Now, it actually feels just like the offseason within the United States.
The Arizona Fall League got here to a detailed Saturday when Surprise walked off with a 7-6, 11-inning win over Glendale within the Championship Game. That thrilling contest wrapped up one other enjoyable six-week marketing campaign within the desert wherein lots of the recreation’s high prospects unfold out throughout six groups to compete one final time earlier than the winter frost set in.
Below, we acknowledge the very best of these performers with the 2022 MLB Pipeline All-AFL Team. The Cardinals, Twins and Yankees every have two gamers on the 12-man squad. Salt River has essentially the most illustration amongst Fall League golf equipment themselves with 4, and Mesa (three), Glendale (two), Scottsdale (two) and Surprise (one) observe.
Selections had been made solely based mostly on on-field manufacturing through the 2022 season with out regard for prospect rating or eligibility.
This is our 2022 All-Arizona Fall League Team:
C: Stephen Scott, Scottsdale (unranked amongst BOS Top 30)
The 2019 Tenth-rounder out of Vanderbilt made the full-time transfer again to catcher this season, so that you might need anticipated there to be a heavier emphasis on his protection with the Scorpions. Instead, he confirmed he can swing it a bit too with a .298/.394/.614 line over 15 video games. Five of his seven extra-base hits left the yard, placing him in a five-way tie for third on the AFL HR leaderboard. That’s a stable exhibiting for a participant who went deep 10 occasions in 96 video games at High-A and Double-A through the common season.
Honorable point out: Henry Davis (PIT), Jeferson Quero (MIL)
1B: TJ Rumfield, Mesa (unranked amongst NYY Top 30)
The first of two unranked nook infielders from the New York system on this listing, Rumfield completed tied atop the AFL batting leaderboard with a .400 common and ranked third amongst qualifiers in OBP (.477) and third in OPS (1.059). The left-handed slugger was extra method over energy (one homer, 11/9 Ok/BB) in his 17 video games with the Solar Sox — much more notable given his place — however his work on the dish popped sufficient to carry off some good competitors on the chilly nook.
Honorable point out: Matt Mervis (CHC), Grant Lavigne (COL)
2B: Edouard Julien, Glendale (MIN No. 14)
Speaking of method vs. energy, Julien was recognized finest for his Double-A-best .441 OBP through the common season for Wichita earlier than exhibiting he can combine in some pop too with Glendale. He was one of many 5 gamers with 5 homers and likewise led AFL qualifiers with a 1.249 OPS whereas ending second with a .686 slugging share over 21 video games. Julien nonetheless caught to his strengths, tying Rumfield along with his .400 common and main the circuit with a .563 OBP and 23 walks, however the enhance in energy helped him safe Breakout Player of the Year.
Honorable point out: Nick Yorke (BOS)
3B: Tyler Hardman, Mesa (unranked amongst NYY Top 30)
“He hits the ball laborious, man,” was a typical phrase within the Valley of the Sun this fall. Hardman tied with Matt Mervis because the AFL dwelling run leaders with six blasts apiece, and he additionally completed second with 13 complete extra-base hits and 51 complete bases. Playing on the tail finish of his first full season, the 2021 fifth-rounder out of Oklahoma completed with a .325/.373/.662 line over 20 video games.
Honorable point out: Colt Keith (DET)
SS: Austin Martin, Glendale (MIN No. 12)
The 2020 fifth-overall choose was despatched to the Fall League to make up for time misplaced to a torn UCL in his left elbow and to assist him lay the groundwork to interrupt by way of Double-A after spending two seasons on the stage. A .373/.454/.482 line and seven/8 Ok/BB ratio by way of 21 video games ought to assist in each regards. Martin’s .373 common and 10 steals each ranked third within the AFL and performed again into his profile as a hitter who can put the ball in play and preserve the carousel turning on the basepaths.
