Pro Notebook: Rizzo Invited to Play in Arizona Fall League


August 30 - Joe Rizzo has been selected to play in the Arizona Fall League as the Oakton graduate wraps his third full professional season with the Seattle Mariners organization. 

Many of baseball’s top prospects are invited to play in the league each fall.

A second round pick in 2016, Rizzo has put together his best pro campaign with High-A Modesto. The left-handed swinging infielder enters today hitting .293 with a .352 on-base percentage, 29 doubles, 10 home runs and 62 RBI in 124 games. Earlier this summer, he was named to the California League All-Star Game. 

Rizzo, 21, has been worked recently at second base and first base after spending the majority of his time at third base since Seattle made him the area’s highest prep draft pick since Westfield’s Brandon Snyder was a first-round pick of Baltimore in 2005. He played shortstop at Oakton, where he was a two-time NOVA Nine Team selection and our 2015 Player of the Year. 

“Honestly, I absolutely love second base,” Rizzo told Lookout Landing, which covers the Mariners and its minor league teams. “It’s freeing. You can play the hops. You have time to move your feet. You can take your time a bit.”

Rizzo is batting .342 in August with hits in 16 of his past 18 games, and he had his first career five-hit game last week. "I was seeing [the ball] pretty well," he told MiLB.com after that contest. "I thought I was picking up spin pretty well. I was looking at a certain part of the zone and I was sitting on a couple pitches, and I ended up getting them."

Guyer’s Rehab From Elbow Surgery Continues, Eyes MLB Return in 2020

A toned Brandon Guyer appears well on his way to recovery three months after elbow surgery ended his 13th professional season. 

The Herndon graduate posted a photo on his Instagram page with the following message, “It’s been 3 months since season ending elbow surgery. Back up to 200 lbs and feeling great. Slowly but surely getting to where I need to be...back on that field.”

Guyer, 33, signed a minor league deal last winter with the Chicago White Sox and received an invite to their spring training with the Chicago White Sox. He started the season at Triple-A Charlotte, hitting .244 with a .369 on-base percentage in 16 games before requiring the surgery. 

The former Herndon and University of Virginia standout has played in the Major Leagues with the Tampa Bay Rays and Cleveland Indians, hitting .250 in 1,291 at-bats over seven seasons with the two clubs. 

Lee, Snyder Reach Milestones as Minor League Season Winds Down

Khalil Lee (Flint Hill) has two stolen bases this week and is second among all minor league players with 52 steals this season, doing so in 124 games at Double-A Northwest Arkansas. 

Rated by MLBPipeline as Kansas City’s No. 4 prospect, Lee is hitting .263 with a .366 on-base percentage, 21 doubles, seven homers and 47 RBI. He’s 52-for-64 on stolen base attempts. One of the Royals’ current outfielders, Billy Hamilton, holds the minor league single-season steals record with 155, set in 2012. 

Northwest Arkansas concludes its regular season tomorrow and begin play in the Texas League playoffs next week. This winter, Lee will be playing for Indios de Mayaguez in Puerto Rico's Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente.

Meanwhile, Brandon Snyder (Westfield) hit his 30th home run of the season for Triple-A Fresno on Saturday. He’s hitting .255 and has added 24 doubles and 78 RBI in 113 games with the Washington Nationals affiliate. 

Photos of, clockwise from left, Joe Rizzo courtesy of MiLB.com, Brandon Guyer courtesy of Getty Images, and Brandon Snyder courtesy of MiLB.com.