The Arizona Fall League is nearly completed, but Stuart Fairchild probably hopes that it never ends as long as he keeps on doing what he’s been doing. The Cincinnati Reds outfield prospect has been limited in his action for the Glendale Desert Dogs, playing in just eight games overall. Conner Capel, for example, has played in 21 games for Glendale this year. Fairchild seems to be on the taxi-squad, where he’s only eligible to play a few times per week rather than on a daily basis.
Despite the inconsistent time on the field, though, the former 2nd round draft pick has taken full advantage of his at-bats. Last night he put together his third straight multi-hit game. Getting the start as the teams designated hitter, Stuart Fairchild went 3-4 with a walk, a steal, an RBI, and he scored two runs. He’s had a hit in every game except for the first one, which came back on September 20th.
The right-handed hitting former Wake Forest outfielder is now hitting .387/.424/.516 out in Arizona with four doubles. Among players with at least 10 at-bats, he’s got the top average in the league at .387. His on-base percentage would be tied for second in the league were he to qualify, and his slugging percentage would rank seventh. His OPS would be 4th in the league.
Tyler Stephenson is completed in the Arizona Fall League
Teammate Tyler Stephenson has gotten more playing time, getting into 13 games for Glendale. And much like Fairchild, aside from getting to go home and enjoy the offseason and see family and friends, he was probably hoping it wouldn’t end, too. The catching prospect is hitting .347/.418/.490 – and that doesn’t include his performance in the Arizona Fall League’s Fall Stars game where he crushed a long home run.
The Arizona Fall League season, though, is over for Tyler Stephenson. Jim Callis wrote about Stephenson’s season at MLB.com, and talked to him after the game last night where Stephenson noted it was his final game. Glendale only has two games remaining in the season.