There are few surprises.
RF/LF Cory Vaughn - Hits in four of his last five contests have moved his batting average up 20 points so that the 24-year-old is hitting .254/.329/.394 in 18 games. Once again, Vaughn owns a huge platoon split: .318/.464/.455 with a homer and five walks in 22 AB against lefties and .224/.255/.367 with four extra-base hits including three triples, two walks and 13 whiffs in 49 AB vs. righties. Vaughn's platoon splits have been strong now for the last three years. It's a thing. He hits lefties, but does not hit righties.
“3B” Aderlin Rodriguez - A week shy of his 22nd birthday, Rodriguez is hitting .203/.215/.234 in 17 games in the AFL. He's played seven games at first and seven at third with each of his last five appearances at either first base or DH. He has yet to draw a walk while striking out 16 times. Remarkably, he's hitting .050/.050/.050 (1-for-20m 0 BB, 7 K) against left-handed pitching. It used to be the case that lefties would attack him with soft stuff away and he would lunge, chase and make himself an easy out.
C Cam Maron – The 22-year-old Maron has hit safely in four straight games to lift his AFL line to .227/.370/.273 with two doubles 10 walks and 10 strikeouts. That's typically Maron-ish. He hit .235/.327/.295 with 0 HR, 38 BB and 49 strikeouts in 84 games for St. Lucie this past summer. He'll probably go to double-A in 2014 to back up Kevin Plawecki.
RHP Hansel Robles – Two starts ago, when he threw in a stadium with pitchfx, he was 89-91 in the first two innings with a slider at 85-86 and changeups at 85-87. He touched 92 twice in the first three innings. By the fourth inning, he was 88-90 and his first offering of the inning was classified as a fastball at 86 mph.
His numbers look solid: 2.40 ERA, 15 IP, 13 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 15 K. The "how" for a young pitcher is as important as the results, and Robles' fastball velocity - Dillon Gee-ish - is just not impressive. Again, there are under 15 starting RHP who average under 90 with their fastballs. Robles also has relatively little separation on changeup from his fastball. It's hard to see Robles as anything more than a back-end starter or middle reliever.
Robles made 15 starts for St. Lucie this year and was ok: 3.72 ERA, 83 H, 66 K/29 BB in 84.2 IP. That’s a 18% strikeout rate and a 8% walk rate.
RHP Cody Satterwhite – The last time he threw in a pitchfx game, he was 89-92, but touched 93 and 94. His slider was 79-81 (below average velocity), while the changeup was 83-84. His AFL line: 1.64 ERA, 11 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 HR, 4 BB, 10 K.
RHP Chasen Bradford - Bradford has been very effective out of the Scorpions' bullpen, in fact he has not allowed a run yet in his 10 innings. Again, the "how" matters; he's been sitting 89-91, and touching 92 and mixed in his mid-80s slider a lot. His AFL line: 10 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 HPB, 1 BB, 8 K
Maybe there’s a useful middle reliever in here.
RHP Jeurys Familia - He's still throwing hard: sitting 94-95 with a few 93 and 96 mixed in. His slider is 83-85. And yet the results have not been there yet: he's allowed runs in four of his seven appearances. His total line: 8 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 HR, 4 BB, 10 K.