10/07/2008 11:50 AM
Five former Cyclones have been tabbed to play in the 2008 Arizona Fall League, along with some of baseball's top prospects.
RHP Bobby Parnell ('05), IF/OF Daniel Murphy ('06, '08), RHP Tobi Stoner ('06), and RHP Eddie Kunz ('07) (pictured, l-r) will suit up for the Peoria Saguaros, while Dustin Martin ('06) will play for the Phoenix Desert Dogs. Parnell, Murphy, Stoner and Kunz are all with the Mets, while Martin is now with the Twins.
The Arizona Fall League, regarded throughout professional baseball as the "graduate school" for the Major Leagues' top prospects, has had over 1,200 players who came through the league reach the Majors. In addition, 18 former Fall League managers/players have gone on to manage a Major League club.
Well known New York names like David Wright, Mike Piazza, Derek Jeter, Jason Giambi, and Shawn Green all played in the AFL, and Mets manager Jerry Manuel also managed in the league.
There are six teams in the Arizona Fall League, broken into two divisions, East and West. Each Major League Baseball team sends six top prospects to the Arizona Fall League, 180 players in all. The games are played in the Spring Training stadiums used by the Giants, Mariners, Padres, Cubs, A's, Royals and Rangers.