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Arizona Fall League

Arizona Fall League
Arizona Fall League logo 2019.png
No. of teams6
Most recent
Salt River Rafters (2019)
Most titlesPeoria Javelinas (7)
Official websiteOfficial website

The Arizona Fall League is an off-season league owned and operated by Major League Baseball (MLB)[1] which operates during the autumn in Arizona, United States, at six different baseball complexes.[1] Arizona Fall League rosters are filled by many of the top prospects in Minor League Baseball (MiLB) who are assigned by their parent clubs.


Each August, MLB clubs hold a position draft to determine the players who will go to Arizona.[1] Most are Double-A and Triple-A Minor League players.[1] Each club can opt to send two players below Double-A. Foreign players are allowed, as long as the player is not on his native country's primary protected player list. The league is designed for these prospects to refine their skills and perform in game settings in front of major and minor league baseball scouts and team executives, who are in attendance at almost every game. Play begins shortly after the end of MiLB's regular season in mid-September and runs to the end of October.[2] Additionally on September 5, 2019, both MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) approved a rule change that allowed players on the 40-man roster to report to the AFL in October.[3]

The Arizona Fall League teams are each affiliated with five separate Major League teams; each affiliated Major League team provides seven players who team up to fill the 35-man roster of each team.[1] Additionally, teams may elect to send Taxi Squad players who are only eligible on Wednesdays and Saturdays. MLB teams also provide managers, coaches, and trainers.[1]

Notable players

A number of famous ballplayers have had stints in the Arizona Fall League. In 1994, the league got worldwide attention as Michael Jordan's second professional baseball league, when he played for the Scottsdale Scorpions. Likewise, Tim Tebow played for the Scorpions during his transition to professional baseball.[4] Other notable ballplayers who have played in the Arizona Fall League include Derek Jeter, Dustin Pedroia, Mike Piazza, Albert Pujols, Jimmy Rollins, Bryce Harper, David Wright, Aaron Judge, Nomar Garciaparra, Mike Trout and Mookie Betts.

Current teams

Current team locations:
(Maricopa County, Arizona shown)
  East Division
  West Division

Championship history

Most Valuable Player award

First presented in 2002 and named for Joe Black of the Brooklyn Dodgers, the award honors the 1952 National League Rookie of the Year.[6]

Stenson Award

Mark Teahen won the first Stenson Award in 2004.

The Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award was created in 2004, in memory of Dernell Stenson,[13] an outfielder for the Scottsdale Scorpions (Cincinnati Reds), who was killed in a carjacking on November 5, 2003. The award is voted on by the managers and coaches of the six Arizona Fall League teams.[14]

Hall of Fame

The Arizona Fall League Hall of Fame was created in 2001. The AFL has had over 1,200 players who came through the league reach Major League Baseball. Additionally, 18 former AFL Managers/players have gone on to manage a Major League club after managing in the league. To be considered by the selection committee, a player must be recognized at Major League Baseball level as a Rookie of the Year, a Most Valuable Player, an All-Star, or a Gold Glove or Silver Slugger Award winner.

