July 10, 2011; Phoenix, AZ, USA; World pitcher James Paxton throws a pitch during the 2011 Futures Game at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

AFL Mariners Update

The Peoria Javelinas have quickly ascended to the top of the Arizona Fall League with just over three weeks left in offseason play. While the collective progress of the club means little, the contributions by budding minor league Mariners continue to increase.

Current record: 9-4

Play of the week: Last Tuesday, Nick Franklin recorded his third consecutive multi-hit performance, going 3-for-4 against the Mesa Solar Sox with a base hit and pair of RBI doubles in the Javelinas’ 4-2 win.

Top player: Over 6.1 IP and four appearances, right-handed reliever Carson Smith has allowed three hits and a single run. He earned his first win in his AFL debut, shouldering a hit, a run, and a walk in the Javelinas’ 5-2 win over the Surprise Saguaros.

Honorable mention: Despite a faulty start against the Phoenix Desert Dogs on Saturday, with four hits, four runs, and two walks released in 1.2 IP, James Paxton racked up 13 strikeouts in his first two weeks—good for third-most in the AFL. Currently, he holds a 5.87 ERA and 1.57 WHIP in three starts and 7.2 IP.

For more information on the Peoria Javelinas and upcoming Arizona Fall League match-ups, follow @MLBazFallLeague on Twitter or swing by the official website.

Tags: Carson Smith James Paxton Nick Franklin Seattle Mariners

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