Arizona Fall League


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It was just the third no-hitter in Arizona Fall League (AFL) history and it was history made by two Oakland Athletics’ prospects and one Miami Marlins’ prospect on Tuesday, while most of the rest of the world was gearing up for Game 6 of this year’s World Series. Right-hander Dylan Covey, 25, who was first drafted in the first round out of high school by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2010 but decided to continue on to college at San Diego State University, was drafted by the Oakland A’s in the third round of the 2013 amateur draft. He started Tuesday’s AFL […]

One Marlins’ and two A’s prospects combine for AFL’s third ...


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**Seven Oakland Athletics’ prospects have been named to play in this year’s Arizona Fall League with the A’s affiliate the Mesa Solar Sox. Four pitchers and three** infielders will represent the Athletics on the Solar Sox, one of six teams in the league. Each team consists of prospects from five big league clubs. They will play alongside prospects from the Chicago Cubs, Miami Marlins, Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians. The Solar Sox will face off beginning on October 11 with the Glendale Desert Dogs, Peoria Javelinas, Scottsdale Scorpions, Salt River Rafters and the Surprise Saguaros. The league runs through […]

Seven* A’s prospects to play in Arizona Fall League


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Did you miss the Arizona League Fall Stars Game on Saturday? Well, I watch it every year and this years was pretty exciting. I root for the East’s Mesa Solar Sox where the Oakland A’s prospects play (surprise, surprise – right?). The Eastern team ended up losing by the score of 8-3 to the West but let’s take a look at the three Athletics’ prospects performances. Meet A’s prospects Sean Manaea, Renato Nunez and Chad Pinder The A’s number three overall prospect Sean Manaea, who came over to the Athletics’ organization from the Kansas City Royals in the Ben Zobrist […]

How did the A’s prospects fare in the Fall Stars ...



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Left-handed pitcher Sean Manaea‘s road to playing in the Oakland Athletics’ organization as well as this year’s Arizona Fall League All-Star game on Saturday had been long and painful. Yet he’s made it through. Although A’s vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane has said he has no plans to rush Manaea to the majors “just to fill a hole” in the starting rotation Manaea is MLB ready and still could be called up sometime during the 2016 season. Raised in Indiana, he had to transfer high schools after his junior year in order to be able to qualify for […]

A’s prospect Sean Manaea’s path to the big leagues (almost) ...


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Update: February 23, 2015 7:00pm PT I know I’m an entire weekend late on updating this post but I figured better late than never. Plus it gives me a chance to add another poll to the growing group of BBST’s Current Polls. So last I reported on the subject only a few of MLB’s new rules for governing the pace of play had been revealed, they are highlighted in the orginial text of this post below by Fox Sports’ insider Ken Rosenthal. On Friday morning, the league in agreement with the MLB Players’ Association (MLBPA), announced the first set of rules […]

MLB announces Pace of Play rule changes


When one of baseball’s most prolific pitchers spoke out against Major League Baseball’s Pace of Game comittee’s initiatives, specifically the pitch clock, on Friday night there was likely a simultaneous sigh of relief among many players and fans alike. It was a collective sigh of relief that there are others out there, ones who might be able to influence the institution of intiatives like this, who love and cherish the game and who are also adamently against this nonsenical notion that the game of baseball needs to be sped up. The Pace of Game Committee implemented the pitch clock and […]

A pitch clock, or any other clock, is a bad ...



Major League Baseball announced Tuesday that New York Mets’ prospect L.J. Mazzilli, son of former Major League All-Star, coach and manager Lee Mazzilli, has been suspended 50 games without pay for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. It was Mazzilli’s second positive test for a drug of abuse. The substance he tested positive for has not been released.  For more on this story follow the link below: L.J. Mazzilli suspended for violating MiLB drug policy Brought to you by Baseball Hot Corner

Mets’ prospect L.J. Mazzilli suspended for violating MiLB drug policy


The Arizona Fall League Championship game was a high scoring affair this season. The Salt River Rafters defeated the Peoria Javelinas 14-7 at Scottsdale Stadium on Saturday, becoming this year’s Arizona Fall League Champions. There were heroes on both sides but even Tampa Bay Rays’ prosepct Justin O’Conner‘s two blasts weren’t enough to help the Javelinas defeat the Rafters. Kansas City Royals’ prospect Hunter Dozier brought the Javelinas back from a 3-0 deficit with a homer to lead off what became a huge fourth inning for the Javelinas. “That was a crazy inning,” said Dozier. “I haven’t been a part […]

2014 Arizona Fall League Championship game a slugfest


Top Prospects dropping like flies from the AFL on Tuesday The Arizona Fall League is a supposed to showcase the stars of tomorrow. It is still doing that but this year, however, MLB Pipline’s number one prospect in all of baseball, the Twins’ outfielder Byron Buxton recieved word on Tuesday that his left middle index finger was not only dislocated but also broken. He will be out for the remainder of the AFL season. Tuesday wasn’t the best day to be a top prospect in the AFL. Kansas City Royals’ top pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer under went a procedure to […]

AFL: Another top prospect goes down



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UPDATE: October 28, 2014 Unfotunately, the Minnesota Twins’ and MLB’s top prospect, Byron Buxton who missed all but 31 games in the 2014 season due to injury will now miss the remainder of the 2014 Arizona Fall league, according to William Boor at MLB.com. Buxton was hoping to make up for some lost at-bats in the AFL but after playing in just 12 AFL games he injured his finger in the ninth inning of his 13 game, as I reported here at BBSTmlb.com yesterday.  Buxton’s x-ray results are in and the he not only dislocated his finger while diving for […]

UPDATE: Byron Buxton, MLB’s #1 prospect, injured again


There was talk in 2014 about when the Arizona Diamondbacks would call up their top pitching prospect Archie Bradley from the minor leagues. Even though Arizona ended the season with the league’s worst record and used 11 different starting pitchers over the course of the season, they never brought up Bradley. Even though it was widely speculated that he was ready for the big leagues, he didn’t see any big league batters in 2014. MORE FROM ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE  AFL: Arizona Fall League Showcases Tomorrow’s Stars Those 11 pitchers left a lot of room for improvement in the coming season, combining […]

Prospect Archie Bradley optimistic despite early AFL struggles


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Welcome to fall ball! If you haven’t heard about it before here’s an introduction to the Arizona Fall League. The 2014 AFL’s season officially begins Tuesday and runs through November 15. Over the last 23-years the AFL has been a showcase for each team’s best up and coming talent. Part of the reason it was founded was because baseball’s top prospects were, at the time, left to play winter ball outside the country and MLB wanted an more accessible fall league to keep track of the future stars of the sport. There are six teams in the AFL and each […]

AFL: Arizona Fall League showcases tomorrow’s stars