Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Rosters Announced

Rosters have been announced for the Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game. The game will be played on Nov. 5 at 8:10 p.m. ET at Surprise Stadium. It will be televised on MLB Network and MLB.TV, with Baseball America’s John Manuel among the commentators.

The following are the preliminary rosters, as well as a quick report on each prospect.

EAST ROSTER
Pitchers AFL Team B T Ht. Wt. 2011 Team
Steve Ames SRR LAD R R 6—1 205 Chattanooga (AA)
Control isn’t great, but jerky delivery adds deception
Charles Brewer SRR ARI R R 6—4 205 Mobile (AA)
Lacks a plus pitch, gets by with feel for setting up hitters
Chris Carpenter MSS CHC R R 6—4 220 Chicago-NL (MLB)
Touched 100 mph in last year’s Rising Stars game, has done it again this fall
David Carpenter SCO LAA R R 6—3 180 Arkansas (AA)
Lots of success in 2011, but violent delivery causes concerns
Gerrit Cole MSS PIT R R 6—4 220 UCLA (NCAA)
No. 1 pick showing a 98-100 mph fastball in first pro action
Jacob Diekman SCO PHI L L 6—4 190 Reading (AA)
Lefty has a plus fastball and cross-fire delivery that brings strikeouts and walks
Terry Doyle MSS CWS R R 6—4 225 Birmingham (AA)
Righthander has dominated AFL with average stuff and good pitchability
Trey McNutt MSS CHC R R 6—4 220 Tennessee (AA)
Trying to bounce back, showing good fastball velocity (93-96 mph) but throwing little else
Kevin Munson SRR ARI R R 6—5 213 Visalia (A+)
Has a chance to have a plus fastball and slider
Rob Scahill SRR COL L R 6—2 220 Tulsa (AA)
Shows plus fastball, but secondary stuff has a ways to go
Casey Weathers SRR COL R R 6—1 205 Tulsa (AA)
Stuff is plus, but control is minus-minus

Catcher AFL Team B T Ht. Wt. 2011 Team
Jason Castro SRR HOU L R 6—3 206 Houston (MLB)
Catching up on ABs after missing all of 2011
Derek Norris SCO WSH R R 6—0 210 Harrisburg (AA)
Hit-first catcher piles up high OBP despite low batting average

Infielders AFL Team B T Ht. Wt. 2011 Team
Nolan Arenado SRR COL R R 6—1 205 Modesto (A+)
Viewers get a chance to see how much he’s improved defensively
Brian Dozier MSS MIN R R 5—11 190 New Britain (AA)
Sleeper to make the Twins 2012 roster
Junior Lake MSS CHC R R 6—3 215 Tennessee (AA)
Great arm, but rest of the package hasn’t caught up
Will Middlebrooks SCO BOS R R 6—4 200 Pawtucket (AAA)
Breakthrough 2011 season puts him among game’s best 3B prospects
Joe Panik SCO SF L R 6—1 193 Salem-Keizer (A)
Giants first-rounder has an impressive 2011 debut
Ben Paulsen SRR COL L R 6—4 205 Tulsa (AA)
2009 third-rounder hit a wall in Double-A this season
Jean Segura SCO LAA R R 5—11 160 Inland Empire (A+)
Needs the ABs after hamstring injuries ruined regular season

