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October 11, 2010

Arizona Fall League begins Tuesday

So, are you hurting for info about Orioles minor leaguers?

Rest easy, the Arizona Fall League, the elite prospect league sponsored by Major League Baseball, begins Tuesday. usually does a good job with updated information from the games.

The Orioles have nine prospects there -- all on the Scottsdale Scorpions, who also have players from the Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals.

Orioles prospects listed on the Scorpions roster are pitchers Oliver Drake, Pat Egan, Kam Mickolio and Wynn Pelzer, catcher Caleb Joseph, infielders Ryan Adams, Greg Miclat and Tyler Townsend and outfielder Xavier Avery.

Joseph and Townsend are listed as “taxi squad” players, meaning they’ll play only on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The league has games six days each week, with the championship game scheduled for Nov. 20.

The Scorpions play Peoria at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday, with Ryan Verdugo of the Giants' farm system starting against Alex Cobb of the Tampa Bay Rays’ system.

Posted by Dan Connolly at 5:46 PM | | Comments (4)


Is that 8 or 9 prospects? And what's the "taxi squad" about? Is it just to give opportunities to more players or are they doing that Athletic Performance Institute thing Roberts and Matusz do in Arizona? And what about Hobgood or Machado? Thanks for the info Dan!

Eddie answered it (below) as well as I could as far as what the AFL is and why certain guys aren't thee. As for the taxi squad, there are probably individual reasons for each of the guys to be designated such. Joseph, for instance, is one of four catchers on the roster. And they can't all play.

The AFL is usually for prospects who are nearly ready for the big leagues. Meaning: Generally it's prospects who are AA and higher. Sometimes college guys are advanced enough to go, but niether Machado or Hobgood qualify. Those guys are both High School picks and arre still relatively raw.

Just reading this gets me excited about next year, though It has been amazing watching Football, I can't wait for next year with the Orioles.

I think my guy to watch there would be Xavier Avery. We need some consistent speed on the major league roster but it has to come with a high average. Avery had a respectable average in A ball but struggled in AA.

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.

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