Catcher Konrad Schmidt started the October 13th game before being replaced defensively in the bottom of the 7th. He hasn't played since, and a fourth catcher - Colorado's Jordan Pacheco - was added to the Scorpions' roster a few days later. We will pass along details of Schmidt's injury as soon as they are available.
Outfielder Marc Krauss made a splash by driving in seven runs in one game on October 22. The bad news is that the behemoth who slugged 56 extra-base hits during the regular season only has three in nine AFL games. He still leads the league with 14 RBI after snapping a six-game RBI streak last night, but is batting just .235 and slugging only .382.
If outfielder A.J. Pollock was rusty after missing the entire regular season with an elbow injury, pitchers would sure hate to face him when he's firing on all cylinders. Pollock currently ranks sixth in the AFL with a .485 on-base percentage and seventh with a .370 batting average. The former first round pick has fanned just three times in 27 at-bats and is 3-for-3 in his stolen base attempts.
Josh Collmenter continues to impress. His 1.80 ERA ranks second among AFL pitchers with at least 10 innings pitched and he is just one of five with a 2-0 record or better. In a very difficult league for pitchers (the league ERA is 4.58 through 13 games), Collmenter is showing that he is wily enough to succeed.
Bryan Shaw has been even better than Collmenter. He hasn't allowed a run in six innings and is tied for the league lead with two saves. Shaw is back in his comfort zone as a reliever, and may be able to help the beleaguered Diamondbacks bullpen as soon as next summer.
Daniel Stange hadn't walked a batter through six innings before issuing two free passes on Tuesday. Those walks led to two runs and ballooned Stange's ERA to 3.52. Stange needs to avoid walks in order to succeed, since he isn't striking out batters like he was before his Tommy John surgery three years ago. He has fanned just four batters through 7.2 AFL innings.
Bryan Woodall has struggled the most among healthy Diamondbacks AFLers, posting a 6.23 ERA over three appearances. His most recent outing was a success, however, as he tossed 1.1 perfect innings to earn a victory against the Javelinas.
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