2015 Arizona Fall League Rosters Breakdown

Arizona Fall League rosters and breakdowns. Text by Ben Badler, J.J. Cooper, Josh Norris and Vince Lara-Cinisomo. (*-denotes taxi squad member activated only on Wednesdays and Saturdays).


GLENDALE DESERT DOGS
Player Pos Age B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Steven Brault LHP 23 L-L 6-1 175 PIT
Brandon Brennan RHP 24 R-R 6-4 220 CWS
Chris Cotton LHP 24 R-L 5-10 166 HOU
Cody Dickson LHP 23 L-L 6-3 180 PIT
Tyler Eppler RHP 22 R-R 6-6 220 PIT
Robin Leyer RHP 22 R-R 6-2 175 CWS
Brett McKinney RHP 24 R-R 6-2 225 PIT
Albert Minnis LHP 23 R-L 6-0 190 HOU
Nick Pivetta RHP 22 R-R 6-5 220 PHI
Edubray Ramos RHP 22 R-R 6-0 165 PHI
Yacksel Rios RHP 22 R-R 6-3 185 PHI
Peter Tago RHP 23 R-R 6-3 190 CWS
J.B. Wendelken RHP 22 R-R 6-0 190 CWS
Aaron West RHP 25 R-R 6-1 195 HOU
Tom Windle LHP 23 L-L 6-4 215 PHI
Keegan Yuhl RHP 23 R-R 6-0 220 HOU
Catchers Pos Age B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Kyle Farmer C 25 R-R 6-0 200 LAD
Andrew Knapp C 23 B-R 6-1 190 PHI
Reese McGuire C 20 L-R 6-0 181 PIT
Infielders Pos Age B-T Ht. Wt. Org
*Keon Barnum 1B 22 L-L 6-5 225 CWS
J.P. Crawford SS 20 L-R 6-2 180 PHI
J.D. Davis 3B 22 R-R 6-3 215 HOU
Nick Delmonico 3B 23 L-R 6-2 200 CWS
Adam Frazier SS 23 L-R 5-11 170 PIT
*Chan Moon SS 24 L-R 6-0 185 HOU
Jake Peter 2B 22 L-R 6-1 185 CWS
A.J. Reed 1B 22 L-L 6-4 240 HOU
*Brandon Trinkwon 2B 23 L-R 6-1 170 LAD
Outfielders Pos Age B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Dylan Cozens OF 21 L-L 6-6 235 PHI
Derek Fisher OF 22 L-R 6-1 207 HOU
Courtney Hawkins OF 21 R-R 6-3 230 CWS
Austin Meadows OF 20 L-L 6-3 200 PIT
Jacob Scavuzzo OF 21 R-R 6-4 185 LAD
Coaching staff—Manager: Bill Haselman (Dodgers); Pitching coaches: Jose Bautista (White Sox), Justin Meccage (Pirates); Hitting coach: Nelson Prada (Phillies); Trainers: Grant Hufford (Astros), Dru Scott (Pirates)

THE STARS: Phillies shortstop J.P. Crawford, who missed the first month and change of the season while recovering from a quad injury sustained in spring training, is the obvious star on this roster. The precocious 20-year-old, who ranked as the game's No. 3 prospect on our midseason list and made a second straight appearance in the Futures Game, projects as a potential four-tool player, with footspeed as his only minor weakness. Austin Meadows, No. 41, on this year's Top 100 prospects, is one of the jewels of the Desert Dogs' outfield and will bring his similarly sparkling toolset to the AFL. Houston outfielder A.J. Reed put together the best offensive season in the minors, leading all players in home runs (33), RBIs (120), OPS (1.059) and slugging (.621), and his combination of power and patience has put him in the conversation for the minor league player of the year.

INTERESTING: Phillies catcher Andrew Knapp had a spectacular August and reminded everyone exactly why he was a second-round pick. He's coming off Tommy John surgery last winter but reports are that his arm strength has come all the way back. Another catcher, Pittsburgh's Reese McGuire, is one of the youngest players on this roster but struggled to hit in high Class A this year. Chicago's Courtney Hawkins has light-tower power but still needs to work on his approach to make it more available in games.

REHABBING: Nick Delmonico is not rehabbing an injury, but his reputation. Delmonico was suspended 50 games for PED use last season and then was released by the Brewers in February. He signed with the White Sox and has said he missed the grind and is happy to have another shot.

