Check out this umpire in last week’s Spokane Indians vs Eugene Emeralds game. The Northwest League umpire was so excited to call a third strike that he decides to go airborne while ringing up the batter. Kind of bush league if you ask me.
The Texas Rangers have a history of developing young talent and pushing them quickly through their system. Jorge Alfaro is looking to follow in the footsteps of players like Jurickson Profar and Martin Perez. The 18 year old Alfaro is currently at Short-A Northwest League as a member of the Spokane Indians. He is currently hitting .324 with 5(2B), 1(3B), 4HR, and 13RBI’s. While his plate discipline is poor, 33 strikeouts and just 3 walks in 105 at-bats, scouts are buzzing about his talent. In the article, Alfaro talks about his desire to improve, and Rangers staff talk about just how good the young Colombian player could be.
Blanchette: Indians’ Alfaro gives scouts plenty to smile about — Spokesman.com
The Washington Nationals have traded journeyman pitcher Jason Marquis to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for Zach Walters. The 21 year old third baseman is in the middle of a very solid season for Low-A South Bend. Walters is hitting .302 with 27 Doubles, 6 Triples, 9 Home Runs, 56RBI’s and has 12 stolen bases on the year. The biggest knock on 6’2″ switch hitter may be his plate discipline as he’s struck out 96 times in 361 at-bats. Walters made his pro debut last season at Yakima of the Northwest League where he hit .302 in 69 games. He was a ninth round pick of the Diamondbacks in the 2010 draft out of the University of San Diego.