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Marsee, Bliss highlight Fall League award winners

Circuit celebrates top hitters, pitchers and sportsmanship in desert
November 11, 2023

The 31st rendition of the Arizona Fall League has come to a close, and it comes as no surprise that baseball’s best prospects shined in the desert-based circuit. The Fall League has annually given the Joe Black MVP Award to the top performer, and the Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award has

Hitters, pitchers have Fall Stars field day

Montgomery, Manzardo, Scott II, Van Eyk among standouts
November 6, 2023

MESA, Ariz. – The Arizona Fall League’s highest-ranked prospect lived up to his billing in the annual Fall Stars Game on Sunday night, and several other less famous farmhands also rose to the occasion. White Sox shortstop Colson Montgomery, ranked No. 17 on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list, won

Jung pulls double duty as player, fan in Arizona

Tigers prospect toils in AFL, cheers on brother in World Series
November 2, 2023

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Jace Jung knew the secret elixir to getting his older brother's swing back on track after Josh went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts for the Rangers in Game 3 of the World Series. Ice cream. “I sent him a picture of [Chase] Field and I put

'The Jaguar' back on the prowl in Fall League

Cubs prospect Alcántara follows up 3-RBI game with homer, 3 hits
October 25, 2023

MESA, Ariz. -- Kevin Alcántara has become well-known as the No. 4 Cubs prospect flashing speed, power and discipline in his skill set. Those are the same characteristics possessed by a jaguar, not so coincidentally the nickname Alcántara has had since he grew up loving the game of baseball in

Hot dogs! Three's a crowd in desert homer binge

Prospects hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in Fall League action
October 22, 2023

MESA, Ariz. -- Who let the Desert Dogs out? There was much to bark and howl about in the dugout after Glendale claimed a 7-6 extra-inning victory over Mesa at Sloan Park on Saturday night, particularly the back-to-back-to-back home runs in the second inning that staked the club to an

Rangers' Hicks hits 'em where they ain't

Texas prospect records nine consecutive hits over two games
October 13, 2023

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- As playoff baseball rages from coast-to-coast -- especially in the state of Texas -- hitters are making their mark and carving out legacies for years to come. For all of the jaw-dropping homers and run-scoring hits this October, no one currently digging into the batter’s box is

Blue Jays No. 1 Prospect, Ricky Tiedemann, Earns Pitcher of the Week

October 11, 2023

Ricky Tiedemann has made a dynamic start to his time in the Arizona Fall League. Tiedemann earned the honor of being the league's Pitcher of the Week after his debut with the Surprise Saguaros. The 21-year-old impressed by striking out seven batters and allowing only one run on three hits

The Show Before the Show: Episode 427

Drafting Arizona Fall League dream teams for the 2023 season
October 6, 2023

Check out the latest episodes of The Show Before the Show,'s official podcast. A segment rundown is listed below, in case you want to skip to a particular section. Like the podcast? Subscribe, rate and review on Apple Podcasts. The podcast is also available via Spotify, Megaphone and other

Double trouble: Marsee turns up the power

No. 12 Padres prospect leads long ball barrage with two homers
October 6, 2023

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Jakob Marsee quickly has made a name for himself in pro ball, going from a sixth-round pick out of Central Michigan in 2022 to a prospect whom clubs asked the Padres about in trade talks this summer. Marsee is a well-rounded player yet not particularly known for

Arizona Fall League set for Opening Day

What to expect from the 31st season of AFL action in the desert
October 1, 2023

October is here, and while that means postseason baseball in the bigs, it also signals the start of the 31st Arizona Fall League season. Over the next six weeks, prospects from all 30 organizations will have the chance to build off their Minor League campaigns.

Six 2023 Fisher Cats to participate in Arizona Fall League

Blue Jays No. 1 prospect Ricky Tiedemann one of six selected
September 22, 2023

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Six players who spent time for the 2023 New Hampshire Fisher Cats have been selected to participate in the Arizona Fall League (AFL) this season. LHP Ricky Tiedemann, RHP Fitz Stadler, RHP CJ Van Eyk, RHP Trent Palmer, IF Damiano Palmegiani, and OF Will Robertson will play

Here are the 2023 Arizona Fall League rosters

Ten of MLB's Top 100 prospects are headed to the desert
September 22, 2023

Feel the crispness in the air. Fall is on our doorstep, and you know what that means: We'll see you in the desert. The Arizona Fall League announced its 2023 rosters Friday with several of baseball's top young talents scattered across the six rosters in the Grand Canyon State's Valley

Pirates' Gonzales posts 4-hit day in AFL

No. 93 overall prospect paces Saguaros in regular-season finale
November 10, 2022

Surprise 8, Scottsdale 2 Nick Gonzales collected four hits and drove in two runs, fellow Pirates farmhand Jacob Gonzalez knocked in two runs and scored twice as part of a multi-hit day and Rhett Kouba (Astros) logged four solid innings for his third AFL win as the Saguaros breezed in

Sheehan fans 10 in historic Fall League effort

No. 22 Dodgers prospect dominant, twirls five scoreless innings
November 9, 2022

Glendale 9, Peoria 3 Emmet Sheehan struck out 10 over five scoreless innings for the Desert Dogs, including a stretch of eight consecutive strikeouts to match the this year's high in the AFL. The No. 22 Dodgers prospect allowed a bloop single and a first-inning walk during his 67-pitch outing.

