AFL Recap: Henry Davis Reaches Base Four Times in Saguaros Victory

The Surprise Saguaros put together the best record during the first week of the Arizona Fall League, going 5-1. After an off-day on Sunday, they returned to action late Monday night. Henry Davis was the only member of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the starting lineup, but two other Pirates joined in before the day was over. Here’s a recap of the game.

Davis batted fifth in the DH spot. He doubled to start the second inning, his third double of the fall. He walked in the third inning. In typical Davis fashion, he got hit by a pitch in the fifth inning. He grounded out to shortstop in the seventh and then walked in the ninth. He finished 1-for-2 with two walks and a HBP. He has a .300 average and a 1.156 OPS in the early stages of the season.

Jacob Gonzalez entered the game in the eighth inning on defense, making his first appearance of the fall. He batted in the ninth and lined out to center field.

Colin Selby came on to pitch the ninth. He gave up a single to start the inning. That was followed by a ground out, a pop up to shortstop and a grounder back to the mound for the final out of the game. The Saguaros won 7-1, moving them to a 6-1 record. Selby threw 16 pitches, with 11 going for strikes.

Here’s the boxscore

Tomorrow’s game will be at 3:35 PM ET.

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joesolo6181

What gives with Davis getting hit with so many pitchers? Is he being thrown at or is he on top of the plate? The Pirates better provide him with protective gear, so he stops losing time with injuries because he is getting hit so much with pitchers. I really like his bat and think he has major leaguer written all over him.

RFEATHERS

When the 2022 media guide available??

James_Robert5

All 2022 MLB Media Guides can be found here …

https://pressbox.athletics.com/Publications/MLB%20Media%20Guides/

john_fluharty

Assuming that is Davis pictured at the top, he seems like he has a pretty wide stance. Isn’t a wide stance better for contact hitting as opposed to a more upright stance being better for power hitting? I could be wrong, but I seem to recall reading that at some point in the past.

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CTBucco

Big kick/step with the front foot too as I recall. Bagwell is a great comparison in terms of the look of his stance.

The Cobra

Looks a little like Jeff Bagwell.

Catch_22

He’s a squatter with an ugly stance. Personally, I think they need to rework it.

roberto

A wide stance is excellent for getting hit a lot.

emjayinTN

Good work by the Pirates overall. Nick Gonzales is leading the Pirate hitters and is 7th overall in the AFL with an OPS of 1.185. Henry Davis is 9th overall in the AFL with an OPS of 1.156.

Omar Cruz leads Pirate pitchers and is 27th overall, 1-0, 2.45 ERA, AA of 0.167. Hoping he can maintain those type of numbers and possibly get some consideration heading into ST. Quinn Priester is 37th overall, 4.50 ERA, AA of 0.250.

JimEastTennessee

Time to invest in armour for Davis.
Selby is my darkhorse candidate to start the year in the bullpen, unless they still want to see what they have in AAAAand dumpster dive options. At least I hope he will continue to impress in Indy and be up in June.

emjayinTN

An excellent year at AA this year with 8 Saves, 2.20 ERA in 33 IP and a 11.3/3.9 K/BB/9. He and Tyler Samaniego were the R/L combo Closers for Altoona. Is he Rule 5 this year?

If you read the summary of him in the Prospect Guide 10th Anniversary Edition, it’s like Colin Selby is following that script. At the time that was written, he was rehabbing from TJ Surgery in 2020.

What part of E TN?

JimEastTennessee

Seymour, just outside Knoxville on US 441

James_Robert5

Yes, Selby is Rule 5 eligible in December

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