The Arizona Fall League opened up its 2018 season with all six teams playing Tuesday in a three-game slate.
Finishing off the night in the desert, A's prospects on the Mesa Solar Sox and Giants prospects on the Scottsdale Scorpions took the field. Prospects from the two Bay Area baseball teams will actually square off in the first two nights of the AFL.
In Game 1, two A's bats and two Giants bats were in their respective lineups.
C.J. Hinojosa started at second base and batted leadoff for the Scorpions. The 24-year-old started off slow with a ground out and strikeout in his first two at-bats before singling in the fifth and seventh inning. He finished the night 2-for-5 at the plate.
Ranked as our No. 4 Giants prospect in the AFL, Hinojosa has already flashed his ability to put the ball in play. Will any power follow though?
Matt Winn, who replaced Aramis Garcia on the Scorpions' roster, started behind the plate and hit eighth in the lineup. Winn, our No. 6 ranked Giants prospect in the AFL, had a solid start by going 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored.
Garrett Williams, the Giants' No. 3 ranked prospect in the AFL, is set to start on the mound tonight for the Scorpions.
Luis Barrera didn't hit one home run after his promotion to Double-A last season. And he only knocked three balls over the wall in Stockton. So, of course he hit the first home of the 2018 Arizona Fall League season.
Except this one didn't make it over the wall either.
THE FIRST HOME RUN OF THE 2018 ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE IS AN INSIDE THE PARK HOMER FROM @Athletics LUIS BARRERA! You know... Just as we all predicted...— Arizona Fall League (@MLBazFallLeague) October 10, 2018
The inside-the-park home run came in the top of the ninth with two outs to give the Solar Sox a 4-3 lead and eventual win. Barrera, our No. 3 ranked A's prospect, went 1-for-4 with the home run.
Skye Bolt, who we have as the No. 2 ranked A's prospect in the AFL, batted third and played right field. Bolt went 1-for-4 with a fly ball single to left field. He also stole a base with Winn catching.
The two teams battle again tonight at 9:35 p.m.