SCOTTSDALE, Ariz – Like all other 30 Major League teams, the Arizona Diamondbacks sent a group of prospects to play in the Arizona Fall League.
This years group consists of six players that on the Salt River Rafters. Led by returning player Jack Reinheimer, followed by Michael Perez and Victors Reyes. Pitching prospects consist of Ryan Atkinson, Kirby Bellow, and Colin Poche.
The Rafters are managed by J.R.House, who managed the Jackson Generals, the Double-A affiliate for the Diamondbacks. This year, there are prospects from Visalia Rawhide (Poche), Jackson Generals (Perez, Reyes, Atkinson, Bellow) and Reno Aces (Reinheimer).
Also on staff for the Rafters, is strength and conditioning coach Mike Locasto from Visalia.
Offensively, Reyes leads the trio with 17 hits, followed by Reinheimer with 13 and Reyes with five. Reyes also leads the trio with a .304 batting average.
Diamondbacks fans should remember Reinheimer, as he was called up for Arizona on August 1, due to injuries to Nick Ahmed and Chris Owings, along with Ketel Marte’s time on the bereavement list. All though he was only with the team for a couple days, he talked about that experience. “It was unbelievable. It’s kind of tough to put into words. Having my family and friends there. Kind of felt surreal in a way. It was awesome man. It was a great experience. Getting to pick those guys brains up there and see what its like at the next level was cool.”
On the pitching side, Atkinson is the only starter of the trio. He has started four games and has a record of 1-2. He has 12 innings pitched with 13 strikeouts.
The other two pitching prospects Bellow and Poche have appeared in games out of the bullpen. Poche leads the trio with 15 strikeouts and has worked 11.1 innings with an ERA of 3.18 in his eight games. Bellow has appeared in eight games as well and has a 2.45 ERA, which leads the trio. He also has 13 strikeouts in his 11 innings of work.