While the eyes of the baseball world are focused on MLB’s postseason, prospect watchers have another set of games on their minds when the Arizona Fall League kicks off on Tuesday. The AFL is where major league clubs send some of their best prospects to play with and against one another for most of October and November, giving a great view of players’ development.
If you’re unfamiliar with the AFL, it is a six-team league where each team gets its players from a mix of five major league clubs. Ex., the players on the Glendale Desert Dogs are from the organizations of the White Sox, Astros, Dodgers, Phillies and Pirates.
This and other nuances of the AFL are detailed on the league’s ABOUT page. The bottom line is, you’ll see elite prospects like Trea Turner (WAS #2 prospect) and Raimel Tapia (COL #8) as teammates on the Salt River Rafters. And the Scottsdale Scorpions will feature the Cleveland Indians two top organizational prospects, outfielders Bradley Zimmer and Clint Frazier.
Whether your big league club of interest is still alive or not, there’s plenty of baseball in the desert over the next six weeks.