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2022 Arizona Fall League: Surprise Saguaros



The Arizona Fall League will begin its 2022 campaign on Oct. 3, the first day of six weeks of games in Phoenix. Preliminary rosters were announced today. While there are likely to be changes between now and Opening Day, this is the first version of the Surprise club, with prospects from the Rangers, Royals, Pirates, Astros and Phillies.

Top 100 Prospects: Quinn Priester, RHP, Pirates (64); Henry Davis, C, Pirates (80); Luisangel Acuña, SS/2B, Rangers (84)

Intriguing Prospects: Phillies prospect Carlos De La Cruz has always had plentiful raw power. Now, it’s turning into plentiful game power. The hulking 22-year-old has swatted 17 home runs through his first 98 games—split between High-A Jersey Shore and Double-A Reading—to go along with 20 doubles and two triples. De La Cruz still has a ways to go in terms of plate discipline, but his juice makes him a player to watch … Pirates outfielder Matt Gorski was in the midst of a breakout before an injury led to an elongated stint on the injured list. He’s got excellent power and a very strong throwing arm and the chance to play center field but the ability to profile in a corner if he has to move … Phillies outfielder Johan Rojas should be one of the league’s most exciting defenders given his potential shutdown glove in center … Royals outfielder Tyler Gentry has been one of the system’s biggest breakouts in 2022. His .327 average and .974 OPS both lead Kansas City’s system. ... Rangers righthander Kumar Rocker will be one of the most closely followed arms in the AFL. Texas shocked the industry by taking Rocker No. 3 overall with only a handful of starts in the Frontier League since he and the Mets failed to come to an agreement with Rocker after taking him with their first-round pick in 2021.

PositionPlayerBirthdateOrganization
PChristian Chamberlain7/20/99KC
POmar Cruz1/26/99PIT
PJonah Dipoto9/3/96KC
PColton Gordon12/20/98HOU
PRhett Kouba9/3/99HOU
PJake Latz4/8/96TEX
PTaylor Lehman12/30/95PHI
PFrancisco Morales10/27/99PHI
PWalter Pennington4/14/98KC
PQuinn Priester9/16/00PIT
PKumar Rocker11/22/99TEX
PMatt Ruppenthal10/21/95HOU
PBrett Schulze11/24/97PHI
PColin Selby10/24/97PIT
PT.J. Sikkema7/25/98KC
PJonathan Sprinkle7/8/98HOU
PNick Starr12/3/96TEX
PTahnaj Thomas6/16/99PIT
PGrant Wolfram12/12/96TEX
CHenry Davis9/21/99PIT
CCody Freeman1/5/01TEX
CBlake Sabol #1/7/98PIT
INFLuisangel Acuña03/12/2002TEX
INFJ.C. Correa9/15/98HOU
INFJayce Easley8/2/99TEX
INFNick Gonzales5/27/99PIT
INFJacob Gonzalez #6/26/98PIT
INFTrevor Hauver11/20/98TEX
INFScott Schreiber10/13/95HOU
INFSamad Taylor7/11/96KC
INFWill Wagner7/29/98HOU
OFCarlos De La Cruz10/6/99PHI
OFTyler Gentry2/1/99KC
OFMatt Gorski12/22/97PIT
OFJhailyn Ortiz*11/18/98PHI
OFJohn Rave12/30/97KC
OFJohan Rojas8/14/00PHI
OFAaron Zavala6/24/00TEX

*indicates a player on a team's 40-man roster
#indicates a player on an AFL team's taxi squad

Henry Davis (Mike Janes Four Seam Images)

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