The Arizona Fall League held their annual “all-star game” on Saturday night, which was televised live on MLB Network. The Fall Stars Game, as it was called this year, pits some of the top talent in the minor leagues against each other.
The KC Royals had just one of their eight AFL players selected, and that was right fielder Jorge Bonifacio.
Bonifacio started in right field for the West and batted fifth in the order. In his first at-bat (in the first), he went the other way, but flied out to right to end the inning. In his second at-bat, he singled to put runners on the corners. The East went on to score another run in the third (two total) to take a 2-0 lead. He walked on four pitches in the bottom of the fifth with no outs and a runner on first.
Bonifacio was lifted on defense in the top of the sixth (like most of his teammates). All-in-all, he looked good. He made a few routine catches in right field and showed a good eye at the plate.
Former Royals pitching prospect Mike Montgomery, who was traded to TB last offseason for James Shields and Wade Davis, came on to pitch in the game for the East in the bottom of the sixth. He allowed an infield single to start the inning and then allowed a LONG home run to increase the West’s lead to 6-0.
Montgomery would walk the next batter he faced and the West followed with another single. He did battle back to strike out Garin Cecchini (who just entered the game on defense) on four pitches. Then he induced an inning ending double play to escape further damage.
Pretty much every pitch he threw was up in the strike zone.