The Arizona Fall League wraps up this afternoon with the AFL Championship Game, which features the Peoria Javelinas (with prospects from the Braves, Brewers, Mariners, Padres, and Rays) against the Salt River Rafters (D-Backs, Rockies, Twins, Marlins, and Nationals) at 3:00 PM EST on the MLB Network and MLB.com.
If you’re interested in getting a look at the Washington Nationals’ prospects in the AFL, this will be your last chance to see them in action.
Pitchers Ben Braymer, Taylor Guilbeau, Jordan Mills, and Luis Reyes, catcher Tres Barrera, infielders Carter Kieboom and Jake Noll, and outfielder Daniel Johnson are on the Rafters’ roster.
Kieboom, Johnson, and Barrera were all penciled into the Rafters’ starting lineup for the title game when it released yesterday (though it’s subject to change).
Kieboom, 21, is the highest-ranked and most well-known Nationals’ prospect out in the AFL, where he’s put up a .295/.427/.372 line, a double, a triple, a home run, 17 walks, and 18 Ks in 21 games.
The Arizona Fall League title game is going to be with #Nats' Carter Kieboom and Salt River battling #Brewers' Keston Hiura and Peoria on Saturday.— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) November 16, 2018
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Noll, 24, has a .265/.309/.429 line with two doubles, two home runs, two walks, and 10 Ks in 13 games.
Barrera, 24, has put up a .255/.288/.298 line, two doubles, a walk, and nine Ks in 14 games.
Johnson, 23, wrapped up the AFL regular season with a .145/.260/.177 line, two doubles, 10 walks, and 19 Ks in 18 games.
On the pitching side, Braymer, 24, and the Nationals’ co-Minor League Pitcher of the Year, has a 5.40 ERA, five walks, and 13 Ks in 10 innings on the mound (and he was an AFL Fall Star).
Reyes, 24, has struggled in four starts, with an 11.37 ERA (16 ER in 12 2⁄3 IP).
Mills, 26, has a 3.55 ERA in 10 relief appearances, walking five and striking out 13.
#Nationals LH-RP Jordan Mills showing what he does best tonight in televised @MLBazFallLeague Military Appreciation Game: disrupt timing and get lefties out. Extra-deceptive angle, wide frisbee slider is hard for same-side hitters to stay in on. FB t92 tonight, crisp for him.— Adam McInturff (@2080adam) November 11, 2018
Guilbeau, 25, has walked six and struck out seven, giving up two earned runs over 10 1⁄3 IP (1.74 ERA).
#Nationals LH-RP Taylor Guilbeau is one of the risers from Fall League. Deceptive delivery, FB touches 96 (up +3-4 mph since regular season) with hard cut-like SL in the high-80s.— Adam McInturff (@2080adam) November 15, 2018
You get your last chance this year to watch those Nationals’ prospects who start or get in the game this afternoon. Enjoy the AFL Championship Game...