Braves’ catching prospect Jarrod Saltalamacchia was one of seven members of the Phoenix Desert Dogs to be named to the Arizona Fall League All-Star Team.
Saltalamacchia hit .288 with one home run and 8 RBI in 73 at bats. He also had a .386 on base percentage. The Desert Dogs posted the best record in the AFL for the regular season. Among Salty’s teammates selected to the All-Star Team were Stephen Drew, Matt Kemp, and Casey Daigle.
The Braves had four other prospects on the Desert Dogs team. Jonathan Schuerholz hit .310 with 7 RBI and a .394 OBP in 58 at bats. Schuerholz got some playing time at third base in Arizona.
And three relief prospects were on the team. Paul Bush got six starts for Phoenix and was 3-1 with a 6.66 ERA, 36 hits allowed in 25.2 innings, 5 walks, and 15 strikeouts. Ryan Basner was 1-1 in 12 relief appearances with a 4.82 ERA. He allowed 21 hits in 18.2 innings pitched, 10 runs, 4 walks, and 14 strikeouts. And Glenn Tucker had the best stats of the three, posting a 2.30 ERA in 12 games with one save and 13 hits allowed in 15.2 innings pitched.
Saltalamacchia is currently playing for Team USA in the Olympic qualifying tournament in Arizona. He is scheduled to play in Double-A Mississippi next season in the Braves’ organization.
Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look inside the Braves‘ traditional front office philosophies. Email Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org.