2014 AFL Rosters And Scouting Reports

Arizona Fall League rosters and breakdowns. Text by J.J. Cooper, John Manuel and Josh Norris.

GLENDALE DESERT DOGS
Pitchers ORG B-T HT WT DOB
Chris Bassitt CWS R-R 6-5 210  2/22/89
Parker Bridwell BAL R-R 6-4 190 8/8/91
Zach Davies BAL R-R 6-0 150 2/7/93
Mychal Givens BAL R-R 6-0 207 5/13/90
Brooks Hall MIL R-R 6-5 230 6/26/90
Matt Magill LAD R-R 6-3 210 11/10/89
Joe Mantiply DET R-L 6-4 215 3/1/91
Francellis Montas CWS R-R 6-2 185 3/21/93
Jefferson Olacio CWS L-L 6-7 270 1/16/94
Robbie Ray DET L-L 6-2 195 10/1/91
Zac Reininger DET S-R 6-3 170 1/28/93
Blake Smith LAD L-R 6-2 225 12/9/87
Chad Smith DET R-R 6-3 215 10/2/89
Scott Snodgress CWS L-L 6-6 225 9/20/89
Michael Thomas LAD L-L 6-2 185 1/6/89
Ashur Tolliver BAL L-L 6-0 170 1/24/88
Drew VerHagen DET R-R 6-6 230 10/22/90
Tyler Wagner MIL R-R 6-3 195 1/24/91
Wei-Chung Wang MIL L-L 6-1 180 4/25/92
Catchers ORG B-T HT WT DOB
Mike Ohlman BAL R-R 6-5 215  12/14/90
Kevan Smith CWS R-R 6-4 230 6/28/88
*Shawn Zarraga MIL S-R 6-0 248 1/21/89
Infielders ORG B-T HT WT DOB
Tim Anderson CWS R-R 6-1 180 6/23/93
Jason Esposito BAL R-R 6-2 200 7/19/90
Hector Gomez MIL R-R 6-3 200 3/5/88
Nick Ramirez MIL L-L 6-3 225 8/1/98
Nick Basto CWS R-R 6-2 210 4/1/94
Corey Seager LAD L-R 6-4 215 4/27/94
Domingo Leyba DET B-R 5-11 160 9/11/95
Darnell Sweeney LAD S-R 6-1 180 2/1/91
Outfielders Org B-T Ht. Wt. DOB
Dariel Alvarez BAL R-R 6-2 180  11/07/88
Daniel Fields DET L-R 6-2 215 1/23/91
Steven Moya DET L-R 6-6 230 9/8/91
Scott Schebler LAD L-R 6-1 208 10/6/90
Tyrone Taylor MIL R-R 6-0 185 1/22/94
*Denotes “taxi squad” member activated only on Wednesdays

 

Steven Moya

Steven Moya (Photo by Mike Janes)

THE STARS: Dodgers SS Corey Seager had one of the best seasons of any minor league hitter in 2014; he could start seeing time at third in the AFL. White Sox SS Tim Anderson, a 2013 first-round pick, also is slated for time at short for the Desert Dogs. Tigers 2B Devon Travis, who’s been working out in the outfield, and sluggers Steven Moya (Tigers) and Scott Schebler (Dodgers) give the team plenty of Double-A experience and offensive potential.

INTERESTING: Rule 5 draft pick Wei-Chung Wang made the Brewers’ roster out of spring training and has pitched 17 big league innings before being sidelined by shoulder tightness. The lefty needs the development time after having jumped from the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League a year ago. Orioles RHP Mychal Givens continues his conversion from shortstop to pitcher; in his second full year after being converted, his low-90s fastball may merit 40-man roster protection.

REHABBING: White Sox RHP Francellis Montas, he of the 100 mph fastball and balky knees, should make a full slate of appearances if he’s healthy to make up for lost time. Brewers RHP Brooks Hall missed most of the season with an elbow injury, while White Sox RHP Chris Bassitt is bouncing back from a broken right hand that kept him out until mid-July.


