Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game Preview

imageOn Saturday, November 7th, 2015 the Arizona Fall League will play it’s annual Fall Stars Game, which will consist of baseball’s best prospects playing on one field in front of many major league scouts. Before we go any further, let’s look at the rosters. Please note that shortstop Jacoby Jones, a Detroit Tigers prospect, has been suspended 50 games and will not play, even though he is on the roster.

AFL East:

Pitchers
Corey Black, Cubs
Ray Black, Giants
Nick Burdi, Twins
Abel De Los Santos, Nationals
Kyle Freeland, Rockies
Perci Garner, Indians
Chad Girodo, Blue Jays
Greg Mahle, Angels
Sean Manaea, A’s
Adam Miller, D-backs
Adam Ravenelle, Tigers

Catchers
Willson Contreras, Cubs
Oscar Hernandez, D-backs

Infielders
Christian Arroyo, Giants
Jeimer Candelario, Cubs
Renato Nunez, A’s
Chad Pinder, A’s
Daniel Robertson, Rays
Rowdy Tellez, Blue Jays
Sam Travis, Red Sox

Outfielders
Jake Bauers, Rays
Austin Dean, Marlins
Clint Frazier, Indians
Ramiel Tapia, Rockies
Adam Brett Walker II, Twins

AFL West:

Pitchers
Jacob Barnes, Brewers
Ralston Cash, Dodgers
Donnie Hart, Orioles
Chaz Hebert, Yankees
Robinson Leyer, White Sox
Damien Magnifico, Brewers
Edubray Ramos, Phillies
Alex Reyes, Cardinals
David Rollins, Mariners
Lucas Sims, Braves
Eric Yardley, Padres

Catchers
Reese McGuire, Pirates
Gary Sanchez, Yankees

Infielders
Alex Blandino, Reds
J.D. Davis, Astros
Andrew Knapp, Phillies
D.J. Peterson, Mariners
Jurickson Profar, Rangers
Yadiel Rivera, Brewers
Ramon Torres, Royals
Patrick Wisdom, Cardinals

Outfielders
Adam Engel, White Sox
Phillip Ervin, Reds
Derek Fisher, Astros
Austin Meadows, Pirates
Mike Yastrzemski, Orioles

There are eight former first round picks in this year’s game. Last year, Greg Bird of the Yankees was the MVP. Other players that played in last year’s game and have seen time in the majors include Steven Moya (Tigers), Corey Seager (Dodgers), Francisco Lindor (Indians), Jace Peterson (Braves), Eddie Rosario (Twins), and Archie Bradley (DBacks). The game, the league for that matter, has been used as a crystal ball, if you will, for deciding who does and who doesn’t have major league talent.

Players to watch

There are many, so it’s hard to pick one from each division. But I’m going to with C Gary Sanchez from the Yankees (West) and Daniel Robertson of the Rays (East). Notable players include Austin Meadows (Pirates, AFL West), Clint Frazier (Indians, AFL East), and Jurickson Profar (Rangers, AFL West)

You can view the game on MLB Network and on MLB.com at 8pm Saturday.

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