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November 4, 2013

Minor League Update

AFL Fall Stars Game Recap

by Jeff Moore


The Arizona Fall League Fall Stars game is the centerpiece of the fall season, coupling the major-league ready talent of the AFL with the ease of the desert’s second season to produce the best showcase for top minor-league talent.

And was that talent ever on display over the weekend. The AFL showcase served as a chance not only to see the best of the AFL’s talent-laden pool in action but also to see it against other top-flight talent.

As with any all-star game, there were standouts even among the standouts, but on this stage, they provided us with a new level of context among their peers.

Byron Buxton, for example, went just 1-for-4, but he also drew a walk and showed off his speed going first to third on a single to left field. The box score may not exemplify his prowess, but his performance sure did. There are also tools on display that don’t get noticed as easily in the box score, such as Padres prospect Austin Hedges throwing out multiple base stealers.

Marlins first-round pick Colin Moran put together a perfect evening at the plate. He may not be the highest-ceiling player in the AFL, but he knows how to hit and demonstrated that on Saturday night, going 2-for-2 with a walk.

The story on Saturday night, however, were the home runs. The AFL is historically an offense-friendly league, but no one was prepared for the home run show put on Saturday.

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