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Monday, Mark Appel, ranked No. 41 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, threw five scoreless innings to earn his first victory in the AFL, as Salt River defeated Peoria, 4-2.
Nick Williams made his entrance as an injury replacement in the third inning and later drilled a two-run home run to lead the Surprise Saguaros to a 6-5 win over the Mesa Solar Sox.
Raisel Iglesias, a highly touted Cuban right-hander signed by the Reds in June, made his first appearance stateside Monday when he pitched a scoreless inning in the Arizona Fall League.
It's not a typo, but it certainly seems like one at first glance. Michael De Leon isn't just the youngest player in history of the the Arizona Fall League, he's six years younger than his average teammate and a full decade younger than the oldest player on the team. De Leon, who won't turn 18 until January, isn't old enough to drive or vote in his native Dominican Republic, but he's finding sure footing among the best prospects in baseball.
Pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer injured his right shoulder in the Arizona Fall League, and the fear is that he has sustained the same injury that limited him to 4 2/3 innings in the Minors this season.
The Rays may look back at the 2014 season as the one when Justin O'Conner started to really "get it." The young catcher, taken at the end of the first round of the 2010 Draft, had a banner season in the Minors, reaching Double-A for the first time. Now, the AFL will give him the opportunity to work with different pitchers and catch a higher level of competition.
Slowed early in 2014 by an elbow strain, D-backs pitching prospect Archie Bradley had a solid recovery over the summer and he already has made three starts for the Arizona Fall League's Salt River Rafters. He is 0-2 with a 10.29 ERA, allowing 12 hits and six walks to go with six strikeouts in seven innings.
Cleveland top prospect Francisco Lindor's season was extended as Triple-A Columbus reached the International League playoffs, but the 20-year-old shortstop couldn't wait to get back to work.
Taijuan Walker was scratched from his scheduled Arizona Fall League start Saturday night and has decided not to pitch any more this offseason, though he is completely healthy, general manager Jack Zduriencik said Sunday.
Steven Moya, who hit .276 with 33 doubles and 35 home runs at Double-A this year, connected on his first home run of the Arizona Fall League on Saturday night. Orioles prospect Zach Davies scattered two hits across four innings, striking out seven and earning the victory for Glendale.
Archie Bradley -- the D-backs' top prospect and No. 9 overall -- is pitching in Arizona for the Salt River Rafters. He has posted a 10.29 ERA in three starts, but the right-hander said after his outing Saturday night that he's not discouraged by the results.
Jordan Smith's RBI double with one out in the 11th inning Saturday snapped Peoria's seven-game winless streak in the Arizona Fall League. Until turning around on the Javelinas' rally, however, the game had been a showcase of Pirates pitching prospects.
Deven Marrero knows he'll have to complement his superlative defense with enough offense in order to stick in a Major League lineup. He said improving at the plate is his primary goal with the Arizona Fall League's Surprise Saguaros.
In the third test run of the 20-second pitch clock at the Arizona Fall League, there were no violations of the time-saving measure as Peoria and Salt River played to an 11-inning, 3-3 tie Friday night. Twins prospect Eddie Rosario shined for Salt River, going 3-for-6 with two stolen bases.
Outfielder Scott Schebler has come into his own as a power hitter in the last two years, slugging 27 home runs at Class A in 2013 and leading the Double-A Southern League with 28 homers this year. On Friday night, Schebler connected for his first HR in the Arizona Fall League as Glendale held off Scottsdale, 6-5.
After a 5-3 victory Friday, the Mesa Solar Sox have won three in a row and are starting to hit their stride.
Based upon his brief 37-game history with the parent Arizona Diamondbacks, 24-year-old Jake Lamb played well enough to gain consideration to open the 2015 season as the team's starting third baseman.
While shortstop has been an unsettled spot in the Mets' lineup in recent years, the club is amassing remarkable depth at the position in the Minor Leagues.
