Scottsdale Scorpions infielder David Adams (Yankees) and Peoria Javelinas left-handed starting pitcher Robbie Erlin (Padres) are the Arizona Fall League’s week five player of the week and pitcher of the week, respectively.
Adams — The 6-1, 205-pound infielder hit three home runs while batting .571 for the week. He added 4 runs, 1 triple and 6 RBI. He led the league in home runs, extra-base hits (4) and total bases (17). His on-base and slugging percentages were .474 and 1.063, respectively.
Through the first five weeks of the Fall League season, the Margate, FL native was hitting .261 with 9 runs, 6 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs and 14 RBI and a .363 on-base percentage.
He also was the starting second baseman for the East Division in the November 3 Rising Stars Game.
Adams, 25, spent the 2012 season at Double-A Trenton where he hit .306 with eight homers and 48 RBI in 86 games. He is a .295 hitter over five minor-league seasons.
He was the Yankees’ third-round (106th overall) draft choice in 2008 out of the University of Virginia.
Erlin — The Padres’ lefty led the Fall League with 12 strikeouts in eight innings pitched last week in two starts, going 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA. His WHIP for the week was 1.13.
The Oakland, CA native is 1-1 with a 2.89 ERA in six Fall League starts covering 18.2 innings. He is tied for the league lead with 25 strikeouts and ranks second with a 12.05 strikeout-per-nine-innings ratio. He also is allowing only 10.13 baserunners per nine innings which ranks fifth in the league.
Traded to the Padres in July, 2011 for pitcher Mike Adams, the 5-11, 190-pound Erlin is a four-year professional who was drafted by Texas in 2009. Oblique and elbow injuries limited him to 14 appearances in 2012 for the rookie-level Padres in the Arizona League and Double-A San Antonio, going 3-3 with a 2.84 ERA in 60.2 innings pitched.
In his four-year professional career, he owns an 18-10 record and 2.64 ERA in 71 games with 368 strikeouts in 326.3 innings pitched.
Others Nominees — Other player of the week nominees were OF Corey Dickerson (Salt River/Rockies), OF Rymer Liriano (Peoria/Padres), 1B Chris McGuiness (Surprise/Rangers) and OF George Springer (Mesa/Astros) in addition to pitchers Ryan Buchter (Phoenix/Braves), Logan Darnell (Peoria/Twins), Kyle Kaminska (Scottsdale/Pirates) and LHP Justin Marks (Surprise/Royals).
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).