fine physically and is on track to begin his normal offseason strength and conditioning work soon, according to agent Scott Boras.

Last season from July 1st on, Paul Goldschmidt stole 22 bases in 24 attempts. He finished 2016 with 32 SB and 5 CS for 86% success rate

Javier Baez is the 14th player in Postseason history to have multiple two-double games in one year

Jason Heyward’s average was .083 in the NLDS; it’s .063 so far in the NLCS. He is 2-for-28 in the postseason with a walk, one RBI and nothing else.

Kansas City Royals – Even without signing free agents Kendrys Morales or Edinson Volquez, simply bringing back the rest of the team intact for 2017 would mean a $143 million payroll for the 25-man roster — and with performance bonuses and the rest of the 40-man roster, that number would approach or surpass $150 million.
The most intriguing possibility might be Josh Reddick. He’s just 29 and figures to be OK in right field for at least three or four more years, meaning the Royals could add a proven bat and maintain DH flexibility for The Royals

In 2016, Andrew Miller threw his fastball only 39.4 percent of the time and it averaged 94.5 mph, and he featured his slider 60.6 percent of the time and it hummed at 83.7 mph. Miller has the standard spike his velocity when moving from the rotation to the bullpen, and also saw his slider gain and gain and gain and gain in effectiveness. He was no longer in a fix.

The Fixer:

“The Cardinals are not sure whether Michael Wacha be able to handle the workload of a top-flight starter (200 innings) or if a reduced assignment (140 innings?) is more feasible. Rosenthal has long wanted a chance to start, and what the Cardinals saw in a three-inning burst late in the season tickled their interest – as did the fact that Oh returns as closer.

His mechanics were off and thus so was the command of his fastball, and without command of his fastball hitters could ignore his changeup. As a reliever, Wacha could address the Cardinals innings concerns as well as heighten the effectiveness of his best pitch, ala Miller.

In his eight-strikeout game as a starter in May, Wacha threw 100 pitches: 55 four-seam fastballs (93.9 mph), 13 changeups (87.0 mph), nine curveballs (75.2 mph), and 22 cutters (91.2 mph). As a reliever in late September he threw 26 pitches, all of which were either four-seam fastballs or changeups.”

Rowdy Tellez experienced a breakout season in 2016. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Tellez, a left-handed hitter pounded out 23 home runs (also hit for a .297 average and a .387 OBP) for double-A New Hampshire and moved on to the Blue Jays’ radar in a big way. He was in the big-league camp last year and may be there again this season competing for a job.


Michael Kopech has 172 strikeouts over 135 innings in his three-year Minor League career. (Buck Davidson/

Surprise Saguaros notes: Boston Red Sox prospect Michael Kopech finding his way, ready for Arizona Fall League

Justin Williams, the Tampa Bay Rays’ No. 15 prospect, put on a show at the plate Thursday, going 2-for-4 with a single, a triple, an RBI and two runs scored as the Peoria Javelinas beat the Surprise Saguaros, 6-4, at Surprise Stadium.Williams, a second-round pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2013 before going to the Rays in the Jeremy Hellickson trade, is hitting .400 in the Fall League with a 1.258 OPS.

Chris Stratton became the first Arizona Fall Leaguer to throw five scoreless innings in a start this season, shutting down the Salt River Rafters in a 4-1 Scottsdale Scorpions victory Thursday night Selected with the 20th overall pick in the 2012 Draft, the Giants’ No. 26 prospect relied mostly on an 89-93 mph fastball and an 82-84 mph slider to shackle the Rafters. Stratton pounded the strike zone, finding it with 40 of his 60 pitches, while permitting just three hits and striking out six. The right-hander recorded three of his whiffs with fastballs, two with sliders and one with a changeup.

Cleveland’s top prospect Bradley Zimmer has some of the best all-around tools in the Arizona Fall League, and several of them were on display Friday afternoon. The Indians outfielder led the Mesa Solar Sox to a 4-3 victory over the Scottsdale Scorpions, opening the scoring with a first-inning homer and ending it with the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth.

The 21st overall pick in the 2014 Draft, Zimmer has the approach, bat speed and leverage to hit for average and power. He also runs well, which gives him 20-20 potential and allows him to cover ground in center field, and he has a better arm than most at his position. His presence in the organization made it easier for Cleveland to part with 2013 first-round outfielder Clint Frazier in the Andrew Miller trade with the Yankees in July.

Nick Ciuffo, Tampa Bay’s 25th ranked prospect, and Tyler Marlette of the Seattle Mariners combined to drive in six runs to fuel the Javelinas. Marlette went 2-for-4 with a home run and drove in three. Ciuffo, who was in the lineup as the designated hitter, doubled, singled and drove in three as well Marlette, who is hitting .333 in the Fall League, said he still has some things to work on behind the plate, specifically trying to improve his command of the pitching staff during games. But as long as his team is winning, he thinks the rest will come in time.

Isan Diaz has faced and overcome multiple challenges this year. Coming off an MVP season in the Rookie-level Pioneer League, he switched organizations shortly before he was set to report to Spring Training, going from the D-backs to the Brewers in a trade for Jean Segura. He struggled to stay above the Mendoza Line in his first two months in the low Class A Midwest League before rallying to the lead the circuit with 20 homers as a 20-year-old. So facing perhaps the hardest-throwing pitcher he’s ever faced Friday night wasn’t going to faze Diaz.

Squaring off against Surprise Saguaros right-hander Michael Kopech (Red Sox’s No. 5), Diaz lined a 98-mph fastball for an opposite-field single to left field in the first inning and flared a 99-mph heater to center that he hustled into a double in the third. The Brewers’ No. 8 prospect came around to score after the latter hit, the first run for the Salt River Rafters in an eventual 3-2 Arizona Fall League victory. Born in Puerto Rico, Diaz was a supplemental second-round pick out of a Massachusetts high school in 2014. He broke out as a prospect by batting .360/.436/.640 in the Pioneer League in 2015, topping the circuit in slugging, doubles (25), extra-base hits (44) and total bases (174). He overcame a slow start this year to finish at .264/.358/.469 and lead the MWL in homers, extra-base hits (59) and total bases (238).

While Josh Staumont‘s chances of posting an ERA of 0.00 in the Arizona Fall League came to an end on Saturday, the Royals’ No. 10 prospect still was plenty good for Surprise in a 10-8 win over Glendale. Staumont permitted his first earned run of the Fall League, allowing two hits and three walks over 3 1/3 innings for the Saguaros. Through three starts, the 22-year-old right-hander has pitched to a 0.87 ERA and surrendered just five hits in 10 1/3 innings.

Gavin Cecchini continued his strong Arizona Fall League campaign by going 3-for-5 with a solo home run on Saturday, though the performance wasn’t enough to keep Scottsdale from falling to Peoria, 3-2, at Peoria Stadium. After lining out to left field in his first at-bat, Cecchini, the Mets’ No. 3 prospect, picked up his first hit of the day, a single to left field, in the top of the third inning.

He would strike out in his next trip to the plate in the fifth, swinging through a 1-2 changeup from Peoria reliever Emilio Pagan (Mariners), only to atone with a solo home run, his first of the Fall League, two innings later. In the ninth, Cecchini tallied his third hit of the contest on a groundball to second base.

Through six games for the Scorpions, the 22-year-old shortstop has produced a .350/.423/.600 batting line with three extra-base hits and five RBIs, the latter giving him a share of the team lead. His performance comes on the heels of an excellent 2016 Minor League campaign during which he batted .325 with eight home runs and 71 runs scored across 117 games at Triple-A Las Vegas.

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