Legends of the fall
OK, so the headline’s a little — or a lot — much.
Arizona Fall League play started Tuesday, and while the Orioles are represented by some recognizable names, we’re not talking about Manny Machado and Dylan Bundy here. Or super prospects Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals and Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels, who are both on the roster of the Scottsdale Scorpions.
The Orioles sent seven players west: right-handed pitchers Sean Gleason and Steve Johnson; lefties Casey Lambert and Cole McCurry; catcher Brian Ward; first baseman Joe Mahoney; and outfielder Xavier Avery, who was ranked the club's No. 3 prospect by Baseball America.
Not one of those guys was ranked among the club’s top 10 prospects by Baseball America last offseason (though Avery, once a top college football recruit, was chosen as the organization’s best athlete).
All seven are playing for the Mesa Solar Sox (before you ask, I have no idea what a Solar Sock is), who have lost both their games — 12-8 to the Phoenix Desert Dogs on Tuesday and 10-4 to Phoenix yesterday.
Of the Orioles’ seven representatives, only Avery has seen the field in AFL play so far, but here’s a look at what each player did this past regular season.