Arizona Fall League Set to Wrap Up This Week
Tomorrow, I will be in Arizona for three days to write about the final three days of the Arizona Fall League. The Arizona Fall League is celebrating its 20th season of showcasing some of the top up-and-coming prospects from every MLB team. Some of the participants might be players fans know about while others will soon become household names.
A number of the Brewers current stars were seasoned in the Arizona Fall League. Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Nyjer Morgan and Rickie Weeks have all participated in the Arizona Fall League. Even Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke has participated in the Arizona Fall League, once as a manager in the league.
There are six teams in the league that are formed with prospects from all 30 Major League teams. Those prospects are selected by team general managers and are given the opportunity to perform for baseball scouts, general managers and farm directors from every MLB team. The teams are just wrapping up a seven-week, 38-game season and the Brewers have had scouts watching the league throughout the season. Doug Melvin and Gord Ash also have both spent time in Arizona talking to scouts and players as a part of their preparation for the 2012 season.
The nine Brewers players participating in the Arizona Fall League are members of the Peoria Javelinas. That team is made up of players from the Brewers, Cardinals, Mariners, Mets and Padres and they play their home games at Peoria Stadium, the Spring Training home of the Mariners and Padres. Entering today, the team has a 13-19 record and is in second-place in the West Division. Here is some information on the Brewers players participating in the league:
JED BRADLEY – LHP
The 15th overall selection by the Brewers in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, Bradley did not pitch professionally this season. He attended Georgia Tech University and signed with the Brewers on the signing deadline, August 15. Entering today, Bradley has made four appearances/one start in the Arizona Fall League, posting a 0-0 record with a 6.35 ERA and five strikeouts.
KENTRAIL DAVIS – OF
Davis was selected in the supplemental first round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft after attending the University of Tennessee. Davis spent the 2011 season with Double-A Brevard County where he hit .245 with eight home runs and 46 RBI. So far in the Arizona Fall League, Davis is hitting .324 with one home run and nine RBI in 20 games. He enjoyed a 12-game hitting streak that ended on Friday (he walked four times that game).
SCOOTER GENNETT – INF
Gennett has been a solid hitter in his first two professional seasons and is currently second in hitting in the Arizona Fall League with a .419 batting average. A 16th round selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, Gennett spent the 2011 season with Class-A Brevard County where he was a Florida State League All-Star. He hit .300 with nine home runs and 51 RBI this season for the Manatees. Gennett entered the 2011 season rated as the fourth-best prospect in the Brewers’ organization by Baseball America.
BRANDON KINTZLER – RHP
Kintzler spent some time with the Brewers this season, appearing in nine games before his season was cut short with surgery on his right forearm on July 26. Another benefit of the Fall League is that players like Kintzler can use it to aid in rehabilitation. Kintzler has only pitched 2.2 innings so far this Fall as he prepares for the 2012 season.
DANIEL MEADOWS – LHP
Meadows was selected by the Brewers in the 49th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft and worked his way through the Brewers minor league system all the way up to Triple-A Nashville this year where he finished the year with a 0-2 record and 4.04 ERA in 20 games. Meadows earned the promotion thanks to an All-Star first half of 2011 with Double-A Huntsville where he went 6-2 with a 1.51 ERA in 21 relief appearances. With the Stars this season, Meadows held opponents to a .192 batting average. So far this Fall, Meadows has made nine relief appearances and is 0-0 with a 6.35 ERA.
CASEY MEDLEN – RHP
Medlen was a third round selection of the Brewers in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft and split his first professional season between Rookie Arizona and Class-A Wisconsin. Between the two stops, Medlen was 1-2 with a 2.86 ERA in 22 appearances. He recorded 44 strikeouts in 34.2 innings pitched. This Fall, Medlen is 1-2 with a 6.35 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 11.1 innings pitched.
CODY SCARPETTA – RHP
Scarpetta spent the entire 2011 season with Huntsvile where he went 9-5 with a 3.85 ERA in 23 starts. He was an 11th round selection in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft and is currently 0-3 with a 19.64 ERA in five Fall appearances. Scarpetta is a native of Rockford, Ill. and his father pitched in the Brewers organization.
LOGAN SCHAFER – OF
Schafer spent September with the Brewers and made his Major League debut on September 2. He was a third-round pick by the Brewers in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft and was named the Brewers Minor League Player of the Year in 2009. He missed most of the 2010 season with injury and played in the Fall League last year while recovering. So far this year, Schafer is hitting .291 with two home runs and 15 RBI.
ZELOUS WHEELER – INF
Wheeler split the season between Huntsville and Nashville and combined to hit .272 with nine home runs and 38 RBI. He was selected in the 19th round by the Brewers in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. He was a South Atlantic League All-Star in 2008 and a Florida State League All-Star in 2009.
I will have updates and features on players throughout the week this week. If you have any questions or ideas, please let me know and I will try get your questions answered!
For more information on the Arizona Fall League click this link: Arizona Fall League.