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AFL starts play tomorrow

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Oct 06, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

logo_200×200.gifThe Arizona Fall League starts play tomorrow and runs through Nov. 20. So why should you as a Yankee fan care about that?

RHP Phil Hughes
OF Austin Jackson
1B Juan Miranda
RHP Humberto Sanchez
RHP Jeff Marquez
RHP Kevin Whelan
INF Kevin Russo

That’s why. Those seven players are on the roster of the Peoria Javelinas. Hughes, Sanchez and Miranda all have a shot to make the team out of spring training next season. Jackson will be knocking loudly on the door and Marquez and Whelan are projectable pitchers who could be very solid prospects if they can stay healthy.

The pitching coach for Peoria is Scott Aldred, who did a great for Trenton this season.

For Hughes, the AFL is a chance to get another 35-40 innings under his belt against top-notch competition. Sanchez can continue his comeback from surgery and Miranda will get a shot to show whether he’s a real prospect or not.

You can follow the league on its site every day. The Peoria schedule is here.

Talked to Phil during the last week of the season and he agreed to do an interview or two while he’s in Arizona. I’m also hoping to talk to Austin while he is there.




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