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August 27, 2014

AFL 2014

All the Intrigue

by Jeff Moore


The Arizona Fall League is the Mecca of the prospect world, giving scouts and fans the most saturating collection of prospects gathered in any one spot at any point on the baseball calendar, save perhaps the one-day Future’s Game. Unlike that all-star exhibition, however, many of the game’s top prospects will ascend to the desert to play for something more than just national exposure and that third digit on the radar gun, with 32 games to refine their skills against fellow top prospects.

In what has become known as a “finishing school” before the majors, there are six teams, each of which consists of prospects from five specific major-league organizations. Within the constructs of the roster, teams assign players to the league based on positional availability. Teams use their roster spots in different ways, everything from an end-of-the-year test for a top prospect to a make-up for lost time for a prospect injured during the year.

From a scouting standpoint, the AFL is a great chance to see a large collection of top prospects at once, something which is especially convenient for someone like me who is trapped in one corner of the country. Here’s what I’ll be looking forward to when I go out to Arizona this fall.

Glendale Desert Dogs

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amazin_mess

Why are these games not televised somewhere? I've wondered that for several years and you'd think it would occur to a network (MLB) to pick them up.

Aug 27, 2014 04:59 AM
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Bryan Cole

The AFL website makes it look like there will be a couple games on the MLB Network, at least, though it doesn't say which ones yet.

Aug 27, 2014 06:01 AM
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eyleraaron

I would absolutely pay for an AFL.MLB.TV subscription.

Aug 29, 2014 07:49 AM
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TGT969

With all of his innings pitched already, I doubt you will see a lot of Glasnow.

Aug 27, 2014 07:57 AM
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JasonPennini

I was really hoping Tapia or Dahl would be on the Salt River Roster.

Aug 27, 2014 11:03 AM
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