Tomas Nido Wins Share of AFL Hitting Challenge Title

By Jacob Resnick

October 22, 2017 No comments

Photo by Logan Barer

The Arizona Fall League’s annual Bowman Hitting Challenge took place last night in Mesa, and among the participants was Mets catching prospect Tomas Nido, who won a share of the title, along with Minnesota Twins minor leaguer Chris Paul. The challenge, which featured a representative from 27 of the 30 organizations and rewards different point values for hitting on-field targets, has been held every year since 2013.

Nido led all National League prospects with 2,600 points, while Paul paced the field with 2,750 points.

Notable winners of the challenge include Peter O’Brien (2013) and Bradley Zimmer (2016).

It’s been a rough week in Arizona for Nido, who was looking to refine his all-around game after receiving a brief September call-up this season. Through five games with the Scottsdale Scorpions, the 23-year-old has hit safely four times in 21 at-bats, including a home run in his first contest.

Meanwhile teammates and fellow Mets property Kevin Kaczmarski, David Thompson, and Luis Guillorme have been collectively tearing the cover off the ball for the Scorpions, hitting .480, .421, and .389, respectively.