Ethier continues banner year in AFL

Ethier continues banner year in Fall League

Nobody wants to pitch to the Texas League MVP.

Andre Ethier, who led the Midland RockHounds to the league championship with his .319 batting average and 104 runs scored, drew nine walks this past week for the Phoenix Desert Dogs. He walked three times in three of his five games to raise his Arizona Fall League-leading total to 16 and lift his on-base percentage to .507. As for his hitting, the former second-round draft pick went 3-for-12 (.250) with a double, a triple, three runs and four RBIs to lower his average to .347.

Here's how the other A's prospects performed during the week of Oct. 21-27:

1B Daric Barton -- Barton started the week on a high note, going 2-for-3 with a double, two runs, a walk and a stolen base against the Scorpions on Oct. 21. He cooled off after that, though, going 0-for-11 to lower his season average to .234.

RHP Shawn Kohn -- Kohn made two relief appearances, tossing one inning in each. In his two outings, he allowed a total of two runs on five hits, while striking out two and committing a balk. Overall, he's 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA in eight innings.

RHP Shane Komine -- The 25-year-old Hawaiian did not pitch this past week. In three starts this season, Komine is 0-1 with a 1.32 ERA.

LHP Matt Lynch -- Lynch struck out the side in his first appearance of the week, then surrendered a run on two hits in his only other frame three days later. In 9 1/3 innings this season, the former 10th-round draft pick is 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA and eight strikeouts.

RHP Marcus McBeth -- McBeth recently joined the Desert Dogs roster as a replacement for injured pitcher Wade Townsend of the Devil Rays organization. In two innings for Phoenix, the former fourth-round draft pick allowed a run on one hit and one walk.

C Kurt Suzuki -- After going 2-for-3 with two doubles and a walk against the Solar Sox on Oct. 22, Suzuki went 0-for-6 over his next two games to finish the week 2-for-9 (.222).

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