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Random Minor League Notes: 2018 Edition
4 years ago  ::  Oct 09, 2017 - 11:15AM #1
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4 years ago  ::  Oct 09, 2017 - 11:18AM #2
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2017 Arizona Fall League primer


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Thanks to his imagination, creativity, and his love of the game, baseball icon Roland Hemond has created one of the most important player development programs in professional baseball. Having begun in the fall of 1992, the Arizona Fall League has become “baseball’s finishing school” for countless outstanding baseball prospects.


Hemond had the idea that it would be more convenient, safer, less expensive and more productive to send baseball’s best prospects from Double-A and Triple-A classifications to Arizona in the beautiful fall months, rather than have them travel overseas to strange foreign winter leagues to hone their skills in the offseason.


Thanks to his imagination, creativity, and his love of the game, baseball icon Roland Hemond has created one of the most important player development programs in professional baseball. Having begun in the fall of 1992, the Arizona Fall League has become “baseball’s finishing school” for countless outstanding baseball prospects.


Hemond had the idea that it would be more convenient, safer, less expensive and more productive to send baseball’s best prospects from Double-A and Triple-A classifications to Arizona in the beautiful fall months, rather than have them travel overseas to strange foreign winter leagues to hone their skills in the offseason.His design was intended to give top prospects a stateside program to further sharpen their skills against outstanding competition in preparation for a career as a major league player. It took two years for Hemond to convince the management of major league baseball to give his unique idea a try. Now the AFL is seen as a brilliant idea and terrific concept for helping players continue their personal development. The league seems to grow in stature and popularity with every passing year. What was once an experiment is seen as a critical component of the yearly major league schedule.


The league has become so important it is not uncommon to see major league front office executives sitting in the stands observing their own players as well as players from the competition. I often marvel at the number of Fall League players who are traded in the winter following the conclusion of the league. That’s because scouts and executives have had six weeks to get a complete look at both position players and pitchers.


In addition to bringing some of the best and brightest prospects to the Phoenix area every October and November, Major League Baseball also uses the Arizona Fall League to sharpen the skills of coaches, umpires and scouts. It is an opportunity for personnel involved in every facet of the game to participate in a short but intense season of high-caliber baseball played in sunny daylight and beautiful crisp fall evenings in several desert communities. Games are played in Glendale, Peoria, Mesa, Surprise and Scottsdale at the spring training homes of big league clubs. The schedule includes games Monday through Saturday, with no games scheduled on Sunday.


Each major league team assigns seven players to participate in the AFL. Circumstances may alter the number, up or down. Team assignments and player positions are negotiated between and among scouting directors and team personnel throughout the championship season. Rosters are announced in late August or early September.


MLB Executive Vice President Steve Cobb and a small but very efficient staff of personnel manage the league on a daily basis.


Historically, the league has seen some of the finest major league players finish their development or progress in their craft in the AFL. When he was attempting to convert to baseball from basketball, superstar Michael Jordan played for the Scottsdale Saguaros. Mike Trout and Bryce Harper were on the same Scottsdale Scorpions AFL team in 2011. Countless numbers of the game’s greatest players have graced Arizona diamonds in the fall as they prepared to enter their big league careers. The league has a Hall of Fame that includes successful alumni stars of the game.


Five major league teams are assigned together to blend into one Fall League club. The manager, coaching staff and trainer of each of the six blended clubs are from different teams as well. The structure gives the blended teams an opportunity to get to know other players in minor league baseball, and to experience the fellowship and camaraderie of being able to work together with future major league opponents for six weeks in the autumn months.


This season the blended teams are as follows:


AT GLENDALE, ARIZONA (spring home of the Dodgers and White Sox)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Chicago White Sox
Pittsburgh Pirates
Cleveland Indians
Philadelphia Phillies


AT MESA, ARIZONA (spring home of the Chicago Cubs)
Chicago Cubs
Detroit Tigers
Houston Astros
Oakland Athletics
Washington Nationals


AT SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA (spring home of the San Francisco Giants)
San Francisco Giants
New York Mets
New York Yankees
Los Angeles Angels
Cincinnati Reds


AT TALKING STICK IN SCOTTSDALE (spring home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Colorado Rockies
Baltimore Orioles
Milwaukee Brewers
Miami Marlins


AT PEORIA, ARIZONA (spring home of the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Chargers)
Seattle Mariners
San Diego Chargers
Toronto Blue Jays
Boston Red Sox
Atlanta Braves


