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Tracking O's prospects -- Arizona Fall League

With four games remaining in the regular season, the Surprise Rafters are 10-24 in the Arizona Fall League. They are still in last place in the National Division. The Phoenix Desert Dogs lead the division with an 18-14 record and the Peoria Javelinas are 14-20. The Peoria Saguaros and Mesa Solar Sox are tied for the lead in the American Division. Both teams are 23-11 and 10 games ahead of the Scottsdale Scorpions (12-20).

Here are updates on the Orioles' prospects through Sunday:

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Blake Davis, SS – Most of the playing time that Davis has received in Arizona has occurred over the past two weeks. The 24-year-old shortstop has played in eight games since Nov. 3 for the Rafters, but he's continued to struggle. Davis was only 5-for-31 (.161) with four RBIs during that span, and that's including four hits and three RBIs in a game against the Javelinas on Nov. 8. Overall, he is hitting .136 (6-for-44) with five RBIs and three runs scored in 11 games for Surprise.

Ryan Keefer, RHP – Keefer finally returned to the Rafters after missing most of the winter season with an arm injury. The 27-year-old right-hander gave up one hit during a scoreless inning against Scottsdale on Nov. 10. He surrendered a solo home run to Mesa left fielder Matt Young in the eighth inning on Nov. 13. Keefer walked one hitter and had one strikeout during one inning of work in the game.

Brian Matusz, LHP – The 21-year-old left-hander is 2-3 with a 4.37 ERA in six starts for Surprise. Matusz has 27 strikeouts, and he's only walked five hitters in 22 2/3 innings. The Orioles' first-round draft pick has allowed five home runs for the Rafters, but opponents are only hitting .230 against him. Matusz suffered the loss against Scottsdale on Nov. 10 after giving up two runs and three hits in four innings. He picked up his second victory of the season after surrendering two runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings against the Javelinas on Nov. 15.

Bob McCrory, RHP – McCrory hasn't pitched for the Rafters since Oct. 25. He surrendered two runs and three hits in one inning during that game against Mesa. In four games for Surprise, the 26-year-old relief pitcher has a 7.36 ERA. Earlier in the fall, McCrory experienced discomfort in his right elbow. The Orioles' fourth-round pick in the 2003 draft has allowed seven runs (three earned) and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings in Arizona.

Nolan Reimold, OF – Reimold is hitting .378 (14-for-37) with three doubles, two home runs and nine RBIs in his past 10 games for Surprise. The 25-year-old outfielder has raised his batting average to .269 after a terrible start in Arizona. He was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs against Scottsdale on Nov. 10. Overall, Reimold has four home runs and 15 RBIs in 21 games for the Rafters.

Brandon Snyder, 1B – The 21-year-old first baseman has been a pleasant surprise in Arizona. As the only representative for the Orioles from the Single-A Frederick Keys, Snyder has been playing well against tough competition. He is hitting .309 (17-for-55) with four home runs and nine RBIs in 15 games for Surprise. Snyder was 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs against Scottsdale on Nov. 11. The Orioles' first-round draft pick in 2005 has seven doubles and 10 runs scored for the Rafters.

Chad Thall, LHP – Thall is 0-1 with a 10.97 ERA in seven appearances for the Rafters, but he hasn't pitched since Oct. 31. Those numbers are particularly high because of his outing against Phoenix on Oct. 28, in which the 23-year-old left-hander gave up six runs and five hits in 1/3 of an inning. Thall rebounded with four strikeouts in two scoreless innings against Scottsdale in his last appearance, but he's not likely to significantly reduce his ERA before the season is over. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound pitcher has 13 strikeouts and four walks in 10 2/3 innings for Surprise.

Matt Wieters, C – The 22-year-old catcher hasn't had two hits in a game since Oct. 17 against Phoenix. Wieters only batted .211 (8-for-38) in his past 10 games, but he hit successfully in eight of them. He was 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored against Scottsdale on Nov. 10. The Orioles' 2007 first-round draft pick is hitting .281 with one home run and 10 RBIs in 18 games for the Rafters. Wieters has four doubles, a triple and 10 runs scored for Surprise.

If you're interested, here are some archived photos of Matusz and Wieters, as well as some of the Orioles' previous first-round draft picks.

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