What is the Arizona Fall League
Often discussed on various call-in shows, newspapers and now blogs, the Arizona Fall League (AFL for short) is a league for most of baseball’s top prospects. the season begins in October and usually lasts a little over a month. however, this month is considered one of the most important times of a players season.
If a player had a good season but a bad AFL year than he will end up having a so-so year in scouts and managements eyes. Conversely the league can also serve as retribution for a poor regular season.
While the league is open to any signed professional baseball player, rosters are usually stocked with players from the lower levels of the minor league baseball system.
Minor League baseball is divided into the following levels, with each being of greater importance. some players may begin in instructional league. the next level is rookie league. if a player advances past that then the next step is two A levels, one low A and the other high A. after that we have AA and then AAA before a player can reach the majors. the Arizona Fall League consists of players mostly from the high A and AA level. Additional players will come from AAA and a select few from the low A level.
With that said, why do many baseball fans look forward to a bunch of minor league players getting together to play in Arizona every October? the AFL is seen as a testing ground, as only the best of the best are invited. some of the past alumni certainly confirm this view. four time MVP Albert Pujols, one time MVP Justin Morneau and other superstars such as Jacoby Ellsbury, Ryan Braun and Ryan Howard are just a few high level players to have gone through an AFL season.
Could the 2008 seasons group of AFL players could be one of the strongest yet? how many all-stars and future MVP candidates will emerge? Only time will tell that tale. all a fan can do now is sit back and keep an eye on the individual players results from the 2008 Arizona Fall League.