MESA SOLAR SOX
Pitchers ORG B-T HT WT DOB
Zach Cates CHC R-R 6-3 200 12/17/89
Gerardo Concepcion CHC L-L 6-2 180 3/1/92
C.J. Edwards CHC R-R 6-2 155 9/3/91
Trevor Gott LAA R-R 6-0 190 8/26/92
Matt Grace WSH L-L 6-3 190 12/14/88
Drew Granier OAK R-R 6-1 190 11/24/88
Neil Holland WSH R-R 6-0 190 8/14/88
Austin House OAK R-R 6-4 200 1/24/91
Tanner Peters OAK R-R 6-0 155 8/6/90
Ivan Pineyro CHC R-R 6-1 200 9/29/91
Chris O’Grady LAA L-L 6-4 220 4/17/90
Felipe Rivero WSH L-L 6-2 195 7/5/91
Mark Sappington LAA R-R 6-5 210 11/17/90
Derek Self WSH R-R 6-3 205 1/14/90
Nate Smith LAA L-L 6-3 200 8/28/91
Ryan Doolittle  OAK  R-R  6-2  205  3/25/88
Robert Osuna  TOR  R-R  6-2  230  2/7/95
Drew Granier  TOR  R-R  6-1  190  11/24/88
Sean Nolin  TOR  L-L  6-4  230  12/26/89
Arik Sikula  TOR  R-R  6-0  200  12/21/88
Catchers ORG B-T HT WT DOB
Spencer Kieboom WSH R-R 6-0 220 3/16/91
Pedro Severino WSH R-R 6-1 180 7/20/93
Infielders ORG B-T HT WT DOB
Jon Berti TOR R-R 5-10 175 1/22/90
Kaleb Cowart LAA S-R 6-3 225 6/2/92
Matt Olson OAK L-R 6-4 236 3/29/94
Tony Renda WSH R-R 5-8 180 1/24/91
Daniel Robertson OAK R-R 6-0 190 3/22/94
Addison Russell CHC R-R 6-0 195 1/23/94
*Eric Stamets LAA R-R 6-0 190 9/25/91
Dan Vogelbach CHC L-R 6-0 250 12/17/92
Outfielders ORG B-T HT WT DOB
*Jacob Hannemann CHC L-L 6-1 195 4/29/91
Chad Hinshaw LAA R-R 6-1 205 9/10/90
Dalton Pompey TOR S-R 6-1 170 12/11/92
Boog Powell OAK L-L 5-10 185 1/14/93
*Dwight Smith Jr. TOR L-R 5-11 180 10/26/92
Cal Towey LAA L-R 6-1 215 2/6/90
*Denotes “taxi squad” member activated only on Wednesdays
Addison Russell (Photo by Tony Farlow).

Addison Russell (Photo by Tony Farlow).

THE STARS: Cubs SS Addison Russell (No. 5 on the midseason Top 50) is one of the best prospects in the game. He’ll be adding some final polish as he gets ready to join the Cubs’ growing youth movement, and he’ll rejoin former Athletics organization teammates such as 1B Matt Olson and SS Daniel Robertson. Blue Jays breakout prospect Dalton Pompey highlights the group’s outfield and won’t turn 22 until December.

INTERESTING: Angels 3B Kaleb Cowart is in his protection year for the 40-man roster. The 2010 first-round pick has hit .223 the last two seasons (over 913 at-bats) at Double-A Arkansas, with 12 home runs and 217 strikeouts. The Angels have room on a soft 40-man roster to protect him, but he has not lived up to expectations. In better Angels news, RHP Dan Reynolds has bumped his velocity up to the upper 90s since a move to the bullpen, and has allowed only one home run in 62 innings this season. The Blue Jays have four pitching spots yet to be filled; they’re currently TBA.

REHABBING: Cubs RHP C.J. Edwards has returned in fine form in the second half after shoulder fatigue sidelined him in the first half. He’ll try to make up for lost innings. Athletics OF Boog Powell, who leads the minors in OBP, will play in the AFL after serving a 50-game suspension for testing positive for amphetamines.