Is there more depth, Minor League wide, at any particular position? Could left-hander Steven Matz crack the Mets' rotation in 2015? Jim Callis responds to fans' questions about the next crop of Major League talent.
First baseman Dan Vogelbach, the Cubs' No. 10 prospect, collected two hits and his first RBI on Thursday night, sparking the Mesa Solar Sox to a second consecutive victory over Peoria in the Arizona Fall League.
The Rafters, who had been shut down for the bulk of the evening, scored five runs in the eighth inning on their way to a 5-1 win Thursday night at Salt River Fields.
Patrick Kivlehan, the Mariners' No. 6 prospect, finished the game 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs and an RBI. He is hitting .292/.414/.750 in six games and is in a four-way tie atop the AFL leaderboard with three home runs.
Aaron Judge didn't have the big season the Tigers' Steven Moya had in '14, but MLB.com's Jim Callis says the Yankees prospect has a brighter future in the big leagues
With the evaluation of talent being in the eye of the beholder, finding consensus is often difficult. Even Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLBPipeline.com don't always see eye to eye, and in this edition of Pipeline Perspectives, they tackle big outfielders in the Arizona Fall League, with Mayo preferring Steven Moya of the Tigers.
During the fifth inning of Surprise's 13-11 win over Scottsdale on Wednesday, John Hicks replaced starting catcher Luke Maile. At the time, the Saguaros were up by five runs and seemed to be on the way to an easy victory. But the Scorpions didn't go quietly and scored five runs in the seventh to tie the game.
Fans can see the 20-second pitch clock and the other experimental rules in action again in the Arizona Fall League tonight, when Salt River hosts Glendale. The game, which begins at 9:35 p.m. ET, will be streamed live on MLB.com and MLBFallBall.com.
After dropping each of their past two games, the Mesa Solar Sox are back in the win column following a 5-2 win over the Peoria Javelinas on Wednesday.
As the 2014 Minor League season progressed, manager Clint Hurdle and GM Neal Huntington both went out of their way to heap props on catching prospect Elias Diaz, and he could have an impact on the Pirates in 2015.
Cubs No. 2 prospect Addison Russell, primarily a shortstop in the Minors, started at second base this week with the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League.
Entering Tuesday, Glendale hadn't won in a week. Since its victory on Opening Day in the Arizona Fall League last Tuesday against Mesa, it had endured a rainout, a three-game losing streak and a tie after 11 innings against Peoria on Monday. Glendale snapped out of its doldrums Tuesday night, combining solid pitching with an explosive offense to rout Peoria, 9-0.
When Major League Baseball announced its new Pace of Game Committee, Tuesday night's Arizona Fall League contest between the Surprise Saguaros and the Salt River Rafters that lasted two hours, 14 minutes may have been exactly the type of game it was envisioning.
The Salt River Rafters were credited with a 1-0 victory over the Surprise Saguaros on Tuesday night in the Arizona Fall League, but the win may as well have gone to the Houston Astros organization. Astros prospects Mark Appel -- the 46th-ranked prospect by MLB.com and the No. 2 prospect in the Astros organization -- and Andrew Aplin led the way with strong pitching and timely hitting.
Roman Quinn, the Phillies' No. 5 prospect, finished Tuesday's game 2-for-6. He is hitting .200/.286/.200 in six games this fall.
Once-heralded prospect Edward Salcedo is perhaps the most intriguing Atlanta representative playing in the Arizona Fall League, and he is joined by right-hander Aaron Northcraft (Braves No. 14 prospect) and outfielder Kyle Wren (No. 17).
Pitching for the Salt River Rafters, Twins prospect Jake Reed earned the AFL's Pitcher of the Week honor for the league's opening week. He picked up a win against the Scottsdale Scorpions and a save against the Glendale Desert Dogs. He has given up no runs on two hits with a walk and five strikeouts in three innings.
Yankees first-base prospect Greg Bird has raised eyebrows with his left-handed power, earning the team's Minor League Player of the Year honor in 2013 and posting strong numbers in '14.
