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Friday, September 16, 2022

Here are the ‘22 Arizona Fall League rosters

Sixteen of MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 prospects are included on those rosters, including four of the Top 20. Cardinals outfielder Jordan Walker (No. 6) and D-backs shortstop Jordan Lawlar (No. 13) will team up for Salt River, while Reds shortstop Noelvi Marte (No. 18) suits up for Glendale and Pirates catcher Henry Davis (No. 20) for Surprise.

Here are all 16 Top 100 representatives:
6. Jordan Walker, OF, Cardinals (Salt River)
13. Jordan Lawlar, SS, D-backs (Salt River)
18. Noelvi Marte, SS, Reds (Glendale)
20. Henry Davis, C, Pirates (Surprise)
23. Robert Hassell III, OF, Nationals (Peoria)
24. Zac Veen, OF, Rockies (Salt River)
42. Jasson Domínguez, OF, Yankees (Mesa)
47. Quinn Priester, RHP, Pirates (Surprise)
51. Brennen Davis, OF, Cubs (Mesa)
54. Masyn Winn, SS, Cardinals (Salt River)
69. Andy Pages, OF, Dodgers (Glendale)
76. Matt McLain, SS, Reds (Glendale)
87. Jackson Merrill, SS, Padres (Peoria)
95. Tink Hence, RHP, Cardinals (Salt River)
97. Nick Gonzales, 2B, Pirates (Surprise)
98. Zack Gelof, 3B, Athletics (Mesa)

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 16, 2022 at 02:36 PM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Duke Posted: September 16, 2022 at 03:20 PM (#6096472)
I find that being rostered to AFL a really big sign. If success there follows, it has you on an MLB roster quickly.
   2. Walt Davis Posted: September 16, 2022 at 07:56 PM (#6096529)
I don't know if success matters much or not but it's certainly a sign your org thinks highly of you which itself is a pretty good sign you'll be on a roster quickly. OK sometimes it's more a sign that you spent a good chunk of the season hurt and your org wants to get you more PT this year.
   3. Walt Davis Posted: September 16, 2022 at 08:14 PM (#6096534)
Going through last year's rosters, the big names I recognized (not a prospect hound)

Gabriel Moreno TOR
Triston Casas BOS
Jeter Downs BOS (not really a big name by that point)
Brett Baty NYM
Spencer Torkelson DET
Brendan Donovan STL
Nolan Gorman STL
Lars Nootbar STL
Juan Yepez STL

Lots of others made the majors this year. Naturally the only 4 that have done well are the 4 Cardinals, no wonder it seems like a big indicator to you. :-)

Over on the pitching side ... no surprises
Jordan Hicks STL
Andre Pallante STL
Zack Thompson STL
Jake Walsh STL
Roansy Contreras PIT
McKenzie Gore SDP now WSN
Caleb Kilian CHC

That's right, the Cards had 7 significant 2022 contributors at the AFL last year (Walsh hasn't contributed much but did make the show). Note, for pitchers, the max is usually around 20 IP; for the batters, 100-125 PA. In terms of "success," it's probably more about displaying good scouty stuff against tougher competition rather than slash lines but a good slash line never hurts.
   4. DFA Posted: September 16, 2022 at 10:02 PM (#6096555)
So of those top 100 guys, only 1 of the 16 is a pitcher. I wouldn't want my team to send their top pitching prospects either, but it's interesting to me.
   5. JJ1986 Posted: September 16, 2022 at 10:42 PM (#6096567)
No Francisco Alvarez?
   6. Howie Menckel Posted: September 16, 2022 at 10:59 PM (#6096571)
a number of top 50 prospects are not there, as usual.

it's a case-by-case basis.
   7. Walt Davis Posted: September 16, 2022 at 11:44 PM (#6096580)
So of those top 100 guys, only 1 of the 16 is a pitcher.

Way to not only bury the lede but to keep it behind the curtain ... that's a pitcher named Tink Hence. Naturally Hence is in the Cards' organization so I assume he will win RoY next year.

He's a 2020 draftee out of HS so didn't get any pro experience then and just 8 IP last year (I don't think he was hurt I think that's just how rookie ball works these days). This year he's taken a regular 6-day turn of 3-4 innings since mid-May. He might get only something like 10-12 innings in the AFL. But going to the AFL after his age 19 season (he turned 20 a month ago) suggests the Cards think he's got something.
   8. Walt Davis Posted: September 16, 2022 at 11:47 PM (#6096581)
Hmmm ... my edit still won't work but it's worth an extra post to point out that Tink's actual first name is Markevian. And since I'm here will point out that, if he makes the majors, he will be the third Tink.
   9. The Duke Posted: September 16, 2022 at 11:52 PM (#6096582)
Tink Hence has explosive stuff. He might be one of the best prospects out there. He's completely overmatching batters right now. A lot of STL prospect followers are buzzing about this guy
   10. It's Spelled With a CFBF, But Not Where You Think Posted: September 17, 2022 at 01:04 AM (#6096597)
Come on. "Masyn?"
   11. bookbook Posted: September 17, 2022 at 08:25 AM (#6096606)
The best pitching prospects have generally pitched too many innings by this point in the year.

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