Year Inductee AFL Year AFL Team Role
2001 Dusty Baker 1992 Scottsdale Scorpions Manager
2001 Nomar Garciaparra 1994 Scottsdale Scorpions Shortstop
2001 Derek Jeter 1994 Chandler Diamondbacks Shortstop
2001 Mike Piazza 1992 Sun Cities Solar Sox Catcher
2002 Jason Giambi 1994 Peoria Javelinas First baseman
2002 Jerry Manuel 1994 Maryvale Saguaros Manager
2003 Shawn Green 1992 Scottsdale Scorpions Outfielder
2003 Todd Helton 1996 Peoria Javelinas First baseman
2003 Mike Scioscia 1997 Peoria Javelinas Manager
2004 Garret Anderson 1993 Tempe Rafters Outfielder
2004 Tony Peña 2000 Maryvale Saguaros Manager
2004 Albert Pujols 2000 Scottsdale Scorpions Third baseman
2005 Troy Percival 1992 Scottsdale Scorpions Pitcher
2005 Terry Francona 1992
Grand Canyon Rafters
Scottsdale Scorpions
2006 Roy Halladay 1998 Grand Canyon Rafters Pitcher
2006 Grady Little 1992 Grand Canyon Rafters Manager
2006 Alfonso Soriano 1998 Grand Canyon Rafters Second baseman
2007 Jermaine Dye 1995 Sun Cities Solar Sox Outfielder
2007 Derrek Lee 1995-1996 Sun Cities Solar Sox First baseman
2007 Ken Macha 1994 Tempe Rafters Manager
2007 Torii Hunter 1998 Phoenix Desert Dogs Outfielder
2008 Jimmy Rollins 2000 Maryvale Saguaros Shortstop
2008 Eric Wedge 1993 Tucson Javelinas Catcher
2009 Brian Giles 1994 Sun Cities Solar Sox Outfielder
2010 Chris Carpenter 1996 Phoenix Desert Dogs Pitcher
2010 Michael Young 2000 Grand Canyon Rafters Shortstop
2011 Ryan Howard 2004 Phoenix Desert Dogs First baseman
2011 Paul Konerko 1996 Sun Cities Solar Sox First baseman
2012 Derek Lowe 1993
Sun Cities Solar Sox
Peoria Javelinas
2012 Mark Teixeira 2002 Peoria Javelinas Third baseman
2012 Ron Washington 1992
Sun Cities Solar Sox
Tucson Javelinas
2013 Darin Erstad 1995 Tempe Rafters Outfielder
2013 Bob Melvin 1999 Maryvale Saguaros Manager
2013 Dustin Pedroia 2004 Scottsdale Scorpions Shortstop
2014 Carl Crawford 2001 Maryvale Saguaros Outfielder
2014 Matt Holliday 2002-2003 Mesa Solar Sox Outfielder
2015 Andrew McCutchen 2007 Phoenix Desert Dogs Outfielder
2016 Max Scherzer 2007
Scottsdale Scorpions
Phoenix Desert Dogs
2016 Mike Trout 2011 Scottsdale Scorpions Outfielder
2016 David Wright 2003 Peoria Saguaros Third baseman
2018 Ted Barrett 1993-1995 N/A Umpire
2018 Jeff Nelson 1996 N/A Umpire
2018 Buster Posey 2009 Scottsdale Scorpions Catcher
2019 Steve Cobb 1994-2018 N/A Arizona Fall League director
Ref: 2001-2013 2014 2015 2016 20182019

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f "About: History". Arizona Fall League official website. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^ "MLB Moves Up Arizona Fall League Schedule for 2019,", Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Retrieved September 24, 2019
  3. ^ Kubatko, Roch. "Orioles recall Austin Hays," Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN), Saturday, September 7, 2019. Retrieved September 24, 2019
  4. ^ "Tim Tebow makes Arizona Fall League debut, crashes into wall". Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ a b c Norris, Josh (September 21, 2020). "Arizona Fall League Cancels 2020 Season". Baseball America. Retrieved 2020.
  6. ^ "Desme Wins AFL MVP Award". CBS Sports. November 23, 2009. Retrieved 2010. See Grant Desme, the 2009 recipient.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Brewers' Keston Hiura Arizona Fall League MVP". Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ Baker, Geoff (November 23, 2010). "Can Dustin Ackley buck the Arizona Fall League MVP curse? The bar has been set pretty low". The Seattle Times Company. Retrieved 2011.
  9. ^ "Yankees' Bird named Arizona Fall League MVP". Retrieved 2014.
  10. ^ "Yankees teenage prospect Gleyber Torres named 2016 Arizona Fall League MVP". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2016.
  11. ^ a b "Braves' Acuna caps breakout with MVP award". Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ William Boor (October 26, 2019). "Gleyber, Acuña, Hiura ... now Royce Lewis". Retrieved 2019.
  13. ^ Dernell Stenson Stats. Baseball Almanac website. Retrieved December 31, 2010.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Stenson Award". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved 2010.
  15. ^ "Mariners prospect Patrick Kivlehan wins AFL's Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award". Retrieved 2016.
  16. ^ "Yadiel Rivera wins Fall League Stenson Award". Retrieved 2016.
  17. ^ Kramer, Daniel (November 19, 2016). "Nola wins Fall League's Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award". Retrieved 2016.
  18. ^ Gilbert, Steve (November 17, 2018). "Pirates' Cole Tucker wins AFL Stenson award". Retrieved 2019.
  19. ^ Jesse Sanchez (October 26, 2019). "Reds' Stephenson earns AFL's Stenson Award". Retrieved 2019.

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