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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Arizona Fall League rosters revealed

While Minor League regular seasons and playoffs will end by mid-September, several of baseball’s best prospects will continue to show their skills in the Arizona Fall League, which begins play on Sept. 18. Angels outfielder Jo Adell, Twins players Royce Lewis and Alex Kirilloff and Astros right-hander Forrest Whitley highlight the rosters for the developmental circuit, which were announced on Wednesday.

In all, 20 of MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 Prospects will participate in the AFL. Besides Adell (No. 4 on the Top 100), Lewis (No. 7), Kirilloff (No. 16) and Whitley (No. 17), the others are: Giants catcher Joey Bart (No. 20), Mariners outfielder Jarred Kelenic (No. 23), Phillies third baseman Alec Bohm (No. 35), Indians third baseman Nolan Jones (No. 38), Cubs shortstop Nico Hoerner (No. 48), Cardinals outfielder Dylan Carlson (No. 50), Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez (No. 52), Giants outfielder Heliot Ramos (No. 53), Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz (No. 59), Royals left-hander Daniel Lynch (No. 73), Nationals shortstop Luis Garcia (No. 77), Cubs catcher Miguel Amaya (No. 88), Mets shortstop Andres Gimenez (No. 91), Reds third baseman Jonathan India (No. 92), Rays right-hander Shane Baz (No. 93) and D-backs first baseman Seth Beer (No. 97)

More than 2,900 former Fall Leaguers have advanced to the big leagues, including Hall of Famers Roy Halladay and Mike Piazza as well as future Cooperstown locks Derek Jeter and Albert Pujols. The AFL has produced 296 All-Stars, 19 Most Valuable Players (including both 2018 honorees, Mookie Betts and Christian Yelich), six Cy Young Award winners and 30 Rookies of the Year. Gleyber Torres (2016) and Ronald Acuna (2017) won AFL MVP awards before starring in the big leagues, and other recent Fall League standouts include Pete Alonso, Cody Bellinger, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Victor Robles.

Below are the initial AFL rosters, broken down by big league team (with MLB Pipeline organization Top 30 rankings in parentheses). There are still a handful of roster spots to be filled, as each team will send a minimum of seven prospects (four pitchers, three position players).

Open thread for all discussion of the Arizona Fall League.

QLE Posted: August 29, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: arizona fall league, rosters

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   1. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: August 29, 2019 at 11:21 AM (#5875298)
Mariners outfielder Jarred Kelenic (No. 23)


Oooo, that smarts!
   2. Brian Posted: August 29, 2019 at 01:53 PM (#5875345)
No Wander?
   3. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: August 30, 2019 at 12:48 AM (#5875482)
annual public service. If you end up in PHX during this season, go watch these games. Very cool, very intimate.
   4. Walt Davis Posted: August 30, 2019 at 01:59 AM (#5875488)
Cubs shortstop Nico Hoerner (No. 48)

Hoerner on a return trip. He missed 9-10 weeks earlier this year so it makes plenty of sense to get him the extra playing time. He hit 337/362/506 there last year and is finishing a mediocre 281/343/406 half-season at AA. Still mostly a SS, he's also picked up some starts at 2B and CF (where he's most likely to help the Cubs next year).
   5. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: August 30, 2019 at 04:24 AM (#5875494)
I'm sure part of that mediocre stat line is due to the wrist injury he had; those usually take time to heal. I'm looking forward to seeing what Amaya can do there against some tougher competition than he's seen before - he's been hitting a lot better in the 2nd half of the year.

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