Five to Watch in the Arizona Fall League PART 1

Posted: October 4, 2013 in by Freddy Berowski

Delino DeShields (Outfielder- Houston Astros)—DeShields has played most of his pro career as a second baseman but, the Astros recently signed Jose Altuve to a long term extension which necessitates a position shift.  The result is the highly touted DeShields will have to move to the outfield.  DeShields is a gifted athlete who can field the ball well, and might be the fastest guy in baseball next Billy Hamilton.  Questions about DeShields bat abounds, and there is an old saying “You can’t steal first base”. I can think of no player that this fits more than DeShields.  I normally don’t take too much stock in Arizona Fall League stats, however, with DeShields, I will make an exception.  I really need to see what he can do numbers wise against regular elite competition.

Taylor Lindsey (Second Base- Anaheim Angels)—A very good bat for the position and a good defender, I’m sure that the Angels will also be watching their young second baseman closely.  I’m certain, that there will be a direct correlation on how Lindsey performs in the AFL, and what they do with Howie Kendrick this off-season as the club is in dire need of quality major league starting pitching.

Eddie Rosario (Second Base- Minnesota Twins)—An elite prospect in his own right, Rosario is often overlooked  in the Twins system because of the pedigree of Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano.  A second baseman with a good glove who can hit for average, Rosario is playing with an eye towards 2014 with the big league club.  This is a chance for Rosario to play with, and against elite talent, and show everyone what he can do.

Sammy Solis (Pitcher- Washington Nationals)—Coming off Tommy John Surgery, Solis spent most of his year at High-A Potomac.  At 24 years old, losing that year-plus of development really hurt his stock.  Solis needs a good showing in the Fall League and needs to continue pitching, with the hopes of spending 2014 at AA and AAA and reaching the show no later than 2015.

Matt Harvey (Pitcher- New York Mets)—Harvey is first MLB All-Star Game starting pitcher to pitch in the Arizona Fall League in the same season that he started the All-Star Game.  Although the Mets have yet to “officially” announce that Harvey will participate, it has been indicated, in the NY Media, that he will.  The goal here is not to improve or work on the game, this is simply to see if Harvey can strengthen his elbow, and rehab successfully enough to avoid Tommy John Surgery, and avoid missing the 2014 season.

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