Whether Jesse Winker reaches a similar pinnacle as the legendary New York Yankee who he models himself after remains to be seen. But the Reds prospect is off to a good start, having been selected as this season's first AFL Player of the Week.
Matt den Dekker's offensive contribution will be important to him and the Mets going forward, but his outstanding Gold Glove Award-caliber defense and above-average speed can be the most useful tools on a roster balanced with outfielders who hit for more power.
After his big league debut in August, Trevor May continued to take the ball as part of the Twins' rotation. He finished the season with nine starts in 10 appearances. With some mechanical adjustments, the 25-year-old righty could be headed toward great things.
Tyler Glasnow's Arizona Fall League debut last Tuesday didn't go according to plan. Glasnow, the Pirates' No. 1 prospect, returned to the mound Monday night and fared much better, throwing three scoreless innings as Scottsdale defeated Mesa, 2-1.
Kyle Zimmer's 2014 season was essentially lost as he recovered from tendonitis and a lat injury, but the right-hander is healthy for the Arizona Fall League and on Monday night it certainly showed. Zimmer, who pitched just 4 2/3 innings in rookie ball this past season, was brilliant as the Peoria Javelinas and Glendale Desert Dogs finished 11 innings before the 2-2 game ended in a tie.
Buxton, an outfielder in the Twins organization, put his entire arsenal of tools on display Monday as he led the Salt River Rafters to a 7-4 victory over the Surprise Saguaros.
For the upcoming offseason, you now are White Sox general manager Rick Hahn. And one major question to be dealt with centers on what should be done with shortstop Alexei Ramirez.
Nick Howard has had a whirlwind of a year. He spent his junior year as the closer for the University of Virginia, was drafted by Cincinnati in the first round, transitioned to a starter in the Minors and is now playing against top competition in the AFL.
The Padres recently concluded their annual Instructional League in Arizona, a three-week program aimed at individual improvement for some of the top prospects in the Minor League system.
Atop the Marlins' offseason shopping list is a starting pitcher. The market will determine their options, but an ideal candidate would be a left-hander to offset a predominantly right-handed unit.
With five picks in the first 100 selections of the First-Year Player Draft, the D-backs were busy in the early rounds of this year's event. They used all five of their top picks on players from the high school ranks, injecting several high-ceiling prospects into the organization.
Matt Olson's home runs powered Mesa to a 6-3 victory against Peoria. The victory snapped the Solar Sox's three-game losing streak to open the season.
While many of his Salt River teammates got to rest during September between the end of the Minor League season and the start of the Arizona Fall League, right-hander Anthony DeSclafani was busy working out of the Marlins bullpen. He pitched in six games, ending the season with 5 1/3 scoreless innings over five appearances.
Cardinals reliever Seth Maness tossed two scoreless innings and came away impressed -- again -- with how well Marco Gonzales, the team's first-round pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, handled himself in high-leverage situations in the club's 3-0 loss to the Giants in Game 1 of the NL Championship Series on Saturday.
Matt Reynolds, the Mets' No. 20 prospect, finished the game 3-for-5 with a double and two runs to go with his homer. After starting the Arizona Fall League 0-for-7, the 23-year old shortstop said he has started to feel better.
Yankees outfield prospect Aaron Judge provided a two-run double and scored in an eighth-inning rally as Scottsdale topped Glendale on Friday in Arizona Fall League action.
For the second time in the young Arizona Fall League season, Saguaros manager Delino DeShields filled out his lineup card with Deven Marrero, Sean Coyle and Rusney Castillo, all members of the Red Sox organization, at shortstop, second base and center field, respectively.
Salt River quickly turned a pitchers' duel into a rout. They scored 11 runs on eight hits and five walks against three pitchers in the inning and went on to defeat the Javelinas, 12-2. After an Opening Day loss to Scottsdale, Salt River has won three games in a row.
If towering slugger Steven Moya is going to have a chance to make the jump to Detroit next year, his Arizona Fall League campaign will likely play a role in bridging the developmental gap.
