Quick Arizona Fall League primer Doug Gray October 10, 2017 8 Comments The Arizona Fall League will begin on Tuesday afternoon. The Cincinnati Reds will be playing with the Scottsdale Scorpions this season. They will share a team with prospects from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, New York Mets, New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants. Each team in the league will play a 30-game schedule, ending on November 16th. The championship game will be played on the 18th. The Reds will be sending eight players and a coach to the league. Gookie Dawkins, who served as the hitting coach in Pensacola, will have the same job for Scottsdale. Here’s the list of the players that will be participating: RHP Wendolyn Bautista LHP Joel Bender LHP Brennan Bernardino RHP Jake Ehret C Chad Tromp INF Brantley Bell INF Taylor Sparks SS Blake Trahan There are no games scheduled for Sundays in the Arizona Fall League. There are also three scheduled “off days” during the season. On October 21st there are no games, but some players will participate in the Bowman Hitting Challenge. On Saturday November 4th the league will play the Fall Stars game. November 8th is a scheduled off day for the entire league. AFL Pitch Tracking Data One of the best parts about the Arizona Fall League is that two of the ballparks have Pitch F/X installed in them. That gives us data, mostly useful for pitchers, on how hard they are throwing, the movement on their pitches and other insightful data. Unfortunately, Scottsdale is not one of those parks. They will play six games in the two parks that do have it, though. Date Opponent 16-Oct Surprise 19-Oct Peoria 28-Oct Surprise 1-Nov Peoria 14-Nov Surprise 16-Nov Peoria Hopefully we will get a chance to see some of the Reds players pitch in these games. Being able to look at that data would be great. While the organization has that data on all of the guys (they have Trackman installed at all of their home ballparks), they don’t make that publicly available. Even if it’s just a game or two for each guy, it helps give the rest of us that don’t work for the Reds a bit of a clearer picture. 8 Responses Steve October 10, 2017 Doug, it appears to me that none of these eight players has done much to be considered good prospects for the Reds. Are any of these guys really being showcased here, or is this a last chance deal for them? Champ Summers October 10, 2017 I know you didn’t ask me anything but from a quick glance a few of these guys look like guys coming off injuries and might have not played enough baseball this year, especially the ones heading towards rule5 eligibility. Steve October 10, 2017 I can see that for everyone except Brantley Bell and Blake Trahan. Both seem to have played full seasons and I don’t think either are Rule 5 eligible. Neither has much in the way of numbers this past season. Doug Gray October 10, 2017 None of these guys are Top 25 prospects. Not entirely sure why every individual was picked. Some guys are making up for missed time due to injury. The others may be there to work on specific things that the team would like them to. MK October 10, 2017 I think I have mentioned this before but the Manager of the team is Jay Bell, Brantley’s dad. So it could have been a reward for him to get some time with dad. And the fact they live in the Phoenix area as well makes it easy for them. DaveCT October 10, 2017 For me, the real sleeper is Chad Trompz I’m excited to see how he fares. Looks like the four pitchers will be middle relief candidates within a year of so, and could use the AFL as a quick path to AAA. I do think much more was expected of Trahan, and Bell, too. Sparks is so toolsy, it’s hard to give up on that. Todd Rhodes October 10, 2017 It is obvious the Reds feel like the AZFL isn’t a viable part of the development of their players (despite having their complex located here in Phoenix). That said, wouldn’t it benefit Tyler Stephenson, Gavin Lavalley and/or Shed Long to get more ABs against higher level competition? This year’s team is perplexing, frustrating and (selfishly as a Phoenix resident) boring… HavaKlu October 11, 2017 Would have liked to see Tyler Stephenson there—–maybe they are just trying to get him to spring training without being injured again! Would have also liked yo see forgotten Narciso Crook instead of Taylor Sparks who has repeatedly not lived up to his projection.