Fall Ball Preliminary Rosters Announced

Myworld hopes to be in Arizona to catch a week of Fall Ball.  http://www.baseballamerica.com/minors/2013-preliminary-arizona-fall-league-rosters/ has provided a preliminary roster of the players who may compete in the season.  Some of the highlights by each roster:

Glendale Desert Dogs

Andrey Heaney (Marlins) is having a good year and myworld likes the potentail of Trevor May (Twins).  May needs to go there to work on his command.  Alex Meyer (Twins) is a former National the Twins acquired for Denard Span.  He throws 97-100 and at 6′9″ is all arms and legs.

On the position front Colin Moran (Marlins) is an impressive bat that led all college players last year in RBIs.  He was a first round draft pick.  Byron Buxton (Royals) and Yorman Rodriguez (Reds) ooze potential, but their tools have not yet caught up with them.

On the International front Max Kepler (Twins - Germany) is a player to watch who must harness some power in his swing to fit in a corner slot in the outfield.  Eddie Rosario (Twins - Puerto Rico) will work on his defense at second base.  Yorman Rodriguiz is from Venezuela.

Mesa Solar Sox

The top pitchers to watch are Matt Purke (Nationals), Michael Roth (Angels), Sammy Solis (Nationals) and Arodys Vizcaino (Cubs).  Purke will work on improving his command.  Roth was a big time pitcher in college who wants to show he belongs in the major leagues, even though many say his stuff is short.  Solis and Vizcaino are coming off injury.

The bats have some impressive pop.  Javier Baez (Cubs) is second in the minor leagues in homeruns.  Kris Bryant (Cubs) led all of college baseball in homeruns and was the second overall pick in the 2013 draft.  C.J. Cron (Angels) had impressive power when drafted but that power has waned.  Show up early for batting practice.  Addison Russell (Athletics) is an excellent defensive shortstop with offensive tools.  It will be interesting how they share the shortstop job with Baez and Russell.  Max Muncy (Athletics) is also a power bat to watch.

In the outfield Jorge Soler (Cubs) would like to make an impact like Yasiel Puig.  Albert Almora (Cubs) is a number one pick loaded with tools.  Brian Goodwin (Nationals) has seen his stock drop and the Fall League would be a perfect opportunity to place it on the rise again.

Some international players to watch are Armando Rivero (Cubs - Cuba) who the cubs hope will show more promise than Gerardo Concepcion.  Adrian Nieto (Nationals - Cuba) was a top high school catcher who finally began showing some promise this year.  Vizcaino (Dom Rep), Baez (Puerto Rico) and Soler (Cuba) were discussed above.

Peoria Javelinas

Noel Arguelles (Royals) was a promising pitcher when defecting from Cuba.  He has had his struggles in the minor leagues and the Royals signed him for a big bonus.  Danny Hultzen (Mariners) is one of the big three for the Mariners, while Brandon Maurer (Mariners) is less heralded but could also make an impact.

Austin Hedges (Padres) is considered one of the better defensive catchers in the minor leagues.  He could make an impact with the Padres in 2014.  Nolan Fontana (Astros) is a walk machine.  The Astros need to find a position for him since he won’t beat out Carlos Correa for the shortstop job.  Jorge Bonafacio (Royals) needs to break out his power while Delino Deshields (Astros) needs to show off his speed.  Deshields is listed as an outfielder so learning centerfield could be his task.

Myworld has already mentioned Arguelles (Cuba) and Bonafacio (Dom Rep).  Cheslor Cuthbert (Royals - Nicaragua) was a highly touted prospect after signing but has not shown the power the Royals had expected.  Aaron Altherr (Phillies - Germany) is a multi tooled outfielder who played for the German team in the World Baseball Classic.

Salt River Rafters

Mike Montgomery (Rays) was acquired in the James Shields deal.  He was a disappointment for the Royals but the Rays would like to salvage his talent.  Aaron Sanchez (Blue Jays) is a pitcher Toronto did not trade in their failed attempt to win the division this year and Marcus Stroman (Blue Jays) is a small talented pitcher who throws some heat.

A.J. Jimenez (Blue Jays) is a catcher with some pop who shows some defensive skills.  Kyle Parker (Rockies) is an ex-quarterback who wants to follow in the Todd Helton footsteps.  James Ramsey (Cardinals) is a first round draft pick with excellent offensive skills.

No real international players here yet to get excited about except for Jimenez (Puerto Rico).

Scottsdale Scorpions

Kyle Crick (Giants) has been having a good year and the Giants may need to restock their pitching.  This pitching staff still needs to be filled with a lot of roster space available.

Alen Hanson (Pirates) needs to show the arm to play shortstop.  He has the bat to play second base.  The Giants have not given up on Angel Villalona (Giants) who had his problems in the Dominican Republic.  He is too big to play third base now and must work out as a firstbaseman.  Mason Williams (Yankees) is a potential five tool player while Alex Dickerson (Pirates) has shown some pop this year.

On the international front you have the smooth fielding shortstop Gift Ngoepe (Pirates - South Africa) who needs to show he can hit.  The Mets seem to find good pitchers in the Caribbean like Hansel Robles (Mets - Dominican Republic) but many of them fail to develop.  Dominicans Hanson and Villalona have already been discussed.

Surprise Saguaros

Eduardo Rodriguez (Orioles) has been a nice success story for the Orioles showing they can have success with Caribbean players.

Jorge Alfaro (Rangers) could be ready to take over the catching duties temporarily held by A.J. Pierzynski.  Garin Cecchini (Red Sox) and Jonathan Schoop (Orioles) need to show their organizations they are ready for next year.  Positions are open for them to take.

The Orioles have two Cubans in Dariel Alvarez and Henry Urrutia who need to pick up their game.  Alvarez looked horrible in his AA debut against the breaking pitches and Urrutia needs to show some pull power.  Schoop (Curacao/Netherlands), Rodriguez (Venezuela) and Alfaro (Colombia) have already been discussed.

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