Arizona Fall League


One Marlins’ and two A’s prospects combine for AFL’s third ever no-hitter

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 […]

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

**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 […]


How did the A’s prospects fare in the Fall Stars Game?

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 […]

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

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 […]


MLB announces Pace of Play rule changes 2

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 […]


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

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


Rob Manfred given a 5-year term 2

It appears that Major League Baseball’s commissioner-elect Rob Manfred, who will take over for incumbent Commissioner Bud Selig in January, will be around for awhile. For at least five years Manfred will hold the office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball.    Thursday Selig announced that the owners of all 30 MLB teams voted unanimously to give Manfred a five-year term. The announcement came at the end of two days of meetings of baseball’s owners in Kansas City. Selig will preside over his final owners’ meeting in Arizona in January. The yearly GM meetings took place earlier in the month […]

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

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 […]


AFL: Arizona Fall League showcases tomorrow’s stars 1

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 […]