2017 Arizona Fall League Rosters: Surprise Saguaros

SEE ALSO: 2017 AFL Rosters

SURPRISE SAGUAROS
Pitchers Pos DOB B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Sandy Alcantara RHP 9-7-95 R-R 6-4 170 Cardinals
Steven Bruce RHP 3-7-92 R-R 6-0 190 Rangers
Adam Choplick LHP 11-18-92 L-L 6-9 250 Rangers
Tyler Ferguson RHP 10-5-93 R-R 6-4 225 Rangers
Tom Hackimer RHP 6-28-94 R-R 5-11 190 Twins
Jordan Hicks RHP 9-6-96 R-R 6-2 185 Cardinals
Tyler Jay LHP 4-19-94 L-L 6-1 185 Twins
David Ledbetter RHP 2-13-92 L-R 5-11 190 Rangers
Zach Lovvorn RHP 5-26-94 R-R 6-0 185 Royals
Josh Lucas RHP 11-5-90 R-R 6-6 185 Cardinals
Spencer Jones RHP 9-22-94 R-R 6-5 205 Rays
Dalton Moats LHP 5-24-95 L-L 6-3 195 Rays
Benton Moss RHP 2-21-93 R-R 6-2 193 Rays
Arturo Reyes RHP 4-6-92 R-R 5-11 185 Cardinals
Burch Smith RHP 4-12-90 R-R 6-4 215 Rays
Jacob Bodner RHP 1-31-93 R-R 5-10 185 Royals
Jared Ruxer RHP 7-29-92 R-R 6-3 200 Royals
Matt Tenuta LHP 12-16-93 L-L 6-4 225 Royals
Andrew Vasquez LHP 9-14-93 L-L 6-6 228 Twins
TBA Twins
Catchers Pos DOB B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Nick Dini  C 7-27-93 R-R 5-8 180 Royals
Andrew Knizner  C 2-3-95 R-R 6-1 200 Cardinals
Josh Morgan*  C 11-16-95 R-R 5-11 185 Rangers
Brett Sullivan  C 2-22-94 L-R 6-1 195 Rays
Infielders Pos DOB B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Luis La O 2B/3B 12-9-91 R-R 6-0 178 Rangers
Nicky Lopez SS 3-13-95 L-R 5-11 175 Royals
Brandon Lowe 2B 7-6-94 L-R 6-0 185 Rays
Sean Miller SS 10-10-94 R-R 5-11 175 Twins
John Nogowski* 1B 1-5-93 R-L 6-2 210 Cardinals
Kevin Padlo 1B 7-15-96 R-R 6-2 205 Rays
Chris Paul 3B 10-12-92 R-R 6-2 200 Twins
Edmundo Sosa SS/2B 3-6-96 R-R 5-11 170 Cardinals
TBA Twins
Outfielders Pos DOB B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Elier Hernandez OF 11-21-94 R-R 6-3 197 Royals
Oscar Mercado OF 12-16-94 R-R 6-2 175 Cardinals
Michael O’Neill OF 6-12-92 R-R 6-1 195 Rangers
Yanio Perez OF 8-10-95 R-R 6-2 205 Rangers
LaMonte Wade OF 1-1-94 L-L 6-1 189 Twins
Manager: Spike Owen (Rangers)
Pitching Coaches: Mitch Stetter (Royals), Steve Watson (Rays)
Hitting Coach: Jobel Jimenez (Cardinals)

THE STARS: There are still five roster spots to fill, but currently the star power of the Saguaros is rather dim. There are no Top 100 Prospects on this roster. There are plenty of pitchers with impressive fastballs on the roster, led by Cardinals RHPs Sandy Alcantara and Jordan Hicks….RHP Benton Moss (Rays) is a fast-moving college draft pick who had a solid season in Double-A….The Surprise middle infield is the team’s biggest strength thanks to Nicky Lopez (Royals), Brandon Lowe (Rays) and Edmundo Sosa (Cardinals)….The AFL will give OF Oscar Mercado (Cardinals) a further chance to break through a  significant logjam of outfielders in the upper levels of St. Louis’ organization.

INTERESTING: C Andrew Knizner (Cardinals) was a seventh-round pick in 2016, but he’s moved extremely quickly. He’s coming off a solid season at the plate with Double-A Springfield. While he’s clearly behind Carson Kelly among the Cardinals’ young catchers, he’s putting himself on the prospect map….C Josh Morgan (Rangers) is the rare catcher/shortstop. He’s on the taxi squad as he continues to work on developing his catching skills….2B/3B Luis La O (Rangers) tried to shake off rust at high Class A Down East this season, but the 25-year-old former Serie Nacional star needs to speed up his development in the AFL.

REHABBING: LHP Tyler Jay (Twins) has just returned to action after missing most of the season with a shoulder injury. He will get needed innings in Surprise….RHP Burch Smith (Rays) missed two full seasons recovering from Tommy John surgery and didn’t get back on the mound in games until late June.

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