Outfielders AFL Team B T Ht. Wt. 2011 Team
Xavier Avery MSS BAL L L 5—11 180 Bowie (AA)
Speedster has seven steals in 19 AFL games
Robbie Grossman MSS PIT S L 6—1 190 Bradenton (A+)
Repeat trip to Bradenton paid off this year with breakout season
Bryce Harper SCO WSH L R 6—3 225 Harrisburg (AA)
One of game’s best prospects will make this must-watch TV
Mike Trout SCO LAA R R 6—1 200 Los Angeles (AL) (MLB)
If Harper’s not the game’s best prospect, Trout likely is
Tim Wheeler SRR COL L R 6—4 205 Tulsa (AA)
Tweaked his swing this year and saw his power take off
EAST ROSTER
Pitchers AFL ORG B T Ht. Wt. 2011 Club
Nate Adcock SUR KC R R 6—5 220 Kansas City (MLB)
Rule 5 pick now hopes to move from pen to Royals’ rotation
Anthony Bass PEO SD R R 6—2 190 San Diego (MLB)
Power stuff, has one of better arms on the West club
Brad Boxberger PDD CIN R R 6—2 200 Louisville (AAA)
Reds’ best reliever prospect should be in Cincinnati in 2012
Jed Bradley PEO MIL L L 6—4 224 Georgia Tech (NCAA)
Brewers’ first-round pick getting first taste of pros
Corey Burns PDD CLE R R 6—1 180 Akron (AA)
Kids, don’t try this delivery at home, but it works for him
Wes Etheridge PDD TOR R R 6—1 185 New Hampshire (AA)
Former indy ball pitcher had dominating season as Dunedin closer
Preston Guilmet PDD CLE R R 6—2 200 Kinston (A+)
Nothing plus here, but that hasn’t stopped him yet from having success
J.J. Hoover SUR ATL R R 6—3 215 Gwinnett (AAA)
Move to the pen has given Hoover clearer path to big leagues
Danny Hultzen PEO SEA L L 6—3 200 Virginia (NCAA)
Hultzen, Gerrit Cole reason enough to tune in to broadcast
Jeremy Jeffress SUR KC R R 6—0 210 Omaha (AAA)
Could join Cole, Carpenter in touching 100 mph
Taylor Whitenton PEO NYM R R 6—3 190 Savannah (A)
Ok fastball, changeup could make him a relief prospect

Catchers AFL ORG B T Ht. Wt. 2011 Club
Christian Bethancourt SUR ATL R R 6—2 190 Lynchburg (A+)
Braves’ top catching prospect is more athletic than the average catcher
Kyle Skipworth SUR FLA L L 6—4 205 Jacksonville (AA)
Marlins have been very patient with struggling 2008 first-round pick

Infielders AFL ORG B T Ht. Wt. 2011 Club
Matt Adams PEO STL L R 6—3 230 Springfield (AA)
Sleeper prospect who had an excellent 2011 season has a plus hit tool
Tyler Bortnick SUR TB R R 5—11 185 Charlotte (A+)
If it works out, he could be big league utilityman
Christian Colon SUR KC R R 6—1 180 NW Arkansas (AA)
Subpar 2011 has scouts wondering if he is a regular
Matt Dominguez SUR FLA R R 6—1 205 New Orleans (AAA)
Defense is excellent, but bat still is work in progress
Nick Franklin PEO SEA S R 6—1 170 Jackson (AA)
2010 breakout prospect was laid low by mono in 2011
Mike Olt SUR TEX R R 6—2 210 Myrtle Beach (A+)
Midseason collarbone injury cut into his ABs, but he’s an intriguing prospect
Joe Terdoslavich SUR ATL S R 6—1 200 Lynchburg (A+)
Plus power prospect should put on a show in batting practice

Outfielders AFL ORG B T Ht. Wt. 2011 Club
Michael Choice PDD OAK R R 6—0 215 Stockton (A+)
Plus power and potentially plus defense in outfield if he can improve pitch recognition
Jaff Decker PEO SD L L 5—10 190 San Antonio (AA)
Bat-first player picks up plenty of walks and plenty of strikeouts
Anthony Gose PDD TOR L L 6—1 190 New Hampshire (AA)
Excellent athleticism, made strides with bat in 2011
Mikie Mahtook SUR TB R R 6—1 200 Louisiana State (NCAA)
Rays’ first-round pick is off to solid start in first pro action
Wil Myers SUR KC R R 6—3 205 NW Arkansas (AA)
Former catcher has impressed in AFL after struggles in regular season

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