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AFL Update: November 1

The Arizona Fall League (AFL) has announced the rosters for the Rising Stars game. The game will be played on Saturday night, and televised on MLB Network starting at 8 p.m. ET. In advance of the game, I'll be highlighting a few prospects from each team below.   Jarred Cosart (Astros) has been named the […]

AFL Update: October 26

Now just over two weeks into the Arizona Fall League (AFL) season, the cream of the prospect crop is rising to the top of the statistical leader board, right? Well, not exactly. Jason Parks, of Baseball Prospectus, looked at some of the hitting leaders that he's received questions about. As he points out, the environment […]

AFL Update: October 17

The Arizona Fall League got under way just over a week ago, and there is on-field and off-field news to report. The AFL isn't the only league in which prospects are participating, as there are a number of prospects competing in Carribean winter leagues as well. Let's see how some of these players are fairing. […]

AFL Preview: Surprise Saguaros

The Arizona Fall League kicked off today, and while I’m a little late with submitting this “preview,” the Saguaros deserve their moment in the sun. Of all the rosters I’ve reviewed, this one appears to have the least star potential. They do have a trio of interesting prospects that stand out, though. *Rosters can be […]

AFL Preview: Salt River Rafters

After reading about Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Peoria, you probably think you’ve got these previews figured out. Not so fast. Salt River provided me with a dilemma, and because I’m making the rules up to these previews as I go, I responded by offering you, the readers, a twist. * Full rosters can be found […]

AFL Preview: Peoria Javelinas

Half the teams in the Arizona Fall League have been highlighted, and next up on the preview list is the Peoria Javelinas. The Javelinas roster includes a southpaw that strikes out batters at a high rate, the most exciting player in the AFL, and a candidate for best professional debut from the 2012 MLB Amateur […]

AFL Preview: Scottsdale Scorpions

Next up in the Arizona Fall League preview series is the Scottsdale Scorpions. This squad won’t be confused with last year’s that featured Bryce Harper and Mike Trout, but there are some interesting prospects worth keeping tabs on.   *Full rosters can be found by clicking on the hyperlink for the team.   Scottsdale Scorpions […]

AFL Preview: Phoenix Desert Dogs

Last week I previewed the Mesa Solar Sox here. Next up is the Phoenix Desert Dogs. The most intriguing pitching prospect represents an organization he joined at the trade deadline. Meanwhile, the outfield of the Desert Dogs is well represented in this preview.   *Full Rosters can be found by clicking on the hyperlink for […]

AFL Preview: Mesa Solar Sox

Postseason baseball is right around the corner. That’s not the only baseball that is right around the corner, though, as the Arizona Fall League (AFL) begins play on Tuesday October 9. Prospect enthusiasts will be delighted to know that there are a plethora of talented hitters littered throughout AFL teams. This is the norm for […]

Post-hype Hope: Travis Snider

It wasn’t long ago that Travis Snider was considered one of the top hitting prospects in all of baseball.  Hitting .248/.307/.423 in 877 plate appearances, as a corner outfielder that’s not considered an asset defensively, isn’t a good way to hold a starting job in the majors.  After losing a battle for the left field […]

Bird Flying Below the Radar: Chris Tillman

The Orioles got off to a fast start this year, but have been coming back to Earth of late.  Still, the club is second in the American League East, and seven games over .500.  Not too shabby for a team expected by most to be the doormat of the division.  It’s unlikely they’ll remain second […]

Kelvin Herrera is Really Good

The title essentially speaks for itself.  The Royals bullpen features many very good pitchers, one of which is Kelvin Herrera.  Dave Cameron highlighted a recent performance from the Royals bullpen over at FanGraphs, a game in which Herrera faced four batters and struck out all four. 

Is Ubaldo Back?

Last summer when the Indians dealt for Ubaldo Jimenez, there is no doubt they felt like they were acquiring a young front line starter.  That hasn’t been the case yet.  Jimenez made 11 starts for the Tribe last year, and posted an ugly 5.10 ERA.  Advanced metrics suggested he was unlucky, with his xFIP, FIP, […]

Is Francisco Liriano Back?

On the day of Liriano’s start against the Chicago Cubs, now seems as good of time as any to take a look at his hot last two starts.  After a short stint in the bullpen to right the ship, he has come out guns blazing.  In his last two starts, he has pitched 12 innings […]

Kris Medlen Getting Stretched Out

The Braves official website announced on Tuesday evening that the team is optioning Kris Medlen to Triple-A Gwinnett in order to stretch him out and convert him from reliever to starter.  The hope is that he’ll be stretched out and ready to start for the parent club by mid-June.  It’s unclear who he’ll replace in […]