Top 100 prospects on the Scottsdale and Salt River rosters include Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres (MLBPipeline’s No. 17 overall prospect), and the Brewers’ Brett Phillips (No. 62) and Isan Diaz (No. 96).
|AFL club||MLB clubs|
|Glendale||CWS, HOU, LA, STL, WSH|
|Peoria||BAL, CIN, SD, SEA, TB|
|Salt River||ARI, ATL, COL, DET, MIL|
|Surprise||BOS, KC, MIN, PIT, TEX|
|Scottsdale||LAA, NYM, NYY, PHI, SF|
|Mesa||CHC, CLE, MIA, OAK, TOR|
The game will also feature Scorpions outfielder Tim Tebow, better known as a former Heisman Trophy- and two-time national championship-winning quarterback for the University of Florida and then for the Denver Broncos and New York Jets in the NFL. Tebow, 29, is embarking on a professional baseball career and is testing the progress of his recent transition alongside many of the game’s best prospects.
Tebow has struggled so far in AFL competition, going 3-for-29 with nine strikeouts heading into Thursday’s games.
Torres, who at 19 years of age is the youngest player in the league, arrived in the Yankees organization in the Trade Deadline deal with the Cubs for closer Aroldis Chapman. He is the second-highest-ranked prospect playing in the Fall League behind No. 1 overall prospect Yoan Moncada (Boston). And he is not disappointing, as he leads the league in OPS (1.256) and is in the top five in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging through his first seven games played.
Torres on playing in Fall League
Torres discusses playing in the Arizona Fall League
Yankees prospect Gleyber Torres talks about playing in the Arizona Fall League
Also on the Scottsdale roster is Yankees first baseman Greg Bird, who was the 2014 AFL MVP and continues to work on honing his power stroke as he returns from missing the entire 2016 season due to of surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder.
As for Salt River, other players to keep an eye on are outfielder JaCoby Jones, the Tigers’ No. 9 prospect, who is among the Rafters’ leaders in most offensive categories, and infielder Travis Demeritte, the Braves’ No. 9 prospect.
Top Prospects: Jones, DET
Top Prospects: JaCoby Jones, 3B/OF, Tigers
2016 MLB.com Top Prospects: JaCoby Jones is a big, strong athlete who looks like a premium power/speed guy when he’s going well
There will be even more intrigue on the pitcher’s mound on Thursday night. The Rafters’ starter, right-hander Chris Ellis, is Atlanta’s No. 16 prospect after coming over from the Angels in the Andrelton Simmons deal. Ellis had a 2.75 ERA at the Double-A level this past year and pitched six hitless innings in Game 2 of the Governors’ Cup finals.
Top Prospects: Ellis, ATL
Top Prospects: Chris Ellis, RHP, Braves
2016 MLB.com Top Prospects: Chris Ellis, a 6-foot-5 right-hander, has two above-average pitches in his fastball and slider
He’ll be opposed by Scorpions righty Grayson Long, the Angels’ No. 10 prospect. The Texas A&M product and rabid Nolan Ryan fan went 5-5 with a 3.18 ERA in first full professional season.
MLB.com will have all of the action covered from every angle. Mike Ferrin and MLBPipeline’s Jonathan Mayo will be on the broadcast, with Daron Sutton as the crew’s sideline reporter.
Thursday night’s featured game will only be an appetizer for more upcoming Fall League broadcasts on MLB Network and MLB.com. Those games will include the Fall Stars Game on Nov. 5, the Military Appreciation game on Nov. 12 and the championship game on Nov. 19.
Source: Mets News / Watch Mets prospects, Tebow in Fall League action Thursday