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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Watch Giants prospect Jacob Heyward get ejected on call by robot umpire

Getting angry toward an umpire is synonymous with baseball. And during the Arizona Fall League, it’s no different ... even if you’re arguing with technology.

During Tuesday’s Scorpions-Rafters’ game, Giants outfield prospect Jacob Heyward was ejected after striking out on a call made by a robot umpire:

If you scroll to the next photo of the Instagram post, Gameday shows it was indeed a strike.

Who was he yelling at if he was unsatisfied with the call? It appeared he says his displeasure wasn’t with the home plate umpire who was simply relaying the call, but he got ejected nonetheless.

And now the war against the robot umpires begins….

 

 


Friday, September 20, 2019

Giants’ Joey Bart hits two homers in first game of Arizona Fall League

There are hot starts, and then there’s what Joey Bart did in his first game in the Arizona Fall League.

The Giants’ top prospect hit not one, but two homers in the Scottsdale Scorpions’ 5-4 win Wednesday night over the Mesa Solar Sox. Batting fourth as the team’s starting catcher, Bart took the second pitch he saw on the night deep over the left-center field wall off Tigers No. 20 prospect Anthony Castro for a two-run shot.

...

Leading off the top of the seventh inning, Bart hit his second homer, a solo shot off rising A’s prospect Jesus Zambrano, who went 5-1 with a 1.47 ERA between High A Stockton and Double-A Midland this season. And he knew it was gone right away, too.

...

Bart ended the night 2-for-4 with two homers, three RBI and two runs scored in the win.

Open thread, for those interested in discussing the Arizona Fall League.

 

 

QLE Posted: September 20, 2019 at 12:51 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona fall league, joey bart

Thursday, September 19, 2019

The 8 best prospects to watch at the Arizona Fall League

The Arizona Fall League season kicks off Wednesday night with some of baseball’s best prospects ready to capitalize on their summers, make up for lost time or gain traction in the professional ranks.

The AFL is an interesting place where future rivals play as teammates, and where it’s not an open secret that development is the main goal.

The Triple-A championship, the official close of the minor league season, ended the night before AFL opening day, which was moved up from its usually October start date for its 28th installment.

Each MLB team sends about six prospects to make up the rosters for the six AFL teams. As games begin Wednesday night, here’s a look at some of the prospects to follow, which might be particularly alluring for some baseball fans whose big-league teams are already eliminated this season.

So, anyone think they’ll be swinging by to see the league play this year?

 


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)
  Beats: arizona fall league, rosters

 

 

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