 

PEORIA JAVELINAS
Pitchers ORG B-T HT WT DOB
Miguel Almonte KC R-R 6-2 180 4/4/93
Dylan Baker CLE R-R 6-2 215 4/6/92
Zach Cooper TB R-R 5-10 185 1/6/90
Brandon Cunniff ATL R-R 6-0 185 10/7/88
Ryne Harper ATL R-R 6-3 215 3/27/89
Mitch Harris STL R-R 6-4 215 11/7/85
Louis Head CLE R-R 6-1 180 4/23/90
Nate Hyatt ATL R-R 6-0 185 9/26/90
Tyrell Jenkins STL R-R 6-4 204 7/20/92
Matt Lollis TB R-R 6-9 250 9/11/90
Nick Maronde CLE R-R 6-4 220 9/4/90
Aaron Northcraft ATL R-R 6-4 230 5/28/90
Chris Perry STL L-R 6-2 215 7/15/90
Colton Reavis TB R-R 6-0 195 12/16/89
Jaime Schultz TB R-R 5-10 200 6/20/91
Sam Selman KC R-L 6-3 195 11/14/90
Samuel Tuivailala STL R-R 6-2 195 10/19/92
Ali Williams KC R-R 6-2 185 7/8/89
Kyle Zimmer  KC R-R 6-3  215 9/13/91
Catchers ORG B-T HT WT DOB
Justin O’Conner TB R-R 6-0 190 3/31/92
Cody Stanley STL L-R 5-10 190 12/21/88
Tony Wolters CLE L-R 5-10 180 6/9/92
Infielders ORG B-T HT WT DOB
Francisco Lindor CLE B-R 5-11 175 11/14/93
Hunter Dozier KC R-R 6-4 220 8/22/91
Patrick Leonard TB R-R 6-4 225 10/20/92
Raul Mondesi KC S-R 6-1 165 7/27/95
Jacob Wilson STL R-R 5-11 195 7/29/90
Outfielders ORG B-T HT WT DOB
Kes Carter TB L-L 6-2 205 3/3/90
Edward Salcedo ATL R-R 6-3 210 7/30/91
Jordan Smith CLE L-R 6-4 205 7/5/90
Bubba Starling KC R-R 6-4 180 8/3/92
Charlie Tilson STL L-L 5-11  175 12/2/92
*Kyle Wren ATL L-L 5-10 175 4/23/91
* Denotes “taxi squad” member activated only on Wednesdays

 

Raul A. Mondesi

Raul A. Mondesi (photo by Bill Mitchell)

THE STARS: Royals SS Raul A. Mondesi (No. 22 on the midseason Top 50) is two years younger than anyone else on the Javelinas’ roster, and he’s six years younger than teammate Cody Stanley. Royals RHP Miguel Almonte will try to build off a disappointing season in Wilmington. Rays C Justin O’Conner has a lot of work to do offensively, but opposing baserunners will stick close to their bags since he has one of the best arms in baseball. Royals 3B Hunter Dozier survived Wilmington quite well, but he’s slumped badly since jumping to Double-A.

INTERESTING: Indians C Tony Wolters has made a pretty smooth transition to working behind the plate. He’s thrown out 47 percent of basestealers this season. Royals OF Bubba Starling’s contact problems have kept him from tapping into his power, but the hitter-happy AFL parks should be a nice change of pace after a season at high Class A Wilmington. Braves OF Kyle Wren will play only occasionally as a taxi-squader, but he’s an intriguing leadoff prospect when he plays. Cardinals RHP Sam Tuivailala can blow hitters away with his fastball. He’s one of the best bets to touch triple digits on radar guns.

REHABBING: Cardinals RHP Tyrell Jenkins will be getting some needed innings as he continues to work his way back from shoulder surgery. Fellow Cardinals RHP Mitch Harris is catching up on innings for another reason. A 2008 draftee, he didn’t make his pro debut until 2012 because he was serving in the Navy after pitching and graduating from the Naval Academy.


