2017 Arizona Fall League Rosters: Glendale Desert Dogs

SEE ALSO: 2017 AFL Rosters

GLENDALE DESERT DOGS
Pitchers Pos DOB B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Isaac Anderson RHP 9-4-92 R-R 6-2 185 Dodgers
Argenis Angulo RHP 2-26-94 R-R 6-3 220 Indians
Trevor Bettencourt RHP 7-21-94 R-R 6-0 195 Phillies
Michael Boyle LHP 4-12-94 R-L 6-3 200 Dodgers
Sean Brady LHP 6-9-94 L-L 6-0 175 Indians
J.T. Brubaker RHP 11-17-93 R-R 6-4 175 Pirates
Garrett Cleavinger LHP 4-23-94 R-L 6-1 210 Phillies
Dylan Covey RHP 8-14-91 R-R 6-2 195 White Sox
Luke Eubank RHP 2-24-94 R-R 6-0 180 Indians
Matt Foster RHP 1-27-95 R-R 6-0 195 White Sox
Jace Fry LHP 7-9-93 L-L 6-1 190 White Sox
Elniery Garcia LHP 12-24-94 L-L 6-0 175 Phillies
J.D. Hammer RHP 7-12-94 R-R 6-3 215 Phillies
Taylor Hearn LHP 8-30-94 L-L 6-5 210 Pirates
Mitch Keller RHP 4-4-96 R-R 6-3 195 Pirates
Leandro Linares RHP 1-27-94 R-R 6-3 205 Indians
Andrew Sopko RHP 8-7-94 R-R 6-2 205 Dodgers
Shea Spitzbarth RHP 10-9-94 R-R 6-1 195 Dodgers
Brandon Waddell LHP 6-3-94 L-L 6-3 180 Pirates
Connor Walsh RHP 10-18-92 L-R 6-2 180 White Sox
Catchers Pos DOB B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Edgar Cabral C 9-12-95 R-R 5-11 210 Phillies
Will Smith C 3-28-95 R-R 6-0 192 Dodgers
Seby Zavala C 7-28-93 R-R 5-11 205 White Sox
Infielders Pos DOB B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Bobby Bradley 1B 5-29-96 L-R 6-1 225 Indians
Zach Green 3B/1B 3-7-94 R-R 6-3 210 Phillies
Kevin Kramer 2B 10-3-93 L-R 6-1 190 Pirates
Tyler Krieger 2B 1-16-94 B-R 6-2 170 Indians
Danny Mendick INF 9-28-93 R-R 5-10 190 White Sox
Francisco Mejia C/3B 10-27-95 B-R 5-10 180 Indians
Cole Tucker SS 7-3-96 B-R 6-3 195 Pirates
Outfielders Pos DOB B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Matt Beaty OF 4-28-93 L-R 6-0 210 Dodgers
Yusniel Diaz OF 10-7-96 R-R 6-1 195 Dodgers
Logan Hill OF 5-26-93 R-R 6-3 230 Pirates
D.J. Peters* OF 12-12-95 R-R 6-6 225 Dodgers
Tito Polo OF 8-23-94 R-R 5-10 195 White Sox
Cornelius Randolph OF 6-2-95 L-R 5-11 205 Phillies
Ka’ai Tom* OF 5-29-94 L-R 5-9 185 Indians
*Indicates taxi squad member
Manager: Shawn Williams (Phillies)
Pitching Coaches: Connor McGuiness (Dodgers), Matt Zaleski (White Sox)
Hitting Coaches: Kevin Howard (Indians), Keoni DeRenne (Pirates)

THE STARS: The best position prospect on the team is Indians C Francisco Mejia. However, Mejia is listed as an infielder on Glendale’s roster, and the plan is for him to play the infield—primarily at third base—in the AFL. Mejia is the No. 18 prospect on our midseason Top 100 and the top-ranked catching prospect in baseball, and while the Indians will continue to keep Mejia behind the plate long-term, the AFL will give him exposure to a new position. The Indians have previously had internal discussions about getting Mejia experience at third base, though he’s only played catcher this year. He’s also a likely September callup . . . . Teams shy away from sending their top pitching prospects to the AFL, but Pirates RHP Mitch Keller (No. 15 on the midseason Top 100) will be there. Keller missed a month in June with a back injury, so the AFL will give him an opportunity to build innings from his 110 this year after throwing 124.1 last year. That gives him a better chance to handle a full season’s workload next year, when he’s likely to open in Triple-A and reach Pittsburgh at some point in 2018.

INTERESTING: Dodgers OF Yusniel Diaz has handled the jump to Double-A Tulsa well since arriving there at the beginning of August. He’s still just 20 years old . . . Managers voted Dodgers C Will Smith the best defensive catcher in the high Class A California League . . . Indians 1B Bobby Bradley has some of the biggest raw power in the minor leagues, and with a hot streak in a league typically thin on pitching, he could easily go on a power tear in the AFL.

REHABBING: Phillies LHP Elniery Garcia wasn’t injured, but he missed nearly all of the 2017 season due to an 80-game suspension when he tested positive for anabolic steroids. He’s returned to make four starts at Double-A Reading this month, so the AFL will help him make up for lost innings during the regular season.

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