Dodgers: AFL Prospects who Impressed and Disappointed

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SURPRISE, AZ - NOVEMBER 03: Relief pitcher AFL West All-Star, Evan Kruczynski #75 of the St. Louis Cardinals throws a pitch during the Arizona Fall League All Star Game at Surprise Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SURPRISE, AZ - NOVEMBER 03: Relief pitcher AFL West All-Star, Evan Kruczynski #75 of the St. Louis Cardinals throws a pitch during the Arizona Fall League All Star Game at Surprise Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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SURPRISE, AZ – NOVEMBER 03: Relief pitcher AFL West All-Star, Evan Kruczynski #75 of the St. Louis Cardinals throws a pitch during the Arizona Fall League All Star Game at Surprise Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

To claim that baseball fans-more specifically, Dodgers fans-are, “a fiercely devoted demographic,” would at best, belittle Dodgers’ fans actual ferocity for their team.  MLB’s off-season can sometimes be comparable to a prison sentence. For most fans, baseball is lost until the brightness of Spring can overtake the gloom and doom of Winter.

After watching the Boston Red Sox celebrate their World Series win on our field, Dodgers fans were left with two poignant questions: Who was that team, and what will they do next year?  The answers to those two questions are very long winded and part of the suspense that comes with the off-season.

Yet, in a small corner of the world (and until last Saturday), baseball was still played, hot dogs were still eaten, and children could still laugh and play. The Arizona Fall League just concluded last Saturday and eight Dodgers’ prospects competed against some of the best talent in Minor and Major League Baseball.

To help brighten the doldrums of Winter, entertainment can be found in the time-honored tradition of giving out awards.  The players who stood out, surprised, and/or failed, to meet expectations throughout the AFL are the target demographic and will be the recipients of our Annual AFL Awards Article (aka: the AAAA or: the Quad-A).

TDue to the short-season nature of the AFL, for some, this article may come as a surprise that, for one: the AFL even existed, or two: that the AFL is already over.  That’s okay. I’ll provide detailed reasoning that explain why certain players won certain awards (along with other tidbits of information for everyone to enjoy), allowing all fans, casual and non, to simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

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