 

— Josh Norris


MESA SOLAR SOX
Player Pos Age B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Corey Black RHP 24 R-R 5-11 175 CHC
Buddy Borden RHP 23 R-R 6-3 210 TB
Alan Busenitz RHP 25 R-R 6-1 180 LAA
Harrison Cooney RHP 23 R-R 6-2 175 LAA
Jacob Esch RHP 25 R-R 6-4 190 MIA
Ryan Etsell RHP 23 R-R 6-4 180 LAA
Mike Franco RHP 23 R-R 5-11 200 TB
David Garner RHP 22 R-R 6-1 180 CHC
Kris Hall RHP 24 R-R 6-3 215 OAK
Pierce Johnson RHP 24 R-R 6-3 200 CHC
Raudel Lazo LHP 26 L-L 5-9 165 MIA
Greg Mahle LHP 22 L-L 6-2 225 LAA
Sean Manaea LHP 23 R-L 6-5 235 OAK
Brendan McCurry RHP 23 R-R 5-10 165 OAK
Brad Schreiber RHP 24 R-R 6-3 225 TB
Trevor Williams RHP 23 R-R 6-3 230 MIA
Rob Zastryzny LHP 23 R-L 6-3 205 CHC
Player Pos Age B-T Ht. Wt. Org
*Cael Brockmeyer C 23 R-R 6-5 235 CHC
Willson Contreras C 23 R-R 6-1 175 CHC
Stephen McGee C 24 R-R 6-3 215 LAA
Player Pos Age B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Eric Aguilera 1B 25 L-L 6-2 218 LAA
Jeimer Candelario 3B 21 B-R 6-1 210 CHC
Matt Chapman 3B 22 R-R 6-2 205 OAK
Casey Gillaspie 1B 22 B-L 6-4 240 TB
Chad Pinder 2B 23 R-R 6-2 190 OAK
J.T. Riddle 3B 23 L-R 6-3 175 MIA
Daniel Robertson SS 21 R-R 6-1 205 TB
Elliot Soto SS 26 R-R 5-9 160 MIA
Player Pos Age B-T Ht. Wt. Org
*Caleb Adams OF 22 R-R 5-10 185 LAA
Jake Bauers OF 19 L-L 6-1 195 TB
Jaycob Brugman OF 23 L-L 6-0 195 OAK
Austin Dean OF 21 R-R 6-1 190 MIA
Chad Hinshaw OF 24 R-R 6-1 205 LAA
Mark Zagunis OF 22 R-R 6-0 205 CHC
Coaching staff—Manager: Mark Johnson (Cubs); Pitching coaches: Steve Connelly (Athletics), Jeff Schwarz (Marlins); Hitting coaches: Brenton Del Chiaro (Angels), Dan Dement (Rays); Trainers: Ben Cates (Marlins), Kris Russell (Rays)

THE STARS: High-end pitching prospects are difficult to find in the AFL, with teams preferring their best arms shut it down for the offseason. Athletics lefthander Sean Manaea is an exception. Since the A's acquired Manaea from the Royals in July in the Ben Zobrist trade, Manaea has pitched well in six Double-A starts, missing plenty of bats with his plus fastball/slider combination. And he’s yet to surpass 70 innings for the season . . . Like Manaea, Rays shortstop Daniel Robertson was also a key trade chip in a deal for Zobrist, with Robertson moving from Oakland to Tampa Bay in January and making a smooth transition this season to Double-A. Robertson can hit and control the strike zone with occasional power, but he's been limited to 72 games in Double-A this season after having surgery to remove the hamate bone from his left hand in June . . . Rays first baseman Casey Gillaspie is back on the field now with high Class A Charlotte after missing most of July and August with a broken left hand. Tampa Bay's 2014 first-round pick spent most of the season at low Class A Bowling Green, a conservative assignment for a 22-year-old college first-rounder, so the upper-level pitching will be a key test for Gillaspie.

INTERESTING: Willson Contreras spent most of the season splitting time behind the plate with Kyle Schwarber in Double-A. So while it's easy for Contreras to get overshadowed by Schwarber's impact bat, Contreras has had a breakout season, batting .324/.404/.466 in 120 games with nearly as many walks (53) as strikeouts (61) . . . Fellow Cubs prospect Jeimer Candelario has also seen his stock rise, hitting well in the Florida State League and even better upon his promotion to Double-A Tennessee . . . The A's have one of the better prospect groups on the Solar Sox, including shortstop Chad Pinder, who is batting .318/.363/.487 in 116 Double-A games . . . Teenagers are rare in the AFL, but 19-year-old Rays first baseman Jake Bauers has been in Double-A since the end of June, so he shouldn't be overmatched.

