The story of the Arizona Fall League's Rising Stars game might not have been the walk-off homer that ended it, or that New York Yankees starter Manny Banuelos was touching 95 mph in a short stint, the best velocity he has shown in the AFL (he'll typically throw 90-92 and touch 93 mph as a starter, but it's nice to know a little extra is in there). Rather, it was Milwaukee Brewers prospect Jeremy Jeffress, whose name I've mentioned a lot recently, hitting 101 mph on the stadium gun, multiple scouts' guns and Pitch F/X, as well. It might have been Jeffress' coming-out party to show he's ready to compete for an opening day role in the Brewers' bullpen next season after showing his best stuff across consecutive outings, and it's not hard to see him showing off that stuff in the ninth inning for the Brewers, not the eighth. With that, here are a few notes, live from the AFL: • After writing about relievers last week, I was asked about a couple of Washington Nationals pitchers here at the AFL, Brad Peacock and Cole Kimball.
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