MLB announced the preliminary rosters for the 2014 Arizona Fall League yesterday. Let's take a look.
Pitchers: Chris Bassitt, DET; Parker Bridwell, BAL; Zach Davies, BAL; Mychal Givens, BAL; Brooks Hall, MIL; Joe Mantiply, DET; Francellis Montas, CWS; Jefferson Olacio, CWS; Ariel Pena, MIL; Chad Smith, DET; Scott Snodgress, CWS; Mike Thomas, LAD; Ashur Tolliver, BAL; Drew VerHagen, DET; Tyler Wagner, MIL; Wei-Chung Wang, MIL
Catchers: Mike Ohlman, BAL; Kevan Smith, CWS; Shawn Zarraga, MIL
Infielders: Tim Anderson, CWS; Jason Esposito, BAL; Hector Gomez, MIL; Nick Ramirez, MIL; Rangel Ravelo, CWS; Corey Seager, LAD; Darnell Sweeney, LAD; Devon Travis, DET
Outfielders: Dariel Alvarez, BAL; Daniel Fields, DET; Steven Moya, DET; Scott Schebler, LAD; Tyrone Taylor, MIL
Key Player to Watch: Corey Seager of the Dodgers has jumped up prospect lists this summer and was already ranked quite highly. A good AFL could solidify him as a top 10 prospect entering 2015.
Pitchers: Miguel Almonte, KC; Dylan Baker, CLE; Zach Cooper, TB; Brandon Cunniff, ATL; Ryne Harper, ATL; Mitch Harris, STL; Louis Head, CLE; Nate Hyatt, ATL; Tyrell Jenkins, STL; Matt Lollis, TB; Nick Maronde, CLE; Aaron Northcraft, ATL; Chris Perry, STL; Colton Reavis, TB; Jaime Schultz, TB; Sam Selman, KC; Samuel Tuivailala, STL; Ali Williams, KC
Catchers: Justin O'Conner, TB; Luke Maile, TB; Cody Stanley, STL; Tony Wolters, CLE
Outfielders: Kes Carter, TB; Jordan Smith, CLE; Bubba Starling, KC; Charlie Tilson, STL; Kyle Wren, ATL
Key Players to Watch: Can Bubba Starling learn to hit? Will Raul Mondesi's performance begin to match his tools and youth? Why has Hunter Dozier struggled in Double-A? The Royals group will be extremely interesting to study.
Pitchers: Clayton Blackburn, SF; Erik Cordier, SF; Tyler Glasnow, PIT; Tom Harlan, PIT; Julian Hilario, NYM; Nick Kingham, PIT; Cory Mazzoni, NYM; Colton Murray, PHI; Ryan O'Sullivan, PHI; Nefi Ogando, PHI; Steven Okert, SF; Branden Pinder, NYY; Joely Rodriguez, PIT; Adrian Sampson, PIT; Paul Sewald, NYM; Ethan Stewart, PHI; Hunter Strickland, SF; Robert Whalen, NYM
Catchers: Elias Diaz, PIT; Logan Moore, PHI
Key players to watch: Giants right-hander Clayton Blackburn just gets people out despite a non-blazing fastball. The outfield is also extremely intriguing, with top prospects Josh Bell, Brandon Nimmo, and Aaron Judge standing out.
Brandon Nimmo photo by Mark Cunningham, Getty Images
Pitchers: Zach Cates, CHC; Gerardo Concepcion, CHC; C.J. Edwards, CHC; Trevor Gott, LAA; Matt Grace, WSH; Drew Granier, OAK; Neil Holland, WSH; Austin House, OAK; Ivan Pineyro, CHC; Danny Reynolds, LAA; Felipe Rivero, WSH; Mark Sappington, LAA; Derek Self, WSH; Nate Smith, LAA
Catchers: Spencer Kieboom, WSH; Pedro Severino, WSH
Infielders: Jon Berti, TOR; Kaleb Cowart, LAA; Matt Olson, OAK; Tony Renda, WSH; Daniel Robertson, OAK; Addison Russell, CHC; Eric Stamets, LAA; Cal Towey, LAA; Dan Vogelbach, CHC
Outfielders: Jacob Hannemann, CHC; Chad Hinshaw, LAA; Dalton Pompey, TOR; Boog Powell, OAK; Dwight Smith Jr., TOR
Key players to watch: Addison Russell is the big star here but Dan Vogelbach, Daniel Robertson, and Dalton Pompey are also highly intriguing, with Pompey looking to prove his breakthrough season is real. This may be Kaleb Cowart's last chance to prove that he is a prospect as a hitter.
Salt River Rafters (Diamondbacks, Rockies, Astros, Marlins, Twins)
Pitchers: Jason Adam, MIN; Mark Appel, HOU; Archie Bradley, ARI; Enrique Burgos, ARI; Anthony DeSclafani, MIA; Kaleb Fleck, ARI; Mitchell Lambson, HOU; Raudel Lazo, MIA; Mason Melotakis, MIN; Edgar Olmos, MIA; Tyson Perez, HOU; Reid Redman, MIA; Taylor Rogers, MIN; Jimmie Sherfy, ARI; Vincent Velasquez, HOU
Catchers: Ryan Casteel, COL; Tyler Heineman, HOU; Peter O'Brien, ARI; Chris O'Dowd, COL; Chad Wallach, MIA
Infielders: Justin Bohn, MIA; Brandon Drury, ARI; Taylor Featherston, COL; Austin Nola, MIA; Rio Ruiz, HOU; Joe Sclafani, HOU; Trevor Story, COL
Outfielders: Andrew Aplin, HOU; Byron Buxton, MIN; Max Kepler, MIN; Evan Marzilli, ARI; Eddie Rosario, MIN
Key players to watch: Can Byron Buxton shake off the rust after an injury-plagued regular season? Which Mark Appel is the real one? The guy who got killed at Lancaster or the one who has looked good in his last few Double-A outings? How is Archie Bradley's control?
Pitchers: Brandon Alger, SD; Matt Anderson; SEA; Lisalverto Bonilla, TEX; Matt Brazis, SEA; Keith Couch, BOS; Tayron Guerrero, SD; Justin Hancock, SD; Nick Howard, CIN; Cody Kendall, TEX; Ben Klimesh, CIN; Aaron Kurcz, BOS; Stephen Landazuri, SEA; Josh McElwee, TEX; Robby Scott, BOS; Sam Wolff, TEX; Madison Younginer, BOS
Catchers: Pat Cantwell, TEX; John Hicks, SEA
Outfielders: Hunter Renfroe, SD; Mallex Smith, SD; Kyle Waldrop, CIN; Nick Williams, TEX; Jesse Winker, CIN
Key players to watch: The potentially booming bats of D.J. Peterson, Hunter Renfroe, Nick Williams, and Jesse Winker should make this a very fun lineup.
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