Thursday, December 5, 2013
The Arizona Fall League rosters were announced Tuesday and several with Portland connections were named to the Scottsdale Scorpions.
The league features many of the top prospects from each organization, divided up into six teams. Scottsdale will feature players from the Red Sox, Nationals, Angels, and Phillies, along with one from the Giants.
Arnie Beyeler, former Sea Dogs manager now with Triple-A Pawtucket, will be the Scottsdale manager. Portland native Ken Joyce, who is with the Giants organization, will be the hitting coach.
Of the six Red Sox players, five are currently with the Sea Dogs and the other, third baseman Will Middlebrooks, was recently promoted from Portland to Pawtucket.
The other five are pitchers Brock Huntzinger, Jeremy Kehrt, and Wil Latimore, catcher Dan Butler and outfielder Alex Hassan.
Hassan has quite the company in the outfield - the Nationals' Bryce Harper and the Angels' Mike Trout (the top two prospects in the minors, according to Baseball America).
Also, two traded Sea Dogs are going to Arizona in the off-season: pitcher Stephen Fife (Dodgers) with Salt River) and outfielder Chih-Hsien Chiang (Mariners) with Peoria.
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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