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Former Pitchers In AZ Fall League

October 15th, 2013 » filed under: Baseball News, Top Story

Former Roughrider baseball pitcher, Ken Giles, is pitching this Fall for the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League. Giles, is property of the Philadelphia Phillies and played for the Clearwater Threshers in the Florida State League this past summer. The Albuquerque native played for the Roughriders in the 2011 baseball season.

Former pitcher, Merrill Kelly is also pitching in the Arizona Fall League with the Salt River Rafters. Kelly is in the Tampa Bay Rays organization and split time between the Durham Bulls of the International League and the Montgomery Biscuits of the Southern League.  The Scottsdale native played for the Roughriders during the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

From the Arizona Fall League Website:

Makeup of the AFL

There are six teams in the Arizona Fall League: the Scottsdale Scorpions, Mesa Solar Sox, Salt River Rafters, Glendale Desert Dogs, Peoria Javelinas and Surprise Saguaros. These club names were picked by Major League Baseball as reflective of the Southwestern desert traditions in the state.

The teams are broken into two divisions, East and West. Each Major League Baseball team sends six top prospects to the Arizona Fall League, 180 players in all. The games are played in the Spring Training stadiums used by the Giants, Mariners, Padres, Cubs, A’s, Royals, Rangers, D-backs and Rockies.

How good are the players in the Arizona Fall League? The 2013 All-Star Game in New York featured 36 AFL alums, including five starting position players on each team and the American League’s starting pitcher, Max Scherzer.

Each August, Major League clubs hold a position draft to determine the players who will go to Arizona. Most are Double-A and Triple-A Minor League players. Each club can opt to send one player considered a Class A player.