Great news for lovers of prospect porn in all its finest form – the Arizona Fall League rosters were released last night! By some freak accident and/or once-in-a-lifetime stellar alignment, the top two prospects in baseball are playing on the same team!
Bryce Harper and Mike Trout are both scheduled to join the Scottsdale Scorpions for the upcoming AFL season. Yup, the same Bryce Harper who ascended to double-A at age 18 and the same Mike Trout who, despite being just 10 months older than Harper, lead his Los Angeles Angels over the Mariners in Seattle last night, hitting two home runs in very-hostile-to-right-handed-hitters Safeco Field.
The Scorpions roster also features Angels highly praised (if underused) catcher Hank Conger and Phillies outfield prospect Tyson Gillies. Brandon Crawford, for a brief time this season the San Francisco Giants starting shortstop, is also on the Scorpions roster. Winds of change, indeed.
In case you had any aspirations of acquiring tickets to these games…don’t. The Red Sox six AFL prospects are all on the Scottsdale roster which means Murph and Sully will gobble up every last ticket like its a hot bowl of stereotype chowder.
The Jays send prospects Adeiny Hechavarria, Anthony Gose, catcher Yan Gomes and pitchers Evan Crawford & Aaron Loup to Arizona where they join the Phoenix Desert Dogs. Let’s set Anthony Gose’s “number of outfield assists in the hot desert air” line at “a lot.” I’ll take the over.
For many around the baseball world, AFL time is their favorite of the year. The level of play is high and many of the game’s future stars are all in the same place at the same time. Major League Baseball is increasingly positioning this as a getaway opportunity for fans while offering a better return on investment to the communities that fund Spring Training ballparks.
Check out the official Arizona Fall League page for full rosters and schedules – plan a trip and have yourself a time in the desert.