The Arizona Fall League’s 10th annual Fall Stars Game Presented by Bowman Baseball Cards will be played at 6:08 p.m. AZ (8:08 p.m. ET) this Saturday, November 7 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
Scouting and farm directors from every Major League organization, in consultation with Arizona Fall League Director Steve Cobb and his baseball personnel staff, selected the players for the annual showcase that pits top prospects from the Fall League’s East Division and West Division clubs.
The Mariners will be represented on the West Division club by infielder D.J. Peterson and left-handed pitcher David Rollins.
The contest will be nationally televised by MLB Network and online via MLB.com. Paul Severino (play-by-play), Joe Magrane (game analyst), and Jim Callis (prospect analyst) will call the game. The MLB Radio Network also will carry the game on Sirius/XM satellite radio. Mike Ferrin will offer play-by-play.
For those who didn’t see the link on Mariners.com last week, MLBpipeline.com had an AFL report on the Mariners where they featured Peterson and Tyler O’Neill. Check it out below.
MLB.com reporter Jonathan Mayo caught up with Mariners top prospect DJ Peterson prior to the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game. Peterson is playing for the Surprise Saguaros in the Fall League.
It isn’t every day that we get to see baseball’s top prospects on display on one field from the comfort of our homes, but today, fans will get just that.
The annual Arizona Fall League Stars Game will be played Saturday (Nov. 1) at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Arizona at 5 pm PT. Mariners infielder D.J. Peterson will be the Mariners representative in the game. The game will be nationally televised by MLB Network and online via MLB.com with Paul Severino (play-by-play), Joe Magrane (game analyst) and John Manuel (game analyst) calling the action. The MLB Radio Network also will carry the game on Sirius/XM satellite radio.
Another Mariners connection in the game will be Kyle Seager’s younger brother, Dodgers prospect Corey Seager, who is on the AFL West roster along with Peterson.
Here’s a list of Mariners who have participated in the Arizona Fall League Stars Game:
2014 – INF D.J. Peterson
2013 – OF Stefen Romero
2012 – LHP James Paxton, C Mike Zunino, INF Nick Franklin
2011 – LHP Danny Hultzen, INF Nick Franklin
2010 – OF Dustin Ackley, RHP Josh Fields
2009 – OF Dustin Ackley, RHP Phillippe Aumont, Josh Fields, INF Carlos Triunfel
2008 – OF Greg Halman, INF Carlos Triunfel
2007 – C Jeff Clement, RHP Joe Woerman
2006 – INF Michael Garciaparra, RHP Stephen Kahn
Mariners outfield prospect Stefen Romero wasn’t in the starting lineup for the West squad in the 2013 Arizona Fall League All-Star game, but that didn’t stop him from having a great performance. Romero entered the game in the 6th inning and went 2-for-2 with 2 home runs (both to the opposite field) with 3 RBI.
In a story by MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo, Romero talked about his big performance.
“I was just trying square the ball up,” said Romero, who helped the West beat the East, 9-2. “Coming in, I knew we were up early. I felt like they were going to try to get ahead of me early. Luckily, my first at-bat, I jumped on a fastball right away up in the zone. Luckily, it went out, a wall-scraper. Second at-bat, I just wanted to be a little more patient. Fortunately, he got a slider up and I did the same thing.”
Here is a video from MLB.com of Romero’s home runs:
- RHP Logan Bawcom
- LHP Bobby LaFromboise
- LHP James Paxton
- RHP Carson Smith
- C Mike Zunino
- INF Vinnie Catricala
- INF Nick Franklin
- INF Stefen Romero (taxi squad – active on Wednesday & Saturday)
“We are extremely proud with the seasons each of these players have had this year and look forward to seeing all of them compete in the Arizona Fall League,” said Mariners Director of Player Development Chris Gwynn. ” The Arizona Fall League allows each player to set goals and work on individual areas of their game, while competing against some the top prospect in the minor leagues.”
In addition to the eight Mariners players, Jackson (AA) pitching coach Lance Painter will serve on the Javelinas coaching staff.
Opening Day for the 20th Anniversary season of the AFL is set for Tuesday, Oct. 9. The six-team league, owned and operated by Major League Baseball, plays six days per week (Monday-Saturday) in six Cactus League stadiums in the Phoenix area — Mesa Hohokam Stadium (Solar Sox), Peoria Sports Complex (Javelinas), Phoenix Municipal Stadium (Desert Dogs), Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (Rafters), Scottsdale Stadium (Scorpions) and Surprise Stadium (Saguaros). Daily start times are 12:35 p.m. and 6:35 p.m., and games can be followed online at MLB.com.
You can follow the Arizona Fall League on twitter via @MLBazFallLeague.