The Rising Stars Game is a showcase pitting elite prospects from each Major League Baseball organization in an East Division vs. West Division format. The East Division squad will feature prospects from the Angels, Athletics, Braves, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Giants, Marlins, Mets, Nationals, Orioles, Phillies, Pirates, Rockies and Yankees. The West Division will field players from the Astros, Blue Jays, Cardinals, Indians, Mariners, Padres, Rangers, Rays, Red Sox, Reds, Royals, Tigers, Twins and White Sox. The Arizona Fall League annually pits its two division winners in a championship game. The Peoria Javelinas were the 2009 champions, breaking the Phoenix Desert Dogs' five-year championship streak.
Eighteen former first-round Draft picks are on the rosters for this year's Rising Stars Game, including 2009 second overall pick Dustin Ackley (Mariners), fourth overall pick in 2009 Tony Sanchez (Pirates) and third overall pick in 2008 Eric Hosmer (Royals). Several current MLB standouts have appeared in the previous four Rising Stars Games, including 2010 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, 2010 National League Central Division Champion Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mike Leake, Gordon Beckham (White Sox), Ryan Braun (Brewers), Jacoby Ellsbury (Red Sox), Phil Hughes (Yankees), Jed Lowrie (Red Sox) and Ike Davis (Mets).
The Arizona Fall League, known throughout professional baseball as a "finishing school" for Major League Baseball's elite prospects, is a six-team league owned and operated by Major League Baseball that plays six days per week in five Cactus League stadiums (Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Surprise) in the Phoenix metropolitan area. The AFL began its 19th season on October 12, 2010. For more information, go to MLBFallBall.com.
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