Tag:Arizona Fall League
Posted on: November 19, 2011 6:32 pm

Arizona Fall League wraps up season

Nolan ArenadoBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Salt River Rafters wrapped up the Arizona Fall League season with an 9-3 victory over the Surprise Saguaros on Saturday, and with it came a flurry of awards.

Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado (pictured) won the league's Most Valuable Player Award. The 20-year old, playing for the Rafters, hit safely in 27 of his 30 games, including a 2-for-4 performance with a solo homer in Saturday's championship game. Arrando led the minor leagues with 122 RBI at High-A Modesto in 2011.

Miami outfielder Kevin Mattison won the Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award. Mattison tied for the league lead in triples (five) and second in runs scored (29). Mattison was added to the Marlins' 40-man roster on Friday.

Arenado and Mattison were also members of the league's Top Prospects Team.

The entire team:


Bryce Harper (Nationals): .333/.400/.636, 6 HR, 26 RBI

Michael Choice (Athletics): .318/.423/.667, 6 HR, 18 RBI

Robbie Grossman (Pirates): .375/.472/625, 7 HR, 22 RBI

Kevin Mattison (Marlins): .349/.433/.624, 6 HR, 23 RBI

Adam Eaton (Diamondbacks): .344/.410/.475, 2 HR, 16 RBI

Wil Myers (Royals): .360/.481/.674, 4 HR, 18 RBI

Third base

Nolan Arenado (Rockies): .388/.423/.636, 6 HR, 33 RBI

Mike Olt (Rangers): .349/.433/.764, 13 HR 43 RBI


Junior Lake (Cubs): .296/.352/.548, 5 HR, 21 RBI

Brandon Crawford (Giants): .276/.315/.414, 2 HR, 12 RBI

Second base

Joe Panik (Giants): .323/.394/.473, 2 HR, 13 RBI

Brian Dozier (Twins): .296/..358/.454, 3 HR, 22 RBI

First base

Joe Terdoslavich (Braves): .321/.424/.548, 3 HR, 14 RBI

Matt Adams (Cardinals): .250/.258/.475, 4 HR, 19 RBI


Christian Bethancourt (Braves): .306/.324/.556, 5 HR, 13 RBI

Derek Norris (Nationals): .276/.367/.382, 2 HR, 11 RBI

Designated hitter

Jedd Gyorko (Padres): .437/.500/.704, 5 HR, 22 RBI

Josh Vitters (Cubs): .360/.383/.540, 4 HR, 17 RBI

Starting pitchers

Danny Hultzen (Mariners): 1-0, 1.40 ERA, 19.1 IP, 18 SO, 5 BB

Terry Doyle (White Sox): 4-0, 1.98 ERA, 27.1 IP, 22 SO, 5 BB


Brad Boxberger (Reds): 3 saves, 5.40 ERA, 13.1 IP, 22 SO, 6 BB

Jacob Diekman (Phillies): 2 saves, 0.79 ERA, 11.1 IP, 14 SO, 6 BB

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Posted on: October 20, 2011 5:38 pm

Reds' Chapman to pitch in Arizona Fall League

Aroldis ChapmanBy C. Trent Rosecrans 

Aroldis Chapman will make his move to starter sooner than expected, as the team announced Thursday the Cuban left-hander would start three games in the Arizona Fall League starting next week.

Chapman, who will also pitch in winter ball, will start on Oct. 24, 27 and 31 in Arizona.

"It's preparation before he goes to winter ball," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told MLB.com's Mark Sheldon.

Chapman started 13 games for Triple-A Louisville in 2010 before moving to the bullpen for the Bats and then the Reds. He started three games in the minors this past season, but those were rehab assignments when he was still being used as a reliever, just starting the game to make sure he got his work in early. Chapman hasn't started a big league game.

Jocketty also told Sheldon he hasn't had further talks with the agent for closer Francisco Cordero. The Reds hold a $12 million option on Cordero, but are likely to decline that (with a $1 million buyout), but both sides have said they would be interested in an extension at a lower annual average salary.

