Myworld has selected our Arizona Fall League All Stars based on current production plus future production. So if a talented prospect did not put up good numbers he will be absent from this All Star team. If a Tim Tebow type had put up good numbers he would not be considered because we don’t consider him a viable prospect. Below is the AFL All Star team by position.
C - Carson Kelly (Cardinals) - There were some good catching prospects in the AFL. The 2016 number one pick by the White Sox Zach Collins just did not get enough at bats. Carson was tied for second in the AFL in RBIs and hit a solid .286 with a slugging average of .455. With Yadier Molina aging and becoming injury prone Carson is ripe to take the catching job away from Yadier, first handling the back up responsibilities before taking over the starting role in 2018.
1B - Cody Bellinger (Dodgers) - You have to pick a player who provides some power. The three homeruns hit by Cody were just two away from the league leader and his 17 RBIs were just one down from Carson. Cody also showed he could hit for average with a .314 average to go along with his .557 slugging. Greg Bird could have the most future potential but his .216 average showed a bit of a struggle as he tried to return from his injury.
2B - Travis Demeritte (Braves) - He still strikes out too much, but he has shown potential to be a high octane offensive performer at second base. The former shortstop had a .855 OPS, which will make most managers forgive his swing and miss transgressions. He did hit four doubles, four triples and four homeruns with 14 RBIs. Brandon Dixon had a higher average (.333) than Travis but we feel Travis has the higher upside.
3B - Brian Anderson (Marlins) - We would have liked to have given it to Miguel Andujar because myworld feels he will make more of a future impact, but Miguel did not bring his A game to Arizona, which is power. He hit nary a ball over the fence while Brian parked 5 over the fence to lead the AFL in homeruns. Anderson hit .273 while Andujar was up to .284. Anderson won the RBI race 12 to 5. Myworld is still not sure of the impact Anderson will make in the future.
SS - Gleyber Torres (Yankees) - There were a lot of good shortstops in the league. Three of the top four hitters for batting average played shortstop. But Gleyber easily won this award with his AFL leading .408 average. He also showed pop with three homeruns and a .645 slugging. Tagging along with the pop was incredible patience at the plate with a 14/8 walk to whiff ratio resulting in a .513 OBA. Dee Gordon put up some good numbers with a .346 average, but his numbers pale in comparison to Torres. He also does not have as much upside.
LF - Tyler O’Neil (Mariners) - This Canadian will hit for 20 plus homers a year once he reaches the major leagues. In the AFL he mashed three with 14 RBIs, hitting a respectable .292. The Mariners would like to see him cut down on his whiffs, but he has shown the patience to take walks (12). Christin Stewart could be an impact player for the Tigers, but his power bat was absent in the AFL with just one dinger.
CF - Andrew Stevenson (Nationals) - A nice breakout AFL for this first round pick. He was second in the AFL in batting with a .353 average and he showed some pop with his two homeruns and .518 slugging percentage. He also showed blazing speed with nine steals in just 11 attempts. Only three other players had more stolen bases. The most intriguing of the three is Greg Allen, who hit one more homer than Andrew, but his batting average was at .269
RF - Bradley Zimmer (Indians) - It was a toss up between Anthony Alford, who has more physical tools, but they have yet to be displayed in on the field production. Zimmer hit .257 to the .253 for Alford with Zimmer clocked in one more RBI (16 to 15) than Alford. The big separator was in OPS where Zimmer won out .935 to .789. Most of Zimmer’s power resulted in gap doubles, his seven being just one behind the AFL leader. Zimmer was also 8 for 9 in stolen bases. Alford equaled him in stolen bases, but was caught three more times.
DH - Anthony Alford (Blue Jays) - This is where we would like to put someone like Eric Wood here to reward him for his AFL leading 20 RBIs, but we are not convinced he will be an impact player. Alford just decided to focus on baseball after trying to establish a football career. The more he plays the better he gets, with five tool potential starting to gestate. See Bradley Zimmer for his numbers comparisons.
Starting pitcher - Francis Martes (Astros) - Francis throws hard with his 25 whiffs in 22.1 innings a testament to that. Some believe his three digit heat and lack of command to be ideal for the bullpen. In the AFL he had a 3.22 ERA, not allowing a runner to score in two of his last three starts. Michael Kopech also throws six digit heat. His ERA (2.01) was better than Martes but character flaws may prevent him from achieving his potential.