October 30, 2012 - Arizona Fall League (AzFL)
Phoenix, Arizona - Two Salt River Rafters teammates - OF Brian Goodwin (Nationals) and right-handed starting pitcher Chase Anderson (D-backs) - have been named the Arizona Fall League's week three player of the week and pitcher of the week, respectively.
Goodwin - Last week Goodwin hit .529 (9-17) with 2 doubles, 2 triples, 1 home run, 2 RBI, 6 runs, 5 walks and 1 stolen base. He led the league in batting average, slugging percentage (.636) and OPS (1.059).
The Nationals' prospect enters the season's fourth week as the league leader in slugging percentage (.744), extra-base hits (9) and total bases (32). He also ranks second in OPS (1.299), third in runs (11) and tied for third in home runs (3).
The 21-year-old played at Class-A Hagerstown (.324, 9 homers, 38 RBI in 58 games) and Double-A Harrisburg (.223, 5 homers, 14 RBI in 42 games) in 2012, his first minor-league season.
Washington made the Rocky Mount, NC native the 34th selection in the 2011 draft as a compensatory pick out of Miami (FL) Dade Community College South.
Anderson - The D-backs' right-hander was 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA last week in two starts. He led the league with eight strikeouts and tied for the lead with eight innings pitched. Opponents hit only .167 against him and he sported a 0.75 WHIP for the week.
The Wichita Falls, TX native is 2-0 with a 3.29 ERA for the season. He enters week four tied for the league league in strikeouts (19). He also ranks third in innings pitched (13.2) and he is tied for third in wins.
The 6-1, 175-pounder spent 2012 pitching for the Double-A Southern League champion Mobile Bears, going 5-4 with a 2.86 ERA. In his four-year professional career, Anderson owns a 16-13 record with a 3.09 ERA in 68 games with 279 strikeouts in 271.0 innings pitched.
The former Oklahoma Sooner was Arizona's ninth-round selection (276th overall) in the 2009 draft.
Others Nominees - Other nominees for the two players of the week awards were Phoenix teammates, OF Kyle Jensen (Marlins) and IF/OF Josh Prince (Brewers), for player of the week, and Scottsdale RHP Brandon Cumpton (Pirates), Mesa RHP Luke Putkonen (Tigers), Peoria RHP Kevin Quackenbush (Padres) and RHP Andres Santiago (Dodgers) for pitcher of the week.
Arizona Fall League - Known throughout professional baseball as a finishing school for Major League Baseball's elite prospects, the Arizona Fall League is a six-team league owned and operated by MLB. It plays six days per week (Monday-Saturday) at six spring-training stadiums in the Phoenix metropolitan area - Mesa HoHoKam Stadium (Mesa Solar Sox), Peoria Sports complex (Peoria Javelinas), Phoenix Municipal Stadium (Phoenix Desert Dogs), Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (Salt River Rafters) Scottsdale Stadium (Scottsdale Scorpions) and Surprise Stadium (Surprise Saguaros).
This year's schedule features the seventh annual Rising Stars Game on Saturday, November 3 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick and the annual championship game on Saturday, November 17 at Scottsdale Stadium.
The Salt River Rafters are the defending champions.