Komine sparkles in first two AFL starts

Komine sparkles in first two AFL starts

In a league in which three-inning outings seem to be the norm for starting pitchers, Shane Komine found a way to outlast most of the competition. Although the former ninth-round draft pick did not record a decision in his first two starts for the Phoenix Desert Dogs, he posted a 2.08 ERA over 8 2/3 innings, good for second in the league.

Komine, the shortest player in the league at 5-foot-9, yielded two runs on 11 hits while walking one and striking out eight.

Here's how Komine's fellow Oakland Athletics farmhands performed during their first week in the AFL:

1B Daric Barton -- Barton went 6-for-20 (.300) with a double, a homer, five RBIs and eight runs scored. The former first-round draft pick also showed impressive plate discipline, drawing a team-high six walks.

OF Andre Ethier -- Ethier continued to mash the ball after winning MVP honors in the Texas League. The former second-round draft pick went 9-for-23 (.391) with three doubles, a triple, a homer, six RBIs and a .739 slugging percentage.

RHP Shawn Kohn -- The 25-year-old right-hander compiled a 12.00 ERA in three innings of relief, surrendering four runs on six hits while walking one and striking out three.

LHP Matt Lynch -- Lynch went 1-0 with an 8.31 ERA in 4 1/3 innings out of the bullpen. The 24-year-old Florida native allowed five runs -- four earned -- on seven hits and three walks while striking out three.

C Kurt Suzuki -- Suzuki hit .333 (3-for-9) with a double, five RBIs, three walks and a .462 on-base percentage. The highlight of his week was a four-RBI effort on Oct. 11 against the Peoria Saguaros.

Zack Hample is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.