The Arizona Fall League is over, but prospect season is in full swing. Razzball is posting fantasy-driven top ten prospect lists every Wednesday this offseason so be sure to check them out. While the AFL isn’t a long season, it features some of the better prospects in baseball and it’s worth looking back at a few of the top performers in the league this year. Moving forward, we’ll focus on the winter leagues. Big leaguers and prospects from many MLB organizations are still playing baseball! There are several leagues like this, but I tend to gravitate toward the Dominican Winter League the most. Players like Maikel Franco, Joc Pederson, and Rymer Liriano are just a few of the names you’ll find on the DWL rosters. Last year’s DWL MVP, Gregory Polanco, created quite the buzz in 2014. The league runs until the end of December and I’ll check in on some of the performances there periodically in this Minor Accomplishments series. To follow along, you can live stream games here, here, and here. Just brush up on some Spanish first! Back to the AFL…here were this year’s top performers with some commentary:

Home Runs

Player HR
Greg Bird, NYY 6
Hunter Renfroe, SD 6
Steven Moya, DET 5
Peter O’Brien, ARI 5
Scott Schebler, LAD 5

When the Mark Teixeira era comes to a close, it looks like Bird will be ready to assume his role as a starting first baseman. He has 20-homer power and the 22-year-old could actually start seeing reps in the bigs later this season. Bird took home the MVP award in this year’s AFL. Renfroe is an outfielder with big power and he displayed it in the Fall Stars Game with a pinch-hit bomb. He earned player of the week honors with a three-homer, 11 RBI performance. We’ll save Moya for the strikeouts blurb.

Batting Average

Player AVG
 Jesse Winker, CIN .338
Eddie Rosario, MIN .330
Justin Bohn, MIA .328
Deven Marrero, BOS .328

Winker has been mentioned here before, but he’s getting more and more love for his hit tool. A wrist injury he suffered in a car accident ended his season early, but he has bounced back nicely. He should start 2015 in Double-A and with some success there he could solidify himself as a top outfield prospect. Marrero gets lost in the shuffle of a stacked system. He’s a good shortstop and should see the bigs in 2016 even if it’s not for the Red Sox. He’s more about defense, though, so it’s tough to get too excited about him for fantasy.

Strikeouts

Player SO
 Nick Williams, TEX 32
Bubba Starling, KC 30
Hunter Dozier, KC 29
Steven Moya, DET 29

Two Royals prospects made this leaderboard and they are heading in opposite directions. Dozier was recently ranked fifth on Baseball America’s top ten for Kansas City and should see more time in Double-A in 2015. He also led the league in walks (18) and could be the Royals’ third baseman of the future. Starling, meanwhile, has fallen almost entirely out of the discussion in the past three years. Moya is a classic big raw-power/big K% kind of hitter. He’s close to major league ready but is a polarizing prospect in fantasy. The homers are attractive while the strikeouts make him risky.

Stolen Bases

Player SB CS
 Roman Quinn, PHI 14 2
 Eddie Rosario, MIN 10 4
Dalton Pompey, TOR 9 2

Quinn had a great AFL performance – drawing the fourth-most walks in the league (16) and stealing lots of bases. After a transition to center field, he looks like a legitimate fantasy prospect in a thin Phillies farm system. Dalton Pompey’s plus speed was showcased in the AFL as well and at just 21 years old he could be in the mix for the center field job in Toronto sooner than expected now that Anthony Gose is out of the picture. Rosario slashed .330/.345/.410 with four doubles and two triples in a solid fall showing. In yesterday’s championship game he collected four hits including his first homer of the fall.

Pitchers (Strikeouts)

Player SO IP
 Jaime Schultz, 28 27.1
 Mark Appel, HOU 24 31.0
 Anthony DeSclafani, MIA 24 27.0
Sean Nolin, TOR 24 22.1
Zach Davies, BAL 23 25.2

Appel pitched about as well as anyone could have hoped for this fall. He struggled at Lancaster in the first half of the season, but has since turned things around. He’s one of the better pitching prospects in the game right now and his AFL performances solidified that. DeSclafani is working on a curveball this fall and has a shot at cracking the rotation in Miami this year. He’s pitching in the AFL Championship game as I write this. Davies doesn’t project as an ace, but with a plus change-up and good control, he’s a candidate to contribute to the Orioles’ big league rotation at some point in 2015. He’s overshadowed by the buzz of Dylan Bundy, but he’s a talented arm in his own right.

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goodfold2
goodfold2
7 years ago

completely different league, 20 teamer yahoo with 5 NA slots. i have both n.williams/dalton P. how’s williams been doing other than those K’s? I’m TEX and have gallo also.

goodfold2
goodfold2
7 years ago

I got rosario too, so nice to see him have value somewhere.

goodfold2
goodfold2
7 years ago

how is this for a trade for votto in that 30 man league:
taylor (WAS)
guzman (TEX)
purke (WAS)
stephens (CIN)
and a 2nd rounder. we are already very deep so even a 2nd rounder might not be worth a ton.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Mike
7 years ago

@Mike: this is an opp who owns DET, but he’s a good guy that got me into a league (16 team espn (my only espn league in 2013 baseball) h2h) that i won, and now have enough money sitting in leaguesafe to pay for a few bigger leagues next year, so i’m trying to help him out. i wasn’t sure if purke/stephens projected as much, i did see in BA’s prospect guide that the hitters in that could end up good (esp the TEX guy)

Marc
Marc
7 years ago

What about the AFL performances by Tyler Glasnow (control issues?) and Aaron Judge (next Stanton?)? Thanks.

T
T
7 years ago

Thanks for the off season columns.

With the trade of Stellllla do you think Peraza can make an Odor-like jump? His SB potential would be a nice addition to the MI pool.

BTW – what are the Cubs doing?

Fabio
Fabio
7 years ago

how would you rank chi chi rodriguez, lucas sims and reynaldo lopez for a very deep dynasty league? thanks

Grey
Admin
7 years ago

Anyone you think changed perception of themselves with their AFL play?

Grey
Admin
Reply to  Mike
7 years ago

@Mike: Either likely to make an impact this year?

Farm_Director
Farm_Director
7 years ago

What impact does Eddie Rosario have on the 2015 Twins?Looks like the bat might be ready.

What’s your take on O’Brien or Schebler for 2015 and beyond?

Nimrod
Nimrod
7 years ago

Nice write up.