The move of the Rockies' lanky, switch-hitting prospect Rosell Herrera from the infield to center field switched into high gear during the Rockies' recent fall instructional program, and manager Walt Weiss likes the early results.
With the Arizona Fall League getting underway earlier this week, MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo answers a quartet of AFL-related questions in this week's Inbox.
Francisco Lindor wasted no time sparking Peoria's offense Thursday. The Indians' top prospect led off the bottom of the first inning with a double off Scottsdale starter Ryan O'Sullivan. Five batters later, the Javelinas had four more doubles and four runs on the scoreboard.
Brewers Minor League Player of the Year Clint Coulter will continue his transition to a new position in the prestigious Arizona Fall League.
After rehabbing a right shoulder strain for nearly four months at the Cubs' complex in Mesa, prospect C.J. Edwards, 23, eventually rejoined Double-A Tennessee to finish the season, and he is trying to make up for lost innings in the Arizona Fall League.
Right-hander Mark Appel, ranked No. 41 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, tossed three scoreless innings Wednesday for Salt River, striking out two and allowing a hit and a walk. Brandon Drury and Peter O'Brien, the D-backs' Nos. 6 and 7 prospects, each hit a home run to power the Rafters to a 6-3 victory.
Third baseman Brandon Drury led off a six-run fourth inning Thursday with a homer, kick-starting the Salt River Rafters' offense en route to a 7-3 victory over the Mesa Solar Sox. Drury joins fellow D-backs prospect Peter O'Brien as the only players with multiple home runs through three games in the Arizona Fall League.
Outfielder Hunter Renfroe, the 13th overall pick in the 2013 Draft and the Padres' No. 4 prospect, has gotten off to a hot start in the Arizona Fall League. On Thursday night, he went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run to help lead Surprise to a 7-4 victory at Glendale.
Making his Arizona Fall League debut Wednesday, Jesse Winker homered and doubled to help lead Surprise to an 8-2 victory at Peoria.
Wednesday's meeting between Mesa and Glendale at Cubs Park was postponed due to rain, marking the first rainout in the Arizona Fall League since 2011.
With Archie Bradley and Tyler Glasnow on the mound as Salt River hosted Scottsdale on Opening Day in the Arizona Fall League, the final game of the day was expected to be a pitchers' duel. But after early exits for both power pitchers, both of whom are the top prospect in their organizations, power bats took over the game Tuesday. Led by Yankees prospects Greg Bird and Tyler Austin, Scottsdale outslugged Salt River, 7-4.
A year ago, instant replay was tested in the Arizona Fall League and then implemented in the 2014 regular season. This time around, initiatives developed by Major League Baseball's Pace of Game Committee will be tried on for size.
The Opening Day matchup between Peoria and Surprise on Tuesday began with a much anticipated pitchers' duel between Kyle Zimmer and Taijuan Walker. But the hard-throwing right-handers had long since given way to the bullpen when third baseman Hunter Dozier came to the plate in the eighth inning.
Steven Moya's impactful season at the plate continued Tuesday on Opening Day in the Arizona Fall League. Moya collected three hits and drove in three runs, both game highs, as Glendale defeated Mesa, 9-3.
Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo did not make his Arizona Fall League debut on Tuesday as his Surprise Saguaros dropped a 5-4 decision to the Peoria Javelinas. It was simply a manager's decision that kept Castillo out of the lineup, but the 27-year-old is looking forward to racking up at least 100 at-bats during his time out West.
Taijuan Walker threw four innings of one-run ball and fellow Mariners prospect Patrick Kivlehan homered as the Surprise Saguaros opened the Arizona Fall League with a 5-4 loss to the Peoria Javelinas on Tuesday in Surprise, Ariz.
Deciding to be careful with upper back and shoulder pain that showed up during his final 2014 start, Rockies right-hander Eddie Butler pulled out of his planned Arizona Fall League assignment after meeting with the club's training staff.
