Span cruising in the AFL

Span, Rafters cruising in the AFL

MINNESOTA -- Things are looking up for Denard Span -- particularly his batting average.

On Oct. 12, Span was hitting a Mendoza-like .208. Since then, he has warmed up to AFL pitching, batting .341 over his last 10 games to raise his average 84 points to .292. The 21-year-old outfielder also has three straight multi-hit games.

Span isn't the only Twins prospect cruising for the Grand Canyon Rafters. Here's how the other five prospects have fared lately in the AFL:

1B Garrett Jones -- After swinging a scorching bat his first two weeks in the AFL, Jones has hit a slight slump. The 24-year-old has one hit in his last 16 at-bats and has been unable to drive in a run since Oct. 19. Overall, Jones is batting .250 with four homers and 16 RBIs.

RHP Travis Bowyer -- The 24-year-old came out of the bullpen twice over the past week, taking the loss in an 8-4 contest with the Phoenix Desert Dogs on Oct. 24. He allowed two runs on two hits in 2 1/3 innings. He pitched again Oct. 27, giving up a hit and a run in one inning of work.

LHP Ricky Barrett -- Barrett appeared twice in relief for the Rafters, allowing seven runs -- four earned -- over a combined 2 2/3 innings. He has given up runs in five of six outings and posted a hefty 9.39 ERA.

LHP Glen Perkins -- Perkins worked his fourth straight quality start for Grand Canyon on Oct. 22. The 22-year-old allowed two runs on five hits with five strikeouts over five innings in a 9-4 loss to the Javelinas.

3B Matt Moses -- Moses' batting average has dropped below .300 for the first time this season. The 20-year-old is in the midst of a 3-for-25 slide that has seen his average slip to .250.

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