CYCLONES IN THE ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE
The Arizona Fall League has long been a proving ground for the best and brightest prospects in professional baseball. The 2014 All-Star Game in Minneapolis featured 36 Arizona Fall League alums. Nearly 60 percent of all AFL players make a Major League roster, with an incredible 212 All-Stars, 12 MVPs, four Cy Young Award Winners, three World Series MVPs, 66 Silver Sluggers, 58 Golden Gloves and 25 Rookies of the Year.
Each Major League Baseball team sends six top prospects to the Arizona Fall Leagues each year. This season, as is the norm, former Cyclones were well represented in the AFL.
- L.J. Mazzilli -- The 2013 Brooklyn Cyclone second baseman hit .306 (15-49) with nine runs scored, three doubles, one triple, one home runs and seven RBI in 15 games with the Scottsdale Scorpions. The former UConn Huskie hit safely in 11 of his 15 games.
- Brandon Nimmo -- One of the top prospects in the Mets system, the 2012 Cyclone spent most of the fall roaming left field for the first time in his career. The centerfielder by trade was named to the Rising Stars Game and went 2-for-2 with a run scored as the starting rightfielder that evening as the AFL East Squad defeated the AFL West team. The 21-year-old from Cheyenne, WY appeared in 21 games for the Scorpions and hit .202 (17-84) with 11 runs scored and eight RBI in 21 games.
Here’s a look at how some other former Cyclones did this fall:
- Julian Hilario -- 1-1, 5.06 ERA, 10 games, 16.0 IP, 16 H, 10 R, 9 ER, 6 BB, 15 K
- Jake Kuebler -- 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 4 games, 5.1 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
- Paul Sewald -- 0-2, 7.59 ERA, 9 games, 10.2 IP, 17 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 4 BB, 17 K