2016 Arizona Fall League Participants Announced

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The Milwaukee Brewers have announced six player who will be participating in the 2016 edition of the Arizona Fall League — the annual showcase and proving grounds for many an up and coming prospect. (There will be a seventh player participating on their behalf as well but the Brewers are taking more time to determine who that will be before making an announcement.)

The Arizona Fall League (“AFL”) is a six-team league wherein prospects from five different MLB organizations combine forces to fill out each roster. The teams in the AFL are the Glendale Desert Dogs, Mesa Solar Sox, Peoria Javelinas, Salt River Rafters, Scottsdale Scorpions, and Surprise Saguaros.

This year the Brewers contingent will join forces with players from the Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies, and Detroit Tigers. And after spending the last four years bouncing back and forth between Desert Dogs and Saguaros, the Brewers will play this season for the Salt River Rafters. That team plays their home games at the much-lauded Salt Rivers Fields at Talking Stick which the Diamondbacks and Rockies share during Cactus League play in Spring Training.

Here are the players the Brewers will be sending to the AFL along with some information (statistical and otherwise) from their individual 2016 regular seasons.

Pitchers

  • Josh Uhen – RHP – Twitter: @joshuhen (Highest Minor League level played at in 2016: Double-A)
    • Wisconsin native (Oshkosh)
    • Drafted in the 5th round of the 2013 MLB draft out of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    • Only recently promoted to Double-A (only 5.2 IP late this season, but scoreless)
  • Tyler Spurlin – RHP – (Double-A)
    • Signed as an undrafted free agent out of Rice University on June 25, 2013
    • Split 2016 between High-A Brevard County and Double-A Biloxi.
    • 1.69 ERA in 10.2 IP in High-A | 2.95 ERA in 39.2 Double-A innings
  • Tayler Scott – RHP – Twitter: @taylerscottSA (Double-A)
    • Signed as a minor league free agent in July.
      • Had been pitching for the Indy League Sioux City Explorers (1.88 ERA, 28.2 IP, 32/6 K/BB
    • Pitched to a 5.01 ERA in 23.1 IP for the Biloxi Shuckers

Infielders

  • Isan Diaz – SS – Twitter: @diaz_isan – (Highest Minor League level played at in 2016: Low-A)
    • Former 2nd round draft pick (2014) by Arizona
    • Acquired via trade with Arizona this last offseason as part of a package of players in return for Jean Segura and Tyler Wagner
    • Slashing .273/.367/.486 at the time of his AFL announcement including
    • Leads the Midwest League (Timber Rattlers) in several offensive categories
    • Currently ranked by MLBPipeline.com as the Brewers’ #10 Prospect

Outfielders

  • Brett Phillips – Twitter: @Brett_Phillips8 – (Highest Minor League level played at in 2016: Double-A)
    • Acquired last July from Houston as part of a four-player package in return for Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers
    • Currently ranked by MLBPipeline.com as the Brewers’ #8 Prospect, and the 69th best prospect in all of baseball

Catchers

  • Jacob Nottingham – Twitter: @JayNott – (Highest Minor League level played at in 2016: Double-A)
    • Acquired via trade with Oakland last off-season (along with RHP Bubba Derby) for OF Khris Davis
    • Currently ranked by MLBPipeline.com as the Brewers’ #15 Prospect

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