Haake finds form in second AFL start


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — After shaking off the rust from his first start in the Arizona Fall League, Zach Haake had everything working Wednesday as Surprise topped Salt River, 4-2.

Haake fired 37 of 60 pitches for strikes and cruised through 3 1/3 scoreless innings — a much more efficient outing than when he gave up two runs over 2 1/3 frames in his AFL debut.

“I was able to mix it well,” the Royals’ No. 30 prospect said. “When you can mix three pitches in this league, you’re going to have good results, and [I was] just trying to get early, quick contact and limit walks, and that’s what I did well today.”

The outing will make a good building block for the rest of the fall, as the 2018 sixth-round pick showed strong command and sat in the mid-90s with his fastball for the duration of his outing.

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