Time to Look Toward the Fall League

AFL LogoThe summer crowd headed out of town this afternoon, so it’s officially time to get serious about the 2013 Arizona Fall League.  Just got off the phone with the Coopers, so looks like we’ll have company this year in the metro Peoria area.  The Javelinas will be based in Surprise Stadium for home games this year.

Here are the seven Phillies prospects who will be on the Javelinas:

Aaron Altherr CF; Kelly Dugan OF; Cameron Rupp C; and pitchers Ken Giles, Mike Nesseth, Austin Wright, and Kyle Simon.  Simon is a repeat AFL-er from last year, which is unusual – but six of the seven including Simon are players with injuries and something to prove.  Cameron Rupp will be the real story to watch during the AFL five week season.

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The 24 year-old catcher is a relatively late bloomer who just got his September call-up to the Phillies this evening.  He started the season as the #3 catching prospect on the depth chart.  But the leading prospect, Tommy Joseph, an AFL alum from last year suffered a concussion early in the year and hasn’t been able to play since.  Sebastian Valle was rated our #1 prospect before Joseph came over from San Fran in the Pence deal, but he has struggled this year and has been surpassed by Rupp’s progress.  If Rupp does well in the AFL there’s no doubt he’ll have a presence in Spring Training.  After Chooch the Phils don’t have a legit catcher, so he has a great chance to stick with the club at least as a #2 for next year.  I suspect the Phils will re-sign Chooch to a one year contract with a club option for a second year.  If Rupp emerges, Chooch will become the back-up in year two.

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While the Peoria Sports Complex is undergoing renovations, the defending champion Javelinas will use pretty Surprise Stadium pictured above.  Phils’ prospects are joined on the Javelinas by prospects from the Astros, Mariners, Padres and Royals.  The daily schedule of games can be found here.  The Javelinas schedule is:

Tuesday, October 8
Peoria Javelinas @ Surprise Saguaros – 12:35 p.m.
Wednesday, October 9
Surprise Saguaros @ Peoria Javelinas (Surprise Stadium) – 12:35 p.m.
Thursday, October 10
Scottsdale Scorpions @ Peoria Javelinas (Surprise Stadium) – 12:35 p.m.
Friday, October 11
Peoria Javelinas @ Salt River Rafters – 12:35 p.m.
Saturday, October 12
Bowman Hitting Challenge (Salt River Fields) – 6:35 p.m.
Monday, October 14
Peoria Javelinas @ Glendale Desert Dogs – 6:35 p.m.
Tuesday, October 15
Glendale Desert Dogs @ Peoria Javelinas (Surprise Stadium) – 6:35 p.m.
Wednesday, October 16
Mesa Solar Sox @ Peoria Javelinas (Surprise Stadium) – 12:35 p.m.
Thursday, October 17
Peoria Javelinas @ Mesa Solar Sox – 6:35 p.m.
Friday, October 18
Peoria Javelinas @ Salt River Rafters – 6:35 p.m.
Saturday, October 19
Scottsdale Scorpions @ Peoria Javelinas (Surprise Stadium) – 12:35 p.m.
Monday, October 21
Salt River Rafters @ Peoria Javelinas (Surprise Stadium) – 12:35 p.m.
Tuesday, October 22
Peoria Javelinas @ Salt River Rafters – 6:35 p.m.
Wednesday, October 23
Peoria Javelinas @ Glendale Desert Dogs – 12:35 p.m.
Thursday, October 24
Glendale Desert Dogs @ Peoria Javelinas (Surprise Stadium) – 12:35 p.m.
Friday, October 25
Mesa Solar Sox @ Peoria Javelinas (Surprise Stadium) – 12:35 p.m.
Saturday, October 26
Salt River Rafters @ Peoria Javelinas (Surprise Stadium) – 12:35 p.m.
Monday, October 28
Peoria Javelinas @ Scottsdale Scorpions – 12:35 p.m.
Tuesday, October 29
Scottsdale Scorpions @ Peoria Javelinas (Surprise Stadium) – 12:35 p.m.
Wednesday, October 30
Peoria Javelinas @ Glendale Desert Dogs – 12:35 p.m.
Thursday, October 31
Glendale Desert Dogs @ Peoria Javelinas (Surprise Stadium) – 12:35 p.m.
Friday, November 1
Peoria Javelinas @ Mesa Solar Sox – 12:35 p.m.
Saturday, November 2
Fall Stars Game (Surprise Stadium) – 5:10 p.m.
Monday, November 4
Scottsdale Scorpions @ Peoria Javelinas (Surprise Stadium) – 12:35 p.m.
Tuesday, November 5
Peoria Javelinas @ Scottsdale Scorpions – 12:35 p.m.
Wednesday, November 6
Peoria Javelinas @ Surprise Saguaros – 12:35 p.m.
Thursday, November 7
Surprise Saguaros @ Peoria Javelinas (Surprise Stadium) – 12:35 p.m.
Friday, November 8
Salt River Rafters @ Peoria Javelinas (Surprise Stadium) – 12:35 p.m.
Saturday, November 9
Peoria Javelinas @ Salt River Rafters (Military Appreciation Game) – 6:10 p.m.
Monday, November 11
Mesa Solar Sox @ Peoria Javelinas (Surprise Stadium) – 12:35 p.m.
Tuesday, November 12
Peoria Javelinas @ Mesa Solar Sox – 12:35 p.m.
Wednesday, November 13
Peoria Javelinas @ Surprise Saguaros – 12:35 p.m.
Thursday, November 14
Surprise Saguaros @ Peoria Javelinas (Surprise Stadium) – 12:35 p.m.
Saturday, November 16
Championship Game (Scottsdale Stadium) – 1:10 p.m.

About Leonard J. Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD

Developmental Optometry is my passion as well as occupation. Blogging allows me to share thoughts in a unique visual style.
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