SALT RIVER RAFTERS
Pitchers ORG B-T HT WT DOB
Jason Adam MIN R-R 6-4 225 8/4/91
Mark Appel HOU R-R 6-5 225 7/15/91
Archie Bradley ARI R-R 6-4 235 8/10/92
Enrique Burgos ARI R-R 6-4 200 11/23/90
Anthony DeSclafani MIA R-R 6-1 190 4/18/90
Kaleb Fleck ARI R-R 6-2 190 1/24/89
Raudel Lazo MIA L-L 5-9 165 4/12/89
Mitch Lambson HOU L-L 6-1 205 7/20/90
Zach Jones MIN R-R 6-1 185 12/4/90
Edgar Olmos MIA L-L 6-4 220 4/12/90
Tyson Perez HOU R-R 6-3 215 12/27/89
Reid Redman MIA R-R 6-0 180 11/22/88
Taylor Rogers MIN L-L 6-3 175 12/17/90
Jimmie Sherfy ARI R-R 6-0 175 12/27/91
Vincent Velasquez HOU S-R 6-3 203 6/7/92
Christian Bergman  COL  R-R  6-1 180  5/4/88
Eddie Butler  COL B-R 6-2 180 4/13/91
Jayson Aquino  COL  L-L  6-1  180 11/22/92
Ken Roberts  COL L-L 6-1 200 3/9/88
Jake Reed  MIN R-R  6-2 190 9/29/92
Catchers ORG B-T HT WT DOB
Tyler Heineman HOU S-R 5-11 195 6/19/91
*Chris O’Dowd COL S-R 5-11 175 10/4/90
Peter O’Brien ARI R-R 6-3 215 7/15/90
Chad Wallach MIA R-R 6-3 210 11/4/91
Infielders ORG B-T HT WT DOB
Justin Bohn MIA R-R 6-0 180 11/2/92
Ryan Casteel COL R-R 5-11 205 6/6/91
Brandon Drury ARI R-R 6-2 190 8/21/92
Taylor Featherston COL R-R 6-1 185 10/8/89
Austin Nola MIA R-R 6-0 190 12/28/89
Rio Ruiz HOU L-R 6-2 215 5/22/94
*Joe Sclafani HOU S-R 5-11 190 4/22/90
Trevor Story COL R-R 6-1 175 11/15/92
Outfielders ORG B-T HT WT DOB
Andrew Aplin HOU L-L 6-0 205 3/21/91
Byron Buxton MIN R-R 6-2 190 12/18/93
Max Kepler MIN L-L 6-4 205 2/10/93
Eddie Rosario MIN L-R 6-1 180 9/28/91
Evan Marzilli ARI L-L 6-0 185 3/13/91
* Denotes “taxi squad” member activated only on Wednesdays

 

Mark Appel (Photo by Larry Goren).

Mark Appel (Photo by Larry Goren).

THE STARS: Even on a team with Byron Buxton and Archie Bradley, Astros RHP Mark Appel might draw the most attention. The No. 1 pick in 2013 had a rocky time at high Class A Lancaster this season, then was promoted to Double-A Corpus Christi and threw a bullpen in front of the big league pitching coach at Minute Maid Park, moves that raised a few eyebrows. He’s been better at Double-A, but the Fall League will give him a chance to reassert himself and head into the offseason on a positive note.

INTERESTING: Diamondbacks RHP Enrique Burgos showed off a 99 mph fastball and 90 mph slider at the Carolina/California League all-star game this summer in Wilmington. New Diamondbacks C Pete O’Brien had 34 homers this season before being dealt from the Yankees to Arizona in the Martin Prado deal and getting hurt.

REHABBING: Buxton leads this class by a longshot. He entered the season as the top prospect in the game and held that title at midseason, but has dealt with a pair of wrist injuries and a season-ending concussion on a grisly collision in the outfield in his first game at Double-A. Diamondbacks RHP Archie Bradley, No. 12 on our midseason top 50, missed nearly two months with an elbow strain, and has walked 34 in 51 innings since coming back. Astros fireballing RHP Vince Velasquez sat for two months with a groin injury but has punched out 65 in 51 innings this season in the California League.


