Posts Tagged ‘Arizona Fall League’

Plenty of Stars Shine at the Rising Stars Game

Sunday, November 6th, 2011 by Chuck

In what has quickly become a haven for Major League scouts and Executives, the prestigious Arizona Fall League held its sixth annual “Rising Stars” game last night in Surprise, AZ.
And there were plenty of stars on hand to see.
The announcement earlier in the week of the opposing pitchers began the game’s anticipation when the top [...]

AFL Live Blog, Part Deux

Saturday, October 15th, 2011 by Chuck

I know I’m probably going to be talking to myself the next couple of hours, what with today being a weekend and day dominated by college football, but that’s life.
In Surprise watching the Mesa Solar Sox take on the Surprise Saguaros.
I missed the first two hitters of the game, including Pittsburgh’s Robbie Grossman’s leadoff dinger, [...]

AFL Players to Watch and Initial Season Live Blog

Saturday, October 1st, 2011 by Chuck

The 20th anniversary season of the prestigious Arizona Fall League kicks off on Tuesday with rosters full of top draft picks and 2012 Rookie of the Year candidates.
As has been the norm for most of the past twenty years, I’ll be associated with the league in some capacity and will try and keep you updated [...]

Arizona Fall League Prospects: Pitchers

Sunday, December 19th, 2010 by Chuck

In year’s past the AFL was known as a hitters league, what with the cooler post-summer temperatures and the Phoenix elevation. This year was somewhat less so but more due to an overall lack of talent, which included pitching as well as hitting. The right handed starters were a mixed back of prospects while the [...]

Arizona Fall League Prospects: Outfielders

Thursday, December 16th, 2010 by Chuck

The overall group of outfielders in the AFL was a mixed bag, some big names, some guys fighting for spots on the 40, and a handful of players learning new positions. Most of the players won’t see major league action this season so it was difficult not only to pick a guy from each position, [...]

Arizona Fall League Top Prospects: Middle Infielders

Monday, December 13th, 2010 by Chuck

Second base was the most well represented position on BA’s top prospect list with four candidates finishing in the top dozen players, led by league MVP and batting champ Dustin Ackley, who also managed to set league records in OBP and SLG. Ackley showed improvement defensively at second and while the jury is still out [...]

Arizona Fall League Prospects: Corner Infielders

Thursday, December 9th, 2010 by Chuck

The list of candidates at first base really isn’t a list at all, with two of the names undoubtedly among the top ten prospects in all of baseball. But I would be disrespecting the abilities of everyone else who are all quality players and I’m not about to do that.
First base:
Josh Satin [...]

AFL Prospects: Catchers

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 by Chuck

During the recently completed Arizona Fall League season I had the opportunity, as I’ve done each season since the league’s inception in 1992, to see some of the top minor league talent put refining touches on their skills as the begin what they hope to be the final leg on their ascent to the major [...]

Saturday, November 6th, 2010 by Chuck

Starting Lineups for tonight’s Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game.
East (Scottsdale, Mesa, Phoenix)

Trayvon Robinson, Dodgers, CF
Charlie Culberson, Giants, 2B
Brandon Belt, Giants, 1B
Brandon Laird, Yankees, LF
Austin Romine, Yankees, C
Marc Krauss, Diamondbacks, LF
A.J. Pollock, Diamondbacks, DH
Ryan Adams, Orioles, 3B
Cliff Pastornicky, Braves, SS
Manny Banuelos, Yankees, P
West Division (Peoria Saguaros, Peoria Javelinas, Surprise)

Ben Revere, Twins, CF
Caleb Gindl, Brewers, LF
Dustin [...]

Friday, November 5th, 2010 by Chuck

I know the game is on live TV tomorrow night, but knowing that everyone doesn’t have MLBNetwork access, I’ll be at the game and available for some play by play and questions.
If I get there early enough to get a seat in the press box.
So, if you’re interested, stop by.
And don’t worry, the fact you [...]

Thursday, November 4th, 2010 by Chuck

Ok, I admit it.
I’m a curiosity whore.
I went to see Bryce Harper play today.
Funny thing about him.
He has two arms. And legs. And knows how to put on a hat and uniform.
He’s not Darth Vader. Or Lou Ferrigno. Or Clark Kent.
He’s just an 18 year old kid who plays baseball.
A bit better than we all [...]

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 by Chuck

For the second straight season, the Arizona Fall League’s “Rising Stars” Game will be televised live on MLBNetwork and streamed on The Rising Stars game, an All-Star game of sorts, is really a scout’s showcase, a one time event designed to get the best prospects on the field at the same time, in a [...]

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 by Chuck

The Arizona Fall League announced it’s preliminary 2010 rosters on Tuesday, and as usual they are littered with potential major league stars, as no fewer than thirty first round draft selections are included.
While the names of Bryce Harper (no surprise), Aroldis Chapman (somewhat a surprise) and Jesus Montero (big surprise) are not included, the various [...]

Sunday, August 8th, 2010 by Chuck

By now we should all be familiar with the Arizona Fall League, a development and proving ground for the top minor league prospects which has, to date, over 1800 alumni who have gone on to play Major League Baseball.
While the players get most of the attention, and rightfully so, it should be remembered the AFL [...]

Thursday, December 31st, 2009 by Chuck

Fast forward to 2009, and Washington DC is again the location of another “who, me?” situation. Instead of the “Watergate Seven” we have the “Nationals Three”, owner Mark Lerner, General Manager Mike Rizzo and Field Manager Jim Riggleman. Instead of a file cabinet full of secret files, the issue at hand is a knee. A very expensive knee.