REHABBING: Oakland's 2014 first-round pick, third baseman Matt Chapman, has hit .259/.353/.587 with 23 home runs in 77 games as a 22-year-old in the high Class A California League. A knee injury in spring training caused him to miss the first month of the season, and he hasn't played since Aug. 2 due to a left wrist injury, so the AFL will be a way for him to make up for that time on the disabled list.

— Ben Badler


PEORIA JAVELINAS
Player Pos Age B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Ryan Butler RHP 23 R-R 6-4 225 SD
Mauricio Cabrera RHP 21 R-R 6-3 230 ATL
Michael Dimock RHP 25 R-R 6-2 195 SD
Paul Fry LHP 23 L-L 6-0 190 SEA
Donnie Hart LHP 24 L-L 5-11 180 BAL
Stephen Johnson RHP 24 R-R 6-5 215 CIN
Jon Keller RHP 23 R-R 6-5 210 BAL
Elliot Morris RHP 23 R-R 6-4 210 SD
James Paxton LHP 26 L-L 6-4 235 SEA
David Rollins LHP 25 L-L 6-1 210 SEA
Lucas Sims RHP 21 R-R 6-2 225 ATL
Layne Somsen RHP 26 R-R 6-0 190 CIN
Andrew Thurman RHP 23 R-R 6-3 225 ATL
Nick Travieso RHP 21 R-R 6-2 225 CIN
Zack Weiss RHP 23 R-R 6-3 210 CIN
Dan Winkler RHP 25 R-R 6-3 200 ATL
Eric Yardley RHP 25 R-R 6-0 165 SD
Tony Zych RHP 25 R-R 6-3 190 SEA
Player Pos Age B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Joseph Odom C 23 R-R 6-2 205 ATL
Chance Sisco C 20 L-R 6-2 193 BAL
Chad Wallach C 23 R-R 6-3 215 CIN
Player Pos Age B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Alex Blandino SS 22 R-R 6-0 190 CIN
Johan Camargo SS 21 B-R 6-0 160 ATL
Adrian Marin SS 21 R-R 6-0 180 BAL
Fernando Perez 2B 21 L-R 6-0 210 SD
D.J. Peterson 3B 23 R-R 6-1 210 SEA
Gabriel Quintana 3B 22 R-R 6-3 215 SD
Tyler Smith SS 24 R-R 6-0 195 SEA
Player Pos Age B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Phillip Ervin OF 23 R-R 5-10 205 CIN
Travis Jankowski OF 24 L-R 6-2 190 SD
Connor Lien OF 21 R-R 6-3 205 ATL
Tyler O’Neill OF 20 R-R 5-11 210 SEA
Mike Yastrzemski OF 25 L-L 5-11 180 BAL
Coaching staff—Manager: Rod Barajas (Padres); Pitching coaches: Gabe Luckert (Braves), Derrin Ebert (Reds), Rich Dorman (Marlins); Hitting Coach: Sean Berry (Orioles); Trainers: B.J. Downie (Mariners), Clete Sigwart (Reds)

 

THE STARS: This is one of the thinner teams in the AFL this year. Mariners' 1B D.J. Peterson, a 2013 first-round pick and 2015 Top 100 Prospect, is finishing a .223/.287/.344 campaign between Double-A and Triple-A. Peterson needs a big October to give him a boost heading into 2016. Mariners outfielder Tyler O'Neill has hit 30 home runs in the California League, tied for third best in the minors. Reds shortstop Alex Blandino, a 2014 first-round pick, had an excellent first full pro season at high Class A Daytona.

INTERESTING: Orioles catcher Chance Sisco can hit but he has to keep proving he can handle the defensive responsibilities of catching well enough to be a viable big league option as a backstop. Padres center fielder Travis Jankowski can try to make an argument that San Diego doesn't need to go out and find a center fielder for 2016. Braves righthander Mauricio Cabrera can reach triple digits with his fastball but he needs to figure out how to throw more strikes.

REHABBING: Mariners lefthander James Paxton is a proven big leaguer when healthy but he has spent more time then he wants on the disabled list over the past few years, so he tries to get back some needed innings here. Reds righthander Nick Travieso, a 2012 first-round pick, is trying to make up for some of the innings he lost when he spent two months on the disabled list with an injured forearm he suffered when he was hit by a comebacker. Braves righthander Dan Winkler, a Rule 5 pick, is recovering from Tommy John surgery.

