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The 2015 Arizona Fall League began its 24th season October 13, and play will continue through the championship game November 21. Many of today’s top stars have played in the Arizona Fall League, which has gained the reputation as a “finishing school” for the game’s top prospects.

We’ll be bringing you periodic updates on how some of the top young players are faring in Arizona; this is the first of those updates.

If you haven’t read our Arizona Fall League Preview, here’s a brief overview of how the AFL works: The league is made up of six teams, with each squad consisting of players from five different major league organizations. Each MLB team is required to send six players – who must meet certain eligibility criteria – to the AFL; the resultant teams compete against one another in a bonafide league-style format, with the aforementioned league championship a rather highly sought-after prize.

The AFL features many of the top prospect hitters, but many of the top pitchers are not here due to having reached their innings limit during the season; this is one of the reasons that the AFL has gained a reputation as a hitter-friendly league.

All right, let’s take a look at each AFL team and highlight some of the top performers in the AFL’s early going. Statistics are current as of the close of play October 20, 2015.

Arizona Fall League Update

 

The Glendale Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall LeagueGlendale Desert Dogs

Composed of players from the Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates’ organizations.

 

News and Notes

  • Phillies’ shortstop J.P. Crawford, the No. 5 prospect on MLBPipeline.com’s Top 100 list, is batting just .167 and has fanned four times in 12 at-bats.
  • Pittsburgh outfielder Austin Meadows is No. 22 on the Top 100 list; the ninth overall pick in the 2013 draft is 0-for-12 with two RBIs thus far.
  • Slugging Houston first baseman A.J. Reed (No. 92 on MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 list) is 0-for-9 this far, but he has walked four times.
  • The Dodgers’ No. 24 prospect, catcher Kyle Farmer, has plated six RBIs in his first three games.

 

The Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall leagueMesa Solar Sox

Comprised of players from the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Angels, Miami Marlins, Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays.

 

News and Notes

  • Oakland pitcher and No. 3 prospect Sean Manaea allowed one run and two hits while striking out five in his first appearance.
  • Tampa Bay Rays’ infielder Daniel Robertson (No. 80 on MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 list) is batting .200 with a .385 OBP.
  • Cubs’ infielder Jeimer Candelario – the team’s No. 20 prospect – earned co-Player of the Week honors by going 8-for-10 with two homers, four doubles and four RBIs. He has since added another homer and plated two more ribbies – though he’s down to “only” .667.

 

The Peoria Javelinas of the Arizona Fall LeaguePeoria Javelinas

Featuring prospects from the Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners.

 

News and Notes

  • Seattle’s No. 3 prospect D.J. Peterson is absolutely raking in the early going, with two homers, six RBIs and a robust 1.875 OPS in just two games.
  • Mariners’ outfielder Tyler O’Neill, the team’s No. 6 prospect, has a single and a solo homer in his first eight at-bats.
  • Reds shortstop and No. 7 prospect Alex Blandino is 1-for-10 with three walks in his first three games.

 

The Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall LeagueSalt River Rafters

Comprised of prospects from the Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, New York Mets, Toronto Blue Jays and Washington Nationals.

 

News and Notes

  • Second baseman Chris Bostick is Washington’s No. 23 prospect; he has two homers, four RBIs, two stolen bases and a 1.091 OPS thus far.
  • Toronto first baseman Rowdy Tellez is the Jays’ No. 8 prospect; he’s off to a nice start with a homer and eight RBIs through four games.

 

The Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall LeagueScottsdale Scorpions

Comprised of players from the Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins and San Francisco Giants organizations.

 

News and Notes

  • Detroit shortstop JaCoby Jones (the Tigers’ No. 10 prospect,) shared Player of the Week honors for Week 1; he’s now batting .471 with two homers and four RBIs.
  • Cleveland’s No. 2 prospect Clint Frazier is batting .375 with two homers and six RBIs; Frazier is ranked No. 35 on MLB Pipeline’s list of Top 100 prospects.
  • The San Francisco Giants’ No. 2 prospect Christian Arroyo is batting .308 with two homers and five RBIs.
  • Minnesota Twins’ outfielder and No. 10 prospect Adam Brett Walker II is 3-for-14 with a homer, two RBIs, four walks and eight strikeouts thus far.

 

The Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall LeagueSurprise Saguaros

With players from the Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers organizations.

 

News and Notes

  • Brett Phillips, the Brewers’ No. 3 prospect and No. 32 on the MLB Pipeline Top 100, is batting just 231 with zero homers or RBIs thus far.
  • MLBPipeline.com’s No. 16 prospect Alex Reyes of the Cardinals organization allowed one hit and fanned five batters in 3.2 innings in his first outing.
  • The Cards’ No. 8 prospect Luke Weaver has a 1.50 ERA with six strikeouts in his first six innings.
  • Texas’ Lewis Brinson, MLBPipeline.com’s No. 66 prospect, is batting just .200 with two RBIs and a league-leading three steals through five games.
  • Royals’ prospect Bubba Starling, the fifth overall pick in the 2011 draft, has mashed a pair of homers, plated four RBIs and forged a 1.155 OPS thus far.

I’ll be in Arizona starting next week, so make sure to keep an eye out for my photos and first-hand scouting reports.

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