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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Braves’ Braxton Davidson hits walk-off home run in AFL championship, appears to break foot on way to plate

Major League Baseball’s Arizona Fall League held its championship game on Saturday in Scottsdale, Arizona. Atlanta Braves prospect Braxton Davidson hit a walk-off home run to give the Peoria Javelinas a 3-2 win over the Salt River Rafters.

Judging by the bat flip, he’s clearly on the highest of highs from the walk-off win. The 22-year-old ranked third in home runs (six) during the 2018 AFL season.

But after Davidson rounds the bases and as he’s about to join his teammates at home plate for the celebration, he starts hopping on one foot.

The epitome of what Jim McKay used to go on about for so many years….

 


Thursday, November 01, 2018

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. And Other Top Prospects On Display At Fall Stars Game

The Arizona Fall League has been a breeding ground for some of baseball’s most prized prospects since its inaugural 1992 season, a showcase that plays out for approximately six weeks in half a dozen Phoenix-area stadiums each year. Every August it’s decided who will play in the AFL, with six minor leaguers from each organization making the initial cut.

Historically, over half of the youngsters that participate in the AFL end up on a Major League roster at some point, with many developing into impact players. Even Hall of Famers like Mike Piazza, and those that are soon to be enshrined such as Marlins owner Derek Jeter, suited up amidst the cacti early in their storied careers.

For the past 12 years the cream of that crop have participated in the Fall Stars Game, a veritable who’s who among the sport’s promising up-and-comers. You don’t have to go back very far to find notable names on a Fall Stars roster either, as NL Rookie of the Year favorite Ronald Acuna Jr., his sinkerball-slinging teammate Touki Toussaint, Padres catcher Francisco Mejia and Yankees left-hander Justus Sheffield all appeared in last year’s contest.

I know we have some fans of the Arizona Fall League among us- I hope that this is of interest to you.

QLE Posted: November 01, 2018 at 06:27 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona fall league, fall stars game, vladimir guerrero jr.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Cincinnati Reds’ Shed Long, who can be a ‘game changer,’ is working on his consistency

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona – A few hours before Shed Long made his debut in the Arizona Fall League Wednesday, Barry Larkin gave a scouting report of the 23-year-old second baseman.

He can hit for power. He can steal bases. He plays strong defense.

Batting leadoff for his Fall League team, Long showcased all of it. He went 1-for-4 with three RBI, two walks and one stolen base. The No. 8-ranked prospect in the Reds’ farm system by MLB.com, he’s trying to make the leap to the Majors.

Wonderful name that deserves to be remembered, if nothing else.

QLE Posted: October 12, 2018 at 01:53 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona fall league, prospects, reds, shed long

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Rosters stacked with talent, including Vlad Guerrero Jr., as Arizona Fall League kicks off

Ronald Acuna Jr.’s grand slam on Sunday fueled the Atlanta Braves in their Game 3 win in the National League Division Series. A year ago this month, he was roaming the outfield for the Peoria Javelinas.

Acuna stands as the latest example of how the splendor of the Arizona Fall League never fully reveals itself until after the fact, by which point it becomes clear that the best players in the league are more than capable of starring at the game’s highest level.

The next wave of fall leaguers begin their season on Tuesday. As usual, the rosters are packed with talent – and this year’s might even be deeper than usual.

Feels a bit early for these sorts of articles, but, if they’re being written, we might as well link to them…..

QLE Posted: October 09, 2018 at 06:27 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona fall league, vladimir guerrero jr.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

2018 Arizona Fall League rosters revealed

Let’s get more games televised!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 30, 2018 at 03:11 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona fall league

 

 

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