D-Back Prospects Lugo & Miller AFL Week 4 POTW
November 8, 2016 - Arizona Fall League (AzFL) News Release
Scottsdale, Arizona - A pair of Salt River Rafters, 3B Dawel Lugo and LHP Jared Miller, both Arizona Diamondback prospects who played in last Saturday's 11th annual Fall Stars Game, are the week four Arizona Fall League Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively.
Lugo - The 21-year-old Lugo hit .467 last week with 1 homer, 2 doubles, 2 runs and 4 RBI. He registered an extra-base hit in each of his three appearances.
He began his week with a 4-for-5 day and ended it with a two-run homer.
A native of Bani, Dominican Republic, the third sacker owns a .276 career batting average over five minor-league seasons. He hit over .300 at both his 2016 stops - High-A Visalia (.314 in 79 games) and Double-A Mobile (.306 in 48 outings).
Lugo was acquired by Arizona in the August 8, 2015 trade that sent infielder Cliff Pennington (2007 Phoenix Desert Dogs) to Toronto.
Miller - The D-backs' 11th round (330th overall) selection in the 2014 draft struck out five of the six hitters he faced last week in two relief innings (one appearance). He has not allowed a baserunner in his last three outings and has yet to allow a run.
The 6-7, 240-pound lefty from Columbus, OH enters week five wih a 1-0 record and spotless 0.00 ERA in seven appearances, all in relief. He is tied for the league lead in strikeouts (24) and also ranks first in WHIP (0.38) and opponent batting average (.093) in 13 innings pitched.
In three professional seasons, the 23-year-old Miller carries a 12-10 record and 3.46 ERA in 75 games (26 starts) and five saves.
Miller was a mainstay of Vanderbilt's 2014 College World Series championship team.
Others - Others meriting consideration for the week four AFL Players of the Week were a pair of third basemen, Scottsdale's Ryder Jones (Giants) and Mesa's Brian Anderson (Marlins), Glendale right-handed pitcher Francis Martes and Mesa righty Dylan Covey who tossed the first five innings of the third no-hitter in Fall League history.
Arizona Fall League - Known throughout professional baseball as a finishing school for Major League Baseball's elite prospects, the Arizona Fall League, now in its 25th season, 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 - Camelback Ranch-Glendale (Glendale Desert Dogs), Sloan Park (Mesa Solar Sox), Salt River Fields (Salt River Rafters), Scottsdale Stadium (defending champion Scottsdale Scorpions) and Surprise Stadium (Surprise Saguaros).
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