There are always exciting prospects to watch in the AFL. Some years there are more top prospects assigned to clubs than in others. In this coming season, some may feel the roster isn’t as loaded with as many top prospects. There are still plenty of highly touted players scheduled to be on hand. Some of the more highly regarded prospects assigned to the AFL this year include:


Ronald Acuna-OF-Atlanta Braves (assigned to Peoria)
Victor Robles-OF-Washington Nationals (assigned to Mesa)
Francisco Mejia-C and 3B-Cleveland Indians (assigned to Glendale
Mitch Keller-P-Pittsburgh Pirates- (assigned to Glendale)
Kyle Tucker-OF-Houston Astros-(assigned to Mesa)
Luis Urias-middle infielder-San Diego (assigned to Peoria)
Michael Chavis-3B Red Sox (assigned to Peoria)
Yordan Alvarez-1B/OF-Astros (assigned to Mesa)
Corey Ray-OF-Brewers (assigned to Salt River)
Justus Sheffield-P-Yankees (assigned to Scottsdale)
Estevan Florial-OF-Yankees (assigned to Scottsdale)
Yusniel Diaz-OF-Dodgers (assigned to Glendale)


Game times for Fall League games are 12:35 p.m. and 6:35 p.m. There are some dates when only day games are played.


The Fall League has its own type of All-Star Game called the Fall Stars Game. It features some of the best players in the league, but it doesn’t always have the current league leaders playing in the game. That game will be played Saturday evening, November 4, 2017, at Salt River Fields.


The league is divided into divisions. The East Division includes teams from Mesa, Scottsdale and Salt River. The West Division includes teams from Glendale, Peoria and Surprise. The winning teams in each division face each other in the AFL Championship Game Saturday afternoon, November 18, at Scottsdale Stadium.


One of the great aspects of the Fall League is the wonderful fan-friendly components of the league. Ticket prices are only $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 55 and over and for youth 3-17, and $4 each for groups of 20 or more.


Fans may sit in any seat in the stadium. Fans can live a dream and sit right next to the home plate netting or behind a dugout. They can sit in the outfield and shag foul balls. They are close enough to hear the players chatting and the umpire calling balls and strikes.


Lawn seating beyond the outfield fence is not permitted at most parks.


You can follow my scouting reports of Fall League players every Monday, Wednesday and Friday right here at FanRagSports.com. Every week throughout the fall campaign, I will be analyzing players and discussing the qualities and tools I see.


I will be tweeting on Twitter at the beginning of many, many games during the fall. Before the game I will try to carve out time for followers to ask me questions about players and teams. You can follow me on twitter @BerniePleskoff.


It is almost a guarantee that an under-the-radar player will come to the Fall League in October as “just another good prospect” and leave the league in November with tons of new fans and stardom in his future. That’s just what happens. It really is an environment where future stars are discovered.


If you come to an Arizona Fall League game, come by and say hello.

4 years ago  ::  Oct 09, 2017 - 7:06PM #3
yankyfan
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Sorry to see Rookie Davis is having Hip surgery..

4 years ago  ::  Oct 10, 2017 - 8:28AM #4
Rob
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Taking a look at the internal options the Yankees have to replace Gary Denbo as Farm Director






4 years ago  ::  Oct 10, 2017 - 5:28PM #5
yankyfan
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I hope Tate not going to AFL isn't because he's hurt??

4 years ago  ::  Oct 11, 2017 - 9:18AM #6
Rob
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Great start to the offseason leagues for Yankees prospects


Venezuelan Winter League Opening Day Recap
pinstripedprospects.com/yankees-prospect...


Arizona Fall League Opening Day Recap
pinstripedprospects.com/yankees-prospect...

4 years ago  ::  Oct 11, 2017 - 1:38PM #7
Rob
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Voting is now open for the Pinstriped Prospects 2017 Yankees MiLB Breakout Player of the Year. Cast your vote here:
pinstripedprospects.com/vote-pinstriped-...

4 years ago  ::  Oct 12, 2017 - 9:21AM #8
Rob
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Today we took a look at five underrated pitching performances on the farm in 2017


pinstripedprospects.com/five-underrated-...

4 years ago  ::  Oct 12, 2017 - 6:15PM #9
yankyfan
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Some nice work by our arms in the AFL.. Lost in the mix was Carroll. Great to see so far.

4 years ago  ::  Oct 13, 2017 - 6:50PM #10
yankyfan
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BA's reviewed this years draft and had some good things to say about some of our arms and Caanan Smith. The only thing I disagree about was not giving the best defender drafted to Lidge. Anyone who has seen this kid catch would be impressed IMO

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