AFL in the rear-view mirror

Well, it was a fine final week in the Arizona Fall League, capped off by Salt River’s championship game victory on Saturday. If you missed it, Nolan Arenado was named the league’s MVP and Kevin Mattison was named this year’s Stenson Award winner.

Now it’s time to look toward the Winter Meetings and, most importantly for this space, the Rule 5 Draft. There will be plenty of coverage of it, along with any prospects involved in trades, so stay tuned. In my last post, I began a list of players in the AFL who had been added to 40-man rosters. Here, now, is the complete list of all 27 AFLers who earned roster spots (thank you, Rob Morse from the AFL):

Surprise (4)

RHP Dan Jennings (MIA)
OF Kevin Mattison (MIA)
RHP Justin Miller (TEX)
RHP Neil Ramirez (TEX)

Salt River (7)

LHP Casey Crosby (DET)
LHP Matt Hoffman (DET)
IF Hernan Perez (DET)
RHP Tyler Stohr (DET)
OF Alex Castellanos (LAD)
RHP Stephen Fife (LAD)
RHP Josh Wall (LAD)

Mesa (3)

LHP Jeff Beliveau (CHC)
IF Junior Lake (CHC)
IF/OF Josh Vitters (CHC)

Peoria (5)

RHP Santo Manzanillo (MIL)
3B Zelous Wheeler (MIL)
LHP Robert Carson (NYM)
OF Juan Lagares (NYM)
OF Chih-Hsien Chiang (SEA)

Phoenix (3)

2B Corban Joseph (NYY)
RHP David Phelps (NYY)
LHP Evan Crawford (TOR)

Scottsdale (5)

3B Will Middlebrooks (BOS)
SS Jean Segura (LAA)
LHP Jacob Diekman (PHI)
OF Tyson Gillies (PHI)
C Derek Norris (WSH)

Finally, one last video interview to share with you. Hopefully, this will be used for a story on 2011 first-round picks and the AFL. For now, you can enjoy my chat with No. 2 overall pick Danny Hultzen, who happened to also be No. 2 on my AFL Top 25 prospects list.

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