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Posted on: August 30, 2011 10:34 am
Edited on: August 30, 2011 4:48 pm

Harper, Trout to team up in Arizona Fall League

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Talk about one-stop shopping -- one Arizona Fall League team will feature the two best prospects in baseball, or at least that's what one of them tweets.

Bryce Harper tweeted that he and the Angels' Mike Trout will be on the same team in Arizona this fall.

Here's the word straight from Harper:


It seemed to catch Trout off guard, as he responded:

Both will be on the Scottsdale Scorpions, MLB.com reported on Tuesday. Mariners' first-round pick Danny Hultzen and Brewers first-rounder Jed Bradley, both left-handed starters, will play for the Peoria Javelinas.

The Fall League kicks off Oct. 4 and runs through November, with the championship game on Nov. 19. Harper played for the Scorpions last season, but was part of the "taxi squad" that limited him to two games a week. This season he should be able to play full-time. And an outfield of him and Trout should be worth watching closely -- the two were the consensus top two prospects before the season and did nothing to change that standing this season.

H/T Orange County Register

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Posted on: November 20, 2010 6:00 pm

Harper, Scorpions win AFL; Ackley takes MVP

Bryce Harper has yet to see a major-league pitch and yet he is already a champion.
The Arizona Fall League has come to a close, with the Scottsdale Scorpions defeating the Peoria Javelinas, 3-2, in the championship game.

Scottsdale got a gem of a start from the Nationals' Sammy Solis, who went four innings, giving up one earned run (plus another run) and walked one, whiffing three. On offense, Rockies prospect Charlie Blackmon went 2-for-2 with a walk before being removed from the game.

Top prospect Bryce Harper was responsible for an RBI in his first at-bat of the day, ripping a first-pitch single just past the Red Sox' Jose Iglesias at short. Harper finished with the sole hit and two strikeouts in four trips to the plate.

Ackley Although Harper got most of the attention in the AFL on the days he played, the overall MVP came from Peoria, as second baseman Dustin Ackley (pictured) walked away with the honors.

"Dustin Ackley produced one of the most consistent offensive performances in the history of the Fall League," AFL director Steve Cobb said. "His ability was obvious a year ago when the Mariners also sent him to the Fall League to refine his skills against other top prospects just four months after making him the No. 2 pick in  the 2009 draft. His development has been rapid. Combined with his leadership traits, Dustin’s future is bright."

The Mariners' pick batted third in the championship game and went 1-for-4. He finished the AFL regular season with a stellar .424 average and may push for a big-league spot in spring training.

Ex-Oriole pitcher Adam Loewen, now 26 and in the Blue Jays system as an outfielder, shined with a 3-for-3 night and a walk, all hits as singles.

Alas, Ackley, Loewen and Iglesias (who turned a beautiful double play) weren't enough to win the game. The two runs the offense scored couldn't overcome Kyle Greenwalt's two runs allowed in three innings, with Tom Wilhelmsen coughing up the winning run in the fourth.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 19, 2010 8:35 pm

Harper continues to impress in AFL

If you want to see Bryce Harper play, his Scottsdale Scorpions will be in the Arizona Fall League championship on Saturday, with the game on MLB Network (3 p.m. Eastern). Nationals hitting coach Rick Eckstein has already watched Harper in Arizona and came away impressed.

"He attacks the baseball, which is great for a hitter," Eckstein told MLB.com's Bill Ladson . "The days that he wasn't playing, he treated those days as if he was playing. He would go out during batting practice and get reads off the bat in right field and center field. He was working to get better in the outfield. It was impressive watching him work."

Bryce Harper As a member of the "taxi squad," Harper's been limited to playing two days a week. One of those days is Saturday, so he'll be able to play in Saturday's game against the Peoria Javelinas, who feature Seattle second baseman Dustin Ackley, Houston first baseman Koby Clemens and Toronto shortstop Adeiny Hechevarria, among others. Astros right-hander Kyle Greenwalt will start for the Javelinas.

