The Glendale Desert Dogs, who showcase talent from the minor leagues of the Angels, Dodgers, White Sox, Astros and Cardinals, are one-third of the way from a 30-game season that shows how the selected players continue to hone their tools and are looking to make a final impression within their organization before the end of the year. Four pitchers and three positional players from the Angels farming system have been given the green light to participate in the fall sprint and have the opportunity to one day join former Angels Garrett Anderson, Darin Erstad, Troy Percival and Mike Trout in the Temple of AFL fame. To keep you up to date with the latest actions and stats, here’s a look at what’s happened so far in sunny Arizona:
INF, Jeremiah Jackson (hope # 5) – [8 Games: .154 Avg. (4-for-26), 1 HR, 7 RBI]: Jackson held on in his first full season in minors, combining a .277 stick with 10 HR, 50 RBI and a .906 OPS on two different levels (6 games with ACL and 45 games with Low-A Inland Empire). The only factor that kept the 21-year-old from having a stellar season was a quad injury that ruled out the infielder from June 30 to September 12. He finished the 2021 regular season on a six-game straight streak, but these Bats have yet to transfer into the AFL game. The strikeout bug continues to bite as nearly half of his 22 home plate appearances have ended with the ‘K’. However, on Saturday October 23, Jackson put on a standout performance against the Mesa Solar Sox, recording one RBI Single and three Home Runs.
As he strives to overcome timing issues at home plate, Jackson takes pride in his overall abilities and relishes the opportunity to make an impact every day in the Arizona Fall League with great competition. .
OF, Orlando Martinez (hope n ° 26) – [8 Games: .214 Avg. (6-for-28), 1 RBI, 1 R]: Martinez has worked his way through the Angels farming system all the way to Double-A Rocket City since the Halos signed the former Cuban 18U national batting champion in 2017. With the Trash Pandas in 2021, the player The 23-year-old clubbed 16 HR and 54 RBI while also earning Double-A South Offensive Player of the Week honors on August 22.
The outfielder opened his AFL campaign with a multi-shot game in his first two games, but has lost momentum with just 2 for 20 in his last six games. As a potential player in the Rule 5 Draft, Martinez has the chance to impress the Angels in a 40-man roster or audition for the other 29 MLB teams looking for support on the field.
C, Anthony Mulrine – [4 Games: .067 Avg. (1-for-15), 2 BB, 6 K]: Mulrine’s defense shone during her 55-game stint with Double-A Rocket City in 2021. The former Samford Bulldog caught 19 potential base thieves, while suffering just two errors in 442 innings behind the plate. He slapped 4 HR and 17 RBIs with the Trash Pandas before ending the year with a Triple-A Salt Lake promotion, playing in five games. The 23-year-old currently plays second fiddle as Astros’ Korey Lee wrestler, limiting his number of home plate appearances. His first and only AFL hit to date came on October 19 in the ninth inning against the Scottsdale Scorpions. Mulrine has a theft on her resume when he threw Donovan Casey (Surprise Saguaros) while trying to steal second base on October 16.
Nathan Burns – [3 Games: 1-0, 3.00 ERA, 1 BB, 4 K]: Burns, fresh out of four seasons at Oregon State University, has integrated extremely well into the paddock of three different Angels affiliates during the 2021 season.
The 22-year-old right-hander finished 10 games in his brief pro debut (3 with ACL, 6 with Low-A Inland Empire and 1 with High-A Tri-City), going 1-0 and failed Impressively allowed just one earned run in 16.1 innings overall. Burns limited his walks total to just 3.3 per / nine innings and increased the strikeout level to 13.8 per / nine innings while controlling the zone. Burns emphasized his control of the strike zone from the start in his first relief outing of the fall, taking the win over the Peoria Javelinas with a clean fourth inning of 19 shots.
Coleman Crow – [2 Games: 0-0, 1.80 ERA, 1 BB, 7 K]: Crow made his debut in the Angels’ organization for the first time in 2021 after being drafted in the 28th round in 2019. In 13 games (10 starts) with Low-A Inland Empire, the native of Concord, Georgia, was 4-3 with a 4.19 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 62.1 innings. As a fearless competitor on the mound, Crow uses his four-throw arsenal that includes a two- and four-seam fastball as well as a slider (his most dynamic step) and a shift. The right-hander improved his AFL stats in his second appearance on Oct. 22 against Surprise. In the starter role, Crow completed three innings with three strikeouts and one walk, lowering his ERA from 4.50 to 1.80.
Zach Linginfelter – [4 Games: 0-1, 3.38 ERA, 5 BB, 5 K]: Linginfelter went back and forth between start and run between High-A Tri-City (21 games) and Double-A Rocket City (6 games) during the 2021 season. The former Tennessee volunteer had struggled with walks this season (47 with 5 RAP), but he managed to balance it all out with 79 strikeouts in 70 innings and a collective of .230 BAA. The AFL season has brought a variety of results for Linginfelter, ranging from no earned runs allowed in his first two relief appearances, to loss of luck last time over the hump on Oct. 20 against Peoria. With the 24-year-old right-hander’s fastball-curveball combination, a future in the reliever box looks likely at the Double-A or Triple-A level at the start of the 2022 season.
Robinson Pina (hope # 20) – [2 Games: 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 BB, 2 K]: Pina’s pitching skills traveled across the United States in 2021 as he pitched at three different levels of the Angels organization (Low-A Inland Empire, High-A Tri-City, and Double-A Rocket City).
The Dominican Republic native finished the year 2-10 with a 4.44 ERA in 21 starts with his best streak in June while in the 66ers (Low-A) rotation with an ERA 1.19 in 22.2 innings. His over 90s fastball, sweep curve, and divider resulted in a 13.2 strikeout per / nine ratio, highlighting a potential future as a reliever if his command as a leaving does not last. Oddly enough, his second AFL appearance came out of the bullpen on Oct. 22 against Surprise, pitching three white innings and striking out nine of 10 batters faced.
The Glendale Desert Dogs currently sit second in the AFL West standings (6-4), 0.5 games behind Surprise (6-3). Sunday being a league-wide day off, the Desert Dogs and their seven Angels minor leagues will be back in action tomorrow against the Scottsdale Scorpions.