Arizona Fall League

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Arizona Fall League
Arizona Fall League logo
No. of teams6
Most recent champion(s)Surprise Saguaros (2)
Most titlesPhoenix Desert Dogs (6)
Official websiteOfficial website
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Arizona Fall League
Arizona Fall League logo
No. of teams6
Most recent champion(s)Surprise Saguaros (2)
Most titlesPhoenix Desert Dogs (6)
Official websiteOfficial website

The Arizona Fall League is an off-season league owned and operated by Major League Baseball[1] which operates during the autumn in Arizona, United States, at six different baseball complexes.[1] The Arizona Fall League attracts many of the top prospects in minor league baseball.


Each August, Major League Baseball clubs hold a position draft[1] to determine the players who will go to Arizona. 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 MLB's regular season in early October and ends in mid-November with a championship game between the winners of the East and West divisions.

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[edit]

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. Other notable ballplayers who have played in the Arizona Fall League include Derek Jeter, Dustin Pedroia, Mike Piazza, Albert Pujols, Jimmy Rollins and David Wright.

2014 teams[edit]

DivisionTeamMajor League AffiliatesCityStadiumCapacity
EastMesa Solar SoxChicago Cubs, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington NationalsMesa, ArizonaSloan Park15,000
Salt River RaftersArizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros, Miami Marlins, Minnesota TwinsScottsdale, ArizonaSalt River Fields at Talking Stick11,000
Scottsdale ScorpionsNew York Mets, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco GiantsScottsdale, ArizonaScottsdale Stadium11,200
WestPeoria JavelinasAtlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals, Tampa Bay RaysPeoria, ArizonaPeoria Sports Complex10,714
Surprise SaguarosBoston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, Texas RangersSurprise, ArizonaSurprise Stadium10,714
Glendale Desert DogsBaltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee BrewersGlendale, ArizonaCamelback Ranch10,300

2013 standings[edit]


2013 Arizona Fall League East Division
TeamWinLossTie %GB
Mesa Solar Sox19111.633
Salt River Rafters19120.6130.5
Scottsdale Scorpions10210.3239.5


2013 Arizona Fall League West Division
TeamWinLossTie %GB
Surprise Saguaros18121.600
Glendale Desert Dogs13162.4484.5
Peoria Javelinas12190.3876.5

Championship Game[edit]

Saturday, November 16, 2013 – 1:10 pm (MST) at Scottsdale Stadium, Arizona

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WP: Eduardo Rodríguez (1–0)   LP: Dallas Beeler (0–1)   Sv: David Goforth (1)

Championship history[edit]

1992Sun Cities Solar SoxPhoenix Desert Dogs
1993Tempe RaftersTucson Javelinas
1994Peoria JavelinasMesa Saguaros
1995Mesa SaguarosSun Cities Solar Sox
1996Scottsdale ScorpionsMesa Saguaros
1997Peoria JavelinasGrand Canyon Rafters
1998Sun Cities Solar SoxGrand Canyon Rafters
1999Mesa Solar SoxMaryvale Saguaros
2000Grand Canyon RaftersPhoenix Desert Dogs
2001Phoenix Desert DogsGrand Canyon Rafters
2002Peoria JavelinasScottsdale Scorpions
2003Mesa Solar SoxMesa Desert Dogs
2004Phoenix Desert DogsScottsdale Scorpions
2005Phoenix Desert DogsSurprise Scorpions
2006Phoenix Desert DogsGrand Canyon Rafters
2007Phoenix Desert DogsSurprise Rafters
2008Phoenix Desert DogsMesa Solar Sox
2009Peoria JavelinasPhoenix Desert Dogs
2010Scottsdale ScorpionsPeoria Javelinas
2011Salt River RaftersSurprise Saguaros
2012Peoria JavelinasSalt River Rafters
2013Surprise SaguarosMesa Solar Sox
2014Salt River RaftersPeoria Javelinas

Most Valuable Player award[edit]

First presented in 2002 and named for Joe Black of the Brooklyn Dodgers, the award honors the 1952 National League Rookie of the Year.[2]

Joe Black MVP Award winners
2002Harvey, KenKen HarveyKansas City RoyalsFirst basemanScottsdale Scorpions
2003Dubois, JasonJason DuboisChicago CubsOutfielderMesa Solar Sox
2004Shelton, ChrisChris SheltonDetroit TigersDesignated hitterGrand Canyon Rafters
2005Duncan, EricEric DuncanNew York YankeesThird basemanGrand Canyon Rafters
2006Cannon, ChipChip CannonToronto Blue JaysFirst basemanPhoenix Desert Dogs
2007Fuld, SamSam FuldChicago CubsOutfielderMesa Solar Sox
2008Hanson, TommyTommy HansonAtlanta BravesPitcherMesa Solar Sox
2009Desme, GrantGrant DesmeOakland AthleticsOutfielderPhoenix Desert Dogs
2010Ackley, DustinDustin AckleySeattle MarinersSecond basemanPeoria Javelinas[3]
2011Arenado, NolanNolan ArenadoColorado RockiesThird basemanSalt River Rafters
2012McGuiness, ChrisChris McGuinessTexas RangersFirst basemanSurprise Saguaros
2013Bryant, KrisKris BryantChicago CubsThird basemanMesa Solar Sox
2014Bird, GregGreg BirdNew York YankeesFirst basemanScottsdale Scorpions[4]

