Designed to celebrate and showcase talented minor leaguers; each MLB organization sends six lucky candidates to the Arizona Fall League so they can show off their stuff. This year, however, the Dodgers organization will be bringing eight.
Altogether, 5 MLB organizations pull together and compile the allotted teams in the AFL. Therefore, the AFL amasses six teams total who play against each one another from October 9th-November 17th. Every year a different star emerges from the Arizona Fall League.
The Glendale Desert Dogs are comprised of the best minor league talent that the Dodgers, Yankees, Orioles, Indians, and Chicago White Sox, have to offer.
All of the players invited to the AFL have different stories. Some players are true-blue thoroughbreds, highly touted throughout the entirety of their baseball careers. Others have struggled after promising starts to their pro careers.
Some have trouble adjusting to a certain level (i.e., from AA-AAA or maybe from low-A to single-A Advanced) and some others simply deserve the opportunity to be on the biggest stage in minor league baseball.
Regardless of the vetting process behind every player invited, there’s one remaining constant. All invitees have shown promise one time or another within their organization and, they all deserve a chance to perform with the best-of-the-best at the Arizona Fall League.
Here are a few of the Dodgers’ representatives selected for this year’s All-Star showcase league. These are the players who I’m particularly excited to watch throughout this year’s version of the AFL.