SCOTTSDALE SCORPIONS
Pitchers ORG B-T HT WT DOB
Clayton Blackburn SF L-R 6-2 260 1/6/93
Erik Cordier SF R-R 6-4 250 2/25/86
Caleb Cotham NYY R-R 6-3 215 11/6/87
Tyler Glasnow PIT L-R 6-7 195 8/23/93
*Tom Harlan PIT L-L 6-6 215 3/7/90
Julian Hilario NYM R-R 6-1 190 8/17/90
Nick Kingham PIT R-R 6-5 220 11/8/91
Dario Alvarez NYM L-L 6-1 170 1/17/89
Colton Murray PHI R-R 6-0 195 4/22/90
Nefi Ogando PHI R-R 6-2 185 6/3/89
Steven Okert SF L-L 6-3 210 7/9/91
Ryan O’Sullivan PHI R-R 6-2 190 9/5/90
Kyle Haynes NYY R-R 6-2 190 2/11/91
Joey Rodriguez PIT L-L 6-1 200 11/14/91
Adrian Sampson PIT R-R 6-3 200 10/7/91
Paul Sewald NYM R-R 6-2 190 5/26/90
Alex Smith NYY R-R 6-3 200 9/29/89
Ethan Stewart PHI L-L 6-7 235 1/19/91
Tyler Mizenko SF R-R 6-1 200 4/9/90
Rob Whalen NYM R-R 6-2 200 1/31/94
Adam Morgan  PHI  L-L  6-1 195 2/27/90
Catchers ORG B-T HT WT DOB
Elias Diaz PIT R-R 6-1 175 11/17/90
Logan Moore PHI L-R 6-3 190 8/22/90
Kyle Higashioka NYY  R-R  6-0 200 4/20/90
Infielders Org B-T Ht. Wt. DOB
Josh Bell PIT S-R 6-3 213 8/14/92
Greg Bird NYY L-R 6-3 215 11/9/92
Kelby Tomlinson SF R-R 6-2 180 6/16/90
Dan Gamache PIT L-R 5-11 190 11/20/90
Dante Bichette Jr. NYY R-R 6-1 215 9/26/92
Blake Miller SF R-R 6-3 195 4/25/90
Matt Reynolds NYM R-R 6-1 198 12/3/90
L.J. Mazzilli NYM R-R  6-1  190  9/6/90
Outfielders Org B-T HT WT DOB
Tyler Austin NYY R-R 6-1 220 9/6/91
Aaron Judge NYY R-R 6-7 230 4/26/92
Brandon Nimmo NYM L-R 6-3 205 3/27/93
Roman Quinn PHI S-R 5-10 170 5/14/93
Daniel Carbonell SF R-R 6-3 196 3/29/91
* Denotes “taxi squad” member activated only on Wednesdays

 

Josh Bell (Photo by Mike Janes).

Josh Bell (Photo by Mike Janes).

THE STARS: OF Josh Bell, who checked in at No. 35 on our midseason prospect list, leads a pack of Pirates prospects. Pittsburgh also sends talented RHP Nick Kingham, No. 37 on the midseason list, who has worked to a 3.17 ERA between Double-A and Triple-A this season. OF Aaron Judge heads a pair of Yankees hitting stars, including slugging 1B Greg Bird. The Mets send OF Brandon Nimmo, who’s had a rough go at Double-A but ranked No. 48 on our Midseason top 50.

INTERESTING: Pirates C Elias Diaz won the Best Defensive Catcher award in the Eastern League and has held his own with the bat at two levels this season. The Phillies send power RHP Nefi Ogando, who can bring his heater into the upper 90s but lacks command. The Giants send OF Daniel Carbonell, the Cuban emigre whom they signed for $1 million this summer.

REHABBING: RHP Tyler Glasnow missed the first three weeks of the season with a stiff back but has been virtually untouchable since with just 67 hits allowed in 118 innings at high Class A Bradenton. Yankees reliever Branden Pinder, who was having an excellent rebound season and had found his wandering command before missing nearly two months with a groin injury. Phillies speedster Roman Quinn came back exceedingly quickly from a busted Achilles and is transitioning into the outfield now that J.P. Crawford is the organization’s shortstop of the future.


