No Surprise, Rafters win AFL Championship Game

The Salt River Rafters claimed the Arizona Fall League championship with a 9-3 victory over the Surprise Saguaros tonight in Scottsdale. David Nick‘s bases loaded triple keyed a five-run seventh inning that broke the game open for Salt River. Nick, a second baseman in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, was thrilled to get the win in front of a crowd comprised of mostly Diamondbacks fans.


Each team in the AFL is comprised of players representing five major league clubs. The Salt River squad is made up of players from the Astros, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Rockies, and Tigers systems. Catcher Jason Castro and outfielder Jake Goebbert represented the Astros with one hit each in tonight’s game. Astros prospect Josh Zeid came out of the bullpen and pitched one-third of an inning in the win..
Surprise was the favorite going into tonight’s game after posting a league best 26-10 record for the season. Salt River finished the year with a record of 22-16. Astros fans now have a reason to celebrate. We’ll take anything we can get after suffering through such a dismal season.

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Tags: Arizona Fall League Baseball Houston Astros Jake Goebbert Jason Castro Josh Zeid Salt River Rafters Surprise Saguaros

  • http://calltothepen.com/ SorianoJoe

    At least the prospects will get to know what winning is like before they get to the Bigs. Hopefully the ‘Stros will be a “potential” threat for 2nd place in the division by then. As I always say, their Major League squad would lose to quite a few minor league teams. I kid, I kid.

  • http://calltothepen.com/ SorianoJoe

    At least the prospects will get to know what winning is like before they get to the Bigs. Hopefully the ‘Stros will be a “potential” threat for 2nd place in the division by then. As I always say, their Major League squad would lose to quite a few minor league teams. I kid, I kid.

  • BHam2421

    Mike Olt impressed me alot during the AFL. I would love for the Rangers to get interested in Wandy, if they aren’t already, so we could center a deal around Olt.

  • astrosince1975

    Yes Joe, it is nice for the kids to get a taste of victory. I think every team in our minor league system finished in last place this season.

  • BHam2421

    Mike Olt impressed me alot during the AFL. I would love for the Rangers to get interested in Wandy, if they aren’t already, so we could center a deal around Olt.

  • astrosince1975

    Yes Joe, it is nice for the kids to get a taste of victory. I think every team in our minor league system finished in last place this season.

  • LEXthePEX

    Going to be keeping a very close eye on Castro, was never sold on him and with his injury it might take some time for him to get back. If he can give you great defense and good game-calling with average offense, it’s a win.

  • LEXthePEX

    Going to be keeping a very close eye on Castro, was never sold on him and with his injury it might take some time for him to get back. If he can give you great defense and good game-calling with average offense, it’s a win.