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The Arizona Fall League is an off-season league owned and operated by Major League Baseball[1] which operates during the autumn in Arizona, United States, at six different baseball complexes.[1] The Arizona Fall League attracts many of the top prospects in minor league baseball.

Arizona Fall League
AzFallLeagueLogo.jpeg
Arizona Fall League logo
Sport Baseball
Founded 1992
No. of teams 6
Country USA
Most recent
champion(s)
Peoria Javelinas (2017)
Most titles Glendale Desert Dogs (6)
Peoria Javelinas (6)
Official website Official website

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StructureEdit

Each August, Major League Baseball clubs hold a position draft to determine the players who will go to Arizona.[1] Most are Double-A and Triple-A Minor League players.[1] Each club can opt to send two players below Double-A. Foreign players are allowed, as long as the player is not on his native country's primary protected player list. The league is designed for these prospects to refine their skills and perform in game settings in front of major and minor league baseball scouts and team executives, who are in attendance at almost every game. Play begins shortly after the end of MLB's regular season in early October and ends in mid-November with a championship game between the winners of the East and West divisions.

The Arizona Fall League teams are each affiliated with five separate Major League teams; each affiliated Major League team provides seven players who team up to fill the 35-man roster of each team.[1] Additionally, teams may elect to send Taxi Squad players who are only eligible on Wednesdays and Saturdays. MLB teams also provide managers, coaches, and trainers.[1]

Notable playersEdit

A number of famous ballplayers have had stints in the Arizona Fall League. In 1994, the league got worldwide attention as Michael Jordan's second professional baseball league, when he played for the Scottsdale Scorpions. Likewise, Tim Tebow played for the Scorpions during his transition to professional baseball.[2] Other notable ballplayers who have played in the Arizona Fall League include Derek Jeter, Dustin Pedroia, Mike Piazza, Albert Pujols, Jimmy Rollins, Bryce Harper, David Wright, Mitch Haniger, Aaron Judge, and Mike Trout.

Current teamsEdit

Championship historyEdit

Most Valuable Player awardEdit

Stenson AwardEdit

Hall of FameEdit

The Arizona Fall League Hall of Fame was created in 2001. The AFL has had over 1,200 players who came through the league reach Major League Baseball. Additionally, 18 former AFL||Managers/players have gone on to manage a Major League club after managing in the league. To be considered by the selection committee, a player must be recognized at Major League Baseball level as a Rookie of the Year, a Most Valuable Player, an All-Star, or a Gold Glove or Silver Slugger Award winner.

Year Inductee AFL Year AFL Team Role
2001 Dusty Baker 1992 Scottsdale Scorpions Manager
2001 Nomar Garciaparra 1994 Scottsdale Scorpions Shortstop
2001 Derek Jeter 1994 Chandler Diamondbacks Shortstop
2001 Mike Piazza 1992 Sun Cities Solar Sox Catcher
2002 Jason Giambi 1994 Peoria Javelinas First baseman
2002 Jerry Manuel 1994 Maryvale Saguaros Manager
2003 Shawn Green 1992 Scottsdale Scorpions Outfielder
2003 Todd Helton 1996 Peoria Javelinas First baseman
2003 Mike Scioscia 1997 Peoria Javelinas Manager
2004 Garret Anderson 1993 Tempe Rafters Outfielder
2004 Tony Peña 2000 Maryvale Saguaros Manager
2004 Albert Pujols 2000 Scottsdale Scorpions Third baseman
2005 Troy Percival 1992 Scottsdale Scorpions Pitcher
2005 Terry Francona 1992
1994
Grand Canyon Rafters
Scottsdale Scorpions
Coach
Manager
2006 Roy Halladay 1998 Grand Canyon Rafters Pitcher
2006 Grady Little 1992 Grand Canyon Rafters Manager
2006 Alfonso Soriano 1998 Grand Canyon Rafters Second baseman
2007 Jermaine Dye 1995 Sun Cities Solar Sox Outfielder
2007 Derrek Lee 1995-1996 Sun Cities Solar Sox First baseman
2007 Ken Macha 1994 Tempe Rafters Manager
2007 Torii Hunter 1998 Phoenix Desert Dogs Outfielder
2008 Jimmy Rollins 2000 Maryvale Saguaros Shortstop
2008 Eric Wedge 1993 Tucson Javelinas Catcher
2009 Brian Giles 1994 Sun Cities Solar Sox Outfielder
2010 Chris Carpenter 1996 Phoenix Desert Dogs Pitcher
2010 Michael Young 2000 Grand Canyon Rafters Shortstop
2011 Ryan Howard 2004 Phoenix Desert Dogs First baseman
2011 Paul Konerko 1996 Sun Cities Solar Sox First baseman
2012 Derek Lowe 1993
1995
Sun Cities Solar Sox
Peoria Javelinas
Pitcher
2012 Mark Teixeira 2002 Peoria Javelinas Third baseman
2012 Ron Washington 1992
1993
Sun Cities Solar Sox
Tucson Javelinas
Coach
2013 Darin Erstad 1995 Tempe Rafters Outfielder
2013 Bob Melvin 1999 Maryvale Saguaros Manager
2013 Dustin Pedroia 2004 Scottsdale Scorpions Shortstop
2014 Carl Crawford 2001 Maryvale Saguaros Outfielder
2014 Matt Holliday 2002–2003 Mesa Solar Sox Outfielder
2015 Andrew McCutchen 2007 Phoenix Desert Dogs Outfielder
2016 Max Scherzer 2007

2008

Scottsdale Scorpions

Phoenix Desert Dogs

Pitcher
2016 Mike Trout 2011 Scottsdale Scorpions Outfielder
2016 David Wright 2003 Peoria Saguaros Third baseman
Ref: 2001–2013 2014 2015 2016

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "About: History". Arizona Fall League official website. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved December 7, 2011.
  2. ^ "Tim Tebow makes Arizona Fall League debut, crashes into wall". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  3. ^ "Desme Wins AFL MVP Award". CBS Sports. November 23, 2009. Retrieved January 30, 2010. See Grant Desme, the 2009 recipient.
  4. ^ Baker, Geoff (November 23, 2010). "Can Dustin Ackley buck the Arizona Fall League MVP curse? The bar has been set pretty low". The Seattle Times Company. Retrieved December 7, 2011.
  5. ^ "Yankees' Bird named Arizona Fall League MVP". MLB.com. Retrieved November 15, 2014.
  6. ^ "Yankees teenage prospect Gleyber Torres named 2016 Arizona Fall League MVP". CBS Sports. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Braves' Acuna caps breakout with MVP award". MiLB.com. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  8. ^ Dernell Stenson Stats. Baseball Almanac website. Retrieved December 31, 2010.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Stenson Award". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 31, 2010.
  10. ^ "Mariners prospect Patrick Kivlehan wins AFL's Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  11. ^ "Yadiel Rivera wins Fall League Stenson Award". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  12. ^ Kramer, Daniel (November 19, 2016). "Nola wins Fall League's Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award". MLB.com. Retrieved November 19, 2016.

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