As a light from the highly-competitive Arizona Fall League continues to shine brightly on a number of Cubs prospects, their version of the All-Star Game draws nearer.
The 2017 “Fall Stars Game,” (admit it, that’s an awesome name) will take place this Saturday at 7:00 PM CT, and will be broadcast by MLB Network and streamed live on MLB.com.
In the meantime, you can take a look at recently released rosters for the East and West at the links provided. And I’m guessing you’ll be pleased to see that the East contains three members from the Cubs organization!
- Adbert Alzolay, RHP
- Jake Stinnett, RHP
- David Bote, IF
By now, you should probably know a bit about each player, as Alzolay is one of the Cubs top three prospects, Stinnett has been in the system for a few years (and has some remaining upside), and Bote is the Fall League standout who’s looking more and more like a legitimate Major League utility prospect. Though if you’re looking for more, we took a closer look at the Alzolay and Bote just a few days ago.
I know it’s sometimes a little too easy to shrug off Minor League all-star games as unimportant or less correlative to success, and, well, that’s true. But I will remind you that the AFL is seriously prospect-dense. In fact, according to MLB Pipeline, 10 of their top 100 prospects made one of the two All-Star teams this October (others are in the league but didn’t make it, and still others didn’t participate in the league), and that includes the No. 2 overall prospect in baseball Victor Robles.
And if that doesn’t do it for you, consider that the 2016 Fall Stars Game featured the presumptive 2017 NL Rookie of the Year (and current World Series first baseman) Cody Bellinger, the 2015 game featured Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, and the 2014 version saw starts like Francisco Lindor and Corey Seager take the field. It’s a fun chance to see some of MLB’s biggest stars before they get there.
So congrats to the three Cubs prospects who made it, and to the Cubs front office, who are looking to restock the farm system with this kind of caliber player after a significant loss – via trades and graduation – of top talent this past year and a half.