2009 Arizona Fall League All Star Game
The World Series is not even in the books for a week, and we're already looking towards the future. MLB Networks coverage of the Arizona Fall League All Star game has been great. The talent on the field is very impressive.
Although the highest touted of them all number one overall draft pick of the Washington Nationals Stephen Strasburg didnt pitch due to a small injury, there are still plenty prospects to like.
Domonic Brown of the two time National League Champion Phillies is a freak. A 20th round draft pick due to signability, and a football scholarship to Miami, he is amazingly talented. Brown stands 6'5 210lbs and runs like the wind. Watching him run down the line I think he took 6 steps. Oh, and he also hit a bomb of a home run in the first inning off Atlanta Braves first round pick Mike Minor.
Also impressive was Houston Astros catching prospect Jason Castro from Stanford. Absolute cannon for an arm, and he showed it when he gunned out Brown trying to steal second in the 3rd. Swing always looked a little long to me even back at college, but apparently he's still hitting and he should be in the big leagues as soon as this year.
The Cincinnati Reds were very well represented by three players. This years first round pick Mike Leake from Arizona State showed his nasty stuff, everything he throws moves very good arm. During the College World Series this year Kyle Peterson compared him to David Cone, which is great praise.
At the plate the Reds were represented by polar opposites. At least at how they got to where they were. First Baseman Yonder Alonso from the University of Miami was 7th overall pick in 08, he showed a good bat and glove... and the other was Chris Heisey from Division Three Messiah College, he homered and doubled.
Oakland A's also were well represented by Outfielder Grant Desme, and another Miami Hurricane Second Baseman Jemile Weeks brother of Rickie.
Just watched Tanner Scheppers from Fresno State... He was a third round pick coming off an injury in 08 by the Pirates, however, he didnt sign played in an independant league and re-entered last year and was drafted in the second round by Texas. All ill leave you with about him, his first three pitches, 97..98..99mph, strike 1,2,3.
Other Names To Keep An Eye Out...
Buster Posey from Florida State the Giants prized catching prospect, who will probably be their starting catcher this spring caught the first 5 innings.
19 Year old shortstops Starlin Castro of the Cubs, and Carlos Triunfel of the Mariners were both very impressive
Jordan Danks of the White Sox was quiet but he is projected to start in right field for the sox with his brother John.
Ike Davis of my Mets, tore up the Arizona Fall League, and theres hope he might be in Queens this spring.
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