The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced that they are sending seven players to the Arizona Fall League. These youngsters are assigned to the roster of the Salt River Rafters who will begin play on September 7th against the Scottsdale Scorpions. The big name that is heading to the AFL is Archie Bradley, who is recognized by most folks as the organization’s top prospect. It is a wise idea to get Bradley some additional work as he missed roughly seven weeks of the season with a strained flexor tendon in his pitching arm. Should he perform well this Fall, perhaps he will be a candidate for the D’backs’ starting rotation come Spring Training.
The other players who are heading to the AFL are as follows:
Brandon Drury-3rd Base
O’Brien was acquired from the New York Yankees at the trading deadline in exchange for Martin Prado. Between Single A and Double A ball this year, O’Brien has hit 34 home runs. He is currently on the 7 day disabled list. Drury was acquired from the Atlanta Braves in the Justin Upton trade. He was named the Southern League (Double A) Player of the Week for August 11th-17th. Burgos is a 23-year old right-hander at Visalia (High Class A California League) with 28 saves and a 2.58 ERA. Fleck is a 25-year old righty who is 7-3 with a 2.45 ERA and 17 saves at Mobile. Sherfy, another right-hander, is a 2013 10th round pick who is 5-1 with a 4.89 ERA in 46 games between Visalia and Mobile. Marzilli, a 2012 8th round Draft pick, has 8 home runs and 53 RBI’s with 15 stolen bases between Visalia and Mobile. He is batting .248 with a on-base percentage of .346.
Check back with venomstrikes as we get closer to the AFL season for a more in-depth look at the Arizona representatives.