Honorable point out: Ronny Simon (TB)
OF: Heston Kjerstad, Scottsdale (BAL No. 9)
The 2020 second-overall choose was named Fall League MVP after main the circuit in hits (35), doubles (9), extra-base hits (15) and complete bases (61). He additionally put up a .357/.385/.622 line and homered 5 occasions in his 22 video games with the Scorpions. That’s all of the extra spectacular contemplating Kjerstad missed all of 2021 as he recovered from myocarditis. The return of his slugging capability — after he hit simply 5 homers in 65 A-ball video games over the summer season — was one of many speaking factors of the autumn.
OF: Zac Veen, Salt River (COL No. 1, MLB No. 23)
The Rockies’ high prospect was a menace on the basepaths all autumn, main the AFL with 16 steals — the eighth-highest complete in league historical past and most since Junior Lake swiped 18 baggage in 2011. Of course, in an effort to steal a participant needs to be on base, and Veen achieved that by strolling nearly twice as typically as he struck out (15 free passes, eight punchouts) and ending with a .444 OBP in 99 plate appearances, seventh-best within the circuit. The 20-year-old was named AFL Offensive Player of the Year.
OF: Jordan Walker, Salt River (STL No. 1, MLB No. 6)
As the top-ranked prospect on this 12 months’s AFL, Walker headed to Arizona with a number of hype and nonetheless managed to fulfill it. The 20-year-old hit .286/.367/.558 over his 90 plate appearances with the Rafters. Like many others on this listing, he additionally completed with 5 homers, placing him in a tie for third within the class, and his 11 extra-base hits complete positioned him third there too. Walker achieved all of this on the plate whereas persevering with his full-time transition to the outfield, the place he confirmed off a stellar arm.
Honorable point out: Andy Pages (LAD), Zach Britton (TOR)
DH: Will Wagner, Surprise (unranked amongst HOU Top 30)
There had been actually some huge boppers on this 12 months’s Fall League. On an effectivity foundation, none was extra vulnerable to slugging than Wagner. The 2021 18th-rounder — and son of legendary nearer Billy Wagner — went for further bases on 11 of his 18 hits for Surprise, resulting in a league-best .712 slugging share and a 1.145 OPS that solely trailed Julien’s 1.249 amongst qualifiers. .
SP: Joey Wentz, Salt River (DET No. 24)
The 25-year-old southpaw was the one certified AFL pitcher to complete with a 0.00 ERA. He threw three separate scoreless four-inning begins for the Rafters, hanging out 14 and scattering solely two hits over his 12 frames. Wentz posted a 3.03 ERA in seven begins for Detroit’s Major League membership in the summertime, and after shoulder points plagued a part of his 2022, he was ready to make use of the Fall League as an audition to rejoin the rotation subsequent spring.
SP: Connor Thomas, Salt River (STL No. 24)
A lefty with an upper-80s sinker and plus slider, Thomas was recognized extra for his ground-ball tendencies at Triple-A Memphis, the place he had a 5.47 ERA and 110 strikeouts in 135 innings this 12 months. The 24-year-old labored extra with a cutter within the AFL and bought much more swings and misses because of this. He led the Fall League with 34 strikeouts — 9 greater than some other pitcher — and completed with a 1.75 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 25 2/3 frames.
Honorable point out: Mason Miller (OAK)
RP: Evan Reifert, Mesa (unranked amongst TB Top 30)
There wasn’t a neater name on this listing. Reifert confronted 40 batters for Mesa. He struck out 25 (62.5 %) of them. Driving dwelling how untouchable he was, the right-hander allowed just one hit over 11 2/3 scoreless innings all autumn, and it got here in his closing outing on Nov. 10. Acquired from the Brewers final offseason, Reifert throws within the mid-90s along with his heater however particularly thrives with a mid-80s, high-spin slider that stored AFL batters off-balance each time he took the mound.
Honorable point out: Matt Ruppenthal (HOU)