Ask Eddy Alvarez what sort of professional baseball player he envisions becoming, and the 5-foot-9, 175-pound switch-hitter smiles and defers his response to a later date.
Colin Moran became an Astro this season, and Houston is impressed with what they've seen from the prospect at their instructional league.
Blue Jays left-hander Daniel Norris underwent arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday morning to remove bone spurs and loose bodies from his left elbow. The organization's No. 1 prospect should be ready for Spring Training in February.
Jim Callis believes that the Surprise Saguaros are the Fall League roster he most wants to watch. Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker is part of the reason.
Jonathan Mayo believes that the Salt River Rafters are the Fall League roster he most wants to watch. Part of that reason is the presence of baseball's top prospects, Byron Buxton.
No one doubts Joey Gallo's power. In 2014, he finished second in the Minors with 42 homers while reaching Double-A at age 20. Gallo's defensive skills, however, are more in question. So the Rangers exposed him to other positions during his three weeks in instructional league.
When you are a fast-rising ballplayer, you don't get to rest on your laurels. You don't get to rest, period. Thus, Tyler Glasnow will be back on the mound Tuesday night, pitching for Scottsdale under the Arizona palms, 39 days after doing his thing for Bradenton under the Florida palms.
Over its 23-year history, the Arizona Fall League has developed a reputation as a finishing school for baseball's top prospects. This year, once again, many of the game's best young players will gather in the desert, hoping to prove themselves in the same league that helped catapult Derek Jeter, Dustin Pedroia and Mike Trout to stardom.
Taijuan Walker is scheduled to pitch the opening game of the Arizona Fall League season on Tuesday for the Surprise Saguaros as the young Mariners right-hander gets some extra work in after missing the first half of 2014 with shoulder problems.
Facing sure-thing National League Cy Young Award winner and potential league MVP Clayton Kershaw for the first time, in what happened to also be his first postseason at-bat, Randal Grichuk blasted a Kershaw curveball into the left-field seats to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead in the first inning of Game 1 of the NL Division Series on Friday.
The Rays have been much more active on the international signing front in recent years, and they were aggressive once again this past summer, surpassing their pool by 75 percent. Time will tell if it was money well spent, but the Rays liked what they saw in many of their international players who were in Florida for instructional league play, which wrapped on Friday.
After a disappointing first full professional season in 2013 that saw injuries limit him to 70 games, Clint Coulter bounced back in a big way this year. He played in 126 games at Cass A Wisconsin and hit 22 home runs, tying him for both the Midwest League home run crown and the franchise's single-season record.
The Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau hosts a two-week, invitation-only scouting school. The program, taking place in Phoenix, is in the middle of its 30th session of the past 41 years.
Eric Jagielo missed two months of his first full pro season with a strained oblique, so the Yankees planned to send him to the Arizona Fall League to make up for some lost at-bats. But that plan was scuttled when the third baseman was hit in the face by a pitch in an instructional league game Sunday.
Here's a look at how the Baltimore Orioles used the Draft, trades, free agency and international signings to build its postseason team.
Seeing a member of his Draft class make a postseason impact fuels Marlins prospect Tyler Kolek's desire to reach the big leagues. For now, though, Miami is not rushing a raw talent who has the makings to be a future ace.
Blue Jays outfield prospect Anthony Alford has decided to stop playing football and will pursue a career in baseball on a full-time basis.
Two young relievers are giving the Twins hope for a loaded bullpen in the future. J.T. Chargois, a second-round Draft pick in 2012, and Jake Reed, a fifth-round pick in 2014, have been showing off their power and command at Twins instructional league.
Experimental pace of game initiatives will be game-tested during play at the 2014 Arizona Fall League, Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday.
Rookie Brandon Finnegan helped the Royals do something they hadn't done in 29 years -- celebrate a postseason victory -- by pitching 2 1/3 clutch frames in extra innings of a scintillating 9-8 walk-off triumph in 12 over the A's in the American League Wild Card Game at Kauffman Stadium.