Winter Ball is fast approaching and so is the opportunity to check out each clubs best and brightest minor league prospects. For a month and a half, starting in early October, the Arizona Fall League opens its doors, and for those luck enough to participate it usually means that "The Show" is not too far away.
For the Dodgers four players are slated to go to Arizona and will play for the Glendale Desert Dogs. They are infielders Corey Seager and Darnell Sweeney, outfielder Scott Schebler and left-handed pitcher Mike Thomas. They will join a team that will include other top prospects like Devon Travis and Steven Moya of the Tigers, Time Anderson of the White Sox, Zach Davies of the Orioles and Tyrone Taylor of the Brewers.
In celebration of these players next step in their maturation process I made several fantasy cards for them. The photos I used are from either Dodgers photographer Jon SooHoo's photog website or photographs grabbed from the Dodger Insider blog. I also used the vintage 1970 Topps Baseball card design.
The AFL website can be viewed here.
Below is a brief synopsis of each player:
Corey Seager, 20, was drafted by the Dodgers in the 1st Round in 2012 and is now regarded as a Top-20 prospect in all of Baseball. He was recently named the 2014 California League MVP for his play with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. He slashed 352/.411/.633with 18 home runs and 70 RBI's before being promoted to AA Chattanooga. Below are his career statistics, via Baseball Reference:
Scott Schebler, 23, was drafted by the Dodgers in the 26th Round in 2010. He has had two outstanding consecutive years for the Dodgers in the minor leagues. In 2013 with the Quakes he slashed .296/.360/.581 with 27 home runs and 91 RBI's. In 2014 with the AA Lookouts he slashed .281/.367/.558 with 27 home runs and 72 RBI's. Below are his career statistics, via Baseball Reference:
Darnell Sweeney, 23, was drafted in 2012 in the 13th Round and is from the University of Central Florida. With the Lookouts he slashed .285/.384/.461 with 14 home runs and 55 RBI's. Below are his career statistics, via Baseball Reference:
Mike Thomas, 25, was a 35th Round pick in 2011 draft. He has been Chattanooga's left-handed reliever out of the 'pen. In 2014 he has gone 4-3 with a 2.75 ERA, with 3 saves and a strike out per nine innings ratio of 11.6. Unfortunately, he tends to walk far too many batters. He pitched for the Desert Dogs last year; pitching in 5 games. Below are his career statistics, via Baseball Reference:
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