Harper isn't expected to start in the game, though he is expected to play. Nationals outfield prospect Michael Burgess will get the start in right field.

Harper has had limited opportunities playing just twice a week, but he's certainly capitalized, hitting .343/.410/.629 in nine games, hitting a home run, three double and two triples in just 35 at-bats.

"I think we would be doing ourselves a disservice trying to put that timeline together," Eckstein told MLB.com about when Harper should expect to make the big leagues. "Go into A ball and succeed. He gets a taste of coming up through the minor leagues. He is advanced, but he just turned 18. We have to understand that, too. I think he could compete at a high level, but you don't want to risk that developmental time mentally. I'm very impressed with every part of him as a person, as a player, the way he thinks and his commitment to excellence."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 18, 2010 8:28 pm

Linares making impact in fall league

Linares Pay attention to the name Juan Carlos Linares, as he may be raking at a ballpark near you shortly.

Linares, a 26-year-old Cuban defector, signed with the Red Sox in July of this past season and only appeared in 17 games before the minor-league season ended, playing four games for the rookie affiliate and 13 for Double-A. However, the center fielder who reportedly plays strong defense, was sent to the Arizona Fall League where he is turning heads.

In the AFL, Linares has played in 17 games covering 68 at-bats and is hitting for an impressive .397/.423/.662 line.

"He has really opened some eyes," Red Sox GM Theo Epstein told the Boston Globe . "Great tools and it looks like he’s really going to hit. … He was centering everything, showing significant opposite-field power, puling the ball with authority as well and playing all three outfield positions and getting really good jumps. He was impressive and definitely an interesting guy."

Linares, 26, will likely report to Double-A to begin the season with a quick promotion to Pawtucket should he play well. The righty could eventually play his way into a backup or even starting role for the Red Sox.

The club does have Darnell McDonald, Daniel Nava, Josh Reddick and Ryan Kalish in front of Linares, but if he keeps hitting at this clip, it may not matter who is in front of him.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 30, 2010 4:28 pm
Edited on: October 30, 2010 6:25 pm

Harper homers in AFL

Bryce Harper Bryce Harper hit his first professional homer on Saturday, a solo shot off Erik Davis in the second inning of an Arizona Fall League game.

Harper hit the first pitch he saw for what Keith Law described as a "no-doubt line drive way out to right field" on Twitter .

Harper's hitting .308 so far this Fall for the Scottsdale Scorpions, playing only on Wednesdays and Saturdays as part of the team's "taxi squad."

Davis was a 13th-round pick of the Padres out of Stanford. Davis pitched in Class A, Double-A and Triple-A last season, going 14-3 with a 3.52 ERA in those three levels. He pitched mostly at High-A Lake Elsinore, made seven starts at Double-A and one in Triple-A.

Harper singled off of right-hander James Avery in the fourth, raising his average to .357.

UPDATE: Since I updated last time, might as well this time. Avery, a Reds Triple-A starter, got Harper swinging at three straight pitches to end the fifth.

UPDATE: Harper struck out again in the seventh, but added an RBI double in the eight. He's now 3 for 5 for the day and hitting .353 in the AFL.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 25, 2010 9:21 pm

Freeman out for remainder of AFL

Freddie Freeman Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman won't return to the Arizona Fall League, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports .

Freeman hurt his left thumb in an Oct. 18 game. Braves hand specialist Dr. Gary Lourie examined Freeman on Monday and diagnosed him with a mild left thumb strain. He will return home to California before following-up in Atlanta in two weeks.

Freeman was one of the top players in Triple-A this season, hitting .319/.378/.521 with 18 home runs and 87 RBI for Gwinnett.

He came up and played in 20 games for the Braves, accumulating 24 plate appearances, hitting .167/.167/.333 with a homer (against Roy Halladay). He is expected to be the team's starting first baseman on opening day next season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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