|Billy Hamilton stole just 10 bases in the Arizona Fall League. (US Presswire)|
Unless you're one of those people who will watch every second of baseball you can -- and God bless those of you who are -- you probably missed the Arizona Fall League, the six-week league of many of the game's best prospects.
Monday, the league named its Top Prospects team:
Billy Hamilton, Reds -- Only had 10 stolen bases, which was surprising after his 155 bases during the regular season. He hit just .234/.306/.328 while adjusting to a new defensive position. The Reds moved him from shortstop to center field in the AFL.
Rymer Liriano, Padres -- Liriano hit .319/.376/.505 in 22 games during the AFL and his four homers was one behind the league-leading total. He tied for the league lead with 23 runs scored. The 21-year-old split time between high-Class A and Double-A in 2012.
Christian Yelich, Marlins -- Yelich had a 15-game hitting streak in just 25 games. Overall he hit .301/.343/.387 in 93 at-bats. Yelich, who turns 21 in December, was the Marlins' first-round pick of the 2010 draft and played last season at high-Class A.
Kyle Jensen, Marlins -- Tied for the league lead with five home runs, hitting .330/.390/.593 overall. He drove in 19 and had 54 total bases in just 23 games. Jensen, 24, hit 24 home runs and drove in 84 for Double-A Jacksonville in 2012.
Josh Prince, Brewers -- Prince had 36 hits, the most in the AFL, and hit .404/.491/.573 and had 10 stolen bases to boot. Prince, who will be 25 in January, had 41 steals at Double-A Huntsville last season.
Nate Roberts, Twins -- Roberts, 23, hit .446/.565/.662 to lead the AFL in all three categories. He had multiple hits in 10 of his 19 games and reached base safely in all 19. In 76 games in the Midwest League, he hit .299/.433/.427 in his second season at low-Class A.
Cody Asche, Phillies -- A fourth-round pick of the Phillies in 2011 out of Nebraska, Asche had 12 extra-base hits, second most in the league. He had 11 doubles and a homer, while hitting .281/.343/.438. He hit .300 in 68 games at Double-A Reading last season.
Didi Gregorius, Reds -- The 22-year-old native of the Netherlands struck out just four times in 74 at-bats in the AFL, hitting .284/.333/.392 with one home run. Gregorius was a late-season call-up for the Reds, picking up six hits in 21 plate appearances with the Reds.
Nick Ahmed, Braves -- Ahmed hit .288/.361/.452 in 19 games. A second-round pick out of UConn in 2011, he hit .269/.337/.391 at high-Class A Lynchburg.
Kolten Wong, Cardinals -- Wong hit .324/.342/.392 in the AFL. The 5-foot-9 second baseman hit .287/.348/.405 in his first full season in the minors in 2012 for Double-A Springfield.
Nick Franklin, Mariners -- In his second AFL appearance, the 21-year-old switch-hitter batted .338/.422/.519 with two home runs and 22 RBI in 20 games in the AFL. The Mariners' first-round pick in 2009, he split time between Double-A and Triple-A in 2012.
Chris McGuiness, Rangers -- The MVP of the AFL, the left-handed slugger led the league with 27 RBI to go along with four home runs and a .283/.370/.467 slash line. He hit 23 home runs at Double-A Frisco in 2012.
Jonathan Singleton, Astros -- The 21-year-old left-handed hitter was part of the deal that sent Hunter Pence to Philadelphia. Singleton hit just .226, but had a .345 on-base percentage with 17 walks and slugged .409, hitting three homers in 25 games in the AFL.
Mike Zunino, Mariners -- The third overall pick of last June's draft, the 21-year-old Zunino continued to impress. After hitting .360/.447/.689 combined at low-Class A and Double-A in 2012, he hit .288/.337/.463 in the AFL with two home runs and 15 RBI. He had hits in 17 of his 19 games, including four multi-hit games.
Matt Skole, Nationals -- Skole, a third baseman, hit .305/.419/.525 with three homers in 17 games. The 23-year-old was a fifth-round pick out of Georgia Tech in 2011 and hit 27 home runs in 101 games at low-Class A in 2012, but none in 18 games at high-Class A.
Bryce Brentz, Red Sox -- The 23-year-old has played all three outfield spots in the minors, but hasn't played center since 2010, his first year in professional baseball. In 122 games at Double-A in 2012, he hit .296/.355/.478 with 17 home runs. In 17 games in the AFL, he hit .297/.366/.438 with two home runs.
Justin Marks, Royals -- The 24-year-old lefty led the AFL with five wins and held left-handed batters to just a .160 batting average. He was 5-1 with a 2.59 ERA in seven starts, striking out 22 in 24 1/3 innings. He was 3-6 with a 4.50 ERA over three levels for the Royals in 2012. Kansas City acquired him in the deal that sent David DeJesus to Oakland in 2010.
Kyle Gibson, Twins -- The Twins' first-rounder out of Missouri in 2009, the 6-foot-6 right-hander was 3-2 with a 5.40 ERA in six AFL starts. He struck out 28 batters in 23 1/3 innings. At three levels in 2012, he was 0-2 with a 4.13 ERA in 13 appearances and 11 starts. He struck out 33 batters in 28 1/3 innings.
Kevin Quackenbush, Padres -- The right-hander led the league with six saves, with batters hitting just .105 against him. Quackenbush, who will turn 24 on Wednesday, put up a 2.45 ERA in 11 AFL appearances, striking out 16 in 11 innings. He led the California League with 27 saves in 2012.
Mark Montgomery, Yankees -- A 22-year-old right-hander, Montgomery struck out 19 batters in 10 1/3 innings. In nine appearances, he picked up a save and put up a 2.61 ERA. Between two leagues in 2012, the 5-foot-11 Montgomery struck out 99 batters in 64 1/3 innings. He had a WHIP of 0.886 for high-Class A Tampa and Double-A Trenton.