Thursday, November 20, 2008

Hughes shows off in Arizona

Rhyne Hughes was the big winner among the Rays in the Arizona Fall League, which reached the end of its regular season today. The Peoria Javelinas beat the Phoenix Desert Dogs 13-6 in today's finale and finished three games behind the Desert Dogs for a playoff spot.

Hughes ranked seventh among the league's top hitters with a .394 average and set the pace with 20 extra-base hits. He hit a two-run double in today's finale.

Hughes won the Florida State League batting title in 2007, but hit a disappointing .268 with Montgomery this year.

Rays in the AFL ...
OF J.T. Hall -- .237 average, 12 RBIs in 23 games
1B Rhyne Hughes -- .394 average, 27 RBIs, 18 RBIs, 1.129 OPS
OF Desmond Jennings -- .231 in 12 games
C Matt Spring -- .175 in 18 games

RHP Chris Mason -- 0-1, 10.38 ERA in 13 relief appearances, 4 K's, 21 hits allowed
RHP Ryan Reid -- 0-2, 6.43 ERA in 10 relief appearances, 18 K's in 14 innings
RHP Wade Townsend -- 2-0, 8.44 ERA in three starts, busted shoulder, will miss 2009
RHP Mike Wlodarczyk -- 2-2, 7.62 ERA in 12 relief appearances

Atlanta right-hander Tommy Hanson is a safe bet to win any pitching award coming from the AFL. Hanson won the league's Triple Crown with a 5-0 record, 0.63 ERA and 49 strikeouts. He allowed 10 hits in 28.2 innings and walked seven.

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