SURPRISE SAGUAROS
Pitchers ORG B-T HT WT DOB
Brandon Alger SD L-L 6-3 190 7/4/91
Matt Anderson SEA R-R 6-1 210 11/18/91
Lisalverto Bonilla TEX S-R 6-0 175 6/18/90
Matt Brazis SEA R-R 6-3 205 9/6/89
Keith Couch BOS L-R 6-2 210 11/5/89
Tayron Guerrero SD R-R 6-7 189 1/9/91
Justin Hancock SD R-R 6-4 185 10/28/90
Nick Howard CIN R-R 6-3 215 4/6/93
Cody Kendall TEX R-R 6-2 210 12/12/89
Ben Klimesh CIN R-R 6-4 220 5/14/90
Aaron Kurcz BOS R-R 6-0 175 8/8/90
Ryan Dennick CIN L-L 6-0 185 1/10/87
Josh McElwee TEX R-R 6-4 227 6/12/89
Robby Scott BOS S-L 6-3 220 8/29/89
Sam Wolff TEX R-R 6-1 190 4/14/91
Madison Younginer BOS R-R 6-4 195 11/3/90
Burch Smith SD R-R  6-4 215 4/12/90
Taijuan Walker  SEA  R-R  6-4 230 8/13/92
Catchers ORG B-T HT WT DOB
Patrick Cantwell TEX R-R 6-2 210 4/10/90
John Hicks SEA R-R 6-2 210 8/31/89
*Luke Maile TB R-R 6-3 220 2/6/91
Infielders ORG B-T HT WT DOB
Sean Coyle BOS R-R 5-8 175 1/17/92
Patrick Kivlehan SEA R-R 6-2 210 11/22/89
Deven Marrero BOS R-R 6-1 195 8/25/90
Seth Mejias-Brean CIN R-R 6-2 216 4/5/91
D.J. Peterson SEA R-R 6-1 190 12/31/91
Jace Peterson SD L-R 6-0 210 5/9/90
*Trea Turner SD R-R 6-1 175 6/30/93
Kyle Waldrop CIN L-L 6-2 216 11/26/91
*Juan Perez CIN —-
Outfielders ORG B-T HT WT DOB
Hunter Renfroe SD R-R 6-1 200 1/28/92
Mallex Smith SD L-R 5-9 170 5/6/93
Nick Williams TEX L-L 6-3 195 9/8/93
Jesse Winker CIN L-L 6-3 210 8/17/93
Rusney Castillo BOS  R-R  5-8  186  9/7/87
*Denotes “taxi squad” member activated only on Wednesdays

 

Trea Turner (Photo by Paul Gierhart)

Trea Turner (Photo by Paul Gierhart)

THE STARS: Mariners 3B D.J. Peterson has hit 28 home runs this year, reinforcing his status as one of the best bats in the 2013 draft. Padres SS Trea Turner, a 2014 first-round pick, has already dominated low Class A with a .387/.457/.564 line. Padres OF Hunter Renfroe got off to a great start in the California League, but he struggled in his first exposure to Double-A. Reds RHP Nick Howard, a first-round pick in 2014, is one of the few pitchers to get the opportunity to pitch from February to October. He spent the spring as Virginia’s closer. He’s thrown just 62 innings between college and pro ball this year. Red Sox SS Deven Marrero’s skills are best appreciated in multi-game stints, but he’s an excellent defender with better than expected offensive production.

INTERESTING: Padres RHP Tayron Guerrero has had blow-you-away stuff for quite a while. But until this year, control difficulties have kept him from utilizing it. He’s improved his control this year and will touch 100 mph at his best, but the Arizona Fall League will be a big test for a pitcher with 13 innings above low Class A. The Padres must figure out whether to protect him on the 40-man roster this offseason.

REHABBING: Reds OF Jesse Winker is coming back from a hand injury that has sidelined him since mid-July.