Stenson Award[edit]

The Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award was created in 2004, in memory of Dernell Stenson,[5] 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.[6]

Stenson Award Winners
2004Teahen, MarkMark TeahenKansas City RoyalsThird basemanPhoenix Desert Dogs[6]
2005Ethier, AndreAndre EthierOakland AthleticsOutfielderPhoenix Desert Dogs[6]
2006Frandsen, KevinKevin FrandsenSan Francisco GiantsInfielderScottsdale Scorpions[6]
2007Fuld, SamSam FuldChicago CubsOutfielderMesa Solar Sox[6]
2008Donald, JasonJason DonaldPhiladelphia PhilliesInfielderMesa Solar Sox[6]
2009Mitchell, RussRuss MitchellLos Angeles DodgersFirst basemanPeoria Javelinas[6]
2010Lombardozzi, Jr., SteveSteve Lombardozzi, Jr.Washington NationalsThird basemanScottsdale Scorpions[6]
2011Mattison, KevinKevin MattisonMiami MarlinsOutfielderSurprise Saguaros[6]
2012Kimball, ColeCole KimballWashington NationalsPitcherSalt River Rafters[6]
2013Cecchini, GarinGarin CecchiniBoston Red SoxThird basemanSurprise Saguaros[6]
2014Kivlehan, PatrickPatrick KivlehanSeattle MarinersThird basemanSurprise Saguaros[7]

Hall of Fame[edit]

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.

YearInducteeAFL YearAFL TeamRole
2001Baker, DustyDusty Baker1992Scottsdale ScorpionsManager
2001Garciaparra, NomarNomar Garciaparra1994Scottsdale ScorpionsShortstop
2001Jeter, DerekDerek Jeter1994Chandler DiamondbacksShortstop
2001Piazza, MikeMike Piazza1992Sun City Solar SoxCatcher
2002Giambi, JasonJason Giambi1994Peoria JavelinasFirst baseman
2002Manuel, JerryJerry Manuel1994Maryvale SaguarosManager
2003Green, ShawnShawn Green1992Scottsdale ScorpionsOutfielder
2003Helton, ToddTodd Helton1996Peoria JavelinasFirst baseman
2003Scioscia, MikeMike Scioscia1997Peoria JavelinasManager
2004Anderson, GarretGarret Anderson1993Tempe RaftersOutfielder
2004Peña, TonyTony Peña2000Maryvale SaguarosManager
2004Pujols, AlbertAlbert Pujols2000Scottsdale ScorpionsThird baseman
2005Percival, TroyTroy Percival1992Scottsdale ScorpionsPitcher
2005Francona, TerryTerry Francona1992
Grand Canyon Rafters
Scottsdale Scorpions
2006Halladay, RoyRoy Halladay1998Grand Canyon RaftersPitcher
2006Little, GradyGrady Little1992Grand Canyon RaftersManager
2006Soriano, AlfonsoAlfonso Soriano1998Grand Canyon RaftersSecond baseman
2007Dye, JermaineJermaine Dye1995Sun Cities Solar SoxOutfielder
2007Lee, DerrekDerrek Lee1995-1996Sun Cities Solar SoxFirst baseman
2007Macha, KenKen Macha1994Tempe RaftersManager
2007Hunter, ToriiTorii Hunter1998Phoenix Desert DogsOutfielder
2008Rollins, JimmyJimmy Rollins2000Maryvale SaguarosShortstop
2008Wedge, EricEric Wedge1993Tucson JavelinasCatcher
2009Giles, BrianBrian Giles1994Sun Cities Solar SoxOutfielder
2010Carpenter, ChrisChris Carpenter1996Phoenix Desert DogsPitcher
2010Young, MichaelMichael Young2000Grand Canyon RaftersShortstop
2011Howard, RyanRyan Howard2004Phoenix Desert DogsFirst baseman
2011Konerko, PaulPaul Konerko1996Sun Cities Solar SoxFirst baseman
2012Lowe, DerekDerek Lowe1993
Sun Cities Solar Sox
Peoria Javelinas
2012Teixeira, MarkMark Teixeira2002Peoria JavelinasThird baseman
2012Washington, RonRon Washington1992
Sun Cities Solar Sox
Tucson Javelinas
2013Erstad, DarinDarin Erstad1995Tempe RaftersOutfielder
2013Melvin, BobBob Melvin1999Maryvale SaguarosManager
2013Pedroia, DustinDustin Pedroia2004Scottsdale ScorpionsShortstop
2014Crawford, CarlCarl Crawford2001Maryvale SaguarosOutfielder
2014Holliday, MattMatt Holliday2002–2003Mesa Solar SoxOutfielder
Ref: 2001–2013 2014

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "About: History". Arizona Fall League official website. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved December 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Desme Wins AFL MVP Award". CBS Sports. November 23, 2009. Retrieved January 30, 2010.  See Grant Desme, the 2009 recipient.
  3. ^ 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 December 7, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Yankees' Bird named Arizona Fall League MVP". Retrieved November 15, 2014. 
  5. ^ Dernell Stenson Stats. Baseball Almanac website. Retrieved December 31, 2010.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Stenson Award". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 31, 2010. 
  7. ^ – Mariners' Kivlehan wins AFL's Stenson Award

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