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Shortstop Francisco Lindor and pitcher Nick Maronde have been named to the Arizona Fall League’s Fall Stars Game, set for Saturday at 8PM ET in Arizona.
Some of the game’s top prospects are participating in the AFL, considered a finishing school of sorts for promising young players. That group includes Josh Bell (Pittsburgh), Archie Bradley (Arizona), Byron Buxton (Minnesota), Corey Seager (Los Angeles) and more.
Tribe second baseman Jason Kipnis is a Fall Stars Game alumnus, having participated in 2010. The contest will be nationally televised by MLB Network and online via MLB.com. Paul Severino (play-by-play), Joe Magrane (game analyst) and John Manuel (game analyst) will call the game. The MLB Radio Network also will carry the game on Sirius/XM satellite radio. Mike Ferrin will offer play-by-play.
Francisco Lindor is hitting .250 through eight games in the Arizona Fall League, which continues through Nov. 13 in the Phoenix area and features some of the game’s top prospects in competition against each other.
Lindor, who started with a four-hit game in his team’s (Peoria Javelinas) opener, is 9-for-36 with five runs and five RBI.
Other Tribe farmhands participating are right fielder Jordan Smith, catcher Tony Wolters, and pitchers Nick Maronde, Grant Sides, Louis Head and Dylan Baker. Sides has pitched 4.1 innings in relief and struck out six without allowing a hit.
To keep tabs on the squad, check out this link.
The Arizona Fall League announced that Cleveland Indians prospect Tyler Naquin, 22, has been named as the circuit’s Player of the Week for Oct. 21-27 after going 8-for-20 (.400) with one double, 7 RBI, 2 runs and 2 steals over 5 games for the Surprise Saguaros (cactus species found throughout Arizona). That stretch extended Naquin’s season-opening hit streak to 13 consecutive games, as the outfielder has hit safely in 14 of 15 overall while batting .333 (21-63), with 2 doubles, 11 RBI and 9 runs over the first 3 weeks of AFL play. His 21 base hits lead the league, while he ranks 3rd in RBI. The left-handed batter is also carrying a .421 avg. (8-19) against southpaws.
Drafted 15th overall by Cleveland in the first round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Texas A&M, Naquin ended the 2013 campaign at Double-A Akron. He will represent the Saguaros (and Indians) in Saturday’s Fall Stars Game at Surprise Stadium (7:10 p.m. ET on MLB Network).
Update: Two Indians prospects, catcher Alex Monsalve and pitcher Trey Haley have been selected to play in the Arizona Fall League’s Futures Game. The game will take place on Saturday, November 3 at 8:00PM ET and will be broadcast live on MLB Network and MLB.com.
Although the Major League season ended Sunday night, many young players will continue to play through the winter as they aim to speed up their development by playing extended seasons. The Indians have a number of young players currently working on their game in the Arizona Fall League, while several others will be participating in Winter Leagues across Latin America.
The Arizona Fall League (AFL) began its 2012 season on October 9 and eight players from the Indians organization are taking part by representing the Scottsdale Scorpions in the extended season. Several players, such as shortstop Ronny Rodriguez and left-handed pitcher T.J. House, have excelled in the AFL as they look to improve on strong 2012 seasons in the minor leagues.
Rodriguez, 20, is rated the No. 5 prospect in the organization by MLB.com after showing impressive power (19 HR and 66 RBI) with the Carolina Mudcats (Hi-A) in the 2012 regular season. He is hitting .273 through 11 games in the AFL, with six RBI and three stolen bases.
House is coming off a promising season in which he was promoted from Carolina to Double-A Akron, compiling a 10-5 record and 3.56 ERA between the two teams. He has built on his 2012 regular season campaign with several strong performances in Arizona, striking out 18 batters over 17 innings of work, and posting a 1.59 ERA.
Both Rodriguez and House hope to follow in the footsteps of a number of current Indians players who have spent time developing their game in the AFL in recent years.
Jason Kipnis excelled in the AFL in the fall of 2010, and Vinnie Pestano appeared in the league in 2009. Both players went on to make their Major League debuts the following season.
The Arizona Fall League schedule ends on November 15, but similar leagues in the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Mexico will take place throughout the fall and winter.
Notable current Indians have played in these leagues as well in recent years. Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera played in the Venezuelan Winter League from 2007-2011, while catcher Carlos Santana and pitcher Rafael Perez each made appearances in the 2009 Dominican Winter League. Pitcher Esmil Rogers is expected to play in the Dominican this winter.
For more on the Indians prospects currently plying their trade in off-season leagues, read Tyler Emerick’s feature for MLB.com.
— TribeVibe Contributor Max Lom