11/30/2007 4:16 PM ET
AFL names Top Prospects Team
Voters asked to consider performance, projectability
Phoenix, Arizona -- The Arizona Fall League announces its 2007 Top Prospects Team. Selected by Fall League managers, coaches, and administrators, the Top Prospects Team identifies the players who distinguished themselves
throughout the league's six-week schedule against other top prospects from every organization in Major League Baseball. Voters were asked to consider Fall League performance and major league projectability.
• Sam Fuld (Mesa Solar Sox/Chicago Cubs) - The Fall League's most consistent offensive performer and a leading MVP candidate ... also named recipient of the 2007 Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award ... led the league
in hits (43), doubles (11), total bases (67), on-base percentage (.492), slugging percentage (.626), and OPS (1.118) ... tied with teammate Matt LaPorta for
the extra-base hits (16) lead ... tied for third in doubles (9), runs (20), walks (17), and stolen bases (10) ... one of only six players with 10 or more steals
... tied for fourth in games (29) ... one of only two .400 hitters, Fuld batted .402 to finish second to Peoria Javelina Corey Wimberly's .407 for the league
batting title ... Fuld reached base in 27 of 29 games, including every Solar Sox home game ... finished the season with an 11-game hitting streak and 16-game
• Jordan Schafer (Peoria Javelinas/Atlanta Braves) - Speedy outfielder was a major reason the Javelinas led the league in runs and stolen bases ... hit .324 (eighth) in 26 games ... third in hits (34) ... tied for third in runs (20) ... tied for ninth in doubles (6) ... 10 stolen bases tied for third and made him one of only six players with 10 or more steals ... 10th in total bases (45) ... 16 RBI ... .395 on-base percentage.
• Andrew McCutchen (Phoenix Desert Dogs/Pittsburgh Pirates) - Another speed merchant ... offensive leader of Desert Dogs en route to their fourth consecutive league title ... hit .286 in 24 games ... eight stolen bases ... .381 on-base percentage ... ninth in the league in hits (28).
• Brett Gardner (Peoria Javelinas/New York Yankees) - Like Fuld, one of the league's top overall offensive performers ... led the league in stolen bases (16) and runs (27) ... second in hits (37), fourth in on-base percentage (.433), and fifth in average (.343) ... tied for third in walks (17) ... one of 13 players with 100 or more at bats.
• Dexter Fowler (Peoria Javelinas/Colorado Rockies) - The switch-hitter recorded 17 RBI to tie for fifth in the league ... boasted the league's longest on-base streak at 19 games ... tied for second in triples (3) ... hit .224 with a
.325 on-base percentage.
• Justin Maxwell (Peoria Javelinas/Washington Nationals) - Finished second in league to teammate Gardner with 15 stolen bases ... shared league games played (30) lead with two others ... 111 at bats ranked third ... fifth in runs (19) ... tied for seventh in doubles (7) and walks (16).
• Evan Longoria (Scottsdale Scorpions/Tampa Bay Rays) - Longoria made the most of his 18-game stay
in the Fall League before joining Team USA ... the league's top vote-getter ... hit .308 with 6 doubles, 4
home runs, and 9 RBI ... .378 on-base percentage and .585 slugging percentage.
• Matt Macri (Phoenix Desert Dogs/Minnesota Twins) - Steady hand throughout the Desert Dogs' championship season ... hit .257 with .315 on-base percentage in 28 games ... tied for third in the league in doubles (9) ... 101 at bats made him one of only 13 Fall Leaguers to record at least 100 at bats ... single and RBI in Fall League championship game.
• Elvis Andrus (Surprise Rafters/Texas Rangers) - Key cog in Rafters' West Division title and
championship game appearance ... slick fielder ... hit .353 in 15 games with 4 doubles, 1 triple, 3 RBI,
and 5 stolen bases ... also .411 on-base percentage.
• Reid Brignac (Scottsdale Scorpions/Tampa Bay Rays) - Another defensive standout whose glove
overcame his .177 batting average in the eyes of voters ... 2 doubles, 2 home runs, and 6 RBI ... led league
with 113 at bats.
• Eugenio Velez (Scottsdale Scorpions/San Francisco Giants) - Flashy infielder impressed with glove, bat, and speed ... hit .303 to rank 13th in the league ... ranked third with 14 stolen bases ... only caught stealing once ... 5 doubles, 2 triples, 1 home run, and 9 RBI plus three walks ... .423 on-base percentage and .551 slugging percentage for a .974 OPS (third).
