The Arizona Fall League wrapped up yesterday with their championship game between the Scottsdale Scorpions and the Surprise Saguaros. Several Texas Rangers top prospects and players were on the Surprise Saguaros.
The Surprise Saguaros has been a very good team over the years filled with top prospects from not only the Texas Rangers, but also from Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals. The team has won the Arizona Fall League Championship twice, but fell this season to the Scorpions by a score of 6-4.
Rangers Sam Wolff got the start for the Saguaros pitching 3.1 innings with 2 strikeouts, no walks, and only 1 hit. Throwing errors in the 4th inning helped Scottsdale get on the board and help end Wolff’s day. Overall, it was a great start for Wolff.
Texas Rangers middle-infielder Jurickson Profar got some additional playing time at DH again. He did well during the regular season with a .267 batting average with 20 RBI and 2 home runs. He was left hitless during the Arizona Fall League Championship game going 4-0 with 1 strikeout. He didn’t play any in the field during the AFL. I’d guess they are still trying to protect his shoulder that resulted in surgery and kept him from playing the past 2 season.
Now that baseball is over in Arizona things will shift to winter ball in Venezuela and the Dominican Republic, which have been underway for sometime now.. The Dominican League goes from 10/15 to 12/21. The Venezuela League goes from 10/7 to 12/29. Several top prospects and big league players will play winter ball. Some go to work to refine their skills, other goes to get extra time after coming off injuries, and others work to learn a new position. Overall, the Dominican Winter League has probably the best players, which makes it almost like watching a Triple-A team. That means there’s plenty of talent there that’s close to the major league level.