Mets prospects in the AFL
Chase Lambin has a homer and 3 RBI.
Chase Lambin has a homer and 3 RBI.

Posted Oct 16, 2005

Through 10 games, Ken Oberkfell's Grand Canyon Rafters find themselves in the shallow cellar of the Arizona Fall League's National division, posting a 4-6 record to rank third in the three-team division.

The Rafters return to action with six more games this week. Our weekly look at how the Mets' prospects are faring in the AFL:

Jeremy Hill, RHP: Through four appearances for Grand Canyon, Hill has had two very good outings, one OK one and one poor showing. His last effort came on Oct. 14 against PDD and was the poor showing, allowing two hits and three runs while walking one in a third of an inning. Prior to that, Hill turned in his strongest effort of the AFL to date on Oct. 11, facing seven batters and not allowing a hit in a two-inning stint against Surprise - his first AFL victory. Overall, Hill is 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA in 5.1 innings pitched, and hitters are batting .190 against him.

Chase Lambin, IF: Has played six games in the Arizona Fall League so far, spreading his time between shortstop (two games), second base (two games) and designated hitter (two games). Overall, Lambin is hitting .286 (6-for-21) with one home run, two doubles, three runs scored and three RBI. The home run and all three RBI came in Grand Canyon's victory over Phoenix on Oct. 8; Lambin also stroked two hits and scored a run on Oct. 15 against Mesa.

Matt Lindstrom, RHP: Is still looking for his first AFL appearance in which he doesn't alloW a run. Overall, Lindstrom has taken the mound three times for Grand Canyon, and he's posted a 13.50 ERA in four innings pitched; opposing batters are clubbing him at a .500 (9-for-18) clip. His worst outing came on Oct. 8, when Lindstrom faced eight batters, walking three and allowing four hits.

Evan MacLane, LHP: Has made two starts for Grand Canyon, going 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA. After a horrid debut, allowing seven runs in two innings on Oct. 8 against Phoenix, MacLane got another crack at the Desert Dogs on Oct. 14 and fared better, allowing two earned runs in four innings. He's been stroked for a .345 average (10-for-29) so far, walking four and striking out six. The walk totals are unusually high for MacLane, even given the small sample size.

Lastings Milledge, OF: The Mets' top prospect has not played since bruising his left heel running to first base on Oct. 12; before the injury, Milledge had gone 7-for-21 (.333) in his first taste of the AFL. Milledge wrote in his player journal on that the injury was nothing to worry about, and that he expects to be back on the field shortly. He has scored five runs and has a home run, two doubles, one stolen base and six RBI so far. Three of his games came in center field, but Milledge's first game for Grand Canyon was as a left fielder.

Andy Wilson, C: The utilityman has played four games, all at catcher, for Grand Canyon. He's batting .231 (3-for-13) with two runs scored and has six strikeouts already, including five in his last two games.

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