• German Duran (Surprise Rafters/Texas Rangers) - Hit .281 in season shortened to 18 games by injury ... 1 double, 1 triple, 2 home runs, and 11 RBI ... .385 on-base percentage.
• Juan Miranda (Peoria Javelinas/New York Yankees) - Hit .295 in 22 games with 5 doubles and 5 home runs ... five homers tied for fourth in the league ... fifth in league in on-base percentage (.423) ... tied for fifth in RBI (17) ... sixth in slugging percentage (.551) ... tied for seventh in walks (16).
• Mike Carp (Scottsdale Scorpions/New York Mets) - Tied for third in the league in doubles (9) ... hit
.243 in 29 games ... 16 RBI tied for eighth in the league.
• Dusty Brown (Mesa Solar Sox/Boston Red Sox) - A .273 hitter with a .344 on-base percentage in 15
• Jeff Clement (Peoria Javelinas/Seattle Mariners) - Hit .269 with a .367 on-base percentage in 14
games ... also 2 doubles, 3 home runs, and 13 RBI.
• Matt LaPorta (Mesa Solar Sox/Milwaukee Brewers) - Promising power hitter just five months removed
from the University of Florida ... six home runs tied Nolan Reimold (Phoenix Desert Dogs/Baltimore
Orioles) and Caleb Stewart (Scottsdale Scorpions/New York Mets) for league homer lead ... also shared
league lead in extra-base hits (16) and games (30) ... finished second in RBI (22) and total bases (56) ... tied
for third in doubles (9) and walks (17) ... 10th in hits (27) ... hit .241 in 30 games and 112 at bats (second
in league) with 9 doubles, 1 triple, 6 home runs, and 22 RBI ... .351 on-base percentage and .500 slugging
percentage for a .851 OPS ... also walked 17 times ... split time between left field and designated hitter.
• Travis Snider (Scottsdale Scorpions/Toronto Blue Jays) - The Fall League's youngest player and also
one of its most impressive, the 19-year-old power hitter finished second in the league in runs (23) and tied
for fifth in hits (31) ... boasted the second longest on-base streak of 18 games ... tied for fourth in total
bases (53) ... seventh in slugging percentage (.541) ... the 5-11, 245-pounder batted .316 in 26 games
with 6 doubles, 2 triples, 4 home runs, and 11 RBI ... also walked 15 times ... posted a .404 on-base
percentage and .541 slugging percentage.
• Nick Blackburn (Phoenix Desert Dogs/Minnesota Twins) - Anchor of strong Phoenix pitching staff that
posted a league-leading and Fall League record 2.68 earned-run average en route to the Desert Dogs' fourth
consecutive Fall League title ... started championship game against Surprise Rafters, allowing five hits and
one run (earned) over six innings without a decision ... 4-0 with 1.64 ERA in six appearances, all starts ...
allowed just four runs and 13 hits in 22 innings, striking out 20 (tied for sixth in league) and walking only
two ... opponents hit only .194 against Blackburn ... four wins tied for second in the league.
• Matt Harrison (Surprise Rafters/Atlanta Braves) - League leader with five victories ... ranked second
in innings pitched (27) ... led Rafters to West Division champioship and appearance in Fall League title
game ... 5-0 with 2.00 ERA covering seven appearances (all starts) and 27 innings, striking out 19 against
seven walks ... allowed only six runs (earned) ... opponents hit just .174 against him ... Fall League's
week three pitcher-of-the-week.
• Bob McCrory (Phoenix Desert Dogs/Baltimore Orioles) - The Desert Dogs closer throughout their
fourth consecutive league championship season ... led the league in saves (5), lowest opponent batting
average (.103), and fewest baserunners per nine innings pitched ratio (0.67) among relievers with at least 10
innings pitched ... week two pitcher-of-the-week for 1-0 record and two saves ... 2-1 with 1.50 ERA and
five saves in 12 games and 12 innings ... allowed just two earned runs with 11 strikeouts and four walks.
• Jake Arrieta (Phoenix Desert Dogs/Baltimore Orioles) - One of McCrory's bullpen mates with the champion Desert Dogs ... led the league in scoreless innings (16) and appearances (14) ... one of four Dog hurlers who didn't allow an earned run ... most innings pitched among seven league hurlers with perfect 0.00 ERA ... 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA ... struck out 16 with seven walks ... opponents hit just .154 against him.