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2019 Arizona Fall League Lookaround – Week 2

After the second full week in the Arizona Fall League, all six teams have played 10 games so far. Let’s take a look at some former Baseball Factory standouts, both positional and pitching, who are performing well in our look around of the AFL.

Jo Adell

Hitters

Greyson Jenista (Atlanta Braves) – Jenista attended a Baseball Factory National Tryout in Odessa, MO back in 2013. He’s the Braves 2nd round pick out of Wichita State in 2018. He’s recorded five hits, including a double, two RBI, five runs scored and three walks for Scottsdale.

Jo Adell (Los Angeles Angels) – The two-time Under Armour All-American picked up two hits (including a double) with a walk and a run scored from the leadoff spot in the Solar Sox 4-0 victory over the Glendale Desert Dogs on October 1st, lifting his AFL average to .300 in 11 games after a shaky beginning to the Fall. He’s now hit in six straight after coming up a triple short of the cycle on Wednesday night, October 2nd against Surprise. Adell, who hit a combined .289 at three levels this season, also had 27 doubles and 10 homers and is ranked No. 2 on Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects List.

Jarred Kelenic (Seattle Mariners) Kelenic, an Under Armour All-American in 2017, had to wait an extra two weeks to get into AFL action after having all four wisdom teeth removed. He settled in nicely in his first game, going 1-for-3 with a single that sparked a three-run third inning for Peoria, as they beat Surprise 3-1 on Tuesday, October 1st. He collected his first Fall League RBI on October 2nd against Glendale. Kelenic played at two levels this season, slashing .291/.364/.540 with 23 homers and 20 steals.

J.J. Matijevic (Houston Astros) – The 2017 second round selection of the Astros notched two hits on October 1st for Peoria and has 11 hits overall, including two doubles, a triple, a homer and seven RBI. The former Arizona Wildcat standout attended a Baseball Factory National Tryout in Pittsburgh, PA back in 2013.

Pitchers

Forrest Whitley

Ryan Castellani (Colorado Rockies) Castellani was a 2012 Team One Northeast Showcase participant and a 2013 Under Armour Pre-Season All-American before he was drafted in the second round of the 2014 draft out of Brophy College Prep in Phoenix, AZ. Started for the Rafters, going four innings, allowing one unearned run with two hits and four strikeouts in Salt River’s 5-2 victory over Scottsdale.

Jackson Rees (Toronto Blue Jays) – Rees put together a tremendous season between two Class-A levels in 2019, posting a 0.73 ERA in 39 games with 88 strikeouts and nine saves. He held opposing hitters to just a .183 average. He’s made just two appearances so far for Scottsdale, but they have been impactful as he has yet to allow an earned run, giving up just one hit with six strikeouts. Rees participated in the 2012 Under Armour SoCal Classic.

Forrest Whitley (Houston Astros) – The 2015 Under Armour All-American put together a tremendous start on Saturday September 28th, pitching 4 2/3 innings, allowing two hits, one earned run and eight strikeouts in Peoria’s 9-4 victory over Glendale. Over 9 1/3 innings this fall, Forrest has allowed just that one run while striking out an AFL-leading 14 hitters, looking every bit the top prospect that the Astros drafted 17th overall in 2016.

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