Priester celebrates Fall Stars nod with first AFL win

No. 3 Pirates hurler fans four over four solid innings for Surprise
November 5, 2022

Surprise 5, Salt River 3 The Saguaros rode a solid start from Pirates top pitching prospect and AFL All-Star Quinn Priester and a game-breaking single from the Rangers' Luisangel Acuña (No. 7) to their AFL-best 17th win. Priester logged four innings of two-run ball, striking out four to pick up

Conley shows out in bid for Fall Stars Game

No. 12 Braves prospect falls homer shy of cycle in four-hit game
November 4, 2022

Scottsdale 11, Peoria 3 Despite falling behind in the first inning on Angel Martinez's two-run homer, the Scorpions stormed back with a 16-hit onslaught, seven for extra bases, to best the Javelinas. Cal Conley fell a homer shy of the cycle and finished with four hits and two RBIs to

Wagner's homer adds to good night for Astros

Houston prospects lead Saguaros at the plate, on the mound
November 3, 2022

Surprise 2, Glendale 1 It was a banner day for the Houston Astros organization all around. While the big league club knotted up the World Series with the second no-hitter in Fall Classic history, one of the Astros' prospects continued his stellar showing in the Arizona Fall League. Third-base prospect

McLain belts first AFL homer for Glendale

No. 5 Reds prospect backs shutout by Dodgers' Sheehan, 'pen
November 2, 2022

Glendale 4, Peoria 0 It hasn’t been the smoothest start for Matt McLain (.172 AVG) in the Fall League. But the Reds’ fifth-ranked prospect broke out in a big way, with his first home run of the campaign in the Desert Dogs' first shutout of the season. The fifth-inning solo

Simon takes over AFL RBI lead with big night

Rays infield prospect plates four, now leads the circuit with 18
October 28, 2022

Mesa 6, Surprise 3 Ronny Simon took over the Fall League lead in RBIs after driving in four for the Solar Sox on Thursday, bringing his total to 18 over 16 games. The 22-year-old kicked off the scoring with an RBI groundout in the first inning before his game-changing drive

Daniels cranks 481-foot homer for Saguaros

Trackman says No. 29 Astros prospect's blast left bat at 114 mph
October 26, 2022

Surprise 5, Mesa 4 The Saguaros’ matinee victory over the Solar Sox was highlighted by Astros prospect Zach Daniels, whose 481-foot solo home run in the third stands as one of the most impressive single swings of this year’s Fall League to date. Houston’s 29th-ranked prospect got all of his

Julien homers twice for second straight game

No. 14 Twins prospect breaks out with four-hit, four-RBI night
October 25, 2022

Glendale 14, Scottsdale 12 The Desert Dogs and the Scorpions combined for 14 runs, 12 hits, and four home runs, including a grand slam, in the first two innings at Camelback Ranch, and then really started scoring. But it was Edouard Julien, the club’s No. 14 prospect, who stood out

Wentz delivering the goods for Rafters in AFL

Tigers southpaw extends scoreless streak to three straight starts
October 23, 2022

Salt River 3, Peoria 0 Is any pitcher having a better Fall League than Rafters’ lefty Joey Wentz? The Tigers' 24th-ranked prospect logged four more scoreless innings to help Rafters post a shutout win over the Javelinas. Wentz struck out three and didn’t allow a hit until the fourth inning

Davis clocks first AFL home run for Surprise

Top Pirates prospect continues hot-hitting ways with long ball
October 21, 2022

Surprise 7, Glendale 2 Henry Davis showed the skillset that made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 Draft, and fellow Pirate Quinn Priester was strong out of the gate for the Saguaros. The fifth-inning solo homer was the first this fall for baseball's No. 19 overall prospect

NL Central infielders power up in Fall League

Cardinals' Winn, Pirates' Gonzales energize Rafters, Saguaros
October 19, 2022

Salt River 9, Scottsdale 1 After losing eight straight to open the Fall League campaign, the Rafters have won five of their last six and none by a bigger margin than their latest convincing victory. No. 2 Cardinals prospect Masyn Winn connected on his first home run of the AFL

Two inside-the-park homers highlight AFL action

Orioles' Kjerstad, Braves' Conley record rare feat for Scorpions
October 18, 2022

Scottsdale 6, Peoria 4 You get an inside-the-park home run! You get an inside-the-park home run! The Scorpions used two — that’s right, two — en route to their win over Peoria. Heston Kjerstad and Cal Conley both recorded inside-the-park-homers three innings apart. Kjerstad, the ninth-ranked Orioles prospect, belted a