With the MLB playoffs in full swing right now, and as entertaining as anyone could have hoped, the launch of the Arizona Fall League on Tuesday will surely fly under the radar. But many of the elite minor league prospects will be playing in the desert for the next six weeks as the AFL provides a place for more work as well as a showcase.
All 30 MLB teams send players to the AFL’s six teams, so players from rival organizations will find themselves as teammates sharing the same dugout. Here’s how the MLB clubs’ prospects are distributed across the six clubs:
GLENDALE DESERT DOGS
Orioles, White Sox, Tigers, Dodgers, Brewers
Braves, Indians, Royals, Cardinals, Rays
Mets, Yankees, Phillies, Pirates, Giants
MESA SOLAR SOX
Cubs, Angels, A’s, Blue Jays, Nationals
SALT RIVER RAFTERS
Diamondbacks, Rockies, Astros, Marlins, Twins
Red Sox, Reds, Padres, Mariners, Rangers
The Salt River club will have MLB.com’s top overall prospect OF Byron Buxton while the Cubs’ #2 organizational prospect, SS Addison Russell, will play for Mesa. 2013 top overall draft pick Mark Appel will throw for Salt River while the Dodgers’ #1 organizational prospect, SS Corey Seager, will play for Glendale. There will be a lot of good baseball talent in the AFL again this year.
The offseason league has already gotten going with the Bowman Hitting Challenge that took place Friday night. Check the AFL page for all the Autumn action, including the Fall Stars Game on Saturday Nov. 1.