Mets in the AFL

Evan MacLane had a strong start Nov. 1.

The Grand Canyon Rafters may have fallen out of the race, 8.5 games behind division-leading Phoenix entering Monday's play, but Mets prospects are continuing to shine against the minors' best and brightest.

Grand Canyon takes an 11-16 record into this week's action. Our weekly look at how the Mets' prospects are faring in the AFL:

Jeremy Hill, RHP: Hill's Arizona Fall League campaign came to an early end when he suffered an elbow injury and was sent home, replaced on the Rafters roster by Class-A righthander Henry Owens. Hill finished up the AFL with four appearances, going 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA in 5.1 innings pitched.

Chase Lambin, IF: Lambin has brought his average to .255 entering Monday's play, which is right about where he's been the whole AFL schedule. After playing primarily second base and shortstop for most of the first few weeks of the league, Lambin made an appearance at third base on Oct. 26 against Surprise, going 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored in the contest. He finished up last week with a two-hit game against the Peoria Javelinas.

Matt Lindstrom, RHP: Lindstrom has not appeared in a game since Oct. 22, when he allowed two runs and one hit in an inning against the Javelinas. He's 0-0 with a 12.00 ERA in five appearances for Grand Canyon, with opponents batting an unsightly .481 against the hard-throwing righthander.

Evan MacLane, LHP: MacLane's last start for the Rafters came on Nov. 1, when he went five innings against Mesa and allowed a run – a solo home run – and eight hits, walking one and striking out one. Overall, MacLane is 0-2 with a 5.57 ERA in five starts for Grand Canyon, walking five and striking out 11 in 21.0 innings. His trademark control has found its way back after a shaky beginning that saw him walk four in his first six innings of the fall league.

Lastings Milledge, OF: The top prospect continues to star in the autumn, raising his average to .321 (26-for-81) with a 2-for-4, four-RBI game on Nov. 5 against Surprise. Last week, Milledge not only learned he'd be representing the USA in an upcoming qualifying tournament to be held in Arizona, he hit safely in four of five games, going a combined 7-for-18 (.388) with five RBI. Overall, Milledge has played 20 games in the AFL, stroking four doubles, two triples, four home runs and collecting 18 RBI. He's also stolen five bases in seven attempts.

Henry Owens, RHP: Selected to replace Jeremy Hill after injury, Owens has seen action as a reliever in four games for Grand Canyon. Keeping with the hitter-friendly spirit of the league, Owens – who pitched this year at Class-A St. Lucie in the Florida State League – has been hit hard, allowing eight runs (six earned) in 6-2/3 innings for an 8.10 ERA. He's walked three and struck out eight, but has allowed a .321 average. Owens made a pair of two-inning appearances last week for the Rafters, blanking Mesa on a hit Nov. 1 but giving up two hits and three runs Nov. 5 at Surprise.

Andy Wilson, C: Wilson scored a pair of starts behind the plate in last week's action, going 1-for-4 on Nov. 2 at Mesa and 1-for-4 with a double and run scored on Nov. 5 at Surprise. Overall, the utilityman has caught all but one of the 11 games he's appeared in – Wilson played first base on Oct. 25 at Phoenix – and is batting .297 (11-for-37) with two doubles, one home run and two RBI.

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