— J.J. Cooper


SALT RIVER RAFTERS
Player Pos Age B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Dakota Bacus RHP 24 R-R 6-2 200 WAS
Matt Carasiti RHP 24 R-R 6-3 205 COL
Abel De Los Santos RHP 22 R-R 6-2 200 WAS
Brady Dragmire RHP 22 R-R 6-1 180 TOR
Carlos Estevez RHP 22 R-R 6-4 210 COL
Daniel Gibson LHP 23 R-L 6-2 221 ARI
Chad Girodo LHP 24 L-L 6-1 195 TOR
Keith Hessler LHP 26 L-L 6-4 215 ARI
Mickey Jannis RHP 27 R-R 6-0 190 NYM
Nick Lee LHP 24 L-L 5-11 185 WAS
Yoan Lopez RHP 22 R-R 6-3 185 ARI
Adam Miller RHP 25 R-R 6-0 185 ARI
Sam Moll LHP 23 L-L 5-10 185 COL
Justin Shafer RHP 22 R-R 6-2 195 TOR
John Simms RHP 23 R-R 6-3 205 WAS
Beck Wheeler RHP 26 R-R 6-3 215 NYM
Player Pos Age B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Oscar Hernandez C 22 R-R 6-1 220 ARI
Spencer Kieboom C 24 R-R 6-1 230 WAS
Tommy Murphy C 24 R-R 6-1 220 COL
Player Pos Age B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Matt Dean 1B 22 R-R 6-3 215 TOR
Wilmer Difo SS 23 B-R 6-0 195 WAS
Jeff McNeil 3B 23 L-R 6-1 165 NYM
Jack Reinheimer SS 23 R-R 6-1 186 ARI
Rowdy Tellez 1B 20 L-L 6-4 245 TOR
Drew Ward 3B 20 L-R 6-3 215 WAS
Player Pos Age B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Roemon Fields OF 24 L-L 5-11 180 TOR
*Gabby Guerrero OF 21 R-R 6-3 190 ARI
Daniel Palka OF 23 L-L 6-2 220 ARI
Jordan Patterson OF 23 L-L 6-4 215 COL
Coaching staff—Tripp Keister (Nationals); Pitching coaches: Marc Valdes (Mets); Larry Pardo (D-backs); Hitting coaches: Jason Camilli (D-backs); John Tamargo (Blue Jays); Trainers: Drew MacDonald (Blue Jays), Billy Whitehead (Rockies)

THE STARS: The Rafters are not, well, filled to the rafters with star power, but they have a strong two-way catcher in Colorado’s Tommy Murphy, whose power and throwing arm returned this season after back issues wiped out 2014. Yoan Lopez got a huge ($8.25 million) bonus from the Diamondbacks but is best known to date for hitting No. 1 pick Dansby Swanson in the face with a pitch in an intrasquad game. The Nats’ Wilmer Difo is a plus runner who sometimes shows double-plus speed and is both aggressive and efficient as a basestealer. He has very good first-step quickness that translates to above-average range at either shortstop or second base.

INTERESTING: Rowdy Tellez is a power-hitting but one-dimensional first baseman who got a big bonus ($800,000) after being a 30th-round pick in 2013. Gabby Guerrero, the nephew of Vladimir, was acquired by Arizona for Mark Trumbo and has plus-plus raw power but not much of an approach at the plate; Spencer Kieboom is a good receiver and is in the mold of a David Ross-type backup.

REHABBING: Oscar Hernandez, a Rule 5 pick of the Diamondbacks who at one point was slated to be Arizona’s starter at catcher, broke a bone in his left hand and didn’t make his major league debut until July 12. The glove-first backstop will have a chance to make up for some lost time.

— Vincent Lara-Cinisomo


SCOTTSDALE SCORPIONS
Player Pos Age B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Ray Black RHP 25 R-R 6-5 225 SF
Clayton Blackburn RHP 22 L-R 6-3 230 SF
Nick Burdi RHP 22 R-R 6-5 215 MIN
Jeff Ferrell RHP 24 R-R 6-3 185 DET
Trevor Hildenberger RHP 24 R-R 6-2 200 MIN
Austin Kubitza RHP 23 R-R 6-5 225 DET
Kyle Martin RHP 24 R-R 6-7 220 BOS
Adalberto Mejia LHP 22 L-L 6-3 195 SF
Adam Ravenelle RHP 22 R-R 6-3 185 DET
Jake Reed RHP 22 R-R 6-2 190 MIN
Montreal Robertson RHP 25 R-R 6-4 205 DET
Taylor Rogers LHP 24 L-L 6-3 180 MIN
Chandler Shepherd RHP 23 R-R 6-3 185 BOS
Dan Slania RHP 23 R-R 6-5 275 SF
Aaron Wilkerson RHP 26 R-R 6-3 190 BOS
Player Pos Age B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Mitch Garver C 24 R-R 6-1 220 MIN
*Jeremy Lucas C 24 R-R 6-1 205 CLE
Stuart Turner C 23 R-R 6-2 230 MIN
Player Pos Age B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Christian Arroyo SS 20 R-R 6-1 180 SF
Carlos Asuaje 3B 23 R-R 5-9 160 BOS
Yandy Diaz 3B 24 R-R 6-2 185 CLE
Dominic Ficociello 1B 23 B-R 6-4 205 DET
JaCoby Jones SS 23 R-R 6-2 205 DET
*Tzu-Wei Lin SS 21 L-R 5-9 155 BOS
Sam Travis 1B 22 R-R 6-0 195 BOS
Player Pos Age B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Clint Frazier OF 20 R-R 6-1 190 CLE
Mike Gerber OF 23 L-R 6-2 175 DET
Austin Slater OF 22 R-R 6-2 215 SF
Adam Brett Walker OF 23 R-R 6-4 225 MIN
Mac Williamson OF 25 R-R 6-5 240 SF
Bradley Zimmer OF 22 L-R 6-4 185 CLE
Coaching staff—Matt Quatraro (Indians); Pitching coaches: Paul Abbott (Red Sox), Mike Couchee (Giants); Hitting coaches: Chad Allen (Twins), Nelson Santovenia (Tigers). Trainers: David Getsoff (Giants), Jason Schwartzman (Tigers)

THE STARS: A year ago, scouts who watched Indians outfielder Clint Frazier came away expecting to see more from the No. 5 overall pick in the 2013 draft. This season, Frazier rebounded with a strong season for high Class A Lynchburg and an outstanding second half. The 20-year-old Frazier will share an outfield with fellow Indians outfielder Bradley Zimmer, the team's 2014 first-rounder and Lynchburg teammate for most of the season until Zimmer, 22, earned a promotion to Double-A Akron in July . . . Giants shortstop Christian Arroyo hits everywhere he goes. Batting .308/.348/.471 in 84 games this season for high Class A San Jose, the 20-year-old Arroyo is an aggressive hitter with a knack for barreling the baseball.

INTERESTING: The Red Sox didn't send Yoan Moncada to the AFL, but first baseman Sam Travis will be there after splitting the regular season between high Class A Salem and Double-A Portland . . . Twins Double-A outfielder Adam Brett Walker swings and misses a ton, which is a major red flag, but he also brings outstanding power, which should play well in the hitter-friendly AFL . . . Tigers outfielder Mike Gerber doesn't have Walker's power, but his simple, efficient swing stays in the hitting zone a long time. The Tigers conservatively sent Gerber, 22, to the low Class A Midwest League, where he batted .296/.357/.469 in 129 games, so the better pitching he'll see in the AFL will give a better gauge of the Tigers' 15th-round pick from a year ago . . . Ray Black missed his first two pro seasons due to a shoulder injury, so he's a 25-year-old reliever who only pitched in the high Class A California League this year. He walked 22 batters in 23 innings, but he also struck out 48 (a ridiculous 18.8 K/9) with a triple-digits fastball . . . Joining Black in the big velo, where-is-the-ball-going camp is Twins righthand reliever Nick Burdi, who pitched well in high Class A Fort Myers before running into trouble upon his Double-A promotion.

REHABBING: Giants lefthander Adalberto Mejia isn't rehabbing from an injury, but he is building up innings after sitting out until June because he tested positive for the stimulant sibutramine. After throwing 108 innings in 2014, Mejia has pitched 47 1/3 innings with a 2.47 ERA in Double-A Richmond this year. While Mejia might be a candidate to help the Giants next season, it would be a big jump in workload if he did it as a starter, even with the AFL exposure.

— Ben Badler


SURPRISE SAGUAROS
Player Pos Age B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Jacob Barnes RHP 25 R-R 6-2 230 MIL
Andrew Edwards RHP 23 R-R 6-6 265 KC
John Fasola RHP 23 R-R 6-2 195 TEX
Josh Hader LHP 21 L-L 6-3 160 MIL
Chaz Hebert LHP 22 L-L 6-2 180 NYY
Adrian Houser RHP 22 R-R 6-4 230 MIL
Dean Kiekhefer LHP 26 L-L 6-0 175 STL
Damien Magnifico RHP 24 R-R 6-1 185 MIL
Kevin McCarthy RHP 23 R-R 6-3 200 KC
Adam Parks RHP 22 R-R 6-3 220 TEX
Brooks Pounders RHP 24 R-R 6-4 270 KC
Alex Reyes RHP 21 R-R 6-3 185 STL
Robby Rowland RHP 23 B-R 6-4 215 STL
Ryne Slack LHP 23 L-L 6-2 220 TEX
Luke Weaver RHP 22 R-R 6-2 170 STL
Tyler Webb LHP 25 R-L 6-6 225 NYY
Sam Wolff RHP 24 R-R 6-1 190 TEX
Player Pos Age B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Zane Evans C 23 R-R 6-2 210 KC
Mike Ohlman C 24 R-R 6-5 215 STL
Gary Sanchez C 22 R-R 6-2 230 NYY
Player Pos Age B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Aledmys Diaz SS 25 R-R 6-1 195 STL
Eric Jagielo 3B 23 L-R 6-2 215 NYY
Jurickson Profar 2B 22 B-R 6-0 200 TEX
Yadiel Rivera SS 23 R-R 6-3 180 MIL
Ramon Torres SS 22 B-R 5-10 155 KC
Tyler Wade SS 20 L-R 6-1 180 NYY
Patrick Wisdom 3B 24 R-R 6-2 210 STL
Player Pos Age B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Lewis Brinson OF 21 R-R 6-3 170 TEX
*Dustin Fowler OF 20 L-L 6-0 185 NYY
Brett Phillips OF 21 L-R 6-0 180 MIL
Michael Reed OF 22 R-R 6-0 190 MIL
Ryan Rua OF 25 R-R 6-2 205 TEX
Bubba Starling OF 23 R-R 6-4 210 KC
*Charlie Tilson OF 22 L-L 5-11 175 STL
Coaching staff—Manager: Carlos Subero (Brewers); Pitching coaches: Jose Rosado (Yankees), Carlos Reyes (Royals); Hitting coach: Bobby Rose (Rangers); Trainers: James Stone (Royals), Brent Neuharth (Cardinals)

THE STARS: Milwaukee prospect Brett Phillips, acquired at midseason in the package for Carlos Gomez. Phillips combines the potential for 20-home run power with an arm that some grade as a 70 into a tantalizing, toolsy package. One the mound, the presence of Alex Reyes will make for appointment viewing. Reyes brings a fastball that has touched as high as 102 mph this season and couples it with a curveball and changeup that each project as plus in the future. He's one of the few prospects in the minors with ace-level potential. Another one of the Cardinals' prized arms, Luke Weaver, the team's first-round pick in 2014, will join Reyes on the Saguaros' staff. After the Cole Hamels trade cleaned out their system, Lewis Brinson emerged as the Rangers' top prospect behind slugger Joey Gallo. He's played at three levels this year and put together an OPS of .992 while playing excellent defense in center field.

INTERESTING: Yankees shortstop prospect Tyler Wade, a fourth-round pick from 2013, has shown enough skills to shoot through the system and reach Double-A before his 21st birthday. One of the toolsiest guys around, Royals outfielder Bubba Starling will take a second turn in the AFL after playing for Peoria in 2014. He quietly put together a very nice season between high Class A and Double-A. Pitchers Adrian Houser and Josh Hader, like Phillips, were part of the package the Astros sent to Milwaukee in exchange for Gomez.

REHABBING: Jurickson Profar, once one of the game's most promising prospects, has spent nearly two years rehabbing from a variety of injuries, the most severe of which was a torn labrum in his shoulder that require surgery this winter. He’s getting ready for the Fall League with some DH time at low Class A Hickory … Yankees third baseman Eric Jagielo, who was scheduled to attend the AFL last year before being hit in the face by a pitch in the fall instructional league, had surgery this season to remove loose bodies from his knee.

— Josh Norris

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